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Adam Handling is arriving in Cornwall with this August 2021 newcomer which aims to bring the creativity of his Frog in Covent Garden to this 65-cover all-day dining experience set in a luxury estate on the fringes of St Ives. With floor-to-ceiling windows, it has ocean views to entertain outside and an open kitchen within. There's also a similar capacity bar area with a more-than-incidental menu. Sustainability – for which he has better credentials than most – is key to the undertaking. Jamie Park is Head Chef, having previously been head chef at the Frog.

survey result

Summary

£149
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A seriously interesting tasting menu and a view to die for!” are helping to win ever-greater acclaim for Adam Handling’s (of London’s ‘Frog’ fame) “beautiful venue overlooking Carbis Bay” from a new luxury beachside estate on the fringes of St Ives. Menus start with a five-course selection for £110 per head, with the option to add oysters, caviar, truffles and wine matching. “It doesn’t come cheap”, but most reporters felt this year that “it’s worth every penny”: “from the brilliant cocktails to the ‘snacks’ you feed on faultless innovative courses (crab, turbot, asparagus, lamb, desserts) and some dishes are mind-blowing (e.g. sourdough muffin with brown crabmeat butter and a reveal of an exquisite crab tart)”. “Incredible to have this high-class restaurant in Cornwall”.

Summary

£120
£££££
4
Very Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Celeb chef Adam Handling arrived in Cornwall in August 2021 with this 65-cover all-day dining experience set in a new, luxury beachside estate on the fringes of St Ives. Fans say it’s a “simply stunning location” with ocean views through the floor-to-ceiling windows and an open kitchen (although the impression is a fraction modern and “soulless” to some tastes). Adam is known for his sustainable focus and this continues in the tasting-menu format (5-courses for £100, 7-courses for £125). Some reporters’ best meals of the year won it generally high marks, but there were some more middling reports and complaints regarding pricing (“not a nightmare evening, but who has persuaded them they are special?”). Perhaps change will be afoot, as in July 2022 (post-survey) a new head chef, Connor Blades, was appointed..

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Carbis Bay Estate, St Ives, TR26 2NP

Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu
10
42
No minimum age

Ugly Butterfly Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Ugly Butterfly Restaurant in TR26, St Ives by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Ugly Butterfly restaurant.
Helen B
Our second visit - the view alone is worth ...
Reviewed 11 months, 11 days ago

"Our second visit - the view alone is worth the money - meal excellent - started slowly with the snacks which were good but not outstanding - but built up to two 10s with the hake cut with wild garlic oil or as they said three cornered leek - and the hogget and the wonderfully complex food fight !"

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 110.00 Always available 5
Menu2 135.00 Always available 7
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £32.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 15.00%
Carbis Bay Estate, St Ives, TR26 2NP
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday5:30 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
SundayCLOSED

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