If you’re a lover of American-style fried chicken and juicy burgers, you’ll want to add this St. Ives restaurant to your list!
Tucked away on the high street of St. Ives, Beer & Bird is a family-run business serving a range of craft beers and specialising in locally sourced fried chicken dishes that’ll make your mouth water.
We headed here last week during a press trip to St. Ives, stomachs rumbling after a tiring surf nearby at Gwithian beach.
I’m a huge fan of ‘burger joints’ but as someone who rarely eats meat (and if I do it’ll be chicken) I usually find just one chicken-based option and a couple of not-so-great veggie options, but Beer & Bird is ALL about the bird! The chicken here is locally sourced from a free range farm in North Cornwall. There were so many great dishes on there I found it very hard to choose…
And if you’re not into meat, not a problem! The restaurant offers loads of delicious veggie and vegan options too, including a ‘Hail Seitan’ burger, ‘Smokin’ Seitan’ burger, Vegan filthy fries and more.
For a starter, we chose to share a plate of 8 sticky Korean chicken wings. These came out way bigger than we thought (making it very hard for us to finish our main courses), so I’d recommend sharing a plate of 4 instead to save room for your burger and fries. They were incredibly tasty though, and the Korean sauce was PERFECTION.
For his main dish, Alex chose the ‘boneless bucket’ – a bucket full of crispy chicken tenders served with gravy – while I went for the Buffalo Jack burger.
All mains come with a side of fries, which you can upgrade if you want to make them sweet potato fries (which Alex did – they were the best sweet potato fries I’ve ever tried!), ‘filthy fries’, ‘pulled coq fries’, or ‘chilli cheese fries’ if you want to. I made mine filthy 😏
Also while we’re on the subject of ‘saucy’ names, we both had a good giggle at the ‘Raging Coq’ burger too!
My burger was delicious, and while we both struggled to clear our plates it definitely wasn’t for not wanting to!
We’re not huge beer drinkers so although the place is known for their wide selection of independent craft beers, we didn’t end up trying these. They are known for good cocktails too though, including a couple of special ‘after-dinner’ cocktails that sounded like tasty desserts, but we were so full we couldn’t even think about drinking anything else!
Our dinner was super yummy and I’ll definitely be back soon (literally so many things I wanted to try on the menu!) for more food and hopefully some cocktails too.
Find out more about Beer & Bird on their website.
* This meal was gifted but all opinions are my own.