Niki and I became ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ last Friday as we took a break from work in favour of a delicious seafood lunch at The Beach Club restaurant in Carbis Bay.
This was my first time back at a restaurant since the latest pandemic lockdown restrictions have been updated to allow us to eat and drink with friends outdoors, so I was beyond excited! I don’t know about you but I’ve been craving good quality, restaurant seafood for months now, and The Beach Club menu looked just the ticket.
Based on the stunning Carbis Bay estate (home to a white-sand privately owned beach, luxury hotel, lodges and restaurants), The Beach Club offers a Mediterranean-style menu and laid back atmosphere with beautiful views across the beach.
At the moment, due to government restrictions, the restaurant has tables outside on the promenade for an al-fresco dining experience, available for bookings at lunch or dinner. We wrapped up warm on this particular day as we knew it was going to be a windy day, but there was plenty of shelter inside the awning and they’re equipped with heaters too – and the views from this area are unbeatable!
We arrived and of course had to quench our thirst with a Friday lunch-time glass of wine! Niki has recently taken a wine course with her work, so is officially the wine-selector in our friendship, and she chose very well! This Zinfandel Rosé was super smooth and sweet – just how I like it. That makes me sound like I have a clue about wine, but I really don’t… I just know it was tasty, thanks Niks!
The menu here features a mixture of small plates to choose from, as well as larger main course size dishes. I knew I wanted to try the lobster risotto, but was worried the small plate wouldn’t be enough as a main course for me, so I also got the soft shell crab, which I’ve never had before, with it. Both were amazing, and the lobster was so good!
Meanwhile Niki went for one of the larger dishes – king prawn linguine. A favourite of both of ours, and we both agreed that this one topped our list of favourite seafood linguines ever, so if that isn’t a compliment I don’t know what it! The prawns were huge, and the sauce was super creamy.
Somehow we both managed to have space for dessert afterwards, and I’m so glad we decided to get some because these were gorgeous! Just look at how beautifully presented they were in the photos below 😍.
I chose the chocolate fondant with vanilla ice-cream which was to die for, while Niki went with the baked vanilla pod cheesecake with berries and crème fraîche. Both so good and definitely did the job in filling us up!
The atmosphere at The Beach Club definitely makes you feel like you’re on holiday; it’s relaxed but still feels exclusive, in a good way. The service was excellent and obviously the food was exceptional too – not your standard ‘beachfront cafe’ food that’s for sure! We both agreed the background music was on point too.
And just look at the incredible setting! Carbis Bay is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall; I think it every time I come here. The sand is so white, and the water is so clear and blue (even on a windy day like this one), that it seriously looks like you should be abroad. In summer it’s a great spot for swimming, paddleboarding or kayaking too, as it’s usually very calm and sheltered.
Check out the Carbis Bay Estate website to see The Beach Club menu and book your table!
* This was a press trip so our lunch was complimentary, but all opinions are my own