Eating Out Rest of the UK

Review: The Rum and Crab ShackSt Ives Cornwall

16th July 2013

Walking along the seafront on our first day in St Ives whilst taking in the gorgeous views of the harbour we were scouting out places along the seafront to eat. When we saw the sign for The Rum and Crab Shack it sounded too intriguing to resist, so we booked a table for the following night. My husband is a huge fan of rum, particularly his favoured spiced rum, so he was really looking forward to trying a few off their extensive list. The restaurant had a Caribbean twist to it, and as the name would suggest – a lot of crab on the menu!


The Rum and Crab Shack


Magnificent views over the harbour


Lots of Rum!

We were not really sure what to expect from this place, but everything was superb from being shown to the table to when we left. The staff were really friendly and willing to talk at length about the food, the rum and anything else in between.

The decor was fab – great bar space, booth style tables, lots of wood, barrells, chests and great murals on the walls, really giving the feel of being in a beach shack somewhere on the other side of the world.


one of the walls


Table decor

Food wise for starters we went for the clam and smoked haddock chowder, and the tempura squid. We both absolutely loved our starters – for my husband who had the chowder he thought the fish was cooked perfectly and there was a great depth of flavour. My squid was simply the best I had tasted in years. It was so tender, batter light as air and a perfect homemade chilli sauce for dipping. Some other starters on offer included; crab cakes, whole crab claws, cornish sardines, and rum and crab soup.


Clam chowder


Tempura squid with Sweet Chilli Sauce

Moving on to the main courses, Lee decided to have what seemed the ‘signature’ dish of the restaurant, the Crab Shack Burger (a whole crispy soft shell crab) in a burger, with homemade coleslaw. I went for the Jambalaya which had huge chunks of ling, crab meat and prawns. We raved about them both – delicious! A few other main courses available included a whole brown or spider crab complete with tools for its’ destruction, gumbo,  and a cockle mussel and clam steam pot.


The Shack Burger



Puddings were also really tasty, although maybe not quite the calibre of the savoury stuff; choices included Key Lime Pie, Rum Baba, and our particular two choices, Waffles with a Toffee sauce and Missisippi Mud Pie, both served with locally made Vanilla Ice Cream.


Mississippi Mud Pie


Waffles and locally made vanilla IceCream

Over the course of the meal and afterwards, we tried 4 of the rums on offer; The Angostura ( a 7yr old golden rum from Trindad), Red Leg (spiced with vanilla and ginger and named after a caribbean crab!), Ron Aguere caramelo (a mixture of rum and caramel toffee from the Canaries) and the Chairmans’ Reservce from St Lucia.



This was a brilliant meal; 3 courses, plus the rum, a beer and a cider cost not much more than £60! A bargain. If your ever in St Ives definitely check this place out, its a gem.

The Rum & Crab Shack
Wharf Road, St Ives,
TR26 1LG

Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own

You Might Also Like

No Comments

  • Reply Out and About in Cornwall | TheFoodieCoupleBlog 8th August 2013 at 22:00

    […] The dawn of day 2, and another stunning day. We definitely chose the right week for the holiday (as everyone we came into contact with told us!) Having had a quick look at the tide times we beetled over to Marazion, where we parked up and walked over the causeway to St Michaels Mount, a tidal island that used to be a port for the tin trade to the rest of Europe. This place really was stunning in the early morning sun and walking over the granite causeway just as the tide was going out, still having to paddle through a few bits was great fun. I wish we had more time to explore the whole island, but our itinerary was packed! We then drove up to the Minack Theatre and the gorgeous surrounding beaches – probably the prettiest bit of coastline we saw in my opinion. The Minack is a famous open-air theatre with beautiful gardens and an amazing view, and to be honest, I was blown away. I wasn’t expecting quite such a dramatic landscape. After this, following a tip from our B&B host, we decided not to drive to Lands End (our original plan), and the tourist trap it has become, but to park a little way up the coast at Sennen Cove, and walk the couple of miles of coastal path to Lands End and back, avoiding the crowds. It was valuable advice, and the walk was beautiful. I would highly recommend this, and even for the ‘non’ walkers among us, apart from a steep scramble for 100 yards at the start, it’s a pretty easy walk. To end the day we drove back via Penzance and visited the lovely Outdoor Lido, overlooking the harbour. It was possibly colder than the sea itself, but was a revitalising dip after a long hot day. To bring our few days in St Ives and the surround to an end we ate at the fabulous Rum and Crab Shack – have a look at our review here. […]

  • Reply Your St Ives 30th October 2013 at 09:25

    Love this place, great addition to the town. The Gumbo has to be my fave and is as good as any I had when I went to Jamaica! Can’t remember the rum too well ha!

  • Leave a Reply