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The Old Lifeboat House Wharf Road St Ives TR26 1LF

With its modern, glass facade, you wouldn’t guess that Alba was once the old lifeboat house. Now sitting next to the new lifeboat station, bang on the harbour-front, Alba not only boasts a front-row view of St Ives Bay (bag a seat upstairs to enjoy the views), it's long been one of St Ives' most highly acclaimed restaurants. A consistent  name in the Good Food Guide and Michelin guide, Alba is lauded for its modern British dishes (think line-caught fish, locally reared meats, sticky toffee pudding), smart decor and efficient waiting staff. Of course the view is always a winner too, and if you get seated downstairs you can peer into the kitchen and see the chefs at work, or look out onto the boats and the busy seaside street. 

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