Cornwall LivingIssue #64

A match made in heaven

St Ives’ fantastic new bar and restaurant, Beer & Bird, brings together two of our favourite things: craft beer and hearty food.

St Ives is known for many things (art, surfing, aggressive seagulls), however not until recently has it been known for craft beer. But that may be about to change with the arrival of Beer & Bird, a newly opened bar and restaurant offering over 100 craft beers.

“Hearty comfort food that puts a smile on your face. That’s why we went for fried chicken.”

So large is the selection in fact that patrons are given a dedicated beer menu stretching to over 12 pages. While this may sound overwhelming, the beers are helpfully divided into categories depending on style and flavour, so even a craft beer newbie can quickly navigate their way to a delectable brew.

Founded by the owners of St Ives’ oldest family business – Johns Wine & Spirits Specialists – Beer & Bird is located in Fore Street, tucked away on the first floor away from the bustling crowds. On entering via the steep staircase (there is also level access to the side of the building) the first impression is of a stylish, spacious room with a slightly industrial feel. Think reclaimed wood and leather booths; exposed structural beams and copper pipes.

To achieve the design, the Beer and Bird team employed the help of another Cornish company, Boex Design, who worked with them closely to create what is undoubtedly a stylish and inviting space. But what about the food?

“We wanted food that would complement the beer,” explains co-founder Tom Hanson. “Hearty comfort food that puts a smile on your face. That’s why we went for fried chicken.” Southern fried chicken to be precise, freshly prepared on site, coated in a secret-recipe breading and fried to perfection in a state-of-the-art pressure fryer from America.

“It was important that we sourced the chicken locally, and even more important that it was free range,” explains Tom. “That’s why all our birds come from a family run free-range poultry farm in north Cornwall. They’re fed on low-density, additive and antibiotic free food, and allowed plenty of space to run around. It really makes a big difference to the flavour.”

In addition to the chicken, there’s also a decent selection of vegetarian and vegan options, as well as freshly griddled Belgian-style waffles for dessert. If you’re feeling particularly naughty, you could of course go for the outrageously indulgent fried chicken ‘Waffle Burger’, served with bacon, Sriracha mayo, gruyere cheese and drizzled with maple syrup… Mmmm, don’t mind if we do!

"Hearty comfort food that puts a smile on your face. That's why we went for fried chicken."

Sample Menu



Sticky Wings (gf)
Cornish free range chicken wings tossed in your choice of our homemade sauce (Sticky BBQ/ Sweet & Sour/ Raging Coq Hot Sauce)
4 wings £6.95
8 wings £11.95
12 wings £14.95

Chicken crackling £2.95
Crunchy free range chicken skin sprinkled with Cornish sea salt.

Crispy 'shrooms (v) £5.95
Slices of juicy portobello mushrooms lightly breaded and fried - perfect with our homemade aioli.

Jalapeño poppers (v) £5.95
Whole jalapeños stuffed with a blend of mozzarella and Cornish cheddar cheese: lightly breaded and fried till golden brown.

Fully Loaded Nachos (v) £6.95
Homemade tortilla chips topped with salsa, guacamole, sour cream, jalapeños, mozzerella and chedder cheese. Add pulled chicken or pulled jackfruit for £3


Cornish free range buttermilk fried chicken cooked in our state of the art 'Henny Penny' pressure fryer.

Small bucket (gf) £9.95
3 pieces served with house fries.

Large bucket (gf) £14.95
6 pieces served with house fries.

Boneless tenders (gf) £10.95
Succulent chicken tenders served with house fries.

Our free range buttermilk fried chicken burgers are built using a toasted St Ives bakery bun, fresh salad and our homemade bird sauce. All served with house fries. (Make your fries filthy for £2)

Classic Bird Burger £10.95
Keep it classic. Focus on the bird. Add cheese for just £1.

Pulled Coq Burger £11.95
Succulent slow-cooked pulled chicken, melted Cornish cheddar and homemade coleslaw.
Why not add a buttermilk chicken breast for only £4?

Raging Coq Burger £13.95
The more you try to finish off - the harder it gets. Melted chedder, coleslaw, jalapeños and our seriously hot raging coq sauce.

Bacon Blue Bird £14.95
Smoky black strap bacon, sautéd mushrooms and melted blue cheese.

Alligator Pear Burger £14.95
Made with the finest alligator pears (thats avacado to you and me).
This burger has homemade guacamole, bacon and melted Cornish cheddar.

Smokestack Lightning Burger £14.95
You'll be howlin' over this burger. Bacon, smoked cheese, homemade coleslaw and beer-battered onion rings. Topped with homemade BBQ sauce.

Waffle Burger £14.95
Feeling naughty? Why not try our (frankly ridiculous) waffle burger.
Bacon, swiss cheese and Sriracha mayo served between two freshly griddled Belgian waffles. Comes with a pot of maple syrup.

Big Bird £18.95
Ludicrously big, double bacon, double chedder, double onion rings and of course - double breasted. Drowning in BBQ sauce.

Our range of delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes are every bit as finger lickin' as our Chicken!

Roasted squash, red pepper and pine nut salad (vg) (gf) £7.95
Roasted butternut squash, charred corn, red onion, mixed leaves, roasted red peppers and pine nuts toasted in a citrus vinagarette.
Add chicken or halloumi for £3

Hello you Halloumi burger (v) £11.95
A fried halloumi burger with salad and bird sauce. Topped with guacamole, a beer battered tomato and homemade salsa. Served with house fries.

Hail Seitan Burger (vg) £11.95
Our own recipe vegan 'fried chicken', salad, vegan mayo and melted vegan cheese. Served with house fries. Add pulled jack fruit for £3.

The BBQ Jack Burger (v) £11.95
Slow cooked bbq pulled jack fruit, melted swiss cheese, coleslaw and salad. Served with house fries. (Can be made vegan on request).

Mac n' 3 Cheese (v) £9.95
Our creamy, rich mac and cheese made with cheddar, swiss and blue cheese. Served with house fries.


Fries £2.95
Sweet potato fries £3.95
Filthy fries £4.95
Pulled Coq fries £4.95
Coleslaw £2.95
Guacamole £3.95
Corn on the cob £2.95
Mac n' 3 cheese £3.95
House Salad £2.95
Onion Rings £2.95
Southern Gravy £1.95


Go on treat yourself!

Maple waffles £5.95
Freshly griddled waffles, topped with Cornish clotted cream ice cream and drizzled with warm maple syrup.

Holy fudge waffles £5.95
Freshly griddles waffles, Cornish clotted cream ice cream and fudge pieces. Lathered in caramel sauce.

Nutcase waffles £6.95
Freshly griddled waffles, vanilla ice cream, sliced banana and gooey peanut butter. All drizzled with chocolate hazelnut sauce and sprinkled with chopped nuts.

Local Cornish ice cream
A selection of local ice cream and sorbets.
£2.00 per scoop