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Ask a Local #004-Mum & Dad

Each week we have been asking a local 11 questions, this week it was the turn of our Mum and Dad...

How long have you lived in St. Ives?

Dad: 40 years in St. Ives, previously I lived in Paisley, Scotland.

Mum: 35 years in St. Ives but before that I was a Buryan girl.

Where do you work in the town?

Dad: Currently at Coast to go, but have worked in many places over the years. Places such at Peppers, Peggottys (for those of you that remember!), St. Ives Food Company and Onshore Restaurant.

Mum: I previously worked at Geevor Tin Mine before heading to work for Biffa as an assistant manager, have also waitressed in Onshore restaurant and Coast (when it was a restaurant). But first and foremost I would say my most important job has been housewife, mother and now a grandmother!

Coast to Go on the harbour front serves pizzas, burgers, tacos and lots more.

What is your favourite thing to do in St. Ives when the sun shines?

Dad: Early morning walk on Porthmeor beach, then later set up camp, 'island end 'of porthmeor and have a BBQ and watch the sunset with friends, family and anyone else that happens to walk by.

Mum: Starting the day with a walk with Tinki (Safis dog) and having a coffee on the harbour front, followed by Porthmeor beach with a glass of white wine at sunset, island end of course. Pretty much the same as Gordon.

Porthmeor at sunset.


Feeling peckish, where do you head for lunch?

Dad: Porthmeor Cafe for tapas

Mum: The St. Ives Pasty Bakery on the slipway for a crab sandwich.

Selection of tapas at Porthmeor Cafe. Photo from @porthmeorcafe

Still hungry.. best place for dinner?

Dad: It has to be Talay Thai

Mum: Porthminster Cafe.

The view from Talay Thai. Photo from @talaythaikitchenstives

Best spot in St. Ives in St. Ives for a drink?

Dad:Living in St. Ives we like to venture out of the town and normally end up at a friends house rather than hitting the bars. However, for a charchterful night out, it would be The Ferrets (Ritz)

Mum: My lounge with friends and family, we are very fortunate to have a a lovely view.

Favourite place to visit in Cornwall outside of St. Ives?

Dad: Porthcurno

Mum: Sennen Cove

Porthcurno is home to the incredible Minack Theatre. Photo from @minacktheatre.


Best thing about living in St. Ives?

Dad: Sunrise, sunsets and the welcoming community.

Mum: Plenty of lovely restaurants to choose from, all within walking distance so no taxis needed.


If you could change one thing about St. Ives what would it be?

Dad: A more even spread of tourism throughout the year.

Mum: The naughty seagulls.

What would you like to see in St Ives that's not already here

Dad: A squash club

Mum: Cos (If you know you know), there are great shops in St. Ives but I do like a Cos or a Zara hehe.


Would you ever live anywhere else?

Dad: No, I will always have a home in St. Ives.
Mum: No.

Any other burning questions? Pop in the comments below and we will add to our next 'Ask a local' blog post.

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