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10 Local Restaurants We Have Dreamt About During lockdown

There does seem to be a tiny glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, it is still just a smidgen but it’s got us thinking about where we will be heading to first once restaurants are allowed to open. We decided to put together a list of the 10 restaurants we've been dreaming of during lockdown. In St. Ives we are totally spoilt for choice so it was hard just to choose 10, but here they are...


The Old Forge

Like us, The Old Forge had only just opened before lockdown. They have been teasing us ever since with their delicious looking pizzas all over their instagram. Lucky for us they now do takeaways along with cook at home sauce and pasta sets! If you aren’t lucky enough to be on the radius for a take away, remember The Old Forge on your next visit to St. Ives. Located just of the Lelant roundabout its hard to miss (limited parking available).


The Sea rooms

On a sunny day there is no better place to sit than outside of The Searooms (If you are lucky enough to get a seat!).A Family run business serving delicious tapas and their own hand crafted small batch gin!! We recommend picking up a couple of extra bottles whilst there to take home.


Porthminster Cafe

It’s pretty likely you’ve already heard about this beauty, but just to remind you.. Located on Porthminster beach with a large terrace there is a view straight out to sea. Not just for special occasions, but perfect for them too, the restaurant serves fresh seafood and locally grown produce. They have recently started to do 'take home meals' on a Friday and Saturday whilst closed, what a treat!! Check out their instagram for more information on ordering.


The Gurnard's Head

On the coastal roads between St. Ives and St. Just you will find The Gurnards Head . A perfect relaxed pub atmosphere, with open fires and delicious food. A great finish to a long walk, on the coastal paths.  There is the option to spend the night after one to many ales if you wish, with options to add on dinner and breakfast. 


Porthmeor Beach Cafe

Time your visit just right and you can watch a famous sunset over Porthmeor, sat in a heated booth, under a blanket, drinking something delicious and indulging in lots of tapas. Often you find restaurants with such extraordinary locations don’t come up to scratch on their food as they can survive of the location alone, Porthmeor is a total exception to this, the food whether your dining at breakfast lunch or dinner is always on point and never disappoints. 



Although you can now find Hubbox in 8 different locations in the UK the original is Hub St. Ives. Their buttermilk fried chicken burgers are a personal favourite along with a side portion of dirty fries. Modern interiors with a selection of great beers, family friendly and right on the harbour front of St. Ives. Check it out next time your in town.


Talay Thai

When the Thai opened up on St. Ives Harbour front, there was mass excitement. A Thai restaurant was exactly what the town was missing, serving delicious curry's in tapas or mains sizes along with rice and noodle dishes. It’s normally our first choice of places to eat lunch of dinner, this may be because we are a family that cant get enough asian food.


The Mermaid

A long standing favourite of St. Ives, The Mermaid. We headed here not long before its temporary closure and were blown away by the food, a selection of perfectly cooked steaks and fresh seafood. The restaurant itself is full of old photos and memorabilia of St. Ives, which creates a perfect cosy atmosphere. 


Porthgwidden Beach Cafe 

Down a very short (fairly) steep hill you will stumble upon Porthgwidden Beach cafe. In normal times, Porthgwidden is open all year round, breakfast, lunch and dinner. A winters evening meal is just as enchanting as a warm summers evening, the inside interior is cosy which opens on to a large terrace. A good friend of ours got married here last year, it was so beautiful. An incredible location with great food to match.


The loft (Sunday roast)

If you want a taster of what’s to look forward to the first Sunday that restaurants are allowed to reopen head over to The Loft’s instagram. Perfect Yorkshire puddings, a selection of meats and fresh veg, they are currently offering takeaway roasts but look forward to welcoming people in when they reopen. It’s worth noting The Loft also serve a lunch and dinner menu which is equally great (we are just obsessed with a Sunday roast and a glass of red).


  • Should have been there the end of this month…really hope we get to beautiful St Ives later in the year!!

  • Lets hope we are all back there soon

  • One of the things I love about St Ives is the independent restaurants that make it so unique. Can’t wait to visit end of September, hopefully!

  • What a great idea,let’s all hope it’s not too long ,till we are sitting at these amazing eateries, and supporting these great businesses to survive.

    Martin Smith

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