When planning a trip to St Ives, you can be sure of a rainy day or two; this is England after all. While fish and chips on the beach may be off the schedule, make the most of a grey day with a trip to one of the town’s galleries.
The iconic Tate gallery on Porthmeor Beach has recently relaunched with an expanded gallery space dedicated to Modern Art in St Ives. Also run by the Tate is the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden which offers an unprecedented insight into the work and life of one of Britain’s most revered 20th century artists. James at The Academy also recommends a stop off at Leach Pottery, which is considered by many as the birthplace of British studio pottery.
FOOD WITH A VIEW
St Ives is a foodie’s dream. Whether it’s the catch of the day, fresh-out-the-oven scones and jam or something entirely unexpected (adobo beef cheek anyone?), this town is filled with gastronomic delights. James at The Academy recommends lunch at the Porthmeor Café, which sits just below the Tate and boasts panoramic ocean views. Famed for their seafood tapas and innovative cocktail list, take your lunch alfresco and you might even catch an afternoon dolphin sighting. For dinner, head to Alba restaurant, a five-star dining experience renowned for their eclectic take on traditional seafood. Specialising in line caught fish and seasonal vegetables, it’s all about local produce here, prepared with a contemporary twist. Be sure to book in advance to guarantee a table with sweeping bay views.
GET YOUR HEAD DOWN
For a good night’s kip, be sure to book in at the Trevose Harbour House, which offers luxuriously comfy beds, stunning harbour views and locally sourced seasonal breakfast fare. After undergoing a two-year renovation, this boutique guesthouse opened in 2013 and has since built up an impressive reputation. Imbued with mid-century design undertones and plenty of coastal charm, the Trevose B&B is the epitome of seaside chic; think crisp white bed linen, ocean blue hues and a beach house aesthetic.