Scottish Cattle: Cornish Beef

Here in St. Ives we are passionate about our beef – come visit us and you’ll soon find out!

There may be some excellent varieties of cattle that are indigenous to Cornwall, but we all know that the very best beef always has its origins in Scotland.

That’s why many farmers from the region make the long trip up to the other end of the country, to source the very best of cattle for their ever growing herds. In many ways the polar ends of the British mainland, Scotland’s Highlands and St. Ives, share a lot in common. Both are held in high esteem thanks to the naturally beautiful landscapes that surround them and completely unique takes on cuisine that can’t be found anywhere else in the United Kingdom.

There has been a long standing tradition for Cornish Farmers, when selecting Cattle in Scotland, to stay in the area for a few days. With plenty of luxury lodges in Scotland to choose from, who can blame them? So when it comes time for the farmers and the cattle hands to take holidays of their own, they always know that they’ll be welcome in the guesthouses and B’n’Bs of Cornwall.

Millions of people visit Cornwall every year and thousands of those people choose St. Ives as their destination. Other than being famed for its award-winning attractions, gorgeous coastline and traditionally excellent hospitality; St. Ives is also a great place to find excellent food.

Thanks to a steady year round tourist season, restaurants for every taste have been popping up for the last 10 years, the result? A thriving culinary scene with some of the best food – and the best beef – on offer.

When you’re on holiday in Cornwall, there’s no time to think about your waist line – indulgence is the aim of the game. Head to these renowned eateries to try the very best of Scottish origin, Cornish bred beef:

Pengenna Pasties

No trip to Cornwall is complete without munching on the favoured lunchtime snack of the tin miners of yore and Pengenna Pasties is the place to buy them from. Pengenna have been producing home-made traditional pasties from original family recipes for the last 30 years. They pride themselves on hiring young people from the community, making it a truly local business.

Take a perch on the iconic harbour and hang your legs over the undulating waves whilst you chow down on sumptuous chuck steak, seasoned and cooked to perfection with a medley of vegetables and butter pastry.

Gurnard’s Head

A winner of multiple awards in The Good Pub Guide, this rustic Gastro pub is an Instagrammers delight. Fresh, seasonal food is prepared to an extremely high standard in the pub’s quirky red and blue restaurant with one of the highlights being the excellent Rump of Beef, served with hispi cabbage, salsa verde and baba ganoush.

Set halfway between St. Ives and the neighbouring town of St. Just, you can either take the car or enjoy a stunning coastal walk to build up your appetite (and your thirst!).

The Cornish Deli

If you find yourself enjoying what Cornish Beef has to offer, then take some back home with you! The aptly names Cornish Deli sells award-winning locally sourced charcuterie in addition to doubling as an excellent cafe/bar. If its early in the day, grab a cuppa and a scone to power you through to lunch.

If you’re looking for something with a bit more heft, try their excellent Thin-Sliced Beef Sandwich with a cool glass of Tribute, a classic Cornish-brewed ale.