The Loft // St Ives

With its exposed beams and granite walls, The Loft has an elegant rustic-chic interior, opening out into its covered terrace. The artists' quarter in St Ives is a lovely location for this laid-back restaurant, giving diners views over the rooftops and house jumble of the town, down towards the harbour. 

There's a good choice on the menu - look out for their speciality, the chowder, or try the 24-hour braised beef cheek. This being St Ives, there's always good fish on the menu, and if you give them 36 hours' notice, you can arrive to your own lobster thermidor.

Dogs are welcome on the terrace, and there are heaters and blankets for chillier days (although please note, they do close it when the weather gets a bit too wild). It's also a good spot for families, with a dedicated kids' menu.