The Gannet Inn Pub with rooms in St Ives, Cornwall

Prices from:
£160 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Revamped by Carbis Bay Hotel
  • Boutique inn oozing comfort
  • Contemporary smart interiors
  • Hearty food; fine dining at hotel
  • Cosy, stylish rooms; sea views
  • Short walk to stunning beach
  • Make good use of Spa at hotel

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Overview

The Gannet Inn St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2SB

The personal touch

As part of their plans to transform the Carbis Bay Hotel into a boutique destination, replete with beachside suites and state-of-the-art Spa facilities, forward-thinking owners Jose and Stephen Baker snapped up the Gannet in 2015. Keen to offer a more informal place to stay and eat in Carbis Bay, they set about transforming the faded old pub on the main road above the hotel into a stylish inn. The doors were pushed open in summer 2016 to reveal a contemporary smart and very relaxing boutique inn. The spacious front lounge is filled with comfortable leather and upholstered chairs on wooden floors, some fronting the blazing wood-burning stove, others making the most of the sea view through big bay windows. Bold colours and wallcoverings, quirky antler chandeliers, an eclectic choice of music, and a modern dining area with painted panelled walls and open kitchen servery add to the cool and stylish feel of the place. Rooms are super comfortable and the icing of the cake.

Sticky fingers

Children are welcome throughout the inn; there’s an extensive ‘Junior Gannets’ menu and there are spacious family rooms with sofa beds and both cots and additional z-beds are also available.

Muddy paws

No dogs allowed in the pub or rooms

Alfresco

New raised decked terrace set back from the car park and road with smart furnishings and sea views. There are plans to add two treatment rooms at the back of the terrace.

What’s the damage?

16 doubles/twin £160-£265; family rooms £235-£305

What else?

All credit cards taken
Alfresco dining
Disabled access to lounge & restaurant

Car park

 

 

Sleep

The Gannet Inn St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2SB

Do not disturb

Named after seabirds and set across three floors, all sixteen stunning rooms have been beautiful designed and decorated by owner Jose Baker. No expense has been spared in creating the ‘Cosy’, ‘Quirky’, ‘Family’ and ‘Spot the Gannet’ rooms, each one has its own unique design and contemporary smart feel and all ooze warmth, style and comfort. Expect rich, boldly coloured fabrics (lined drapes, upholstered headboards, scatter cushions); the best king-size beds topped with quality linen, feather and down; cool coastal hues; unusual prints and quirky furnishings (search-light lamps, retro travel trunks for bedside tables) and bespoke modern wooden furniture. Swish bathrooms boast slate tiled floors, big mirrors, bathrobes, quality fittings, and brilliant power showers; the best also have freestanding tubs. Book Shearwater or Oystercatcher for soothing sea views.

Creature comforts

Aromatherapy Associates Bathroom Products; bathrobes; Cornish tea; excellent information folder

Gadgets

Telephone; Smart TV

Pampering

Book a full or half day, or one of the treatments at C Bay Spa located just a short walk away at the Carbis Bay Hotel. Relax in the swimming pool or the hydrotherapy pool and gaze out to sea, unwind in the sauna pods, and be pampered in the treatment rooms with various massages, scrubs and bath rituals. The Spa enjoys stunning views across the beach and bay.

What’s for Breakfast?

Buffet: jars of cereals, pastries & croissants, ham & cheese; homemade granola; porridge & blueberries; smoked salmon & cream cheese bagel; smoked haddock & lemon butter; smoked salmon & scrambled eggs; bacon & sausage roll; The Gannet full English; fresh juices & smoothies

What’s the damage?

16 doubles/twin £160-£265; family rooms £235-£305

What else?

All credit cards taken
Alfresco dining
Disabled access to lounge & restaurant

Car park

 

 

Eat & Drink

The Gannet Inn St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2SB

Mastering the menu

With a fine dining restaurant and a beachside bistro just down the hill at the sister hotel among the dining options for guests, the menu at the Gannet focuses on offering a good choice of hearty traditional dishes. Overseen by the head chef at the hotel, the dishes on the evolving menu and the daily specials are freshly prepared from local ingredients and combine well-cooked pub classics (with a modern twist), such as beer battered pollack with crushed peas and gremolata, beef, Guinness and orange pie, and excellent steaks from the grill, with more inventive daily dishes. The simpler lunch menu features thick-cut sandwiches, generously filled ciabattas and salads, alongside bangers and mash and classic scampi and chips.

On the menu

(Starters: £5.95-£8.50; Main Courses: £10.50-£23.50; Desserts £5.95-£6.50)

Crab & shellfish cake, green goddess dressing, rocket; Scotch duck egg, devilled sauce; scallops, parmesan mash, beetroot tartare

Pork tenderloin, ale-stewed cheek croquette, spinach & carrot puree, apple & sherry; Gannet beef burger, baby gem, smoked bacon, St Ives smoked cheddar; beef Wellington, pomme William, red wine; roast cod, cider steamed shellfish, crispy ham

Sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce, vanilla ice cream; vanilla cheesecake, fruit coulis, mascarpone

Lunch menu

(£7.95-£10.95)

Crab sandwich; chicken Caesar salad; steak & onions ciabatta; ploughman’s lunch; Gannet pie

Time to eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 10am
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm
Supper: 6pm – 9.30pm

Local, local, local

Cornish Gin (www.cornishgin.co.uk)

Camel Valley Vineyard (www.camelvalley.com)

Cornish Orchard Cider (www.cornishorchards.co.uk)

Behind the bar

Moving the bar to the rear of the building during the renovation was an inspired move. Not only did it allow more room to create the spacious and very comfortable front lounge, which flows effortlessly through to the contemporary dining areas, but meant they could keep a proper bar for the local drinkers. They now have a good choice of tipples to slake their thirst, from a Cornish real ale and premium lagers on draft to a raft of spirits, including boutique gins (Sipsmith, Cornish, Monkey 47) and vodkas (Black Cow, Chase, Grey Goose), a good range of rums, whiskies and cognacs, and a excellent range of traditional cocktails, perfect for summer sipping on the terrace. The short global wine list includes 17 by the glass or carafe, and fizz from the Camel Valley.

Time at the bar

12 noon – 11pm

What’s the damage?

16 doubles/twin £160-£265; family rooms £235-£305

What else?

All credit cards taken
Alfresco dining
Disabled access to lounge & restaurant

Car park

 

 

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Gannet Inn

2

The Star, St Just TR19 7LL

'No food, just damn fine beer' - that's the verdict of one regular at The Star Inn, a timeless pub on the town square in St Just serving cracking local ales such as Tinners and Tribute. Open fires keep the pub warm in winter, but there is a covered beer garden for those in need of some fresh Cornish coast air.

3

Polgoon Farm Shop and Deli, Rosehill Meadow, Penzance TR20 8TE

Set within this idyllic Cornish orchard and vineyard, the farm shop and deli stocks a full range of Polgoon's lovely wines and ciders, as well as local jams, chutneys, handmade local chocolate and eggs from the farm's own hens. Time a visit for one of the wine talks and tastings or a tour of the vineyard and orchard.

4

Porthmeor Beach Cafe, St Ives TR26 1JZ

In front of Tate St Ives and overlooking one of the finest beaches in the region, this cool and buzzy cafe is linked to the surf school next door. Open for alfresco breakfast, lunch and dinner, including good value tapas, it also serves excellent Cornish-roasted Origin coffee.

5

Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, GulvalTR20 8YL

Set in a stunning sheltered valley, complete with stream and dramatic vistas, people flock to Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens for the large scale exotic and sub-tropical plants and contemporary art installations. An added draw is the excellent food served in the Little Wonder Cafe, with its wonderful views across to St Michael's Mount.

6

Ben's Cornish Kitchen, Marazion TR17 0EL

Run by the Prior family, this award-winning restaurant has already picked up rave national reviews thanks to seasonal, locally-sourced dishes such as duo of Mount's Bay mackerel with beetroot, pickled apple and watercress, and pan-fried hake fillet with crushed root veg, chard and herb and mussel sauce.

7

Bosavern Community Farm Shop, St Just TR19 7RD

On the road between St Just and Land's End, this community farm shop sells an impressive range of fresh vegetables grown in the surrounding fields, as well as local honey, jams, chutneys and fresh bread on Fridays. They even sell beeswax candles.

8

Fat Hen, St Buryan, Penzance TR19 6EH

If foraging for your supper is your thing, former ecological consultant Caroline Davey runs one of the best courses in the UK. As well as supplying local restaurants and pubs with seasonal wild food, she runs a number of courses, including gourmet wild food weekends, bread making and seaweed foraging and cooking.

10

Dog & Rabbit Cafe, St Just TR19 7HJ

This quirky new cafe with vintage furniture serves some of the best coffee in the region. The daily changing menus include baps filled with sausages from a local farm, tagines of local vegetables, excellent Welsh rarebit and a Croque Madame to die for. A genuine find - 01736 449811.

11

Newlyn Cheese and Charcuterie, Newlyn TR18 5PZ

Located in the heart of the busy fishing port, this exceptional deli stocks a jaw-dropping range of local Cornish cheeses including Wild Garlic Yarg, Helford Blue and St Endellion. The shop also sells biscuits, crackers, chutneys, marinated olives, charcuterie and locally-baked Vicky's bread.

12

The Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn TR18 5PR

Chef Ben Tunnicliffe has been cooking around West Cornwall for more than a decade, during which time he has gained Michelin stars for his food. A pebble's throw from the fish market at Newlyn, the food at this dog- and child-friendly pub is all about showcasing the freshest local seafood, from a starter of classic fish soup to roast fillet of hake, saffron, asparagus and crab risotto.

13

W.Harvey & Sons, Newlyn TR18 5HF

The Harvey family has been running this shellfish merchants since 1955 and it’s one of the UK’s largest providers of fresh crab meat, lobster and scallops, much of it caught by their own day boats and stored live in large water tanks.

14

Trelawney Fish, Newlyn TR18 5HW

Just 500 metres from the quayside in the bustling fishing port of Newlyn, Trelawney Fish supplies that day's catch to local restaurants and pubs but it also has a shop and deli selling the freshest fish and seafood. Ask them nicely and they will even pack up a 'cool box' for your onward journey.

15

Penlee House Gallery, Penzance TR18 4HE

This quirky new cafe with vintage furniture serves some of the best coffee in the region. The daily changing menus include baps filled with sausages from a local farm, tagines of local vegetables, excellent Welsh rarebit and a Croque Madame to die for. A genuine find - 01736 449811.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Gannet Inn

Activities

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Dolphin and Whale Watching, Penzance TR18 2LL

If you prefer to keep out of the water then dolphin watching might be more your style. From a sailing catamaran you can look out for grey seals, minke whales, basking sharks, dolphins and porpoises, and leatherback turtles. Sailing is the quietest way to experience an encounter with these fascinating creatures - if you're lucky enough to see dolphins you'll be able to hear them whistling.

3

Surfing TR19 7BT

Cornwall is famous for surfing, of course, and if you're ever going to give it a go, beautiful Sennen Beach might be the ideal place. Or maybe St Ives, which offers a wide choice of surf schools and shops where you can get yourself all the right kit.

4

Newlyn Art School, Newlyn TR18 5RW

Based in the famous artists' colony of Newlyn School of Art provides inspiring art courses in painting, drawing, sculpture, pottery and printmaking.

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Rose Farm Studios, Newlyn TR19 6AN

Rose Farm studios near Newlyn offers intimate art class sizes of no more than six, and will discuss prior to your stay what you want to achieve.

Shopping

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Crowan Crafts, 11 Market Place, St Ives TR26 1RZ

Run by a group of Cornish artisans, everything sold in the shop is designed and handmade in Cornwall. From jewellery to ceramics, sculpture and woodturning to basketry, furniture, paintings, buttons, bunting and walking sticks, a really wide selection of quality crafts.

19

The Little Picture Gallery, Mousehole TR19 6RP

In the heart of the village and close to other galleries, this neat little white-painted gallery shows a wide selection of work covering traditional, representational, naive and idiosyncratic styles.

20

Poppy Treffry, 42 Fore Street, St Ives TR26 1HE

Quirky, charming handmade gifts and accessories featuring designer Poppy’s illustrative designs. Bags, hats, cushions, tea and coffee cosies and more – really lovely things made locally using good quality materials, low impact production techniques and old Singer sewing machines.

21

Maritime Antiques, Trenwith Lane, St Ives TR26 1DA

If you're looking for a ship's wheel or a binnacle, or you need a porthole or fancy an antique model sailing ship, you'll probably find what you're looking for here. The shop is full of unique and fascinating nautical items.

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St Ives TR26 1HE

St Ives is a buzzy and thriving town, full of character and crammed with lovely shops selling gifts, jewellery, crafts and clothes, as well as plenty of galleries and restaurants. If you need surfing gear, this is the place to get it. There's a farmers' market every Thursday at the Guildhall.

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The Sloop Craft Market, St Ives TR26 1LS

Behind the Sloop Inn, this market has been going for over 40 years. There are a dozen or so stalls where you can pick up stained glass, silk painting and ceramics.

27

The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance TR18 2NL

Occupying a former telephone exchange, this striking building is a major contemporary art space with an impressive industrial feel. National and international contemporary art and work by regional artists is shown here, and other events include film screenings, live performances and workshops.

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Laff, 31 Fore Street, St Ives TR26 1HE

An independent, family-run shop selling high-quality designer children’s clothes and shoes (with an age range of birth to 11). Great place to find stylish designs, many made in the UK, plus a selection of soft toys.

30

Mousehole TR19 6RP

Mousehole is a delightful little fishing village that has retained much of its old world charm. Its narrow streets are full of small shops, galleries and restaurants, and its Christmas lights are quite something (people come in busses to check them out during December).

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The Tyler Gallery, Mousehole TR19 6RD

A small gallery in the narrow streets of Mousehole showcasing contemporary artworks, Essex Tyler's venue includes works by Anthony Frost and Ken Howard.

Places to visit

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Chygurno, Lamorna TR19 6XH

A fantastically dramatic garden on the cliff edge above Lamorna Cove, Chygurno climbs downwards in steep steps and terraces. Reclaimed and replanted in 1998 after decades of neglect, you'll find sub-tropical plants making a striking contrast with the rocky backdrop, and there's a stunning decked vantage point that puts you on eye level with the treetops.

7

Tregiffian Burial Chamber, St Buryan TR19 6BQ

A Neolithic or early Bronze Age chambered tomb, known as an entrance grave because of the entrance passage which is lined with stone slabs. This leads into the central chamber, where flints, bones and ashes were found here when it was excavated in the 19th century.

8

Zennor TR26 3BY

Zennor is a tiny village, probably most famous for its mermaid and connections to D. H. Lawrence. The carved 'mermaid chair' (probably 15th century in date) can be seen in the church, St Senara's, and the story goes that it was carved to commemorate a mermaid who came to the church every Sunday and sang in the choir, entrancing everyone with her sweet voice. Eventually she fell in love with a young man considered 'the best singer in the parish', and enticed him away to live with her beneath the waves. Neither was ever seen in Zennor again. D. H. Lawrence moved to the village in 1915 with his German wife.

9

Chysauster Ancient Village, New Mill, Penzance TR20 8XA

Originally occupied almost 2,000 years ago, this Iron Age village is one of the finest examples in the country. The stone-walled houses, known as 'courtyard houses', are found only on the Land's End peninsula and the Isles of Scilly. The houses line a 'village street', each with an open central courtyard surrounded by a number of thatched rooms. You can explore the ruins and ponder the purpose of the enigmatic 'fogou' underground passage. The village has fantastic views across the countryside and out to sea, and is a real haven for wildlife.

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Tate St Ives, St Ives TR26 1TG

Part of the national group of galleries, Tate St Ives exhibits work by modern British artists. There's no permanent collection, instead a regularly changing programme of exhibitions that changes three times a year. The Tate also manages another property in St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

11

Minack Open Air Theatre, Porthcurno TR19 6JU

Cornwall's world-famous open-air theatre, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea, was carved from the cliffs by Rowena Cade. Work began in the 1930s and continues today. The amazing and dramatic setting makes this a fabulous place to watch drama, musicals and opera. The season runs from May to September. There are sub-tropical gardens, too, with many unusual succulent plants thriving on the open cliffs.

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Prehistoric Sites TR20 8YT

West Cornwall is full of standing stones, chamber tombs, ancient settlements and stone circles. Men-an-Tol, with its mysterious 'holed stone' for example, is close to Boskednan stone circle, also known as Nine Maidens, and Lanyon Quoit, a table-like dolmen. Mulfra Quoit enjoys spectacular views from its elevated position and Chun Quoit, near Morvah, is one of the best preserved in the county.

13

Trengwainton Garden, Madron, Penzance TR20 8RZ

With 25 acres of exotic trees and shrubs, the garden's sheltered position means spring comes early. You'll need to be here in February if you want to see the incredible magnolias, but there's plenty to see throughout the year.

14

St Michael's Mount, Marazion TR17 0HS

Still home to the St Aubyn family as well as a small community, this island with its medieval church, castle and sub-tropical gardens is an iconic image of Cornwall. If the weather is favourable, you can get there via a short boat trip, or, at low tide, walk across the causeway.

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Godolphin House, Godolphin Cross, Helston TR13 9RE

With its historically important 16th-century garden and the remains of the family mine, as well as beautiful scenery with views across St Ives Bay and St Michael's Mount, Godolphin has plenty to offer. The house itself is not always open, but it's well worth a look if you're there on the right day. It was one of the most fashionable houses in 17th century Cornwall and has a fantastically romantic atmosphere.

17

Geevor Tin Mine Museum, Pendeen TR19 7EW

Geevor Tin Mine was operational between 1911 and 1990, during which time it produced about 50,000 tons of black tin. Now a museum and heritage centre, it's a fascinating insight into the industry and an excellent example of 'living history'. You can take the underground tour, look down the Victory shaft, do a bit of panning, and learn about the history of the mine in the Hard Rock Museum.

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Penlee House Gallery, Penzance TR18 4HE

The only Cornish public gallery specialising in work from the Newlyn School artists (1880-1940), the delightful Penlee House is set amongst beautiful gardens and a lovely Orangery cafe serving fish pie, Newlyn crab sandwiches and home-baked cakes for afternoon tea.

Walking

www.swcp.org.uk
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/st-ives-to-pendeen
www.fathen.org
West Cornwall certainly offers some of the world’s most awe-inspiring coastline. The South West Coast Path, originally used by the coastguard to track and pursue smugglers, gives access to 630 miles of amazing scenery from Minehead to Poole. It’s the longest and most popular walk in the UK and considered among the world’s Great Hikes. A fair length of it is in Cornwall. The National Trust own some stunning coastline, too. If you want shorter walks with an edible purpose, Fat Hen run fascinating foraging courses, teaching you how to identify and then cook all kinds of wild food.

Cycling

www.visitcornwall.com
www.landsendcyclehire.co.uk
Explore Penwith on two wheels. Land’s End cycle hire can drop bikes off at the Old Coastguard if you didn’t bring your own. The First and Last Cycle Trail, National Cycle Route number 3, will take you from Long Rock to Land’s End, and near St Just, the Mining Heritage coastline is all accessible by bike. St Michael’s Way stretches from Lelant (near St Ives) to Marazion (near Penzance) opposite St Michael’s Mount.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road:

Beside A3074 between Lelant (A30) and St Ives at Carbis Bay, 1 mile from the town centre

By Rail: 

St Ives station is a short taxi ride away, or alight at Carbis Bay station and walk up the hill to The Gannet

Address:

Carbis Bay, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2SB

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