Hidden away on the sands of the picturesque Porthgwidden Beach in St Ives, Porthgwidden Beach Café is a charming all-day dining spot serving from breakfast time all the way through to dinner. The beach is somewhat of a well-kept secret due its discreet location round the headland from the busy harbour, meaning that the café is great place to escape to for a quiet meal.
The seafood-focused menu takes its inspiration from global coastal cuisine, while Porthgwidden Beach Café’s commitment to sustainability is demonstrated by its many vegan and vegetarian options. So, whether you’re wanting a quick breakfast before a day spent on the beach, or fancy a three-course dinner just steps from the sand, Porthgwidden Café is a great option.
The décor inside Porthgwidden Beach Café has been kept incredibly simple with wooden floors, white walls, and large windows which look out right over the beach. Meanwhile, the café’s covered terrace allows for al fresco dining throughout the year, regardless of the weather. Sit here to hear the waves crashing as you eat your food.
When it comes to the regularly changing food offering at Porthgwidden Beach Café, expect starters such as crispy fried squid with a miso dressing and an Asian salad, and steamed mussels with chorizo and tomato. Main courses might include pan roasted duck breast with dauphinoise potato, cavalo nero and a port jus, grilled hake with red lentil dhal, jasmine rice and spinach, or pan-fried gnocchi with roasted butternut squash and a sage butter. Classic desserts range from a dark chocolate mousse to sticky toffee pudding. Meanwhile, you can head here in the morning to enjoy breakfast bagels, fry-ups and more.
The café serves both alcoholic and soft drinks, with a short but sweet selection of wines available both by the glass and bottle, as well as various beers and ciders.