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Icon April 20, 2011 - 17:16

Porthminster Cafe Named Best in England

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St Ives

The Porthminster Beach Café in St Ives is celebrating after being crowned the Best in England at the national Enjoy England Tourism Awards for Excellence.

Head Chef and partner Mick Smith attended the national finals in Birmingham and was delighted when the Porthminster Beach Café was named as the winner of the Taste of England category at the prestigious event.

The beachfront restaurant was the only one in the South of England to make it through to the grand final and beat off competition from three other finalists from the North of England.

Head Chef and partner at the Porthminster Beach Cafe Mick Smith was there to collect the award with Peter Foulkes, Supervisor said he was delighted when the winner was announced.

“This is effectively the Oscar’s of the tourism industry and its absolutely fantastic that we have taken the title of Best in England which is a reflection of the real hard work, dedication and talent of the people that we have at the Porthminster Beach Café.

“We were up against some really high quality competition so to take the title is a major achievement and something we are really proud of,” said Mick

“We also work with some fantastic Cornish companies that supply us with a range of ingredients that go into the dishes we create, so in many ways this award is also an indication of the quality of the food produced in the county,” added Mick.

One of the key factors in winning the Taste of England award was the fact that the Porthminster sourced many of its ingredients from its own back door – growing more than 50 of its own vegetables in a plot next to the restaurant.

This award is the latest in a growing string of accolades that the Porthminster Beach Café has achieved, having previously been named  Best Coastal Café in Britain in 2010 by Coast Magazine and also been named in the Good Food Guide 2010. It was crowned the number one coastal restaurant in the Times in 2010, whilst Olive magazine named the restaurant the best in the UK for its views.

For more information about the Porthminster Beach Café visit or call 01736 795352.