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01 August 2021

Places to eat in Hayle and beyond

by Three Mile Beach

Our favourite restaurants in Hayle

We might be in the wilds, but there are plenty of great spots for food and drinks. Some are walkable, some are a short drive away to the restaurants in Hayle and beyond. All are tried, tested, and recommended by us.

Lula Shack

Perched on the dunes overlooking Hayle Estuary, is Lula Shack. It serves a fusion of Cornish, New Orleans creole and Floridian crab shack spice food. Favourites include a tasty chowder and salt and pepper squid. The food is locally sourced and sustainable. Open for breakfast from 9am and serving all day.

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Birdies Bistro

One for the nature lovers and bird watchers, Birdies Bistro is perched on the edge of the RSPB’s Hayle nature reserve. It serves breakfast from 9am and then burgers, salads, sandwiches, and other classics for lunch all with an estuary view

How far? A short drive.

When can I go? All year.

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The Old Forge, Lelant

We love this place. It’s great for breakfast and brunch and then on Thurs, Fri, and Sat, it’s great for evening pizza or takeaway.

How far? A short drive.

When can I go? All year.

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Angarrack Inn, Angarrack near Hayle

Close to Hayle, in the pretty, unassuming village of Angarrack, awaits this down-to-earth, friendly pub. It serves lovely local beers and classic pub meals including a good big plate of sausage and mash and the most amazing pies. It gets full-on festive at Christmas time.

How far? A short drive.

When can I go? All year.

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Cornish Arms, Hayle

We love this welcoming, cosy pub in the heart of Hayle. It’s a gastropub, but it wears its unpretentious, traditional heart on its sleeve. In the colder months, try and grab a table at the front near the roaring log fire. Any time of year, try one of their superb Sunday roasts. Best to book in advance for this place; it’s very popular. Dogs are more than welcome here too.

How far? A short drive.

When can I go? All year.

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Fish & Chips in Hayle (£)

Sanders Fish and Chips Restaurant, Hayle

Everybody wants to tuck into fish & chips when they come on holiday to Cornwall. And Sanders has got the goods. It’s at the Viaduct Bridge end of Hayle which means it’s close enough to Three Mile Beach that they’ll still be warm when you get back if you’re going for takeout. You can eat in too.

How far? A short drive.

When can I go? All year.

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Mid-range restaurants in Hayle and St Ives (££)

Salt Kitchen Bar

More of a bar and restaurant than a pub, Salt is worth a visit for the local Monkfish scampi and Cornish fishcakes alone. A broad menu offers lots of other options too, though. They also have a good selection of wine and local Skinners’ ales. You’ll find it in the centre of Hayle beneath the viaduct.

How far? A short drive.

When can I go? All year.

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Trevaskis Farm Restaurant, Carhell Green

For hearty food made using ingredients grown on the farm itself and other local small holdings, Trevaskis Farm’s restaurant is go-to. It’s good value, family-friendly, and there’s a lot of choices. Locals love it so make sure you book ahead for weekends, especially for the Sunday roast. The sweet-toothed will love the counter of enormous cakes and desserts perfect for sharing or taking leftovers back to your beach house.

How far? A short drive.

When can I go? All year.

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Talay Thai, St Ives Harbour

In Thai, talay is a neat little word that means both sea view and seafood – and you get both of these in glorious abundance at this creative yet authentic tapas-style Thai street food restaurant.

How far? 20 to 30-minute drive.

When can I go? All year.

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Posh nosh (£££): Restaurants in Carbis Bay and St Ives

Sands Restaurant, Carbis Bay Hotel, Carbis Bay

This fine restaurant has been awarded two AA Rosettes for its crafted dishes from sea and land with a big focus on Cornish produce. The restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows look out across St Ives Bay to Godrevy lighthouse and Three Mile Beach. It’s a beauty of a view. The cocktail, wine, and drink lists are extensive. The whole experience is very lovely indeed. If you prefer a more casual dining experience with the same view, Carbis Bay Hotel also offers Mediterranean style freshness at its Beach Club Restaurant and small plates at The Conservatory. It’s all good.

How far? 20 to 30-minute drive.

When can I go? All year.

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Porthminster Beach Café, St Ives

This is hands down our favourite place to eat in St Ives Bay, and we’re not surprised it made it to the 2020 Michelin Guide. Sitting pretty on the white sands of Porthminster Beach, it serves seasonal seafood dishes with an Asian influence. The crispy fried squid and seafood curry deserve special mention. The chef’s harvest herbs and other edible delights are grown in their own garden. And the location is something else. Go for the outside deck on a sunny day or warm evening. It’s pretty special.

How far? 20 to 30-minute drive.

When can I go? All year.

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Porthminster Kitchen, St Ives

In the town, above the bustle of the harbour, the geniuses behind Porthminster Beach Café have created this smaller restaurant with the same level of deliciousness.

How far? 20 to 30-minute drive.

When can I go? All year.

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