Beachside feasting in St Ives
Those who hanker after salty sea air and ocean views as an accompaniment to their gourmet encounters would be hard pressed to find many locations that deliver the goods as well as Porthminster Beach Cafe.
The bright white and wood dining room and heated outdoor terrace make it a winner all year round – and a breath of fresh air for those who despair at the winter shutdown of so many seaside dining spots.
The team have garnered a sterling reputation for exquisite dishes with Asian and Mediterranean influences which shine a light on the freshest seafood, garden‑grown produce and foraged coastal ingredients.
House dishes include comforting smoked haddock chowder, fragrant Indonesian monkfish curry, and classic Cornish moules marinières, although head chefs Mick Smith and Edward Lee Wilson like to switch things up and change the menus each season.
As popular with locals as it is with discerning tourists, the coastal destination is open for all‑day dining so, if you can’t score a table in the evening, brunch or lunch are tempting options. Kickstart a day exploring the South West Coast Path by tucking into a plate of hot smoked salmon, poached eggs, fried halloumi chips and garlic aioli.