Hello, thought I would just give a quick report on our visit to St Ives in early October, should have done it earlier but have been travelling on business a lot.
I am not going to give a blow-by-blow account, but just highlight some things we liked and maybe not liked as much, although I cannot think of any at the moment that we disliked.
I also thought I should do it as a bit of a think you to all who have contributed when I have asked questions.
We stayed at the Saillofts for the 3rd time, cannot fault anything about it. The apartments are all furnished to a high standard and the people there will help with anything they can. Position wise, very good for Porthmeor beach and 2 minutes from town centre.
Weather was not great when we visited, but we did get a couple of days to sit on the beach, shorts and tee shirt not really sunbathing.
Some restaurants and bars we did and didn’t eat in.
We seemed to spend a lot of time in the Hub, really like this place, staff great, beer kept well, good selection of drinks and good place to people watch.
Saltwater Café was a great meal, glad we ate there before it closed.
Blas burgers was a good place to eat and the communal seating just adds to the environment, but it would not be anything without great burgers, which it most definitely does have.
Tried to eat at Alfresco one night, but it was fully booked, which must say something about it if it gets that busy in October.
I would recommend the Garrack hotel restaurant to anybody who wants great food in a place that treats you as a guest and not just a customer. Not many tourists make it there, which is a great shame as people are missing out on a great restaurant.
Porthmeor café is such a good place for breakfast we ate there 3 times, views spectacular. Also had a couple of bottles of Vedett during the day sat on the balcony, you just feel your shoulders drop.
We had planned to eat in Seagrass, my Wife liked the look of the menu, but seeing the chef having a fag on a bench on the harbour, in his whites, put us off. My Wife also said the advertising boards where at best disingenuous with the amount of writing about Masterchef, she said I can now start putting FA Cup 1984 on my c.v. as I played in the first qualifying round then.
We were in St Ives for England v Montenegro and as the Lifeboat was the only place showing it we ventured in, I have never liked the place since having a bad pint of Tribute a couple of years ago. It was packed and I tried the beer with some trepidation, but it was in fact very good, so I take back any comments I have made about bad beer, I am taking it that I was just unlucky one time as I had a couple later in the week and again they were fine.
The biggest surprise we had all week was the Queen’s Hotel, Blas was closed for a private party and a guy recommended the Queen’s, having been previously we thought no way, walked to Alfresco, fully booked. We thought let’s go and have drink and see if it looks any better than a couple of years ago. It has been taken over by new people and the menu was very good, service was excellent, drinks good, but the food was some of the best we have had for a long time. I must admit I assumed it would be standard pub fare, nothing wrong with that, with it being part of St Austell’s brewery, but no, it was a long way above that, I urge anyone to try it.
We did a day trip to Penzance on the train, great scenery along the way and the station at St Erth has a café that makes you proud to be English. Hopefully will visit when the Lido is open next time as looks fantastic.
If you have read this far, you have done well, I think. Needless to say, we still love visiting St Ives and will be back next year, there are still so many places to try.
If anybody wants to ask any questions about any of above, please do, I will try and help the best I can.