For a long time I'd had Cornwall on my list of place to re-visit in the UK. Since starting my mini seaside series, it's been one of the places that I truly feel encapsulates everything beautiful about the British coastline. From wandering from the lighthouse along harbour, picking up some crispy chips swimming in vinegar- or even the outstandingly beautiful train journey from St. Erths which feels positively tropical in itself. It's a world away from London, and feels even slightly tropical compared to other beachy spots in the U.K- and despite the distance (unless, of course you live in the South West)- I reckon it's worth every train-riding minute.

Staying: Beachspoke

Our accommodation during our stay came in the shape of a beautiful seaside cottage, care of Beachspoke. Run by the same people behind beautiful Peligoni (which you may remember here)- we knew we were in for a treat, and opted for their Moonshadow cottage which was every bit as beautiful as we expected. Being a short walk from the station and a literal stones throw from the sea, we were spoilt for location- which meant the temptation to stay in and snuggle on the buttery Chesterfield or cosy double was a little less so. Additionally, we loved having our own little kitchen for independence (self catering has never looked so appealing)- and although it was perfectly petite was more than enough space for two- and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for something a little more magical than a typical B&B.

Porthmeor Rd, Saint Ives TR26 1NP

Eating: St. Ives Bakery

One spot that kept popping up with recommendations was the gorgeous St. Ives Bakery. Perched on the corner of Fore Street- it's hard to miss the towers of meringues, scones and gooey brownies that line the window as you walk past. Although it's very much a get 'em whilst their there kind of thing (everything is fresh, and once it's gone it's gone), you'll probably find a lot of their goodies stocked across Cornwall (we encountered them in a deli in Penzance)- and I promise they're worth the visit for the scones alone.

52 Fore St, Saint Ives TR26 1HE

Hub:

On our first evening in St. Ives Hub seemed like the perfect bet. Joe fancied a good burger, whereas I was already dreaming of my first fish and chip dinner by the sea- so heading to this seafront spot in the centre of town that covered both American and seafood ticked all of the boxes. With me opting for the 'Cornish Yo Boy' (read: crispy fried haddock with pea puree and tartare sauce) and Joe the classic patty, it was one of the most delicious burgers we've had (London included)- so definitely include this on your list.

4 Wharf Rd, Saint Ives TR26 1LF

Porthmeor Beach Cafe:

Despite having our own little kitchen- it felt rude not to tick off as many of the delicious cafes we'd been suggested during our short time in St. Ives. During our second morning, we woke up to rain and fog- but despite this Porthmeor Beach Cafe which overlooks the sea- was still the most beautiful spot. Watching the surfers wait on the waves whilst tucking into poached eggs, steaming tea and avocado was the perfect way of sheltering from the elements- especially if you're not brave enough for a wetsuit just yet!

Porthmeor Beach, Saint Ives TR26 1JZ

All the Ice Cream:

Now, I don't think it would be fair to suggest just one place to eat great Cornish ice cream in St. Ives when I only got to try one place myself. I had so many suggestions for delicious whips and although I did impulsively visit a spot called 'Ice Cream Delights' along the front for their malted Malteaser special, I also heard wonderful things about Moomaid and Willy Wallers- so I'd take note (and make room) for all three if I were you!

Seafood Cafe:

The last time I visited the Seafood Cafe in St. Ives was about ten years ago with family, but I (vaguely) remember fond things so wanted to come again with Joe and see if it was quite as nice as I remember. The concept is simple eating here- you select your fish (or meat) of choice, pick some sides and tuck in! There's such a wide selection of fresh fish and catches of the day, so if you're after a truly traditional fish supper this is the place (I mean, clue's in the name).

45 Fore St, Saint Ives TR26 1HE

Portminister Kitchen:

We spent our last morning soaking up the sun on the balcony of Portminister Kitchen along the St. Ives front, which was the perfect way of wrapping up our 48 hours there. If you're after a dinner spot with the most romantic views of the front- or simply want to wake up overlooking bustling streets waking up with you (we saw some freshly baked Cornish pasties being delivered as dogs had their morning walks and people dipped in and out of shops)- this really is a must visit.

Wharf Rd, Saint Ives TR26 1LG

Shopping: Port of Call/No. 8/Academy and Co

Across St. Ives it's likely you'll stumble across the power-trio that are Port of Call, Academy and Co and No. 8. All owned by James and Kate- the three stores specialise in gorgeous lifestyle, home-ware, publications and championing independent brands in both men and women's clothing. All of the shops are beautifully designed both inside and out, and whether you're doing some gift shopping, finding somewhere that caters to both you and your significant other- I can promise these are worth the trip (just. freeze. your. debit. card).

Across St. Ives

Shopping: Plumbline

Tucked opposite the Barbara Hepworth museum, this little shop could easily be mistaken for a gallery space- and in a sense, is. But Plumbline also doubles up as a beautiful concept lifestyle shop too. Stocking a handpicked selection of design-led crafts and tableware- with everything from contemporary jewellery, crockery and modern art- all from talented artists, truly makes this spot special.

2 Barnoon Hill, Saint Ives TR26 1AD

And one more thing!

Visit the Tate and Barbara Hepworth Museum if you happen to have a rainy day like we did, head to Rum & Crab shack for, well, delicious rum and crab- and finally, pick up a coffee from Mount Zion coffee before you go!


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For a long time I'd had Cornwall on my list of place to re-visit in the UK. Since starting my mini seaside series, it's been one of the places that I truly feel encapsulates everything beautiful about the British coastline. From wandering from the lighthouse along harbour, picking up some crispy chips swimming in vinegar- or even the outstandingly beautiful train journey from St. Erths which feels positively tropical in itself. It's a world away from London, and feels even slightly tropical compared to other beachy spots in the U.K- and despite the distance (unless, of course you live in the South West)- I reckon it's worth every train-riding minute.

Staying: Beachspoke

Our accommodation during our stay came in the shape of a beautiful seaside cottage, care of Beachspoke. Run by the same people behind beautiful Peligoni (which you may remember here)- we knew we were in for a treat, and opted for their Moonshadow cottage which was every bit as beautiful as we expected. Being a short walk from the station and a literal stones throw from the sea, we were spoilt for location- which meant the temptation to stay in and snuggle on the buttery Chesterfield or cosy double was a little less so. Additionally, we loved having our own little kitchen for independence (self catering has never looked so appealing)- and although it was perfectly petite was more than enough space for two- and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for something a little more magical than a typical B&B.

Porthmeor Rd, Saint Ives TR26 1NP

Eating: St. Ives Bakery

One spot that kept popping up with recommendations was the gorgeous St. Ives Bakery. Perched on the corner of Fore Street- it's hard to miss the towers of meringues, scones and gooey brownies that line the window as you walk past. Although it's very much a get 'em whilst their there kind of thing (everything is fresh, and once it's gone it's gone), you'll probably find a lot of their goodies stocked across Cornwall (we encountered them in a deli in Penzance)- and I promise they're worth the visit for the scones alone.

52 Fore St, Saint Ives TR26 1HE

Hub:

On our first evening in St. Ives Hub seemed like the perfect bet. Joe fancied a good burger, whereas I was already dreaming of my first fish and chip dinner by the sea- so heading to this seafront spot in the centre of town that covered both American and seafood ticked all of the boxes. With me opting for the 'Cornish Yo Boy' (read: crispy fried haddock with pea puree and tartare sauce) and Joe the classic patty, it was one of the most delicious burgers we've had (London included)- so definitely include this on your list.

4 Wharf Rd, Saint Ives TR26 1LF

Porthmeor Beach Cafe:

Despite having our own little kitchen- it felt rude not to tick off as many of the delicious cafes we'd been suggested during our short time in St. Ives. During our second morning, we woke up to rain and fog- but despite this Porthmeor Beach Cafe which overlooks the sea- was still the most beautiful spot. Watching the surfers wait on the waves whilst tucking into poached eggs, steaming tea and avocado was the perfect way of sheltering from the elements- especially if you're not brave enough for a wetsuit just yet!

Porthmeor Beach, Saint Ives TR26 1JZ

All the Ice Cream:

Now, I don't think it would be fair to suggest just one place to eat great Cornish ice cream in St. Ives when I only got to try one place myself. I had so many suggestions for delicious whips and although I did impulsively visit a spot called 'Ice Cream Delights' along the front for their malted Malteaser special, I also heard wonderful things about Moomaid and Willy Wallers- so I'd take note (and make room) for all three if I were you!

Seafood Cafe:

The last time I visited the Seafood Cafe in St. Ives was about ten years ago with family, but I (vaguely) remember fond things so wanted to come again with Joe and see if it was quite as nice as I remember. The concept is simple eating here- you select your fish (or meat) of choice, pick some sides and tuck in! There's such a wide selection of fresh fish and catches of the day, so if you're after a truly traditional fish supper this is the place (I mean, clue's in the name).

45 Fore St, Saint Ives TR26 1HE

Portminister Kitchen:

We spent our last morning soaking up the sun on the balcony of Portminister Kitchen along the St. Ives front, which was the perfect way of wrapping up our 48 hours there. If you're after a dinner spot with the most romantic views of the front- or simply want to wake up overlooking bustling streets waking up with you (we saw some freshly baked Cornish pasties being delivered as dogs had their morning walks and people dipped in and out of shops)- this really is a must visit.

Wharf Rd, Saint Ives TR26 1LG

Shopping: Port of Call/No. 8/Academy and Co

Across St. Ives it's likely you'll stumble across the power-trio that are Port of Call, Academy and Co and No. 8. All owned by James and Kate- the three stores specialise in gorgeous lifestyle, home-ware, publications and championing independent brands in both men and women's clothing. All of the shops are beautifully designed both inside and out, and whether you're doing some gift shopping, finding somewhere that caters to both you and your significant other- I can promise these are worth the trip (just. freeze. your. debit. card).

Across St. Ives

Shopping: Plumbline

Tucked opposite the Barbara Hepworth museum, this little shop could easily be mistaken for a gallery space- and in a sense, is. But Plumbline also doubles up as a beautiful concept lifestyle shop too. Stocking a handpicked selection of design-led crafts and tableware- with everything from contemporary jewellery, crockery and modern art- all from talented artists, truly makes this spot special.

2 Barnoon Hill, Saint Ives TR26 1AD

And one more thing!

Visit the Tate and Barbara Hepworth Museum if you happen to have a rainy day like we did, head to Rum & Crab shack for, well, delicious rum and crab- and finally, pick up a coffee from Mount Zion coffee before you go!


x

16 comments:

  1. Hubbox is the best! We have one in Exeter too thank goodness :) I've only popped to Cornwall twice despite having lived in Devon for 6 years so I really should book a stay in St. Ives, I want to try everything in this post xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

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  2. St. Ives looks so beautiful! I'd love to visit this side of the island one day too, but the long train journey has always put me off a bit. I think maybe next year I'll take off a few days and make a long weekend out of it - that's how I wouldn't feel too bad about spending that much time travelling! :D I'll definitely save this guide for when I go - everywhere you went looks so wonderful! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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  3. OMG! Such a gorgeous place and your photography is amazing!

    Love your blog! You just got a new follower! ♥ Keep up the good work!

    With Love,
    Anna || Whirlwind Chaos

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  4. Such gorgeous photos! Cornwall looks so picture perfect.

    Abigail Alice x

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  5. I love the English seaside!!
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  6. Everything looks so cute! X
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  7. Wow it looks gorgeous there. The food looks really good too. I want to go to that bakery.
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  8. So glad you had a good time here in Cornwall! I love St. Ives, but you've made it look even more inviting - lucky I'm off there tomorrow :) xx

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  9. I'm going to Cornwall this weekend so these posts have come at the perfect time!

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  10. I love your English seaside series! I've always wanted to see Cornwall. These blue waters are incredible, you'd almost mistake them for Italy! The St Ives Bakery seems great, these scones look so good!

    Julia x
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  11. Beautiful pictures!

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  12. I really want to go back to Cornwall, St Ives looks beautiful! x

    Millie | www.bymillie.co.uk

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  13. Everything looks so perfect! Love your photos <3

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  14. Can't believe I only went to Cornwall once when living SW, can't beat the scones at all!

    Lauren x
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