A good bistro, set over two floor, in what was formerly a pilchard works. The atmosphere is buzzy and bohemian, with the added romance of candles. But if you'd like to talk, the upstairs tables are recommended, as it's quieter - but you don't lose out on the general atmosphere.
The food on offer is bistro in style and presentation - so don't expect decorative layouts, but honest robust flavours.
'Cornish Scallops - various ways'; 'Blue Cheese, Pear & Walnut Salad' and 'Chicken Liver Paté with Red Onion Jam & Toast' typify the starters. 'Seafood Linguine - with scallops, mussels, crab, chili, garlic & parsley'; 'Slow-Roast Belly Pork'; 'Hake Fillet with Leek & Crab Cake, Wilted Spinach & Rocket' and 'Grilled Merguez Sausages with Lentils, Roast Pumpkin & Harissa' the mains.
Vegetarians have plenty of options and some of the dishes are offered in reduced helpings for children.
Perhaps finish with 'Chocolate Cheesecake'; 'Lemon Tart' or 'Pistachio, Almond & Cardamon Tart'.
Service is friendly, and part of the appeal.
- Food Style: Bistro
- Lunch: Sun 12.00-15.00
- Dinner: all week 18.30-21.00; set D £14.95 (2 courses), £18.95 (3 courses); mains about £13 to £20
- Seats: 60
- Wine: a well-chosen list kicks off at around the £14 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, including short menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: St Ives Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: L Mon-Sat