We were staying about a 5 minute walk from the Carbis Bay Hotel and decided to have a meal here. I phoned up to see if we could make a booking for the Sands Restaurant as we were not residents and also to ask if we could still eat there as my husband only had a pair of jeans to wear (it states on the website "no jeans") as we were on holiday. The lady asked me about the shade of the jeans, I explained they were a dark blue colour but would be worn with a shirt and a smart pair of shoes. After a few more questions about the jeans she said it would be ok, I booked a table for 6pm. The entrance to the hotel was lovely, we then walked passed reception, the bar and the conservatory which all looked very relaxing. The restaurant was practically empty which was good for us as we got a table next to the window overlooking the beach, the restaurant was very clean and all the tables were dressed to a high standard. We had a browse through the menu and wine list and opted for tomato and basil soup, stuffed mushroom and we both had beef for the main course with a lovely bottle of Shiraz. The food was beautiful and tasty. Before choosing our deserts we asked for a 10 minute rest, we got 5 minutes then we were asked 4 times by 4 different staff what we would like, on one of these occasions my husband was not even at the table. For desert we had the cheese board and bread and butter pudding, my cheese arrived with no explanation of what the cheeses were so I asked the waiter (who was eastern European) what kinds there were and his reply was " yes cheese" when asked again he replied "yes Cornish cheese", I asked him again to find out from the chef, a few minutes later he returned with 3 names but did not know which ones were which on the plate so I had to guess. Overall we had a lovely meal here with a fabulous view, my only criticism was that at the beginning of the night when the restaurant was quiet there are lots of staff and they are far too attentive which is not a bad thing normally but we felt extremely rushed as they are watching your every move and plates being taken away as soon as you have put your cutlery down. I am not sure if they wanted the window table for someone else or it was just an extremely busy night in the restaurant. For £29.95pp for the food and £19 for the wine we really had a lovely meal and would recommend the restaurant.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Carbis Bay
- Carbis Bay Hotel St Ives
- Carbis Bay St Ives
- Carbis Bay Hotel & Spa St Ives, Cornwall