Imagine a traditional stone building in the higgledy-piggledy tourist core of St Ives, but with the interior decked out like an informal surf shack: scuffed furniture, some large communal tables and an open kitchen. Throw in some excellent burgers made with top-quality Cornish beef, grilled fish (depending on the day’s catch), plus a few sides (think fries, tortilla chips, olives, coleslaw, etc.) and you have the ever-appealing Blas Burgerworks.
At the heart of the menu is the basic Blas Burger, which consists of a six ounce beef patty topped with pickled cucumber, salad and aioli and served alongside hand-cut chips seasoned with salt and aioli which are made on site every day. There are plenty more varieties to choose from though, including a beef burger topped with wilted spinach, Cornish blue cheese, field mushrooms and truffle aioli, or a chicken burger paired with kimchi and a ginger spring onion sauce.
While burgers may conjure up images of meat juices dripping down your chin, vegetarians and vegans will be glad to know that Blas Burgerworks has options for them too. Those following plant-based diets can tuck into the blackbean burger with beetroot, pickled cucumber, sprouts and tofu aioli or they can enjoy a barbecue version slathered in BBQ sauce. Blas Burgerworks also tries its best to cater to those with intolerances, offering the option of a gluten-free bun with all its burgers, while families are welcome too, thanks to the £5 kids meal.
Desserts are simple enough (think ice cream and chocolate brownies), while drinks range from half a dozen gluggable wines to some bottled local ales. Prices are a little steep for such casual food, but this is top-quality beef and after a day on the beach, on the water or walking the coastal path, dinner at Blas Burgerworks is ideal.