Exploring St Ives Cornwall 2018

First Glimpse of St Ives Bay Cornwall

Pretty Cornish Cottage St Ives Cornwall

We are lucky enough to only live an hours drive from St Ives and love to pop over for a day trip – although we 100% don’t visit enough. So we thought with the Summer holiday’s looming (St Ives gets so busy over the Summer) we’d go for a whilst it was still quite quiet. We picked a glorious day, although I do still enjoy St Ives when it’s overcast it feels super romantic on days like those and it gives you an excuse to hide from the rain and explore all the galleries and coffee shops.

We park at the top of the hill opposite the St Ives Brewery, it isn’t the cheapest parking but it is easy to find and the view across the bay is stunning. The walk down is quite steep but easier on the way down and it brings you right into the centre. If you have trouble with inclines you can get on the car park bus for a small fee.

St Ives Bakery Vegan Pasty

I have shared photos of my previous visits on my blog and I never grow tired of taking photos and wandering through all the beautiful back streets that are lined with tiny whitewashed cottages. I also really like how people decorate their fronts with pretty flowers & plants, it reminds me of Amsterdam.

Fore Street, which is the main shopping street is always busy but I do like having a peek into all the shops and the smell of the bakeries (Cornish pasty) always tempts me in. This time we arrived at lunchtime and couldn’t resist a Wholemeal Vegan Pasty from The St Ives Bakery – which was just heaven, you need to try it if you visit St Ives.

Summer in Cornwall

The Blue Bramble Gallery St Ives

Then we just enjoyed the sunshine and explored all the little side streets snapping photos along the way. There are so many cafes and places to grab Ice Cream so if you need to take a break you can. We always stop at The Pier Coffee Bar for a cuppa, it is right by the harbour but tucked away enough that you can always get a seat.

White Washed Cottages St Ives Cornwall

Day Trip Ideas Cornwall

Exploring St Ives Cornwall 2018

Summer in St Ives Cornwall

Ivy Cottage St Ives Cornwall

Mermaid Seafood Restaurant St Ives

Cornish Dairy Ice Cream

The Grey Mullet Guest House St Ives

St Ives Door Steps

The Cornish Catch Citroen Van

British Seaside Vacation

Blas Burgerworks Review St Ives

Now our main reason for visiting St Ives this time was so we could eat at Blas Burgerworks which is located in the Warren. I have walked past it so many times but we tend to be in St Ives too early as it only opens at 5 pm. On this occasion, we were there later & ready for burgers. They have so many Vegan options available which made me so excited so I opted for the Blackbean Burger & my husband picked the Sunflower Burger.

Blas Burger Works Vegan Options

The decor is very basic and you mostly have to share a table as it is small and gets very busy. Even at 5.30, we were lucky to get a seat. Now on to the burgers, well let me just say that I was so disappointed. I wanted to love it but both of us elt our burgers just were not up to scratch. They came beautifully presented and the chips, OMG the ships were so yummy but the actual burgers turned into a soft paste, they lost all structure and you had to admit defeat and eat them with a knife and fork and I don’t know if you feel the same but I think burgers are meant to be eaten with your hands!

Vegan Burger at Burgerworks St Ives

The burger was unrecognisable as a burger and was so soft that I felt I’d been robbed of my burger experience. I have had Vegan Burgers that didn’t have great structure but these took it to a new level. I am sad to say we won’t be going back. Let me know if you have been & tried the Vegan Burgers and if you had the same experience. I told our server that they were a little too moist but she just said Thank You like I’d given her a compliment?!

St Ives

If you have any recommendations of things to see or do in St Ives leave me a comment & I am always looking for suggestions of places to eat!

This Weeks Happy – Exploring Plymouth

Charlestown Harbour Cornwall

Charlestown Harbour Cornwall

It has been a while since I shared photos from Cornwall since we got back from Berlin last month we have been super busy with work and the weather hasn’t been too great. On those few elusive sunny days we tried to make the most of them and get outside, so here are a few photos from this last month. Enjoy x

Truro City Cornwall

Leafy Truro Streets

Charlestown Cottage Life

Plymouth Colourful Houses

mint green house

Beautiful Plymouth

Royal William Yard Plymouth

Royal William Dock Yard Plymouth

Exploring Royal William Yard Plymouth

Exploring Plymouth

Architecture at Royal William Yard

clock tower

pretty painted houses plymouth

We headed to Plymouth for the day and explored down at Royal William Yard, which is stunning and a lovely place to have lunch/dinner. We landed luckily on a warm day and it was nice to be by the water and enjoy the architecture and history of this old naval dockyard. There are quite a few restaurants, cafes and bars which have outside seating to enjoy the sun and surroundings. It was a 15-minute walk from the centre and well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

The walk was pleasant and I couldn’t help but take photos of all the beautiful, brightly coloured houses on the way. I really want to live in a mint green house, how cute would that be.

Exploring Cornwall Week #13

Beach Cafe Newquay

Beautiful Ocean View

Beach Cafe Newquay

Classic VW Car

Beach Life

Charlestown Bead and Breakfast

White Wash Cottages Horse Box Farm Shop Newquay Second Hand Bookshop in Truro

Secret Garden Cornwall

How the weather can change in a short space of time. I took these photos just over 2 weeks ago, it was so warm and sunny. I have been in Scotland for the past 11 days & I think we have gone straight to winter. I am hoping that like last year in Cornwall October is beautiful and warm, like an Indian Summer, fingers crossed because I’m not prepared for it to be this wet & windy.

Cornwall is really beautiful in Autumn as the leaves change colour and the sunsets are more intense, so it’s not all bad news. There is something I find romantic about having a walk along the beach when the weather is rotten, getting all wrapped up and braving the cold.

As I said a couple of weeks ago we were in the middle of a heatwave, our local village is beautiful and when the weather is good we very rarely venture any further afield. I am sad to say that the beach bar has closed now for another year, which is sad but it was so much fun whilst it was there.

I did discover the cutest farm shop in the back of a horse box, they are over in Porth most Sunday’s and have a great selection of fruit & veg, I also bought some artisan bread (I couldn’t resist that warm bread scent).

Are you excited for the change in seasons, are you more of an Autumnal person? I think I am, but that might be because my birthday is in October and I’m excited to be heading to Amsterdam to celebrate this year.

Exploring Cornwall Week #12

Beautiful Charlestown Harbour Cornwall

Beautiful Charlestown Harbour Cornwall

Falmouth Harbour Cornwall

Falmouth Week Celebrations 2016

Falmouth High Street

Star and Garter Pub Falmouth

Beautiful Homes in Falmouth

Falmouth Harbour Houses

Falmouth Week

Cornish Sunset

Cornwall has been absolutely glorious these past few weeks, so we have been spending quite a few afternoons at the beach and making the most of the Summer sun. We took a trip to Falmouth but didn’t realise that it was Falmouth Week, which attracts quite a lot of people. They have sailing events, food fairs, local theatre productions & of course fireworks so it was quite busy but we still managed to explore and the weather was perfect.

We did the park & float, which was fun – so you leave your car on the out skirts of Falmouth & take a 20 minute boat ride up the river. Its lovely to see Falmouth from the river & you pass some luxurious yachts as well as a few cruise liners. Even though it is a little more expensive than your typical parking its a lot more fun. We also stumbled upon a really nice pub called The Star & Garter which was really nicely decorated and was friendly indeed, we spent a while in there relaxing and making the most of their view over Falmouth & the river. We are excited to visit Falmouth again when it isn’t so busy, I spotted quite a few restaurants & cafes that I want to try.

The Summer holidays are nearing an end, which means Cornwall will quieten down & thats when I like it most, when the weather turns cooler and you get the coastline to yourself. Its so romantic and peaceful.