If you’re looking for the best restaurant in St.Ives, you’d be hard pushed to beat the Porthminster Beach Café. The food, service and incredible location are all 5 star. The menu is inspired by the lightness of Asian cuisine with Mediterranean influences, using herbs and vegetables from their own garden opposite the restaurant. It has retained its two AA rosettes for a number of years and was ranked number 61 in the UK at the National Restaurant Awards 2015. Its head chef, Ryan Venning, a South African who has cooked for the late Nelson Mandela teamed with the consultant chef, Michael Smith, make a formidable team, pushing the restaurant forward year after year.
Using local, sustainably sourced fish (and awarded the highest rating from fish2fork for their ethos and policy) the menu is filled with exciting seafood dishes such as: baked halibut fillet with celeriac galette, salsa vede, parma ham and an almond paté or the famous Porthminster monkfish curry with sweet chilli tamarind. Their steak is from Cornish herds and the secret formula used in their fish and chip batter has won numerous awards. They offer a full vegetarian menu and are happy to cater for those with food allergies.
The restaurant itself is perched above the golden sands of Porthminster Beach, with unbeatable and uninterrupted views across the bay to Godrevy Light House. You are paying for the view in many ways, but this restaurant will not disappoint. Lunch on the decked terrace on a sunny day or an evening meal watching the sea change colour as night draws in is a real treat. Table 4 is our favourite, with a large window to enjoy the view, booking is essential and the restaurant is closed from January 4th 2017 for a month.
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