The Essential Guide to Sunday Lunch in St Ives
Our tantalising rundown of our favourite eateries to go for Sunday lunch in and around St Ives.
Why does lunch, or dinner for that matter, on a Sunday seem so much more poignant than the rest of the week? We’re not sure, it’s food for thought but thought alone does not fill bellies especially after meandering coastal walks, gallery jaunts or perhaps you’ve worked up a big 3-course worthy appetite doing very little, which in our book is exactly what Sundays are all about. St Ives, just like the rest of Cornwall, has plenty of wonderful cafes, restaurants and foodie-pubs to offer, the only downside is that you have to pick one.
Where to go for Sunday lunch in St Ives?
Here is our selection of places you can go to
An award winning establishment with stunning views to boot. Its Sunday lunch will stand up to your mother’s and then some – no matter how good her roasties are. Best to stave off the snacks because the starters and deserts are truly exceptional, unusual but exceptional. The main course is built around locally sourced beef or lamb and there are always vegetarian options which can be altered to suit plant based diets. The head chefs bring Asian and Mediterranean influences to traditional British dishes. The space features large windows for guests to take in a 180 degree view of the harbour as well as illuminating artwork from the likes of Anthony Frost.
To avoid disappointment it is essential to book: 01736 799 874
One of the oldest Inns in Cornwall, circa 1312, low ceilings, tankards and a sea-view to boot. This Inn cannot be missed as you walk down to the harbour from the shops in Fore Street. A traditional Sunday lunch in St Ives is served between 12 and 3 pm with all the trimmings and is very popular with tourists and locals alike. Could it have something to do with the complimentary bottle of wine with any two roast dinners, perhaps, could it have something to do with its authentic fisherman pub feel? Most definitely!
Contact number : 01736 796584
The Loft Restaurant and Terrace
Whilst the restaurant is located just behind The Sloop in the artist’s quarter of the town, its look and feel is completely different. Light, airy and spacious, their ethos is simple cooking with the best local ingredients; which even if you’re staying for the weekend is in abundance. It is advisable to book, it is dog-friendly and portions are large enough to feed the hungriest of guests, but of course, save room for dessert. Again Sunday lunch is served between 12 and 3 pm from £10.95 with all the trimmings.
To book ring: 01736 794204
The Lifeboat Inn
This is another traditional Cornish Inn, situated next to the lifeboat house and again with wonderful views over the harbour. They can host groups but be sure to book as this place gets busy quick, if you don’t you may have to queue which we think stands testament to how good it is! The chef’s use only Cornish ingredients and their Sunday lunch carvery has a choice of two types of meat, fresh vegetables, potatoes and homemade Yorkshire pudding. There is homemade nut roast for vegetarians and smaller portions are available for children and those that may have had a proper Cornish breakfast. Served between 12 and 3 pm, adults roast is £11.50 and children’s £8.25.
Contact number: 01736 794123
The Badger Inn
The Badger Inn offers a winter and summer carvery which consists of a choice of roast meats and seasonal vegetables, homemade Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings. This pub has loads of history, about which you can read, by going to their website but in our opinion, the greatest pull is the family dog, Elvis. The Great Dane adds to the character and is well worth the short walk or drive there. Alternatively, you could get the coastal train. There is plenty of choices, they cater for Vegetarians and do children friendly portions.
Contact number: 01736 752181
Located in the aforementioned Lifeboat House and the pinnacle of 5-star dining in St.Ives Alba boasts an exquisite fine dining experience. Delicious food presented in a beautiful manor created by a Michelin trained chef. When booking, which you must, be sure to ask for a window table for the sweeping vista of the harbour. Alba offers a roast of sorts on Sundays but not like your mother makes them, expect fillets of Cornish Beef, belly Pork and delectable dessert wines in a contemporary setting where every detail is considered.
Contact: 01736 797222
So whether you travel back in time to eat in Inns, or end up cosying up with Elvis, or you choose to experience the classy side of Cornwall, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed when going for Sunday lunch in St Ives or any other day for that matter.
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