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Our 
Story

At The River Terrace, we have the privilege of operating out of a beautiful Tudor-era building. Built in 1590 and Grade II listed, our space could tell many stories. We’ve been a tearoom, butcher, dress shop, Wadsworth’s mineral water factory, and many other iterations over the last four hundred years. Ask us next time you're in for more quirky tidbits!

 

The owner, Anita, acquired the place in 2016. A native of Auckland, New Zealand, she wanted to bring famous Kiwi coffee and brunch culture to St. Ives. A few years of literal blood, sweat, tears, and lockdowns later, we now have three dining spaces, including a bar and expansive terrace (as our namesake would imply.) We’re lucky to enjoy 180 degree views of the ancient gantry bridge, only one of four in the country, and Hemingford meadow.

 

The other accent you might hear around our place would be that of Jacklynne, our general manager. She has experience from all over the globe, including her home country of Canada, New Zealand, and the UK, coming to us most recently from Vanderlyle in Cambridge.

 

Our chefs James and Dan have worked very hard to source our produce locally, with a focus on keeping seasonality at the forefront of their menus. We offer an ever-evolving brunch menu during the day. On weekend evenings, we endeavour to offer a modern British take on tapas-style dining with our small plates menu. We’re proud to showcase bread from Grain Culture, a custom roast from Brew Project, high-welfare meat from Dingley Dell, free roam Red Lion certified eggs from Woodfarm, and English cheeses from Rennet & Rind (to name a few!)

We hope you enjoy what we've created as a team as much as we enjoy serving it to you.