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 Scotland #11

Mitchell's Cafe St Andrews

Mitchell's Cafe St Andrews

Pretty Houses St Andrews

Beautiful Scotland

St Andrews Castle Scotland

St Andrews Exploring

Exploring Scotland

St Andrews Architecture

Cottage Life St Andrews

Cute Scottish Cottages

Every couple of months we head up to Scotland to visit family and we always pop over to St Andrews, which is only a 15 minute drive from my parents house. I have posted lots of photos from here on my blog, its just such a pretty place no matter what the weather.

Its quite a small town but has something for everyone including a beach, Castle, beautiful restaurants & shops. It is a bustling place, what with it having a University, big golfing community and plenty of tourists. It is a very friendly place to visit. We like to just wander through the cobbled streets, stopping of for numerous coffees along the way and always make sure to walk along the beach, even if its blowing a gale.

I did notice on my last visit that Jo Malone & Bobbi Brown have opened little boutiques there, could be quite dangerous.

If you ever get the opportunity to visit I highly recommend popping over its like being on the set of a Harry Potter film.

Exploring Cornwall Week #10

Cornish Cafe Truro

Sunset in Charlestown Cornwall

Fowey High Street Cornwall

River Fowey Cornwall

Crinnins Beach Cornwall

Carlyon Bay Beach Cornwall

Charlestown Harbourside Cottages

Sunnyside Cottage Cornwall

Pink Cottage Charlestown Harbour

VIllage Craft Fair

Colourful Houses Truro Cornwall

Cornish Cafe Truro

Exploring Cornwall Series

I have missed a few weeks of my Cornwall posts, since returning home from Scotland back in June we have been busy, busy with work and in all honesty until recently the weather has been pretty pants. When we do have a nice day we try and make the most of it, this Summer the nice days seem to feel few and far between.

We have kept our days out very local lately visiting Fowey, Truro, Falmouth and our local village (Charlestown). We do love a pretty harbour town and along the South Coast of Cornwall, we are quite spoilt for choice. So we tend to head out for walks along the coastal paths & end up in a harbour – wishing we lived in one of the sweet cottages that line them.

Big news (for Cornwall) a beautiful new Waitrose opened in Truro and they have a lovely separate shop dedicated to Cornish produce and its so nice, they also have a Cornish cafe serving locally sourced produce too. So we have been doing much of our shopping there and stopping for lunch too.

Cornwall is getting busy with Summer holiday visitors so every journey takes so much longer, so that is another reason we are staying closer to home. Our local beach has some cute pop-up restaurants, cafe’s and a small outdoor theatre, it feels like you are on the Mediterranean coast and we have been spending many an evening down there sipping cocktails & enjoying the sunshine. The water is still too cold for me but lots of people are getting out in the sea and I have seen people doing Yoga classes down on the beach too. I feel lucky having such a nice beach so close by & plan on spending as much time down there as possible.

I hope you’re all having a lovely Summer so far, maybe some of you are planning a visit to Cornwall this year?