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Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling, St Ives, Cornwall

Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling

4.8
4.8
360 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00–14:30 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:30–22:00

  • 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

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

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 360 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
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Cornwall

    Best Overall

  • Cornwall

    Best Food

  • Cornwall

    Best Service

  • Cornwall

    Best Ambience

  • Cornwall

    Fit for Foodies

  • Cornwall

    Notable Wine List

  • Cornwall

    Romance

  • Cornwall

    Scenic View

  • Cornwall

    Special Occasions

  • Cornwall

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • 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

    Fit for Foodies

  • West Cornwall

    Healthy

  • West Cornwall

    Romance

  • West Cornwall

    Special Occasions

  • West Cornwall

    Most Booked

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  1. JP

    JoanneP

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience, tasting menu was incredible as were the staff. They created a tasting menu just for us as we both have fish allergies. The staff were very knowledgable and very friendly and nothing was too much hassle.

  2. A

    April

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and the service at Ugly Butterfly were beyond incredible. Every dish was so well thought out and went beyond our expectations - absolutely delicious. Olivia our waitress was incredibly attentive and thought out every little detail. All the other staff were also so welcoming, friendly and attentive. You never once needed to ask for something - it was already provided and thought out. The restaurant itself is beautiful and the views of Carbis Bay were stunning. Would definitely recommend visiting Ugly Butterly - was definitely worth it!

  3. FT

    FoodieTim

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A fabulous menu, carefully constructed from local produce with highly innovative dishes and presentation. Exceptional food, the setting is incredible, looking over Carbis Bay and the service was optimally attentive. Highly recommend.

  4. RS

    RichardS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Really excellent Great service Great food Epic views Super cocktail & wine list Wine a tad overpriced (London price) Would recommend to all

  5. N

    Nick

    London

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    From the brilliant cocktails to the ‘snacks’ you faultless innovative courses (crab, turbot, asparagus, lamb, desserts) in a well placed service. Some of the dishes were mind blowing- the sourdough muffin, with brown crabmeat butter and a reveal of an exquisite crab tart. It does not come cheap but worth every bit

  6. NP

    NickP

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We’ve been lucky enough to dine at Adam Handling’s other restaurants before and we were very keen to try the Ugly Butterfly. I have to say it did not disappoint from the knowledgeable and friendly staff, the amazing location and most of all the fantastic food, all of which is locally sourced. As a venue for a memorable meal it would be hard to beat! Hoping to return next time we’re in Cornwall.

  7. LH

    LindsayH

    Cumbria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I would award 6 stars if that was an option ! Nick made us feel very welcome from the moment we arrived and that continued throughout the evening . The staff were wounderful very professional knew the dishes and explained what each one entailed. The warm welcome and friendly banter continued all through the evening. Then there was the the incredible view perched right on the beach looking out to see. Now on to the food. We had the 7 course taster menu which was outstanding. Every course seemed to get better and was well explained by Megan , an absolute star. Can’t thank everyone enough for making our anniversary such a wounderful night . We have booked again for August and can’t wait to return

  8. r

    robertl

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great evening out one to remember. The food and drink was amazing . Lots of help from all the team working at restaurant . Was really cool experience in beautiful setting over looking the sea . Definitely be back for more food and drink experiences when visiting Cornwall. Robert based in London

  9. DC

    DawnC

    Hertfordshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All wonderful - special occasion

  10. CP

    ClaireP

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing location, great atmosphere, brilliant staff and fantastic food. Highly recommended

  11. T

    Tamar

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Most beautiful dining experience since I moved to UK over 20years ago. All the staffs were absolutely lovely, welcoming and passionate about their ethos and food were prepared beautifully visually as well as taste. We decided to visit every season after the very special experience!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely faultless excellent experience

  13. IB

    IsabelB

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Decided to come to dine on my way to the isles of Scilly. Location is amazing , food fantastic , didn’t feel awkward as a solo diner

  14. VJ

    VictoriaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Wonderful 20th Wedding Anniversary evening, recommended by lovely friends - its certainly and experience. Stunning views so lovely to have somewhere not too far from home. Defiantly for very special occasions!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another fantastic visit to the Ugly Butterfly! Professional, attentive but not intrusive staff and amazing food! Not to mention the fabulous location and views. See you again soon Ugly Butterfly!

  16. KR

    KarenR

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What an experience - we booked Carbis Bay Hotel purely for the restaurant and it didn't disappoint. We loved it so much we went back the second night. The food is outstanding, we have visited Adam's London restaurant before and it was everything and more. The snacks are delicious.. that beef tartare and kimchi! Then every single course was an amazing experience.. all looking over the water... absolutely loved it. Christina the sommelier was very knowledgeable and friendly, Josh looked after us every step of the way and we made a new friend in Connor the Mixologist.. his cocktails are to die for! If I could give 10 stars I would... that chicken butter... oh my!!!

  17. n

    nickyl

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was superb food ambiance view staff ! My only complaint would be the chairs they had no backs therefore were not comfortable but will be going back again soon

  18. R

    Rogsch

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Set in an amazing location bursting perfect views the Ugly Butterfly is a fantastic restaurant serving creative food full of flavours. And best part is they are working hard to remove food waste.

  19. SR

    ShirleyR

    Bath

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent meal at Ugly Butterfly - particularly liked the Tasting Snacks for starters and very delicious chicken for main

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb location, Staff and food. Could not fault.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best dining experience we have had for many years. We had the tasting menu and enjoyed every sublime course. The service was superb and made sure our experience was a special one for us. Thank you. We will be back.

  22. LT

    LynneT

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing restaurant, amazing location, gorgeous food and great service. A new favourite - would defiantly recommend.

  23. JR

    JamilaR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb. Spectacular. The best! The tasting menu is a must.

  24. MB

    MichaelB

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Being a fan of The Frog Covent garden we thought we'd try this one in Cornwall. What an absolute treat. Pure delight from start to finish. Warm welcome into beautifully appointed and situated bar and restaurant with stunning beach and sea views. Had tasting menu - simply the best food we have ever eaten from every aspect. We paired wines not realising it was buying a glass each time rather than a smaller amount of selected wines. This was indeed wonderful and the sommelier spot on but it does increase the cost significantly. The only improvement would be to have a paired set list(s).

  25. LL

    LouiseL

    Devon

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thank you for another wonderful meal. Exemplary service and the most amazingly delicious and creative food. You are our favourite restaurant!!! We will be back very soon. (Although we will miss the wonderful chicken butter - out of this world) Just incredible!!!!

  26. C

    Clare

    Cornwall

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Wowed by the Beautiful views from the bar and restaurant. Lovely warm and friendly service from all the exceptionally helpful staff. Excellent taster menu and delightful cocktails and wines.

  27. PA

    PAmM

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I took my son, who lives un France and is fairly used to fine dinding. we had the tasting menue, the portions were well judged so thatvat the ebd we felt comfortably full. It is a unique and vert enjoyable experience, I have no taken on sepeate occasions, 3 grabdchikldrfen and two visitors there, and I enjoy it every time. I have a neighbour, an Cornish trencherman diner, who finds the portions too small, but I think he is missing the point. The service is excellent, and the view amazing. Can't wait for the next visit. Thank you.

  28. J

    Julianne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service outstanding! An extremely memorable experience, we will be back!

  29. HG

    HelenG

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful find whilst staying at the Carbis Bay Hotel. Would highly recommend to try the amazing tasting menu and the wine flight to accompany! You will not be disappointed!

  30. CT

    ChenT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely spectacular meal, in the most beautiful surroundings with fabulous staff… we pretty much ran out of superlatives by the end of the meal (we opted for the tasting menu). This was one of the most memorable meals I’ve ever had and we can’t wait to come back.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Upon arrival you’re instantly settled in a chilled environment. Shown to your table and greeted by our sommelier and waiter. Very educated on the food their serving and wine their pouring. Everything cooked and served to perfection, and a really pleasant evening meal. By far the best in Cornwall. We’ll be onto the other restaurants under Adam. We will be back soon!

  32. A

    Angela

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food and setting with wonderfully attentive staff.

  33. HL

    HelenL

    New South Wales

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    The ambience & view of the ocean was amazing & the food was excellent but portion size was 25% of what it should have been for what we paid!

  34. L

    Louise

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Stunning location and amazing food. Staff very attentive and welcoming. Lovely place to spend an afternoon

  35. JE

    JacquelineE

    Worcestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The restaurant, food and service were excellent and we enjoyed it. We had a fantastic evening.

  36. MH

    MikeH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic experience with a great variety of excellent dishes in the taster menu. Lovely location and a great team who made it a special night for us..

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Lovely setting, staff impeccable and several outstanding dishes in the degustation menu. Let down by several that were at best ‘average’. Overall given all the hype about Adam and based on our extensive experience of degustation we were surprised that we came away only thinking the meal was just ‘OK’.

  38. D

    Dmltnmn

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and atmosphere. Every dish is superbly prepared. Particularly worth noting is how each dish pays respects to local ingredients and sustainability. A truly unique experience.

  39. J

    Jude

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Lovely setting, very good service, but food was disappointing especially at the price - overly fussy with foams, etc. yet result was bland. Wide selection of wines (of course at a hefty mark-up) knowledgeable sommelier to help navigate.

  40. D

    Darren

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wow. Superb staff who were friendly and informative. Food was amazing!! The atmosphere, ambience and views couldn’t be better

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser 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

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling is rated 4.8 stars by 360 OpenTable diners.

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

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Google Map for Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling

Carbis Bay HotelCarbis Bay St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2NP

Additional information

  • Area

    St Ives

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00–14:30 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:30–22:00

  • 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, 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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