Locals 'gutted' as pub with 'some of the best food' in town closes its kitchen

Oliver Cromwell, St Ives
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A St Ives pub is closing its kitchen this weekend, leaving customers "gutted". The Oliver Cromwell in Wellington Street announced the decision on Tuesday (July 9).

The statement explained: "We are incredibly sad to announce that this Sunday (the 14th of July) will be the last day our kitchen will be open. We have tried everything but, financially, it just isn't working.

"Thank you, everyone, for all your support over the last five years, especially all our wonderful staff members! Some good news... the bar remains open! We hope to see you all for a drink very soon!"

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One customer, Jay Dharan, said: "I can’t express how sad I am to hear this. The food has always been excellent, especially the Sunday Roast."

Daniel Terry and Sean Webb both said they were "gutted", with Sean describing The Oliver Cromwell's meals as "some of the best food in St Ives".

The pub offered four different menus: 'Wings Wednesday', with a choice of five different sauces for chicken wings or 'cauliflower wings'; 'Tapas Tuesday' with 11 different tapas dishes, including Spanish tortilla and Thai mussels; a "rib night" Thursday menu with three different types of sauces; a Sunday menu of roast dinners, and a main menu including three different burgers, fish and chips, and pad Thai.

Customer Jordi Guitart commented that the pub provided the "best food in town", while Melanie Jest described "the best menu in St Ives". Lydgia Parratt said: "This is such a sad sign of the times."

The pub opens between 4pm and 11pm, Monday to Thursday; between 12pm and 3pm, then between 6pm and 9pm, on Fridays; between 12pm and 9pm on Saturdays, and from 12pm until 11pm on Sundays.