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Friday, 14 July 2017

Porthgwidden Beach Cafe, St. Ives

I recently took a trip to my home county, Cornwall (expect a lot more posts in the near future!) and during my trip I visited Porthgwidden Beach Cafe; a little hidden gem. 

Porthgwidden Beach Cafe is in St. Ives but away from the crowds of tourists that jam up the front street down by the harbour. 
If you are feeling adventurous, follow the beach to the end and head towards the St. Ives 'island'. It's past the Wayside Museum. Ask any local for directions and they'll be happy to help. 
You should notice a big hill in the distance; you'll know you are there when you see it. There'll also be a small beach (see above) - this is Porthgwidden beach. Take note because this beach is perfect for taking the kids to, as it's hidden and not many people know about it. 

The cafe stands above the beach, with its many colourful beach huts peering over. It's a beautiful sight with the rolling hills above.

Walk along, looking down on the beach, and on the right you will come to the entrance of the cafe (above). I would recommend booking ahead if you're looking to eat dinner. We only wanted coffee so we managed to nab a seat outside, which was exactly what we wanted on a sunny day like it was (below). 

Obviously I couldn't resist getting a little something, so my nephew  and I shared a sticky toffee pudding, and my sister had the cheese board (below). The sticky toffee pudding (of what I could get of it after my nephew ploughed in!) was moist, sweet, and the addition of the caramelised walnuts added a nice crunch. A side of Cornish vanilla ice cream only seemed right. 

The cheese board looked interesting, with a selection of Cornish cheeses and a variety of crackers. I didn't try any but i'm pretty sure it tasted good - you can't go wrong with cheese!

I would recommend coming here for the amazing views overlooking Hayle beach on the opposite side. Try and book outside if you can - there's an umbrella overhead in case there is any drizzle (you can never be too sure!)

In terms of other food on their menu, the cafe focuses mainly on Mediterranean and Asian flavours. There's a lot of seafood, such as Cornish crab linguine and Seafood Paella (you are in Cornwall after all!) The maximum price for a main is £17.95 (sirloin steak), so it's not pricey either. There's also a small children's menu available. 

The lowdown

Rating: 7/10 (since I didn't try the mains)

Service and staff friendliness: 9/10 (a bit slow with the drinks)

Location: 10/10

Price: mid-range ££ (£10-17)

Breakfast: Yes

Lunch: Yes

Dinner: Yes

Children's menu: Yes

Opening times - 

(Until 30th Oct) 

Breakfast 9-11am
Lunch 12-3pm
Dinner 6pm-late

(31st Oct to March 2017)

Closed on Mondays
Open for brekkie, lunch, teas and coffee, tuesday - Sunday as above
Open for dinner thursday - Saturday from 6pm


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