We visited before the Patrick Heron exhibition and my review concurs with that of Peter R, Tavistock, on 1st May. Tate St Ives is poorly signposted both outside and in. The ramp towards the entrance might be described as giving disability access, except it is steep, and there are disability handrails in the loos, except that I was nearly knocked off my feet by a member of staff opening a nearby outward facing door. Access is problematic for wheelchair users, as observed, because of the narrowness of the lift and there are too many steps and insufficient seating. Is the gallery exempt, I wonder, from the duties imposed by the Equality Act?
The £7.50 entrance fee, whether or not there are exhibitions, is hefty and the shop is not interesting. However my most serious criticism is reserved for the 4th floor/cafeteria where a disdainful and snooty waitress told us, after we had seated ourselves and asked for a menu, "It's over there, at the entrance - help yourselves". At least half the items were off the menu, the coffee was not outstanding and the service throughout was resentful. The mackerel pate was good as was their cheese plate with quince jelly and cornichon but neither justified £9.50. Many of the pictures I'd seen before and elsewhere in a more comfortable environment so I cannot recommend a return trip.
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