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Alba - St Ives

Old Lifeboat House, Wharf Road, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1LF
Find this good neighbourhood restaurant in the reburbished lifeboat building on the town wharf.

The restaurant is spread over two floors; the upper having splendid views over the harbour, while on the ground floor, you can watch the chefs preparing your food through a large window.

Food has been carefully-sourced, mainly locally and much from the local boats; but while the food is serious, no big deal is made, and the atmosphere is that of relaxed fun.

As would be expected, the menu varies considerably with the seasons, but late summer offerings included 'Diver-caught Scallops wrapped in Pancetta, with Grilled Summer Vegetables and Pesto'; 'Salt and Pepper Squid with Cucumber Salad and Vietnamese Dressing' and 'Pork, Sage and Prune Terrine, with Muscat-soaked Raisins' among the starters.

'Monkfish Cassoulet, with Chorizo, Smoked Pancetta and Haricot Blanc'; ' Pan-fried local Fillet of Beef with Forestiere Potatoes, Mushrooms, Thyme and Red Wine Reduction' and 'Pappadelle Pasta with Cornish Blue Lobster, Tomato and Basil' among the mains.

If you still have room, you might be tempted by 'Passion Fruit Tart with Toasted Coconut Ice Cream and Passion Fruit Syrup'; 'Cornish Ewes' Milk Yoghurt Pannacotta, Stewed English Rhubarb and Rhubarb Sorbet'.

Both Vegetarians and Children have their own interesting menus.
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Other Details

  • Food Style: Modern British
  • Lunch: Weds-Sun 12.00-14.00; set L £17 (2 courses), £20 (3 courses); mains about £12
  • Dinner: all week; from 18.00-22.00; set D £17 (2 courses), £20 (3 courses) if taken before 19.00; mains about £13 to about £26
  • Seats: 60
  • Wine: an interesting list, has modest mark ups, and has a good choice by the glass
  • Children's portions: Yes, including a interesting children's menu
  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Nearest station: St. Ives Rail
  • Directions: See the map on this page
  • Parking: Street parking
  • Closed: 25th & 26th Dec.
  • Air conditioned

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Contact Details

Tel: 01736-797222
Address: Old Lifeboat House, Wharf Road, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1LF
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