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

Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling

4.9
4.9
975 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

19:00


Booked 6 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–1:30 pm Afternoon Tea Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–5:00 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
  • Area
    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
    Gluten-free Options, Vegan

What 975 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Cornwall

    Best Overall

  • Cornwall

    Best Food

  • Cornwall

    Best Service

  • Cornwall

    Best Ambience

  • Cornwall

    Healthy

  • Cornwall

    Hot spot

  • Cornwall

    Great for fine wines

  • Cornwall

    Romantic

  • Cornwall

    Great for scenic views

  • Cornwall

    Good for special occasions

  • Cornwall

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Cornwall

    Lively

  • Cornwall

    Most Booked

  • West Cornwall

    Best Overall

  • West Cornwall

    Best Food

  • West Cornwall

    Best Service

  • West Cornwall

    Best Ambience

  • West Cornwall

    Best Value

  • West Cornwall

    Healthy

  • West Cornwall

    Great for fine wines

  • West Cornwall

    Good for special occasions

  • West Cornwall

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • West Cornwall

    Lively

  • West Cornwall

    Most Booked

975 Reviews
  1. LesleyM

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and lovely service but we were really disappointed to find that there was no seasonal menu available despite it being advertised on the website and the price of the accompanying wines was 30% more than prices on the website so it left a somewhat sour taste to an otherwise lovely evening

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  2. Katie

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic meal at the Ugly Butterfly. The tasting menu was not just visually spectacular but unbelievably delicious! 100% recommend to those who enjoy fine dining.

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  3. Paaulina

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an incredible meal here for my fiancé's 30th Birthday- extremely attentive service from the start, incredible food and drinks, all very well explained both around the sourcing of ingredients and composition of the dishes. Can't wait to come back next time we're in Cornwall!

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  4. NickyH

    Leicestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous food in a wonderful setting. We had afternoon tea as a special treat, which it was. One star dropped in total as (in our view) the jam and cream supplied for the scones was insufficient. I suspect more would have been available had we requested, but to be honest were rather full by then! Would thoroughly recommend.

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  5. Dannvinator

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You don’t have to look elsewhere, it don’t get better than this!

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  6. Oxfordshire5

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The chef’s 8-course tasting menu was outstanding and every component was perfectly balanced and absolutely delicious. Everything was sourced from Cornwall and as local as possible. Service was friendly, informative and well timed. A delightful evening.

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  7. JackieD

    Devon

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A gift voucher from our son brought us to the Ugly Butterfly for afternoon tea. A fabulous experience from start to finish. A warm & friendly welcome , seats to enjoy the beautiful view and expert advice from the Sommelier resulted in two stunning champagnes to start our visit. The food was simply outstanding & beautifully presented. The servers were discretely attentive and the whole team made sure we had the most amazing afternoon. We will, most definitely, be back.

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  8. TrishaB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a stunning birthday lunch with tasting menu and wine pairing. It was a stellar experience too, the staff were a key part to the great experience by giving us small stories about the food and the wine (great sommelier). Loved it! A real treat.

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  9. tansym

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, interesting, and thoughtful 7 course vegetetarian tasting menu. The courses build well with flavours, there are some really punchy combinations, and all beautifully put together. We chose the standard wine pairing which was generally excellent and added to the dishes (one slightly bland choice excepted). The food is good value given the comolexity and quality. The wine pairing is more sharply priced but would still opt for it as a treat as it was very good. Service was friendly and attentive. Finally, the setting is just unbeatable - its a lovely room with stunning views over Carbis Bay.

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  10. AnnaW

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Expensive but absolutely worth it. A real treat. Food, service and ambiance were all impeccable

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  11. Anon1985

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommended. Food is excellent and fabulous location. Lovely service and atmosphere. Thank you to the team.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very special venue with a fantastic team providing an exceptional experience.

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  13. E202012

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fabulous Valentine's Lunch in one of our favourite restaurants. We are 'regulars' and cannot wait to visit again.

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  14. Robk

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We don't get to experience dining like this very often so it was refreshing to find such an innovative and interesting restaurant like the ugly butterfly. The level of service was relaxing without being overly attentive. The food was interesting, vibrant and full of flavour. A personal favourite being the monkfish, but all of the dishes were thoroughly enjoyed by myself and my wife. To top it off the cocktails were phenomenal! Also made with what would be waste products from menu dishes utilised to make the most refreshing and tasty drinks! Thank you all at the ugly butterfly for a truly wonderful experience.

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  15. LauraS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating a birthday, and from our arrival we were given such friendly and brilliant service. We started with amazing cocktails in the bar then began our tasting menu feast after a glass of champagne at the table. We added some oysters and the valentines ’sturgeon’ dish to the menu and then the eating began. James was our attentive, friendly and knowledgeable waiter who made sure we had all our courses as a lovely pace, our wine was always topped up and he answered all our questions and gave us detailed info about the beautiful food we were eating. He added to our experience, thank you James! The food was beautifully presented and tasted amazing, each course exciting and delicious. All the staff were brilliant, really helpful and helped towards making this a memorable meal. Would love to come back in the daytime and do the whole thing again whilst being able to see the spectacular views from the restaurant that is right on the beach!! The birthday cake came at the end but we took it home as after 3 hours of eating many courses we were too full to eat it then. Fantastic experience and well worth it for a memorable occasion.

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  16. CharlotteS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most incredible dining experience, food and presentation was outstanding, service was excellent. Lovely relaxed atmosphere, will definitely be returning.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Cold, uninspiring food. Duck was wonderful. The rest was prepared.

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  18. HannahF

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second visit and it did not disappoint. Really pleased that they have added an alcohol-free pairing which was excellent with some seriously grown up flavours. Snacks and desserts were again the highlight of the Valentine's menu but every course was excellent. We sat at the counter which is a fun new addition as you get to enjoy the precision of the plating. Experience as previously enhanced by the lovely front of house staff.

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  19. Gems

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful dining experience. It was pricy, but the meal was like dinner and a show with fabulous attentive and engaging staff and delicious food and drinks! Well worth it for a special treat! Thanks so much! Will be recommending!

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  20. CarolynW

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very well received and tremendous service, unhurried ...a true delight ... Most enjoyable ...and thinking of a Dinner engagement on our next visit ! Already mentioned it to friends ...who will "giveit a try"...

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  21. MatthewR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Prepare yourself for a journey. Go with the flow and let the wonderful staff do their thing and guide you along. Its not cheap and if you're worried about cost do not go. However, if you enjoy the best food and wines/cocktails, the best customer service and a superb environment then I urge you to go and enjoy the experience.

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  22. Ozzy

    Jersey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ‘savouries’ section made this afternoon tea extra special. Something above just having savoury sandwiches. The crab doughnut, beetroot tartare and chickpea coronation were particular favourites. The service was exceptional, very tentative waiters and very kindly changed my tea order when I changed my mind. It was a little unclear whether a sandwich top up was allowed but it wasn’t needed given the desserts were also, so good! So it’s the right amount of food to ensure you can try it all! Thanks team, we will be back!

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  23. PeterH

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic restaurant with friendly staff, views over the bay are second to none to top off a wonderful evening.

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  24. Becca

    Cambridge

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and very attentive staff. We had a great evening and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  25. PamelaM

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A very special evening. The food fed the soul and the eyes with a sense of theatre. The skill and complexity behind each dish delivered flavours which built layer on layer through the tasting menu. Creativity, taste and presentation were superb. Service was superb as always both in the bar and in the restarant. .

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  26. BeckyB

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Had the chef’s 7 courses standard and vegetarian. Flavours generally sensational, so many dishes! Satisfaction after each one. Service was superb, staff exuded positivity. Restaurant ambiance was perfect, lighting great and veiw would be amazing if it wasn’t dark. Cocktails were also great, even the alcohol free versions. Not cheap but value for money. Hope to return for the next special occasion. :))

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  27. DaliaE

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and great service. Would definitely return and recommend to friends. Great value for money as well.

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  28. NinaM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we had afternoon tea and it was exquisite. Worth every penny. Great service, relaxing setting and amazing quality food !

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  29. AmandaC

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was like being welcomed home.... Followed by amazing ambiance and superb service. The Chef's menu was art on a plate and a symphony of taste and texture (tempted to offer the chef a civil partnership). No issues with catering for allergies - and just as important - I felt confident I was safe. In short, the Ugly Butterfly achieved excellence in every part of the evening. Not to be missed.

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  30. JaneB

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always The Ugly Butterfly experience was incredible. I've now eaten here 5 times and each time is as fabulous as the last. The service, the food, the ethos, the location and the view are all very hard to beat. Adam and his team are experts at making you feel welcome and ensuring a fabulous experience - thank you.

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  31. Rich

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow, if you want something special this is for you. What a beautiful location and the food is beyond amazing. This was not just a dinner but a whole evening experience with course after course of culinary creativity. We were there 3 hours with no let up in service and attention from all the staff, it may not be cheap but think of it as having the theatre tickets thrown in. We tried the vegetarian option to be different and were blown away. We love the no waste ethic, reminds us of growing up in the 70’s, and something that’s been lost in the throwaway world we live in. This Butterfly is far from Ugly!

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  32. ElaineG

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a brilliant experience at the highest level and one thing we can now tick off our bucket list. The staff were so attentive throughout the meal which made you feel very special. We had the tasting menu which was sublime. Our family had given us a voucher to use at The Ugly Butterfly for our Ruby Wedding Anniversary which was very kind of them as they knew we had always wanted to do a fine dining experience. We very much hope to come again and enjoy the view as well as the food. Elaine & Peter.

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  33. MatthewH

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant in stunning location. Look forward into trying again soon.

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  34. Simon

    London

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply superb! The food was exquisite and the service exemplary - Mikey should be particularly commended.

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  35. PeteC

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredibly good dining. The staff are amazing, the food is up there with the best you will eat, the presentation was the best we’ve had. We sat at the ‘Chef’s table’ by the kitchen and felt like we were judging the final of Masterchef. It was great to see the chefs in action. It really makes you appreciate the attention to detail. Every course of the Chef’s Menu was perfect and Sommelier Stef’s wine choices were so well researched that they were the perfect compliment. A solid 5 stars.

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  36. JohnT

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Chef’s menu was outstanding. Every dish was beautifully presented and delicious. Service was excellent. A real treat!

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  37. HenzaO

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went in for a New Year's Eve. We had a great time.

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  38. Elsie

    London

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the most amazing meal at this beautiful restaurant overlooking Carbis Bay. Every course was exquisite just bursting with flavour and the staff were outstanding, both friendly and passionate about explaining each of the dishes to us. We also loved the playlist (apparently down to who is in charge of the bar that day) which today was heavily focussed on 70s rock.

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  39. SarahG

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service for New Year’s Eve lunch. From start to finish everything was exceptional. The food was the nicest we have eaten and some surprise additions to our tasting menu. The ambiance, the view, the staff, the food, the drinks - everything was simply superb. Can’t wait to return.

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  40. PaulJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great tasting menu and excellent staff - the most we have spent on a tasting menu and the only slight niggle would be the cost , but otherwise 10/10.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling is rated 4.9 stars by 975 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


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

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

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    St Ives
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–1:30 pm Afternoon Tea Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • 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
    Gluten-free Options, Vegan
  • 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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