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Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling

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4.8
210 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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Booked 2 times today
  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Phone number

    01736 805800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Adam Handling

  • 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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 210 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

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    Best Overall

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    Best Food

  • Cornwall

    Best Service

  • Cornwall

    Best Ambiance

  • Cornwall

    Healthy

  • Cornwall

    Notable Wine List

  • Cornwall

    Romantic

  • Cornwall

    Scenic View

  • Cornwall

    Special Occasion

  • Cornwall

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Cornwall

    British

  • Cornwall

    Most Booked

  • West Cornwall

    Best Overall

  • West Cornwall

    Best Food

  • West Cornwall

    Best Service

  • West Cornwall

    Best Ambiance

  • West Cornwall

    Best Value

  • West Cornwall

    Fit for Foodies

  • West Cornwall

    Healthy

  • West Cornwall

    Great for Lunch

  • West Cornwall

    Romantic

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  1. N

    Nige

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a fantastic restaurant, my wife and I came down from north Norfolk for a break . The highlight of the the stay was a wonderful evening meal at the ugly butterfly, the food was amazing and the staff was just as amazing. Big thanks to little Meg @ the taller Meg and Josh for taking care of us through out the meal. We would definitely recommend Adam’s tasting menu, it will blow your mind. Definitely will be back again when we are back in Cornwall. Big thanks again guys. Nigel @ Carol

  2. s

    stevef

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lunch, with Adam’s tasting menus was the perfect way of celebrating my wife’s birthday. Superb service with wonderful food. We also met Adam Handling who was most gracious - lovely discussion about his philosophy and about the sourcing and preparation of the food. A wonderful, special day out.

  3. SS

    SteveS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional. Magnificent views, wonderful food, friendly helpful & knowledgeable staff. Will definitely be back. Thanks to Adam & his team for a beautiful experience.

  4. GB

    GemmaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful venue, outstanding food, knowledgeable staff

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I decided to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary at this beautiful restaurant. The location was perfect for us, as we are locals and live within walking distance. As soon as we arrived at the restaurant, we received a warm welcome and we were also congratulated by each member of staff who were clearly aware of our special day. The food was ‘delish’, the cocktails were amazing and the service was outstanding. I strongly recommend the taster menu, 9 courses of Adam Handling’s fantastic and delicious creations. You certainly do get value for money. We are looking forward to visiting this restaurant again in the near future, preferably during the day, so that we can enjoy the amazing sea views. Thank you for making our special day that extra special and unforgettable.

  6. AB

    AdamB

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Easily the best meal we have ever had, the food was on another level. Incredible attention to detail across the whole evening, dietaries were catered for with zero fuss, the service was perfection also.

  7. UG

    UrbaneGeek

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We celebrated my birthday with a meal at the Ugly Duckling. We ventured to have the tasting menu, mainly because we could have a standard one and a vegetarian option. Often in restaurants, all diners must follow the same menu. It was an expensive meal but a fantastic experience. Winter evenings are not the best time to appreciate the sea view but it's a lovely restaurant and the staff were great. The wine is reasonably priced for this type of establishment.

  8. NB

    NicoleB

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service as with all Adam's restaurants.

  9. RW

    RichardW

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A memorable evening, with staff who were determined that we would have a great time. The starters were unbelievable, and the rest of the meal followed on. We had the recommended wines ,served with great expertise,they certainly helped the experience.

  10. C

    Connor

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience eating at the ugly butterfly. Beautiful food and a real emphasis on sustainability. Service was exceptional and will definitely be back again. Can get quite expensive with drinks etc but this should be expected eating at a restaurant of this quality.

  11. S

    Sharron

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful restaurant, although the chairs are a little uncomfortable! Our waitress ‘Little Meg’ was amazing. She was professional, explained everything clearly and was very polite. Meg clearly loves her job, and she made the whole experience wonderful & unforgettable for my 60th birthday.

  12. PA

    PAmM

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful experience, unexpected marriage of flavoirs, very well described by our waitress. Loved the atmosphere, jusr enough 'bustle' to keepmit lovrly without disrutbing the table chat.- and a view to remember.

  13. RM

    RaeM

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Stunning location with food prepared to perfection. Vey accommodating staff and Tammi especially was brilliant

  14. A

    Arran

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for the al a carté menu and it did not disappoint. All three courses were to die for, and the stories of why the dishes were made just made the experience. Our waiters/waitresses couldn't do enough for us also. All in all a five star experience that we would definitely recommend.

  15. T

    Thesj

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A perfect evening and a wonderful dining experience. Highly recommended.

  16. AC

    AlisonC

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Wonderful celebratory meal Very attentive staff but menu was quite limited.

  17. CS

    ChristineS

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for special occasion, wedding anniversary. Nice touch that there was a card on the table and the wait staff congratulated us. The food was amazing, especially liked the ‘chicken dinner’ bread and the little story behind it. It would be good to have written explanations to some of the other ingredients as I was left wondering what a ‘meadow sweet’ looked like! But that’s really minor. Truly a lovely evening and food you just couldn’t do at home.

  18. D

    Dood

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience1

    Well presented. Very little taste. Nothing vibrant or refreshing. Lots of pureed blobs, no whole vegetables present. Meat and fish is in the fashion of 10 years ago - sous vide. Very jelly like texture on things like lobster and duck which made them quite inedible. The majority of our courses went back with at least 50% untouched. The duck had it's skin scorched but went from flabby to black and flabby. Terribly under seasoned and tasteless and actually didn't smell of much. Roasted onion sauce on the pasta was like luke warm mayo with no taste of onion. Avoid the set fish custard! The only things we quite enjoyed were the cheese puff/donut and chicken butter. Overall very disappointing and old fashioned and incredibly expensive. We were well prepared to spend the money but it does set expectations high. Setting is fabulous but you are paying an extraordinary amount for mediocre food and cooking. But the presentation is good so the Instagram bunch will keep this one going I'm sure. A real shame with so much great food and drink to showcase in the South West.

  19. V

    Vasquez

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the most incredible evening at Ugly Butterfly. The staff were extremely attentive and friendly without being overbearing. Their knowledge of the food was on point. The food - wow! We didnt want it to end! We tried Adam’s wine and it was delicious. The atmosphere was perfect and the ocean view unmatched. We will definitely be visiting his London and Windsor restuarants! Perfect place for a special occasion or an intimate date night. Thank you all!

  20. AG

    AliG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Well worth the drive down, from the moment we walked in we were welcomed by Josh, who went above and beyond to make us feel at home. Josh and the team are what makes this restaurant

  21. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    This must be one of the most spectacular views of any restaurant in the U.K. The food and drinks are of an exceptional standard, beautifully presented and utterly delicious. The service was friendly and professional too. I would highly recommend Ugly Butterfly to anyone looking for a memorable dining experience.

  22. DL

    DominicaL

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thanks so much George and Toby and all the other staff. This is my second visit and it was equally amazing. The food , wine and service is beyond amazing and nothing I have ever experienced. Can’t wait to visit again and the London restaurants Love Nica and Richard Laird

  23. D

    David

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food with wine flight. Left very full and well oiled! Staff were great knowledgeable and attentive. A once in a while treat as costly but the food was like an artist painting so creative Thank you

  24. MH

    MikeH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food & location. Service friendly & informative. Lunchtime booking so restaurant a little quiet. Pricey for lunch but a special treat.

  25. M

    Macmillan1978

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Simply brilliant, everything was totally brilliant! GO!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for husbands birthday and a fantastic evening. The staff were very tentative from the moment we arrive d to the moment we left! We love trying different restaurants all over the country and this has to be one of the best we have been to this year - fantastic

  27. GC

    GemmaC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the most memorable and delicious meals we’ve ever had. Such a wonderful food experience. We both opted for the taster menu and it was incredible. Staff were amazing as well.

  28. AL

    AndrewL

    Bath

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a fantastic experience this was - a beautiful restaurant in an amazing location. We thoroughly enjoyed the imaginative and well presented food which was served by very efficient, friendly and knowledgable staff. Also excellent wine recommendations. Lovely ambience and we will certainly be returning when next in the area.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great views.. amazing location. Very good food. Standout on our tasting menu were the beef kimchi starter, monkfish main & dessert

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A delicious locally sourced dining extravaganza

  31. CH

    CliveH

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service. Booked again for tomorrow night.

  32. TB

    TheresaB

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely location, super friendly staff and exquisite food!

  33. S

    Sandie

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect ending to a wonderful week in Carbis Bay and looking forward to dining again in 2022

  34. S

    Siobhan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The views, combined with great service from walking through the door to departing the building set place for the perfect setting to enjoy a beautiful journey of flavours. 10 out of 10 from me! Definitely will be returning, if in the local area it is a must visit.

  35. G

    Graeme633

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food. Extensive wine list. Great service. Excellent pre dinner bar. Amazing views….and a walk on the beach when you’ve finished…superb!

  36. H

    Hilary

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Fabulous food amazing flavours Waiting staff a little too keen to clear between courses while people were still eating Looking forward to returning in the daylight to experiencing the views and fabulous cocktails

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous out of this world food, attentive but unobtrusive service and amazing atmosphere!

  38. CC

    ChrisC

    London

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    We tried the £115 per person Taster menu with a £35.00 supplement for my wife to have oysters. The first course was a series of snacks, all delicately covered in flower petals, with some dry ice ‘smoke’ flowing out of of the course dishes to add some theatre… To be honest, most things were crispy shapes, filled with goo, the taste of which could not be determined, despite the description of every item being provided on a card on the table. We left most of it… Next up - a fresh baked bread roll for me and a gluten free alternative for my wife. The GF ‘muffin’ was a gloopy under baked pile of clag. The accompanying chicken dish was another pile of goo that tasted like chicken flavoured mayonnaise, topped with a pile of heavily baked chicken scratchings. There was also a bowl of chicken liver parfait, which whilst virtually flavourless was of a light texture and crusted with something that we could not discern. After a mouthful of this goo, we passed on this too. The next course was a super looking crab shell, upturned and filled with… yes you’ve guessed it… another pile of tasteless goo covered in flower petals. It tasted like mayonnaise with apple sauce in it. One spoonful of this was enough. At this point I realised that much more of this and I would probably fall ill, so we asked for bill and promptly left. This was our anniversary dinner. Just awful. Not to be repeated. All made worse by the fact that after we said we could not continue with this charade… we were ushered into the bar by the waiter, asked to pay for our wine and leave. None of the senior management even bothered to come over to talk to us. My wife and I have eaten in many of the best restaurants in the world and she is an exceptional chef. If you want a taster menu you will never forget, try Hrishi at The Gilpin in the Lake District. if you want to enjoy good food in St Ives, then go to the Porthminster Beach Café or Kitchen.

  39. V

    Vicki

    Gloucestershire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    There aren’t enough stars to give this place! Our second visit and it just keeps getting better. You must have a cheese doughnut to start your meal and a cocktail in the bar to finish off! A must visit for an incredible experience

  40. SG

    SusanG

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Stunning location and views matched by contemporary style and delicious and inspiring food! Service was friendly, attentive and unobtrusive. A perfect birthday celebration meal.

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Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling is rated 4.8 stars by 210 OpenTable diners

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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Carbis Bay HotelCarbis Bay St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2NP

  • Neighborhood

    St Ives

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch
    Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
    Dinner
    Tue–Sat 5:30 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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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