From fish and chips to hot chocolate…
Cornwall is a foodie’s paradise. And let’s face it, when the weather gets colder, there’s nothing more wonderful than tucking into some delicious fish and chips, a piping hot pasty, or a hot chocolate with all the trimmings.
Here’s our pick of the top places in St Ives to sample these winter favourites.
St Ives Bakery
This independent bakery in the centre of St Ives is our go-to place for proper pasties. We’re talking flavoursome minced beef, plenty of swede, potato and onion, and a good helping of seasoning. But that’s not all this little bakery is good for. Pop in for a pasty and we guarantee you’ll also leave with some of those pretty-as-a-picture meringues and a cake or two.
Visit St Ives Bakery
Now, die-hard fans would argue that the pasties from Pengenna aren’t technically “Cornish” as the pastry is crimped on the top. But they’re larger-than-life when it comes to portion size and even bigger on taste, so they tick all the boxes for us. Plus, you can even order them by post, so when you return home, you can throw your very own pasty party.
Visit Pengenna Pasties
An oldie (and very much a goodie) is Warren’s Bakery – the oldest pasty makers in the world. Their shop on Tregenna Place is en route back to the castle, so it’s the perfect place to grab a bite on your way to the beach or when you’re heading back to base. You’ll also find a selection of sandwiches, and sweet and savoury treats too.
Visit Warren’s Bakery
Fish and chips
Becks Fish and Chips
One of the best places for fish and chips in St Ives has to be Becks. A favourite with both locals and visitors, this traditional restaurant and takeaway always has queues outside – a sure sign that your fish will not only be tasty, but fresh out of the fryer, too. They also have gluten-free options available.
Visit Becks Fish and Chips
The Balancing Eel
It wouldn’t be a holiday in St Ives without a visit to The Balancing Eel. Their restaurant and takeaway is just a stone’s throw from the seafront, making them the perfect place to pick up your choice of fish and a portion of chips ahead of a seaside stroll. But beware of those pesky St Ives seagulls!
Visit The Balancing Eel
Sharky’s may be off the beaten track, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less popular. You’ll find this hidden gem tucked away on Penbeagle Industrial Estate. They’re famed for their fabulous fish and big portions. Plus, they even have items like battered Mars Bars on the menu.
Visit Sharky’s Takeaway
St Ives Brewery Cafe
One of the best places to indulge in the ultimate winter warmer is the St Ives Brewery. Don’t let the name fool you – this brewery and cafe overlooking the bay is famed just as much for its coffee and cake as it is for locally brewed beer. Pick your hot chocolate of choice, pull up a chair, and simply soak up the views.
Visit St Ives Brewery Cafe
Scoff Troff Cafe
This superb little cafe near the beach is the ideal spot for a hot choc. Pair it with one of their pains au chocolat for breakfast, with freshly baked scones, cream and jam post-lunch, or simply order one to keep your hands warm as you explore the cobbled streets nearby.
Visit the Scoff Troff Cafe
If you’re craving something sweet but fancy staying a little closer to home there’s always our Brasserie. Stop by for a mid-morning pick-me-up, or order one of our hot chocolates to go before you embark on your stroll down to the bay.