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Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling

4.9
4.9
142 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 11 times today
  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch
    Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
    Sun 12:00 pm–7:00 pm
    Dinner
    Wed–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.

  • Entertainment

    null

  • 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

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What 142 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Cornwall

    Best Overall

  • Cornwall

    Best Food

  • Cornwall

    Best Service

  • Cornwall

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  • Cornwall

    Best Value

  • Cornwall

    Healthy

  • 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

    Romantic

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  1. KC

    KarC

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best meal I’ve ever had, tastes out of this world, an experience, snacks starter selection, bread course was amazing and lobster mains. So delicious. Plus the staff were super and friendly.

  2. S

    Sasha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible food, setting and service! One not to be missed!

  3. TD

    TracyD

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    You get what you pay for, excellent service, great quality food and a stunning location. Recommend the taster menu if it’s your first visit.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday/engagement

  5. ZR

    ZaharaR

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent, attentive customer service, really tasty food and great location with sea view

  6. TB

    TracyB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food - interesting and unexpected combinations. Service was also outstanding we could not have been made to feel more welcome.

  7. s

    sally

    London

    56 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    56 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    Lovely looking restaurant. We visited Saturday lunchtime and it was very quiet. Food was good but limited choice. Nothing we liked the look of on the dessert menu.

  8. DC

    DianneC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food. Great experience. Excellent service.

  9. ED

    EveD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved every aspect, from the location, welcome, attentiveness of the team, to the most amazing flavours and presentation of dishes, not to mention perfect advice on wine pairing with each course. Thanks, Ulgy Butterfly team for a delightful evening!

  10. AT

    AndrewT

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very hard to criticise anything. We had a wonderful evening. Great and interesting food. Great service with plenty of personality. Clearly expensive but we thought well worth it for a total experience. Thanks to George and the team.

  11. MA

    MaryA

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My daughter and I chose the Taster Menu which was really exquisite if you like modern trends. The presentation was beautiful. The flavours were subtle and varied, and we were recommended to leave the strongest flavour till last, which was definitely the right thing to do. The 3 of us tried the 3 deserts which were interesting and also beautifully presented. The situation of the restaurant - immediately above the Carbis Bay Beach - couldn't have been better. The very high music level made conversation impossible for some of the time: that level was not necessary at all. Prices are high, but you pay for the excellent service and ambience!

  12. VR

    VivienR

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Eventually we’re given a table by the window even though I’d booked the table for an anniversary. After we were moved, the service was exemplary. Alternative dietary suggestions worked very well with the tasting menu. Would definitely recommend.

  13. SW

    SimonW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The attentive staff, thoughtful steps in making us feel welcome and and the wonderful views across the bay all combined to make a great first impression. The food was recommended and was deservedly so, everything I had heard about the restaurant was true and the experience was sublime, much like the choice of food in the tasting menu. The manager in our section and the waiting staff were all polite, friendly and made the experience special. The food was well worth the journey and I can expect the place to be booked solid next year. Highly recommended.

  14. KH

    KerryH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely beautiful food. Very nice and polite staff and an unbeatable view. It was a lovely experience.

  15. BS

    BevS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Whilst exploring Cornwall in my camper van coming to the Ugly Butterfly was a real treat . From the welcome I felt very welcome and the whole food experience was a true delight . Every dish amazed and was full of flavor and excitement . The staff were experienced and informative . The view is spectacular and a seal bobbed up and down to greet me too . I can’t wait to try The Frog sister restaurant in Covent Garden!!

  16. VM

    VickyM

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    We were on holiday in Carbis bay

  17. EC

    EmmaC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best meal I have ever eaten. Would 100 percent recommend.

  18. MM

    MaryM

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect location, wonderful table overlooking the beach. Beautifully presented tasting menu with professional friendly staff. Whole experience was faultless.

  19. A

    Abbie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of my favourite restaurants I have ever been too. From start to finish it was perfect. With the most stunning views over Carbis bay to go alongside the most delicious food.

  20. S

    tiffanyS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The setting was amazing and the restaurant has been styled really well. We had the tasting menu which was varied, exciting but also filling. The staff were lovey.

  21. SF

    SueF

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So very good - charming service and wonderful food. We had the tasting menu and the brilliant sommelier recommended perfect wines for each stage. Food was faultless and inventive. Lovely chilled beachy atmosphere with a laid back music playlist that perfectly enhanced the atmosphere. And then there's the views....!

  22. AN

    AdeN

    London

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic location with great food and service. The team working there were very friendly and down to earth. Will definitely return.

  23. JC

    JackieC

    Warwickshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Snacks were great, especially beek kimci and cheese dough nut. Bread course was yummy with chicken parfait, chicken broth and crispy chicken skin butter. The dessert we liked best was white chocolate, cucumber and dill. Thanks we had a brilliant evening. The staff were all fabulous.

  24. r

    rwood

    Berkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food, service and ambience. We had the tasting menu and every course was our favourite. Well worth a visit, the view is great too!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful food with unique flavours.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Liverpool

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing tasting menu. All courses works well together without becoming overpowering. Add to that the amazing views over Carbis Bay and a brilliant team - perfect.

  27. LK

    LK22

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such an incredible location and an unforgettable culinary experience!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    We had multiple servers, whereas one would be better. Our amuse bouche was whisked away when the main course was brought to the table. It is a starter in itself so glad we hadn’t ordered one. Menu seemed unexciting, but as we had the sunday lunch we didn’t find out. I was surprised the Sunday lunch wasnt shown as an option on the website menu. Most people seemed to be ordering it. These are minor comments and hopefully constructive. Overall we would like to congratulate you. All the staff, and we met several, were excellent. The amuse bouche was fantastic and I expect the other dishes will be similar. The sunday lunch was first class and generous helpings.

  29. LD

    LizDavis

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was perfect ... the view, food and service. We couldn't have asked for anything more A lunch that turned into an incredible day, that we both will treasure and remember forever. Thank you! We can't wait to try Adam's other restaurants in London when we return home from our cornish holiday

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great meal lovely venue all food was amazing apart from the chicken main ! We both thought was least favourite of the meal

  31. JR

    JuliaR

    West Sussex

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The experience couldn’t have been better. The staff were welcoming, helpful, friendly, well trained and efficient. When a minor hiccough over orders occurred it was resolved quickly and with good humour on both sides. The food was interesting, delicious and perfectly presented and cooked. The setting and ambiance are wonderful, with unforgettable view, before dark. It’s remarkable to realise that they had only been open for six weeks when we visited. A great place for a great celebration.

  32. L

    Lily99

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    Amazing view and location! Staff were friendly, although we felt rushed as we asked for multiple breaks, and did not receive this.

  33. GK

    GrahamK

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely fabulous

  34. AH

    AnitaH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    OMG bloody lovely. Great great food. The service was brilliant

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Altogether a very enjoyable evening with very good food !

  36. S

    Suev

    Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An amazing experience that was enhanced by the wonderful service. Big thanks to Josh and Tom and the seals in the bay for making our experience memorable. We did the tasting menu with the sturgeon and truffle added. Each course was a delight and we were so full by the end. Personal favourite was the “snacks” and chicken butter. Would definitely recommend for anybody looking for a truly wonderful dining experience.

  37. VL

    VeronikaL

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An absolutely faultless and wonderful dining experience!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing from start to finish. Incredible experience

  39. D

    Difoodie2016

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    A memorable occasion and memorable meal. Cocktail waitress totally professional, looked after us from walking through the door, drinks adjusted to taste. The ambiance I would describe as “cajflash” i.e. casual and flashy. Young, energetic waiting on staff with casual approach- ‘hi guys’ opener, followed up in similar style. Other diners stylish, monied and all liking to show it. Large silver bowl of Tattinger champagne as centrepiece to the restaurant. In spite of this the food was excellent, some wonderful combinations and theatrical presentation, the USP described as the utilisation of food that might otherwise be discarded being imaginatively recycled in mouth watering and unexpected ways. e.g. sourdough bread accompanied by ( leftover apparently ) chicken crisped and mixed with mayonnaise, chicken parfait and an intense chicken sauce- all delicious. Lobster and scallops starter looked as good as it tasted, likewise the chicken and chips was a deliberate misnomer for the subtle and different take on this classic. The desserts were imaginative; white chocolate with cucumber and apple flavours a less sweet and subtle combination than might be expected. The service was prompt and delivered with upbeat cheer and considerable flourish. The venue gives views of the bay and diners on the deck below. Overall, a memorable dining experience (ignore- or enjoy the flash)!

  40. RL

    RLJones

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience! Great food and service, the view is also outstanding

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Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling is rated 4.9 stars by 142 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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Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling

Carbis Bay HotelCarbis Bay St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2NP

  • Neighborhood

    St Ives

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch
    Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
    Sun 12:00 pm–7:00 pm
    Dinner
    Wed–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

  • Entertainment

    null

  • Additional

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

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