For a long time I’d had Cornwall on my list of place to re-visit in the UK. Since starting my mini seaside series, it’s been one of the places that I truly feel encapsulates everything beautiful about the British coastline. From wandering from the lighthouse along harbour, picking up some crispy chips swimming in vinegar- or even the outstandingly beautiful train journey from St. Erths which feels positively tropical in itself. It’s a world away from London, and feels even slightly tropical compared to other beachy spots in the U.K- and despite the distance (unless, of course you live in the South West)- I reckon it’s worth every train-riding minute.
Our accommodation during our stay came in the shape of a beautiful seaside cottage, care of Beachspoke. Run by the same people behind beautiful Peligoni (which you may remember here)- we knew we were in for a treat, and opted for their Moonshadow cottage which was every bit as beautiful as we expected. Being a short walk from the station and a literal stones throw from the sea, we were spoilt for location- which meant the temptation to stay in and snuggle on the buttery Chesterfield or cosy double was a little less so. Additionally, we loved having our own little kitchen for independence (self catering has never looked so appealing)- and although it was perfectly petite was more than enough space for two- and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for something a little more magical than a typical B&B.
Porthmeor Rd, Saint Ives TR26 1NP
One spot that kept popping up with recommendations was the gorgeous St. Ives Bakery. Perched on the corner of Fore Street- it’s hard to miss the towers of meringues, scones and gooey brownies that line the window as you walk past. Although it’s very much a get ’em whilst their there kind of thing (everything is fresh, and once it’s gone it’s gone), you’ll probably find a lot of their goodies stocked across Cornwall (we encountered them in a deli in Penzance)- and I promise they’re worth the visit for the scones alone.
52 Fore St, Saint Ives TR26 1HE
On our first evening in St. Ives Hub seemed like the perfect bet. Joe fancied a good burger, whereas I was already dreaming of my first fish and chip dinner by the sea- so heading to this seafront spot in the centre of town that covered both American and seafood ticked all of the boxes. With me opting for the ‘Cornish Yo Boy’ (read: crispy fried haddock with pea puree and tartare sauce) and Joe the classic patty, it was one of the most delicious burgers we’ve had (London included)- so definitely include this on your list.
4 Wharf Rd, Saint Ives TR26 1LF
Despite having our own little kitchen- it felt rude not to tick off as many of the delicious cafes we’d been suggested during our short time in St. Ives. During our second morning, we woke up to rain and fog- but despite this Porthmeor Beach Cafe which overlooks the sea- was still the most beautiful spot. Watching the surfers wait on the waves whilst tucking into poached eggs, steaming tea and avocado was the perfect way of sheltering from the elements- especially if you’re not brave enough for a wetsuit just yet!
Porthmeor Beach, Saint Ives TR26 1JZ
Now, I don’t think it would be fair to suggest just one place to eat great Cornish ice cream in St. Ives when I only got to try one place myself. I had so many suggestions for delicious whips and although I did impulsively visit a spot called ‘Ice Cream Delights’ along the front for their malted Malteaser special, I also heard wonderful things about Moomaid and Willy Wallers- so I’d take note (and make room) for all three if I were you!
The last time I visited the Seafood Cafe in St. Ives was about ten years ago with family, but I (vaguely) remember fond things so wanted to come again with Joe and see if it was quite as nice as I remember. The concept is simple eating here- you select your fish (or meat) of choice, pick some sides and tuck in! There’s such a wide selection of fresh fish and catches of the day, so if you’re after a truly traditional fish supper this is the place (I mean, clue’s in the name).
45 Fore St, Saint Ives TR26 1HE
We spent our last morning soaking up the sun on the balcony of Portminister Kitchen along the St. Ives front, which was the perfect way of wrapping up our 48 hours there. If you’re after a dinner spot with the most romantic views of the front- or simply want to wake up overlooking bustling streets waking up with you (we saw some freshly baked Cornish pasties being delivered as dogs had their morning walks and people dipped in and out of shops)- this really is a must visit.
Wharf Rd, Saint Ives TR26 1LG
Across St. Ives it’s likely you’ll stumble across the power-trio that are Port of Call, Academy and Co and No. 8. All owned by James and Kate– the three stores specialise in gorgeous lifestyle, home-ware, publications and championing independent brands in both men and women’s clothing. All of the shops are beautifully designed both inside and out, and whether you’re doing some gift shopping, finding somewhere that caters to both you and your significant other- I can promise these are worth the trip (just. freeze. your. debit. card).
Across St. Ives
Tucked opposite the Barbara Hepworth museum, this little shop could easily be mistaken for a gallery space- and in a sense, is. But Plumbline also doubles up as a beautiful concept lifestyle shop too. Stocking a handpicked selection of design-led crafts and tableware- with everything from contemporary jewellery, crockery and modern art- all from talented artists, truly makes this spot special.
2 Barnoon Hill, Saint Ives TR26 1AD
Visit the Tate and Barbara Hepworth Museum if you happen to have a rainy day like we did, head to Rum & Crab shack for, well, delicious rum and crab- and finally, pick up a coffee from Mount Zion coffee before you go!