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

4.8
4.8
611 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

8:30 PM


Booked 11 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 611 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

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  • 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

    Romantic

  • West Cornwall

    Good for special occasions

  • West Cornwall

    Most Booked

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  1. RJ

    RobinJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal in great environment. Waiting staff attentive and knowledgeable. I keep replaying each course in my head trying to hold onto the exquisite flavours. Can’t wait to go again, but will have to be a very occasional treat as not cheap. If any jobs come up as food tasters for new dishes on the menu I’ll be first to apply.
  2. B

    Bexwill101

    Bath

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic birthday lunch The 7 course tasting menu with Wines was a truly amazing food experience.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an exceptional establishment. The tasting menu and matching wine are well put together. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The dishes themselves are a masterpiece of creativity professional hard work and delivered with real pride. A memorable experience that is highly recommended.
  4. GH

    GHRo

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a wonderful experience. The food, wine, view and service came together to make for a very special afternoon. The dishes were some of the best we have ever eaten. The menu flowed beautifully, a great selection of flavours.
  5. NA

    NaeemA

    Devon

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a very pleasant experience. They catered for lunch for 4, including two children. Would highly recommend this experience any and all. The Master Chef tasting lunch was excellent and a real variety from some very talented individuals. The drinks that were made for both the adults and the children were well thought out and enhanced our dining experience greatly. Well run and welcoming restaurant.
  6. KM

    KellyM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sublime! Great service, amazing location & fabulous food. One of Cornwall’s best restaurants, with a great ethos of zero food waste. We’ll be back that’s for sure.
  7. AP

    AlfredP

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been a couple of times now and it has always been amazing, the vegan menu is always exciting and such a comfortable atmosphere.
  8. C

    Caroline

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was off the chain amazing . The service was very friendly and helpful. We had a wonderful time. Highly highly recommend !! Xx
  9. SJ

    SeanJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best dining experience me and my partner have ever had with incredible wines
  10. M

    Megan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely, beautifully decorated restaurant. The views are just a added extra to how amazing the food and service was!
  11. m

    mariew

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous meal !!! The staff were all lovely and the food was delicious!! It is a fantastic restaurant to visit for a special occasion !!
  12. SM

    SarahM

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience, the food was outstanding and the service was exceptional.
  13. JE

    JoanneE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff and food were excellent. The wine pairing was a little echoey for the level of wine we were given
  14. BS

    BenS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just amazing! Fantastic food and brilliant staff!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas present amazing
  16. JK

    JordK

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I arranged lunch here to celebrate my engagement to my girlfriend. Although the food was delicious, we were disappointed by the overall experience. We opted for the wine pairing, however the sommelier forgot during three of seven courses which course we were having and was speaking about food we weren’t eating - we therefore got the impression he didn’t really care about pairing the wine to the food. My girlfriend was having the vegetarian menu without the mushroom course - the sommelier didn’t realise this until mid way through the sixth course and was speaking about the pescatarian menu throughout. This was unfortunately far from the experience we expected for the price of the meal and we felt very little care was taken to deliver value. Memorable for the wrong reason, sadly.
  17. BE

    BELLSIE

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous meal at Ugly Butterfly. The food was exceptional with sauces to die for. From the initial greeting to our goodbyes, the staff were also exceptional, friendly, welcoming and incredibly helpful. The whole experience was delightful and I loved the birthday 'candle' ...perfect and delicious. Thank you all again and hoping to come down and see you all again soon.
  18. AC

    AlisonC

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved the whole experience. The food was incredibly good , delicious and wonderfully presented. The staff, especially Mark and Toby were fantastic. We sat at 7 and we were disappointed to leave at 11 it was a wonderful experience. We would most definitely return. We would have no hesitation recommending the ugly Butterfly. You won’t be disappointed 😊
  19. L

    Leon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal food served in a wonderful setting by friendly and passionate staff, great experience all round.
  20. NB

    NaomiB

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far the best dining experience we have ever had.
  21. PW

    PennyW

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our third visit to this exceptional restaurant . As usual it was fantastic and the service welcoming and super friendly. Will be back!
  22. NM

    NaomiM

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service in a stunning location m!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    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!
  24. GW

    GaryW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

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

    AngelaY

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

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

    PauloV

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing place, beautiful food, service spot on and stunning view!
  27. 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!
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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.
  33. 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
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. HF

    HilaryF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very special dining experience. Excellent food and service.
  37. 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.
  38. 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
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

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 611 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 11 times today
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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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