Cornwall LivingIssue #99

A grande santé!

Indulge in some Belgian beverages, beers and bites at the family-run Bier Huis Grand Café in St Ives.

For the Bier Huis Grand Café it’s been a case of hitting the ground running after lockdown. Although booking isn’t essential the team would advise doing so as they are filling up pretty quickly! And it’s no wonder. With more new beers being added to their already huge collection of 72 bottles and six draught beers, along with changing guest beers, most of which are vegan friendly and some gluten free, this is definitely a place to wet your whistle.

Their quirky Kwak glass ‘shoe deposit’ remains as popular as ever. Customers use a lobster pot to hoist one of their shoes to the ceiling, which is only returned on return of your glass. You can even take away beers and soft drinks – draught beer can be purchased in one, two and four-pint carry-outs so you can experience the taste of Belgium from the comfort of your own sofa or garden.

But it’s not all about the beer. Chef, John Lane has joined and with his new kitchen team is creating some fantastic food, all day. Daily specials are flying out and with a new menu launching soon, that will include more vegan choices, there will certainly be some exciting dishes to try – alongside some old favourites, of course. Bier Huis’ famous moules and waffles are thankfully here to stay.

There is also the opportunity for a socially distanced, private get-together at Bier Huis. If you are looking for a convivial but safe place to gather for an informal wedding celebration or to meet with family and friends, the delightful Parlour side room can be booked in its entirety. It holds up to 22 people and with its own toilet facilities and a dedicated server to your group, is a brilliant Covid-safe option.

And on that note, owners Sally and Andy would like to extend their thanks to all staff returning to work and putting in such a great effort to get the Grand Café Covid-19 safe for both customers and team alike, and to their customers for putting their trust in Bier Huis and being so nice and considerate in these changed times.


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Jenever is the juniper-flavoured traditional liquor of Belgium and comes in a fantastic range of flavours. Melon or cherry, both delicious as a shot or over ice; vanilla, hazelnut and chocolate can be used in a Bier Huis Flemish coffee;  and citron is a lovely, refreshing after-dinner drink too.


The Bier Huis Grand Café now opens from noon until 10pm. Dogs are allowed downstairs all day and can even sample their own dog beer and fries!



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