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Porthminster Beach Café

Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2EB
What was once a tea room in pre-war days, is now a relaxing art deco building, right on the beach, serving ambitious well-cooked food. It also has the bonus of offering outstanding views over St. Ives Bay.

The dishes on offer, cover the globe and some must come as a surprise in this gentrified town. At lunchtime, perhaps begin with 'Salt Cod and White Bean Paté' or a Cornish Crab Sandwich - followed by the likes of 'Fried Chili Squid with a Thai Salad' or 'Stuffed Sardines in Parmesan Crumbs'. Whilst dinner offers more ambitious dishes, such as 'Baby Courgette Flowers' stuffed with fresh herbs & local ricotta); 'Baked Cod on Crushed Black Olive Potatoes and Salsa Verde' and 'Scallop Risotto with Piquillo Peppers and Mascarpone' - carnivores but be tempted by 'Barbary Duck with Salsify with seared Foie Gras' or 'Local Fillet of Beef with Thyme and Parma Ham'.

Desserts might include 'Double Chocolate Tart'; 'Saffron Bread and Butter Pudding' or Blood Orange and Campari Posset'.

Booking is an absolute must - particularly in fine weather; while mobile phones aren't allowed to spoil the enjoyment of others.

They also have a slightly less ambitious cafe - Porthwidden Beach Cafe - nearby, which is also excellent (01736-796791).
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Other Details

  • Food Style: Seafood
  • Lunch: all week (see below); Tues-Sun 12.00-15.30; mains from about £12 to £22 (plus lighter snacks)
  • Dinner: all week (see below); 18.00-21.30 (Thurs-Sat in winter); mains from about £11 to £30
  • Seats: 60, plus 70 outside
  • Wine: an interesting list has modest mark-ups
  • Children's portions: Yes, but only at lunchtime
  • Wheelchair access: No
  • Nearest station: St. Ives Rail
  • Directions: opposite the beach, close to the railway station. See the map on this page.
  • Parking: Park at railway station, 300m
  • Closed: all Monday during winter months, plus D Tues & Weds during winter
  • Outside eating

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Contact Details

Tel: 01736-795352
Address: Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2EB
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