Adam Handling to open Ugly Butterfly at Carbis Bay Estate in August


Chef Adam Handling is to open a new outlet of his sustainable restaurant brand, Ugly Butterfly, this August at Carbis Bay Estate in Cornwall.

The 65-cover all-day dining restaurant will use ingredients sourced in and around Cornwall and will look to become a standalone destination situated at the hotel near St Ives.

Handling has created the menus, with the Ugly Butterfly bar using trims and offcuts from ingredients used in the restaurant to create drinks and bar snacks in a bid to demonstrate ‘there is no such thing as food waste’.

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The Ugly Butterfly first opened in Chelsea in late 2019, but Handling closed the outlet in March 2020 due to the pandemic.

Handling says: “Carbis Bay is a stunning property. We are so excited to be opening our first restaurant south of London, here. Stephen and Jose Baker at the Carbis Bay Estate have a very similar mindset to myself and my restaurant group, regarding the future of the planet and how we eat and think sustainably.

“It’s great to see them having won such prestigious awards as AA Eco Hotel of the Year 2019–20. It is such a great opportunity for us to bring a luxury restaurant and more casual all-day-dining bar there – it’s just the perfect home for the Ugly Butterfly brand and I’m honoured to be there.”

As part of the move Handling has appointed a handful of new team members. Jamie Park joins as head chef after seven years with the group and previously head chef at The Frog.

Group general manager, George Hersey, has previously lived and worked in Cornwall for a number of years, and will be based in Carbis Bay to head up the front of house operations there, whilst still playing a key role in the Group’s London and Windsor locations. 

Carbis Bay is to host leaders for the G7 Summit on June 11 – 13 and Handling will be creating sustainability-focused dishes for the attendees to enjoy.

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