Our trip to Cornwall took us along the north coast and we planned to stop in St. Ives for lunch so we reserved (and it's necessary) a table at the Porthminster Beach Cafe (www.porthminsterbeachcafe.co.uk) on the recommendation of a local. It was a good choice, but little did we know there is no place to park anywhere in St. Ives except the large car parks located about 15minutes walk down a steep hill (and ultimately back up) to this beautiful beach overlooking the cliffs and coastline of North Cornwall.
The setting was worth it and the food was just right.
Samuel had the Napoli & Basil Pasta with tomato, chilli, garlic and parmesan while Will enjoyed the special WHITE FISH CHOWDER with local Cornish Crab and mussels that was rich, but needed some ground pepper for spice.
My Steamed FOWEY MUSSELS (from a town we visited the next day on the south coast) were plump and tasty and served in Thai broth with lemongrass, chilli, coriander, bok choy, toasted lotus and a chunk of toasted bread to mop it all up with.
I also relished the Elderflower 75 a mix of proscecco, lime and elderflower as I deserved it after driving down the one lane two-way 25%grade drive to drop Sam and Will and then back up to the main lot with its long hike back down.
It was fun, but St. Ives is such a zoo, we headed out to the countryside where were enjoyed the scenery and local flavor even more.