We were lucky enough to have one of our favourite Cornish bloggers, Siân from The Freckled Fieldnotes, take over the St Ives Penzance Instagram this week, giving our followers a tour of Boscastle. Siân is a talented illustrator, blogger and writer who shares beautiful photos of Cornwall on her Instagram, as well as her gorgeous […]

Taking place on the beautiful Porthminster Beach, this year’s St Ives Food and Drink Festival promises great culinary experts, attractions and a wide variety of local beverages and food. With crowds of over 12,000 expected, there will be a huge range of activities and entertainment which promises fun for all the family. We’re very excited to be giving […]

This week we were invited to Scarlet Wines to try lunch in their snug Mediterranean restaurant, The Vineyard Table. Scarlet Wines is a local wine shop and delicatessen selling Cornish and speciality products as well as 300 hundred wines from around the world. Quietly situated in Lelant, just outside of St Ives, their restaurant The […]

Looking for something new to read? We’re sharing more our favourite Cornish bloggers. You may have caught our previous post about some of our favourite bloggers in Cornwall. Well, you can never have too much of a good thing. That’s our motto anyway. So, of course, we’re sharing even more of our favourite blogs; writing […]

From lifestyle to parenting, discover some great Cornish blogs that will inspire and entertain. Since launching St Ives Penzance earlier on this year we’ve discovered a whole community of amazing Cornish bloggers. Whether you’re living in Cornwall or just on holiday in St Ives, these bloggers will fill you with inspiration and ideas for things […]

Cornwall is full of incredibly beautiful beaches. So much so, that it can be hard to choose which one you want to go to. That’s why we thought we’d share our guide to the best beaches in Cornwall, in our opinion that is.

Kynance Cove, The Lizard

Kynance Cove - Best Beaches in Cornwall - St Ives Penzance

Just two miles north of The Lizard, Kynance Cove is one of the prettiest and most photographed beaches in Cornwall. It is owned by the National Trust who have a large car park on the cliffs above. We recommend going at low tide when it’s at it’s most breathtaking but be warned, this very popular beach is always very busy in summer.

Porthminster Beach, St Ives

Porthminster Beach St Ives Cornwall - St Ives PenzancePorthminster Beach, one of two blue flag beaches in St Ives. This a sheltered, family friendly beach with golden sands has all the facilities you could need. This includes the excellent Porthminster Beach Café and it’s a great option for a windy day as it’s much more sheltered than Porthmeor.

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Porthmeor Beach St Ives Cornwall - St Ives PenzancePorthmeor, the second blue flag beach in St Ives, is arguably one of Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches. Unlike the sheltered Porthminster Beach Porthmeor faces the Atlantic Ocean. The sometimes-bracing winds makes it a very popular spot for surfers.

Summerleaze Beach, Bude

Summerleaze Beach Bude - Best Beaches in Cornwall - St Ives Penzance

Summerleaze Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Bude, and with its expansive golden sands and its proximity to town it’s easy to see why. There’s plenty of room, so even on it hot summer’s day it never feels too crowded, and the sea-water bathing pool on the other side means you can swim in any conditions, regardless of the current.

Porthcurno and Pedn Vounder, Penzance

Porthcurno Beach - Best Beaches in Cornwall - St Ives Penzance

One of the most famous and beautiful golden sand beaches in Cornwall, Porthcurno is a breathtaking tropical paradise that will transport you to the Caribbean. This beach in the valley of Porthcurno village is sheltered by cliffs on both sides and is overlooked by the famous Minack Theatre. When the tides out you can walk over to the neighbouring beach, Pedn Vounder, which is just as beautiful.

Godrevy, Hayle

Godrevy, Hayle, Cornwall - St Ives Penzance

The northern tip of Hayle’s three mile beach, Godrevy is the most dramatic and arguably the most beautiful. The exposed but breathtaking Atlantic position makes it a popular spot all year round with walkers and bathers alike.

Sennen Cove, Penzance

Sennen-Cove-Beach-Cornwall-St-Ives-PenzanceOfficially named Whitesands Bay, this beach is known to locals as Sennen, because of the quaint village in which it resides. With nearly a mile of golden sands this beach is a favourite for locals and tourists alike. It’s also a popular surfing spot as, like Porthmeor, it faces out to the Atlantic Ocean.

Mawgan Porth, Newquay

Mawgan Porth Beach Newquay Cornwall - St Ives Penzance

Just 4 miles North from Newquay, Mawgan Porth beach is slightly off the beaten track, so tends to not overcrowd as much as other beaches during summer. Sheltered by the high cliffs on each side this family friendly, golden sand beach has a vast amount of space, so plenty of room for family fun.

Carbis Bay Beach

Carbis Bay Beach - St Ives Penzance - Best Beaches in Cornwall

Carbis Bay beach is one of only eight blue flag beaches in Cornwall. It’s an expansive, sheltered golden sand beach that’s great for families and has all the facilities you might expect. The tree covered cliffs on either side protect the beach from the elements and there’s lifeguard cover from July-September.

Porthpean Beach, St Austell

Porthpean Beach - St Ives Penzance - Best Beaches in Cornwall

Porthpean is a lovely, safe sheltered beach that’s very family friendly. There’s plenty of rock pools, safe swimming as well as a sailing club. The beach is cleaned daily in summer and as with many other beaches in Cornwall dogs are not allowed between Easter and September.

Trevone Bay, Padstow

Trevone Bay, Padstow, Best Beaches in Cornwall, St Ives Penzance

Just two miles from Padstow you will find Trevone Bay, a popular beach that’s both family friendly and great for surfing. The expansive golden sands are surrounded by rocky areas on either side, so it’s a great place to take children rock pooling.

Let us know what you think are the best beaches in Cornwall, do you know any hidden gems? We’d love to hear your thoughts. You can also tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #stivespenzance to share your photos of Cornwall and your favourite beaches.

Cornwall is very vegan friendly, so here are just some of our favourite vegan friendly restaurants, cafes and places to eat.

St Ives Penzance’s guide to vegan friendly restaurants in Cornwall. All the best vegan friendly places to eat, including vegan friendly cafes inCornwall. Each establishment serves great vegan food or is always happy to adapt existing dishes to make them vegan. These come from personal experience or recommendations.

Archie Browns, Penzance & Truro

One of our favourite vegan friendly cafés in Cornwall, Archie Browns is a vegetarian cafe and health food shop serves a variety of fresh, wholesome, homemade meal. Their menu includes a vegan breakfast, salads, soups and sandwiches alongside some wonderful specials such as falafel pattie and a mixed bean and roast pepper burger. As well as dairy free milk they stock soy yoghurt and vegan butter. They also have a great selection of juices and smoothies. Opening times: Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm (4pm in Truro).

The Granary, Penzance

The Granary is a vegetarian whole food store situated in the centre of Penzance on Causeway Head. They stock a great selection of health foods but it’s the deli counter that we really recommend. As well as selling fresh, local bread they have delicious and unique fresh salads, sandwiches, soup and savouries alongside some vegan sweet treats. Opening times: Monday-Saturday 9am-5:30am.

The Honey Pot, Penzance

This bustling vegan friendly café is a favourite amongst Penzance locals. As such, it’s usually pretty packed on weekends so be sure to book if you’re headed there during peak times (call 01736 368686). They offer a wonderful selection of homemade delights including vegan soups and curries. The Honey Pot always have a minimum of three veggie specials, and they always have a at least a couple of vegan offerings. They also stock vegan butter and milk. Opening times: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm with lunch served from 12pm.

Coco Loco, Penzance

Coco Loco is a wonderful Mexican restaurant, one of Penzance’s most popular vegan friendly restaurants Cornwall that caters to a variety of dietary requirements. Because it gets so busy it’s best to book in advance (call 01736 363091). They have a large variety of veggie options such as nachos, fajitas and quesadillas as well as stocking vegan cheese and sour cream (just ask, it’s not on the menu). Opening times: Tuesday-Saturday 5:30pm-9:30pm.

The Alverne, Penzance

Cosily situated on Alverton Road, The Alverne serves a Mediterranean inspired menu alongside tapas dishes and actually has a completely separate vegan menu (just ask, it’s not advertised). Opening Times Monday-Saturday 9am-9pm.

Ricardos Pizza Takeaway, Penzance

Ricardos is a great vegan friendly restaurant, but we personally we recommend the takeaway. Their bases and pizza sauce are vegan and they have an excellent selection of vegetarian pizzas (or you can make your own). Just ask for no cheese or bring your own vegan cheese along and they’ll put it on your pizza for you. Call 01736 364098 and 01736 366353 to order. Opening times: Monday-Sunday 5:30pm-11pm.

Lavenders Deli, Bakery & Cafe, Penzance

Lavenders is a wonderful vegan friendly bakery in the heart of Penzance on Alverton Street. If you’re craving a perfect Cornish pasty or you just need a quick lunch on the go, try their vegan pasty. Opening times: Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm.

Apple Tree Cafe, Sennen

This warm and welcoming Cornish cafe is very vegetarian and vegan friendly. They are happy to adapt dishes to suit a vegan diet and can offer a vegan cooked breakfast. Call 01736 872753 to book. Opening times: Wednesday-Sunday 10am-4pm.

Wildebeest Cafe, Falmouth

Wilderbeest Cafe is a wonderful little cafe in the centre of Falmouth that is entirely vegan! The flavoursome and exciting menu is full of Asian influences with dishes like hoisin seitan cucumber rolls, and raw pad thai but they also have lovely sweet treats like warm chocolate and almond brownie and lemon and blueberry raw cheesecake. They also offer several gluten-free options. Find their menu here. Call 01326 210602 to book. Opening times: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 5:30pm-9pm.

The Bean Inn, Carbis Bay

The Bean Inn is a vegetarian restaurant in Carbis Bay near St Ives, Cornwall. They offer an excellent range of vegan food and list vegan alternatives on their menu. You can find a sample of their menu here. To book call 01736 795 918. They are open from 5:30pm-10:30pm but they are closed until February 11th and their opening days vary. Check their Facebook page for opening times.

Blas Burgerworks, St Ives

Blas Burgerworks is a gourmet burger joint in St Ives, Cornwall whose ethos revolves around sustainability and minimising their impact on the environment. They have five vegetarian options, two of which are vegan; the black bean and beetroot burger and the chargrilled corn salsa and guac burger. Find their full menu here, takeaway is offered at a 10% discount. They only take reservations for groups of six or more. Call 01736 797 272 to book.

The Mex, St Ives

With a laid back atmosphere and flavoursome Mexican food The Mex is a popular spot in St Ives, Cornwall. They have a range of veggie options and are very vegan friendly. Their vegan combo dip with tortilla chips is delicious! Find their full menu here. Call 01736 797 658 to book. Opening times: Monday-Sunday 5:30pm till late (closed Sundays out of season).

Porthminster Kitchen, St IvesPorthminster Kitchen - Vegan Friendly Restuarants in Cornwall - St Ives Penzance

You can’t beat the location of this wonderful restaurant and the excellent Cornish food certainly matches up. Many of the meals are already meat and dairy free but they are also happy to adapt their dishes to suit a vegan diet. Find the full menu here. Call 01736 799874 to book. Opening times: Monday-Sunday, all day long serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Cornish Deli, St Ives

The Cornish Deli and Cafe offers a great selection of Cornish local products and serves fresh homemade food in its cafe. Most of the soups served are vegan and there’s plenty of vegan fillings for the baguettes and they are happy to accommodate vegan dietary requirements. Call 01736 795100 to book.

Pea Souk, Falmouth

Peak Souk is a vegetarian cafe in the heart of Falmouth offering a great selection of vegan food such as burgers, soups and nachos. Evenings are by advanced booking only. Call 01326 317583. Opening times: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm.

Truro Lounge, Truro

It’s very exciting that Truro Lounge, located on Princes Street, has an entirely vegan menu! This is a really great spot if you’re with a group with all different dietary requirements, since they serve meat, vegetarian meals, vegan meals and also have a gluten free menu. Call 01872 264378 to book. Opening times: Monday-Sunday 8am-11pm.

The Cornish Vegan, Truro

The Cornish Vegan is a vegan friendly cafe in Cornwall that serves delicious homemade vegan comfort food. Find their vegan friendly menu here. On the last Sunday of every month 10am-3pm; serving vegan roast dinners. Call 01872 271 540 to book. Opening times: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm.

We hope you found our guide to vegan friendly restaurants in Cornwall, and vegan friendly cafes in Cornwall useful. Cornwall has a great culinary scene and has a surprising number of vegan friendly cafés and restaurants. We’ve done our very best to ensure all the information in this guide is accurate but as menus and ingredients continuously change we cannot guarantee anything. It’s always best to check when ordering which dishes are vegan friendly, and if in doubt, ask! If you have a recommendation you’d like us to add, or you’re a vegan friendly business in Cornwall and you’d like to be on this list please email us on

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