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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
544 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 6 times today

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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 544 people are saying

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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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  • Cornwall

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  • Cornwall

    Fit for Foodies

  • Cornwall

    Healthy

  • Cornwall

    Notable Wine List

  • Cornwall

    Romantic

  • Cornwall

    Scenic View

  • Cornwall

    Special Occasion

  • Cornwall

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Cornwall

    British

  • 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

  • West Cornwall

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  1. SL

    SomiLondon

    London

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just possibly the best meal I have ever had. Went for the 7 course option though swapped the beef for hoggett. From the initial greeting to the end great and knowledgeable staff helped make the most of the outstandingly brilliant food A terrific experience, and my best yet of Adam Handling’s
  2. E

    Elliot

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was amazing! Atmosphere, food, staff and a special thank you to Josh for making it an unforgettable anniversary. We can’t wait to go back.
  3. GM

    GMAN

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely evening with excellent food and service. It’s not inexpensive but beautifully presented in a modern clean and friendly restaurant. A shame we went during the evening after dark as you can’t see the view from the restaurant which we understand to be wonderful.
  4. LJ

    LisaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional! We can honestly say that we have never had a meal as good as this. The whole experience from service, to the food and of course the views, was amazing!! This was a treat for us and yes, the bill was a lot, but we will certainly return once saved up again! Worth every penny. Attentive, knowledgeable staff. Genuinely appeared to be interested in our thoughts and opinions on the food.
  5. RC

    RebeccaC

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed the experience. Staff are very attentive, and the choice of drinks is extremely vast! The food is a work of art, and the restaurant is in a fabulous location.
  6. B

    Bevc

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food & service. A memorable evening which I would highly recommend
  7. PW

    PennyW

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and beautiful views! Service impeccable
  8. p

    pault

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic views and excellent food with professional and attentive service
  9. RB

    RebeccaB

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic food and service! Lovely treat if you have the money. fabulous!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Switzerland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food, lovely location. Expensive but you get what you pay for - would recommend 👍
  11. L

    Lauren

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best dining experience in Cornwall. Breathtaking views, first class service and 7 courses of heaven! We had an evening to remember and it will be hard to beat. Thank you to all of the staff for your wonderful attention to detail and kindness in celebrating my partner’s birthday. Each course was an experience in itself and the food was faultless. A fantastic combination of local fresh produce and theatrical presentation. Special mention to George who’s wine knowledge and pairings were sensational. Thank you for making our evening. Highly recommend this gem!
  12. CG

    CodyG

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible as always! Can’t recommend enough! Thank you for making it such a special evening.
  13. CR

    CarlaR

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food, lovely people. They primair an experience, and that is what you get. We would love to come again!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, and the waiters and waitress were so attentative They really made us feel welcome and at ease, l cannot praise them highly enough.
  15. m

    markp

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    hopefully you are reading this, as your thinking of going to eat at the ugly butterfly, you have read all the wonderful reviews, you maybe can't believe it, but if you both look at each other at the end of the meal and say, "that was amazing" and then again driving home, "how good was that food" and "the staff were just wonderful" especially "Nicole and Toby" and again sat at home reflecting how good the holiday was in St Ives, talking about how wonderful all the restaurants had been during the week, but always finishing off each time saying, the food in the ugly butterfly, must be the best food, service and ambience we have ever experienced, then you must go and try the restaurant and express in your own words how good the restaurant really is,
  16. J

    Jack

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A friend and I visited the restaurant for a birthday celebration. We had the 5 course tasting menu; I the fish/meat option and my friend the vegan option. Both variations of all dishes were incredible from start to finish. The drinks were wonderful too. A must visit.
  17. T

    Teaa

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The meal was absolutely beautiful and it was an amazing experience. The staff were lovely and it felt like a really special night for the both of us. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 was due to the service charge. The menu it states “If you have a food allergy or intolerance, please tell us when making your order. A discretionary service charge of 15% will be added to your bill.” For ethical reasons, my friend is vegetarian by choice and I am vegan by choice, we both decided to go with the vegan menu. Neither of us stated we had an allergy or intolerance, but the final bill came with a 15% service charge. We paid the charge and we didn’t mind paying it as we had such a nice night. I am the type of person who likes prices to be clear, so it would’ve been nice to know why we were charged the service charge if we have no allergies or intolerances. I am guessing it’s possible that the vegetarian/vegan menu choice incurs the 15% service charge automatically, it would be good for the website to mention this if that is the case. Though I’m not sure why it would be acceptable to charge someone extra for a lifestyle choice, especially as the regular menu with meat/dairy products probably costs more in ingredients than the vegan menu. The food is so amazing though that by the end of the night you don’t really care what the bill comes to as it’s worth every penny. Thank you for an amazing experience.
  18. PV

    PaulV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding set menu inspired by local produce and specialities, as well as the idea of no waste.
  19. AA

    AlexAnne

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was quite simply the best meal we have ever had. What made it so was the wonderfully engaging attentive service throughout, the beautifully presented food, created to treat all of your senses all with the stunning panaormic vista of Carbis Bay.
  20. AP

    AnthonyP

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is sublime, the location is second to none and the staff made the whole experience very special.
  21. RP

    RyanP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was incredible, nice attention to detail. For the price of the experience I would at least expect a comfier chair and proper wine glasses. Servers are all lovely, music however was a little too high so it was difficult to hear when they explained the courses.
  22. A

    Amyh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most amazing meal lastnight.The food was incredible, the service was outstanding and what an amazing view to go with your experience here. I would highly recommend.
  23. JH

    JanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time at Ugly butterfly. Very fine dining, in a beautiful restaurant with an incredible, broad, unrestricted view over the bay. We particularly enjoyed the wine pairing, whilst the fishing vessels were actively retrieving tomorrows dishes. The service and setting are unsurpassed in England in our opinion.
  24. AB

    AaronB

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just the most wonderful night The best food The best service The view is to die for Just t best experience
  25. CB

    ChrisB

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another outstanding adventure at Ugly Butterfly! The food was divine and the service exquisite. I would highly recommend to anyone who needs a special and extremely memorable night out!
  26. LL

    LesleyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my mother in laws birthday and from beginning to end I truly can’t fault this place. The experience and food was exceptional. The service was second to none too. We were a small group with children, a celiac, vegetarian and pescatarian, yet not only was each of our dietary requirements met, we were greeted and welcomed and not made to feel like we were being “difficult” Thank you Ugly Butterfly, we will 100% return.
  27. AC

    AlyC

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff made us feel so special with individualised service. From our welcome through to our good bye, we felt so well cared for. The 7 set tasting menu is literally to die for, an all from a 24 year old chef!! What a talent, you cannot miss an opportunity to experience his masterpiece menu. Thank you so much for making our 10 year anniversary the most memorable yet.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A phenomenal experience! Lovely staff, welcoming atmosphere and INCREDIBLE food. Also loved the wine selection to match the courses. Just top marks and worth every penny
  29. TD

    TracyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful surroundings, absolutely gorgeous food and a wonderfully attentive team made for the most exceptional experience.
  30. DB

    DanielleB

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal! A great place for a celebration or an intimate gathering.
  31. NM

    NMMMM

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and highly enjoyable dining experience. Food is like nowhere else and the knowledgeable staff were fantastic. We’ll be back no question.
  32. SM

    SharonM

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the second Adam Handling restaurant I have been to and they are both fantastic Yesterday's meal at the Ugly Butterfly was outstanding I was so full when we left We were treated amazingly by all staff but especially the young man who waited on us...just the perfect balance of attention to detail and banter and humour...very unpretentious Loved it
  33. MM

    MorwennaM

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Like eating art and witnessing theater- all the senses are elevated and satiated. Bliss.
  34. MM

    MoseleyMum

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing venue with uninterrupted views of Carbis Bay. The food and service match the views with a young and vibrant cast of chefs, waiters and sommelier. We really appreciated being served the food by the chefs who’d created the dishes, you noted the pride in how they created and presented the dishes. Definitely worthy of a Michelin star.
  35. GS

    GarrathS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Stunning evening for our wedding anniversary. The 7 course vegan taster menu was outstanding! The wine sommelier was particularly helpful describing the wines and the reasons for their choice to a total novice. Each course told its own story and the food was sensational!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Happy to find it within a short walk of our hotel in St Ives. We went for 7 course tasting menu and cheese course. It was our final day in Cornwall, so we decided to go all in. Awaiting at least one Michelin star!
  37. H

    Hammos

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Amongst the best places we’ve ever eaten. Amazing setting. Fantastic food and drink with friendly, knowledgable and efficient service. Pricey but overall worth it.
  38. CC

    CynicalConsumer75

    London

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding views, service and amazing food: Would definitely visit again and would recommend for a special occasion. The lounge felt a touch cold opp the entrance, apart from that….. The staff were very attentive, the “Happy Anniversary” card from Adam was a lovely touch, I’ll cross out the anniversary and write engagement when I get home ;) Every meal was expertly presented and explained, the staff were very attentive and well versed in what was being served. Staff considered our special needs admirably. Truly a wonderful experience.
  39. SB

    SabinaB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant with a fantastic view on the bay. The food is outstanding and all the staff is super nice, friendly and kind. The atmosphere is exciting and the interiors are really cool and detailed. Absolutely recommended.
  40. AL

    AnniLS

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best time at the Ugly Butterfly, everything was absolutely spot on. From the front of house who greeted us to our amazing table by the sea (along with the decor and little touches on the table such as a birthday card for my husband to the heated hand towels and everyone subtly saying happy birthday!), our fabulous waitress Jess along with all other staff who served us. Connor at the bar was so knowledgeable and really took the time to go over the different drinks with us which we really appreciated. The food was absolutely outstanding, every single course was a 'WOW' making it hard to pick a favourite. The attention to detail was amazing and our tastebuds were equally not disappointed. The starter in particular was a highlight - our kids loved the spectacle of it and the taste was amazing. I could go on - the lobster, sea bass, beef, monkfish, the pre-dessert (which came as a surprise!) and not to forget the incredible dessert and little treats at the end were all absolutely spot on. We loved having local ingredients and the ethos of everything being used! Thank you so much for a wonderful evening - what a fantastic restaurant and bar. In particular, I'd love to praise all the staff who were fantastic, it's such a joy having staff who are well trained, know their craft, and seem to really enjoy their work - thank you very much Ugly Butterfly!

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 544 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 6 times today
Google Map for Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling

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

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, 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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