Alex Fisher eats at the Porthminster Café in St Ives, Cornwall

WHET MY APPETITE Excellent local seafood combined with freshly picked herbs and vegetables from their own kitchen garden. We tried the Seafood Linguine, which was packed with Cornish crab and mussels.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU? Dishes range from Cornish Chowder with Brown Shrimps and Smoked Fish, to the more complex evening dishes such as Grilled Cod Fillet with Caper Dumplings, Brown Crab Velouté and Surf Clams. Their take on Petit Fours makes an ideal alternative to a heavy dessert, which they serve with Umeshu, a Japanese dessert wine.

HOW’S THE MOOD? Beach life at its best: super stylish but still relaxed enough for flip-flops.

CAN I SEE THE SEA? The café sits directly on the beach and the views are heavenly. There’s a long stretch of white sand and turquoise sea. If it’s warm enough you can sit out on the balcony and look out for seals.

WHAT’S THE DAMAGE? Light lunches start at £8.95. In the evenings starters are around £8 and main courses between £16 and £24.

OPENING TIMES The café reopened after a winter refurbishment on 13 February. It’s now open every day, serving breakfast from 9am, lunch 12-4pm and dinner 6-9.30pm.

To book call 01736 795352 or go to for more information.

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