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Dining with a sea view  - Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling, St Ives, Cornwall

Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling

4.8
4.8
589 Reviews
£41 and over
British
In a stunning Cornish Atlantic setting, just a mile from St Ives, Ugly Butterfly restaurant and bar offers spectacular views across one of the worlds most beautiful coasts, Carbis Bay. Ugly Butterfly showcases chef Adam Handling’s passion for converting locally-sourced, quality ingredients into beautifully-presented dishes, packed full of flavour. Offering an all-day dining experience, the Ugly Butterfly bar uses trims and offcuts from the ingredients used in the restaurant to create delicious drinks and bar snacks. This bar menu will illustrate that there is no such thing as food waste, much in the same way that there is no such thing as an Ugly Butterfly.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01736 805800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Adam Handling

  • Private party facilities

    Open for weddings, private hire, beach functions and parties. Please contact our reservations team for more details at reservations@uglybutterfly.co.uk

  • Neighborhood

    St Ives

  • Parking details

    Parking is available within and next to the Carbis Bay Estate

  • Public transit

    BY RAIL The nearest station is Carbis Bay on the St Ives branch line. There are frequent regular connecting services to St Erth station (on the London to Penzance main line). From the train station it is only a short walk down the hill to the Estate.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 589 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cornwall

    Best Overall

  • Cornwall

    Best Food

  • Cornwall

    Best Service

  • Cornwall

    Best Ambiance

  • Cornwall

    Innovative

  • Cornwall

    Romantic

  • Cornwall

    Great for scenic views

  • Cornwall

    Good for special occasions

  • Cornwall

    Lively

  • West Cornwall

    Best Overall

  • West Cornwall

    Best Food

  • West Cornwall

    Best Service

  • West Cornwall

    Best Ambiance

  • West Cornwall

    Best Value

  • West Cornwall

    Innovative

  • West Cornwall

    Good for special occasions

  • West Cornwall

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting the Ugly Butterfly never disappoints. It was great tasting a new season’s menu with more delicious courses to tantalise the tastebuds. The whole experience is an absolute pleasure, all of the dedicated staff are very welcoming and have great informative knowledge about all of the foods and recommendations of drinks. Looking forward to our next visit already!
  2. GW

    GaryW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Excellent all round the girls just needed a bit more heating they both said it was cold 😀
  3. AY

    AngelaY

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best food in Cornwall by a long way, and excellent staff. We will be back soon.
  4. PV

    PauloV

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing place, beautiful food, service spot on and stunning view!
  5. CE

    ChrisE

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing experience. Delicious food with a hint of theatre throw in!
  6. RB

    RebeccaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I came to the Ugly Butterfly to celebrate our birthdays jointly and my oh my what a good decision that was. The 7 course taster menu delivered fresh new gorgeousness with every dish. I have been asked which was the best bit and it honestly feels like picking a favourite offspring. The cocktails were utterly perfect, with mind blowingly good combinations of flavour, presented absolutely perfectly. The wine was delightful. The Ugly Butterfly crew are really something else, all so friendly and helpful -the service was impeccable. I will recommend any time I have the opportunity to. A huge thank you to you all, we loved it and you made our year.
  7. N

    Normski

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent 5 and 7 course menu. All dishes were elegant and delicious. Nice Service and great views even on a rainy day. Recommended.
  8. JS

    JacquiS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely amazing and the wine paring worked so well. All staff were so welcoming and friendly
  9. PH

    PaulH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the most amazing anniversary meal - the food was outstanding
  10. MF

    MarkF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service and atmosphere is faultless. Every mouthful is superb. Wine pairings are inspired. Especially love their dessert wines. Highly recommended.
  11. IY

    IlianaY

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Food was ok. Service was poor one waitress came no monkfish. Next minute we have monkfish Dessert was served with a hair wrap inside. So what do you thing is good about this meal? After discovering the hair all waitresses went into hiding. Sorry. Definitely bad experience
  12. SG

    ShellyG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food and staff were amazing. Felt rushed during dining. Had the wine pairing and the taster menu. Didn’t have time to finish one glass of wine before the next dish was ready. Had to ask them to slow it down.
  13. CM

    CraigM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A superb meal with excellent service particularly the extra attention for my wife’s big birthday! The friendly, knowledgeable staff were very attentive and nothing was too much trouble. We though there could have been a few extra minutes between courses but this is a v small thing in that overall picture.
  14. HF

    HilaryF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very special dining experience. Excellent food and service.
  15. RC

    RobinC

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience from start to finish was excellent, booked online with and the menu was easy, remember to read all the details. From the moment we walked in the staff were friendly and happy to see us, taking time to have a conversation and not just rush to our seats, first cocktails, explained and described by the bar staff, in the bar, no rush. Moved to the dining room, Dinner with the wine experience was fantastic, each course of food was explained and wine which complemented the course. Finest dining and great occasion.
  16. J

    Jules

    Warwickshire

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal in so many ways. The service was perfect right from the moment we arrived - helpful, friendly & timely. The taster menu is a journey of flavours carefully choreographed to build and paced nicely. We enjoyed the wine pairing which added an extra touch - some interesting choices explained well and complemented the food. Not going to go into every dish - you just have to try it! Lots of space & amazing views 10/10
  17. JB

    JaneB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superlative food cooked and served by an excellent team. Some of the best food I’ve ever eaten executed with a brilliant mindset and approach to championing local ingredients and reducing food waste. Will be back.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The evening was just made to be amazing with the wonderful atmosphere created by the very attentive staff. They were all so knowledgeable about the food and the wines an absolute credit. The food was just so special with so many flavours you just didn’t want it to end and the wine pairing was just a delight to listen to the wine sommelier.
  19. LE

    LouiseE

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really outstanding food and excellent service. Well worth a visit for a special treat
  20. RG

    RachelG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second visit and we were apprehensive… would it live up to the first one? And yes it did! Another fantastic meal and experience. Our table of four opted for the vegan tasting menu (only one of the party is vegan), and all loved it. We all had something to celebrate and this was a great experience to do just that. We’re thinking of making this an annual treat and trip to Carbis Bay. Thank you to the team!
  21. K

    Katie

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding from start to finish. We had the 7 course tasting menu, which was about 9 courses as they bought out extra food to try and every last moutful of it all was amazing. One of the best if not the best restaurant I have eaten in. The staff were fantastic too, really friendly, educated in what they were serving us and very accommodating. If you are ever in Cornwall, this is a must to try. We booked it last minute and grateful we did, because it was honestly so good. Looking forward to trying the sister restaurant, Frog, in Covent Garden very soon. I have a food allergen and they made me feel so comfortable and 'normal' when I mentioned it. Wasn't an issue at all and I ate pretty much exactly the same as the rest of the table. When you have an allergen, service like this always makes the experience so much more positive.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed a superb meal at the Ugly Butterfly. Food exceptional. Service exceptional.
  23. H

    Hunt

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Utterly fantastic from start to finish! Amazing service, unbelievable food and theatre like views with seals swimming in the Carbis Bay sea!! Would return in a heartbeat!
  24. J

    Jacky

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences I have ever had. The restaurant is stunning and beautifully laid out. We will be coming back for lunch or early evening so we can appreciate the view - which you don't get the benefit of when it's dark! The service was faultless, from the chap on the bar, to our waitress who was delightful and explained our dishes beautifully. As for the food - absolutely delicious from start to finish. Everything put in front of us stood out and it flowed perfectly. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
  25. D

    Debs

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening at The Ugly Butterfly, excellent food and service. Cocktails followed by 7 course tasting menu.
  26. GA

    GABRIELLEZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Glorious food and cocktails! Lovely lovely people! We had the best time :)
  27. RP

    RosemarieP

    Hamburg Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    delicious food and lovely views, ladies from service outstanding
  28. DE

    DawnE

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The Sommelier was the real star of the show here. Food was nice, would have preferred some more meatier dishes. Lighting awful both in the bar (like a teenagers bedroom) and at the table (like a fly light) Service dwindled towards end of the courses. Definitely not worth the £600 bill or the 20% service charge. I've experienced taster menus in other places and been completely blown away by them - this failed on every level. Disappointing.
  29. DS

    DavidS

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Took a couple of friends with us this time for their first experience of the Ugly Butterfly and they were blown away with the service, the food, the location - pretty much just about everything. We have been several times and each visit is the same for us with the high service levels and excellent food every time. They have set the bar very high and it never slips which is an achievement in itself - looking forward to returning before the year is out.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing, best meal i’ve ever had! Fantastic staff with top humour and great service. The views were incredible. Would 100% recommend and would love to visit again.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food experience was outstanding , quality,seasonality and freshness all perfect The staff were attentive but also extremely approachable and easy to talk to, they had the time to engage in conversation while not letting service sliP
  32. LR

    LauraR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yet again another outstanding experience! From start to finish a faultless service! Each course was incredible a taste sensation. Thank you so much!
  33. NA

    NikkiA

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an absolutely fabulous restaurant. We had high expectations and they were exceeded. From the moment we arrived the service was outstanding. The food was amazing as was the wine. We would definitely recommend this restaurant and will certainly be returning.
  34. JH

    JimmyH

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Restaurant lacked any type of buzz, staff were very good and welcoming, food looked fantastic and although some dishes were extremely tasty some were also very bland, wine had an unjustifiably huge mark up. Mixed oysters are worth a try in my opinion. In & out in 95 minutes, £400.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most outstanding meal, looking at the most incredible view, with superb service! A perfect Anniversary celebration- absolutely loved it!
  36. E

    Elliebelly

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A treat for a special occasion. Great vibe, lovely staff and outstanding food, so glad this is on our doorstep.
  37. SM

    StaceyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend this dining experience. The food was amazing. The service was perfect. Such a beautiful restaurant and view of Carbis Bay
  38. S

    Steph

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience with fantastic food. We will be back for 7 courses next time.
  39. KD

    KarenD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best ever food experience. Every single mouthful was exquisite with so much effort made. I can not fault anything. Every single member of staff were amazing and so happy. Thank you so much.
  40. DW

    DavidW

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Excellent meal but difficult to converse, music too loud, too much hard surface reverberation.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling is rated 4.8 stars by 589 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling

Carbis Bay HotelCarbis Bay, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2NP

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    St Ives

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is available within and next to the Carbis Bay Estate

  • Public transit

    BY RAIL The nearest station is Carbis Bay on the St Ives branch line. There are frequent regular connecting services to St Erth station (on the London to Penzance main line). From the train station it is only a short walk down the hill to the Estate.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Adam Handling

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01736 805800

  • Private party facilities

    Open for weddings, private hire, beach functions and parties. Please contact our reservations team for more details at reservations@uglybutterfly.co.uk

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