Welcome back! If you haven’t read part one yet, click here! Otherwise, I hope you enjoy the second part of our St Ives adventure…
We woke up to cloud and fog on the Sunday – typical British weather! It was at least dry so we headed out to find the South West Coast path and walked along the coast to Carbis Bay. We wanted to go a little further but the path got a bit too muddy so we walked along the golden sands instead. I would recommend doing a walk or two if you’re in St Ives as there is so much beautiful coastline just waiting to be discovered.
Back in St Ives, we picked up a pasty for lunch (it had to be done!) and took it back to the cottage to enjoy. There are so many seagulls in St Ives that I wasn’t risking my Cornish treat being nabbed by one of those! As you can imagine, there are so many pasty shops in St Ives but we went to the Cornish Bakehouse who make a killer cheese and bacon pasty. You can find them at number nine Fore Street, the main shopping street in St Ives.
There are so many lovely shops to browse in this picturesque town. I’d recommend checking out Poppy Treffry for beautiful handmade gifts. We picked up a cute dog tea towel and a handmade candle. I also picked up some healthy dog treats in the shape of pasty’s for Freddy!
Fore Street is also lined with tempting sweet displays! There are just as many fudge shops as pasty shops. We couldn’t decide between two fudge shops so we got something from each, we were on holiday after all! If you love salted caramel, go and visit Myrings Fudge and Rock shop. Their salted caramel fudge is out of this world. If you really can’t decide which flavour of fudge to go for, head to The Cornish Candy Shoppe slightly further down Fore Street and pick up one of their variety boxes. This way, you can try every flavour!
All shopped out and with the rain starting to fall, we headed for cover in the Tate gallery. If you’re into art, the Tate is definitely worth a visit. We wanted to go to the Barbara Hepworth museum as well but I’ve heard that it’s all outside and we didn’t fancy getting wet! You can find the Tate by Porthmeor Beach, open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4:20pm.
Whilst you’re in the area, make sure you visit Pothmeor Beach Café which is located just below the Tate. Walk right through the café and out onto the terrace and you can sit in one of their little coves. They are so lovely and cosy and have heaters in them so you can sit there for ages just looking out at the sea view. We enjoyed delicious hot chocolates here – it was honestly one of my favourite moments of the weekend. So peaceful and calm 🙂 .
On our way back to Figgy Cottage, we climbed to the top of a hill that had an ancient church on top of it. You can see this from the Tate. I would highly recommend walking to the top as you can experience the most amazing view of the whole town from up there.
That evening, we wanted to dine at a restaurant that was slightly cheaper than the hotel we went to the night before so we chose Café Pasta, an Italian restaurant on the sea front. This restaurant serves delicious food without breaking the bank. To start, I had Smoked Haddock Croquettes that were delicious with a side of bread with oil and vinegar. The stone baked pizzas all sounded scrumptious so for my main course, I went for the Mediterranean. Roast Mediterranean vegetables with goats cheese and basil pesto, this pizza was full of flavour and definitely great value for money. No Italian feast is complete without garlic bread so of course, we ordered a side of that. Unlike the usual baguettes you get in the supermarket, this side was actual pieces of bread absolutely smothered in garlic butter – so delicious! We were stuffed full by the end of our main course so didn’t actually go for dessert!
We had such a lovely weekend in St Ives. We said hello to the seals, ate way to much and shopped till we dropped. There were so many special memories that I will remember forever. It’s definitely a magical corner of the country and I would recommend to anyone to at least visit once. We will definitely be going back in the future.