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The Best Flavour Finds in St Ives Bay

by Three Mile Beach

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.

Snack stops in Gwithian and Godrevy (£)

1. The Jampot, Gwithian Towans

1. The Jampot, Gwithian Towans

Standing on the headland, this seriously cute café is was originally a 19th-century coastguard lookout. Now, it’s all about serving simple things well. It’s one for breakfast, sandwiches, cream teas, coffee, cakes, and pasties all lovingly. The garden is an ideal spot for enjoying your treats with views across the beautiful bay to St Ives.

How far? A short walk.

When can I go? Every day of the week 10–4 in high season. Opening times vary at other times of the year, so check their Facebook page before you head over there.

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2. Hungry Horsebox, Gwithian Beach

2. Hungry Horsebox, Gwithian Beach

This is another quirky option. Down on the beach at Gwithian, to the right of the lifeguard hut steps, set back close to the dunes, you’ll find a converted horsebox serving cream teas, coffees, and cakes including vegan options. They also hold cookouts in the evening around three times a month in the summer. They’re very popular, they’re BYOB, the food’s tasty, and it’s all very magical. Book tickets ahead.

How far? A short walk.

When can I go? The weather makes or breaks a Hungry Horsebox day so check in on Insta to see if they’ll be there. For the cookouts, keep your eyes on the website for details.

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Proper cafés (££)

3. Sunset Surf Café, Gwithian Towans

3. Sunset Surf Café, Gwithian Towans

This is right next door to Three Mile Beach. And that makes us very happy. It’s loved by surfers, locals, and visitors. Dogs and kids love it here. The menu stars breakfasts like Veggie Surfer (a lovely full English) and Belgian Waffle Stack (not very English but very, very good). Lunchtime highlights include Five Bean Nachos and pizzas. It’s open seven days a week in high season but winter times vary so check to avoid disappointment.

How far? A tiny walk.

When can I go? All year.

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4. Godrevy Café, Godrevy Towans

4. Godrevy Café, Godrevy Towans

We love this breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot. It’s dog-friendly, vegan-friendly, and just all-round super friendly. It’s a popular one, so get there early in the summer months to avoid queuing out the door.

How far? A 15-minute walk along Gwithian beach.

When can I go? All year.

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5. Birdies Bistro

5. 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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6. The Old Forge, Lelant

6. 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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Pub grub in Godrevy and Hayle (££)

7. The Rockpool, Godrevy Beach

7. The Rockpool, Godrevy Beach

At the lighthouse end of the beach near the Red River is The Rockpool – a laid-back, dune-dwelling, open-all-day café bar open every day in peak season. There are two rules: 1. Sit outside if your wetsuit hasn’t dried 2. Keep your dog on a lead. Their fresh seafood and burgers win our votes. They also have live music and open-air cinema events throughout the year, so check to see if there’s something on during your stay. Their wine list is good, and real ale fans will find a good selection of local brews. Just remember your torch for the walk home.

How far? A medium walk. Shorter if the tide’s out.

When can I go? All year.

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8. Angarrack Inn, Angarrack near Hayle

8. 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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9. Cornish Arms, Hayle

9. 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 (£)

10. Sanders Fish and Chips Restaurant, Hayle

10. 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 (££)

11. Salt Kitchen Bar

11. 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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12. Trevaskis Farm Restaurant, Carhell Green

12. 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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Global flavours in Hayle and St Ives (££)

13. Antoninis, Hayle

13. Antoninis, Hayle

Authentic Italian food lovingly made for you by an authentic Italian chef. That’s Antoninis. It’s family-run, intimate, and excellent with the open kitchen providing the theatre. This one is a must book in advance. Buon Appetito.

How far? A short drive.

When can I go? All year. Apart from Mondays.

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14. Talay Thai, St Ives Harbour

14. 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

15. Sands Restaurant, Carbis Bay Hotel, Carbis Bay

15. 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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16. Porthminster Beach Café, St Ives

16. 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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17. Porthminster Kitchen, St Ives

17. 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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We’re big on food and drink at Three Mile Beach, so we have plenty more tips on the best pubs along with the lowdown on our private chef.

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