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On since 2024

Last update: May 2024

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Carbis Bay Estate, St. Ives, Cornwall, Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling is a haven for those seeking an extraordinary wedding or dining experience against the stunning backdrop of the Cornish coast. Named after the philosophy that beauty can be found in unexpected places, Ugly Butterfly embraces the ethos of sustainability and zero-waste, championed by its visionary owner, Chef Adam Handling MBE. The kitchen utilises offcuts and food waste in their menus, turning what's traditionally considered ugly into something beautiful. There's no such thing as an Ugly Butterfly, in the same way there's no such thing as food waste.

Facilities and Capacity

Stepping into Ugly Butterfly, guests are greeted by a spacious and inviting cocktail bar and dining area, adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows that bathe the room in natural light. The restaurant is equipped to host weddings from smaller celebrations to large occasions of up to 150 guests. Whether you're exchanging vows with the ocean as your witness or raising a toast amidst the coastal charm, Ugly Butterfly provides the perfect backdrop for unforgettable photographs. With a team of chefs dedicated to excellence, couples can indulge in a feast of flavoursome seafood, succulent meats and seasonal delights, knowing that every bite contributes to a more sustainable future.

Services Offered

Ugly Butterfly's menu celebrates Cornwall's rich culinary heritage, focusing on hyper-local, seasonal ingredients sourced from within the region. Drawing inspiration from the Michelin-starred Frog restaurant in Covent Garden, Chef Adam infuses each dish with his signature flair, creating a symphony of flavours that pay homage to the Cornish sunshine. The restaurant transforms trimmings and offcuts into innovative bar snacks and cocktails, ensuring every ingredient is utilised to its fullest potential. For couples seeking a truly immersive experience, Ugly Butterfly promises a journey that you'll never forget.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Pub or restaurant
Coastal weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool
Fitness centre

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 2NP St. Ives (Cornwall)
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