Luxury Hotel, Carbis Bay Estate Excels in Gourmet Cuisine

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Credit: Carbis Bay Estate

A shimmering blue sea surrounded by a beautiful sheltered bay greeted United States President Biden and other G7 leaders as they arrived at Carbis Bay Estate in Cornwall, UK this past spring. Carbis Bay Estate is one of the premier luxury hotels in the area and was a fitting location for the summit.


Gourmet food is guaranteed at this sumptuous hotel. Carbis Bay is well known for its fine dining and emphasis on using local produce. There are spectacular coastal views from every restaurant on site, and visitors can order picnic hampers to enjoy on the beach. 

Alternatively, you can enjoy a private barbecue prepared at your lodge by an Estate chef.

Admirable Gourmet Cuisine

Seafood features strongly on all the menus reflecting the importance of local fishing companies within the area. Typical recipes include King Scallops; Cornish Ale battered hake; Butter poached catch of the day; Loin of Hake complete with olive & tomato Parpadelle in a red wine reduction; and Smoked Salmon served with a beetroot sorbet, Parmesan waffle and horseradish.  

Among the most popular dishes are Monkfish served wrapped in Parma ham and spinach; lentils, mussels and clams served with a crab bisque, ham bon-bon, orange braised baby fennel, samphire, saffron, and crostini.

Meat dishes are popular as well. Some favorites include the Creedy Carver Duck Breast Asian style; and the Venison Loin served complete with a shoulder croustillon, satay crumb and wild mushrooms.

Economical Operating System

Joining the restaurant line up at Carbis Bay Estate in August is the Ugly Butterfly. This a concept from the award winning chef Adam Handling who operates the Flag restaurant, Covent Garden, London. A fervent believer in sustainable food, Handling believes that there is no such thing as waste, just like there is no such thing as an ugly butterfly. 

As a result, the new restaurant uses only locally sourced food. All trims and offcuts from the ingredients are used to create bar snacks, and ingredients for drinks at the bar. He has established links with numerous local suppliers such as Verdant Beer, Falmouth and Pentire non-alcoholic spirits made from Cornish coastal plants. 

Among the hyper local food ingredients that are used in the restaurant are fish from Harlyn Bay, Porthilly Oysters, Cornish Sea Buckthorn, Cornish Gouda cheese, razor clams from the Hale Estuary and eggs from Saint Ewe. 

Carbis Bay Resort On-site Activities 

Carbis Bay Resort has been welcoming visitors to the site for over a century. The hotel is surrounded by elegant woodland and subtropical gardens, the perfect setting for a bit of relaxation. The onsite spa offers treatments on the beach. Other facilities include water sports such as kayaking, bodyboarding, stand-up paddleboarding and boating.

Nearby Attractions

The location is perfect for exploring the area, as many of the attendees at the summit discovered.  Apart from the spectacular coastal views, the nearby town of St. Ives is a well known destination for art lovers.

From the 1940’s onward, St. Ives was a flourishing center for the artists. This venue attracted artistic icons like painter, Ben Nicholson and sculptor, Barbara Hepworth. The Barbara Hepworth museum attracts countless visitors every year. So does the St. Ives branch of the Tate Gallery. This branch contains a permanent collection as well as changing exhibitions.  

Other attractions in the area include Lands End, and the stunning St. Michael’s Mount – an island cut off from the land several times daily depending on the tide. Walks along the South West Coastal footpath offer stunning views around the coast.  

For many visitors, a trip to the area would be incomplete without a visit to the iconic Minack Theatre. The theatre is a small intimate open air setup located on the edge of a cliff. This allows performances to take place against a natural backdrop of sea, sand and cliffs.

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Angela Youngman
Angela Youngman is a UK based freelance journalist specialising in food & drink, travel, tourism and leisure. Her travels, together with her love of good, local food has resulted in lots of fascinating experiences throughout Europe. Whether learning to make gin and cider, or discovering the delights of specialist cheeses and idiosyncratic markets and producers; it is a constant adventure into a world of brilliant food and drink. Add to that the fun of finding out about the history and heritage of food and how it has affected lives across the centuries.