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Best Places to Have Lunch in St Ives

Helena Clark-Davies

St Ives is a town well known for its independent restaurants and cafes, offering an array of delicious local food all year round. Here are a selection of some of the best places to head to for you lunch this winter!

Where to Eat in St Ives

Porthmeor Beach Café

Just across the street from The Tate, Porthmeor Café offers tapas as well as a larger lunch menu in beautiful surroundings. The café has inside space for the coldest of winter days, but also has outdoor seating areas if you’re feeling a little braver. Book one of the booths – outdoors but easily warm enough for February lunches and with the best sea views.

Porthminster Kitchen.

A relaxed, bistro-style restaurant with beautiful views of St Ives harbour. Porthminster Kitchen serves a wide menu of light bites and small plates comprised of local ingredients used in a new twist on traditional Cornish cuisine. Everything here is amazing, but the seafood on offer is not to be missed! Watch the comings and goings in the winter light while you eat from the restaurant’s second floor vantage point.

Porthgwidden Café

Situated on one of St Ives’ smallest beaches, the deck outside Porthgwidden Café is a suntrap in both winter and summer. The café itself is a cosy space with white washed walls and a laidback atmosphere. Lunches at Porthgwidden Café are always delicious, but perhaps their best offering is their cooked breakfast - if you are willing to get up a little earlier!

The Tinners Arms

If you want to venture a little further afield, you are always certain of a warm reception and a hearty pub lunch at the Tinner’s Arms. Situated in the idyllic village of Zennor, The Tinners Arms is just a 10 minute drive away from your 5 star luxury accommodation in St Ives. If you are up for more of a challenge; take the coastal path from St Ives to Zennor; take in the stunning scenery and really work up an appetite.

The Digey Food Room

As well as offering fantastic food to eat in – it is worth coming to St Ives if only to eat the Spanish omelette – The Digey Food Room also offers deli-style takeaways if you’ve reached your pasty limit!