What was once a tea room in pre-war days, is now a relaxing art deco building, right on the beach, serving ambitious well-cooked food. It also has the bonus of offering outstanding views over St. Ives Bay.
The dishes on offer, cover the globe and some must come as a surprise in this gentrified town. At lunchtime, perhaps begin with 'Salt Cod and White Bean Paté' or a Cornish Crab Sandwich - followed by the likes of 'Fried Chili Squid with a Thai Salad' or 'Stuffed Sardines in Parmesan Crumbs'. Whilst dinner offers more ambitious dishes, such as 'Baby Courgette Flowers' stuffed with fresh herbs & local ricotta); 'Baked Cod on Crushed Black Olive Potatoes and Salsa Verde' and 'Scallop Risotto with Piquillo Peppers and Mascarpone' - carnivores but be tempted by 'Barbary Duck with Salsify with seared Foie Gras' or 'Local Fillet of Beef with Thyme and Parma Ham'.
Desserts might include 'Double Chocolate Tart'; 'Saffron Bread and Butter Pudding' or Blood Orange and Campari Posset'.
Booking is an absolute must - particularly in fine weather; while mobile phones aren't allowed to spoil the enjoyment of others.
They also have a slightly less ambitious cafe - Porthwidden Beach Cafe - nearby, which is also excellent (01736-796791).
- Food Style: Seafood
- Lunch: all week (see below); Tues-Sun 12.00-15.30; mains from about £12 to £22 (plus lighter snacks)
- Dinner: all week (see below); 18.00-21.30 (Thurs-Sat in winter); mains from about £11 to £30
- Seats: 60, plus 70 outside
- Wine: an interesting list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, but only at lunchtime
- Wheelchair access: No
- Nearest station: St. Ives Rail
- Directions: opposite the beach, close to the railway station. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Park at railway station, 300m
- Closed: all Monday during winter months, plus D Tues & Weds during winter
- Outside eating