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Porthminster Beach Cafe

Porthminster Beach, St Ives, TR26 2EB

01736 795352

Fish2fork Rating
4.5 Blue Fish

Last rated: 22/03/2011

What we say

Porthminster Beach has worked hard to improve its sustainability policies which it explains in a brochure alongside the menu on every table. The menu changes daily and reflects what is being caught in local Cornish waters but it will normally include Cornish shrimp and line-caught haddock, monkfish and hake. Haddock rather than cod are used in the restaurant's fish and chips. We have nothing but praise for the efforts being made and are delighted to see Porthminster's score rising to 4.5 Blue fish putting it among the best restaurants in the country.

What they say

Porthminster Beach is an award winning seafood restaurant. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. The Cafe specialises in Mediterranean and Asian seafood and is an oasis of taste and visual beauty.

About Porthminster Beach Cafe

Idyllic setting on the beach at Porthminster with wonderful views of St Ives Bay from the restaurant and deck terrace. It operates more as a bistro during the day offering coffee and croissants in the morning, bowls of mussels at lunchtime and moving more upmarket in the evening to dishes such as belly pork and monkfish curry.

Aussie chef and partner Mick Smith, who offers Mediterranean and Asian seafood, is a strong environmentalist keen on recycling who tries to ensure all his produce, including seafood, is sourced locally without the need for long journeys by air or road. Herbs and vegetables come from the restaurant’s own gardens.

Fish and chips at lunchtime costs £11.95p; two courses for about £21. A two course fish dinner: about £23.

Four stars on Google.

Porthminster Beach Cafe