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Ride some waves, frolic on the sands with the kids or laze and watch the sun go down – it’s all on offer at this livewire whitewashed eatery bang on the beach The bright dining room is simply appointed with wooden furniture and tiled floors, while the patio is a top shout for alfresco meals (heaters and blankets are provided). Fresh Cornish seafood stars on the freewheeling menu, which might run from shaved hand-dived scallops with Vadouvan spice, radish, yoghurt and curry leaves to wild sea bass with crab fritter, nouc cham, lotus root crisps and fragrant rice. Meat eaters don’t go hungry either, chomping on the likes of roast Dartmoor venison with parsnip, beetroot, cocoa and peanut crumble ahead of, say, caramelised bananas with pistachio ‘aero’ sponge, white chocolate and whisky mousse. The café also does a roaring trade with its morning coffees and afternoon teas. “Really accommodating service” is a big bonus and there are 20 wines by the glass on the fairly priced list (note the cute plastic ice buckets, more commonly used for making sandcastles).
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A casual seaside restaurant in pretty St Ives, there’s a suitably breezy feel to this wine list, with lots of space, the wines helpfully split up by style and a subtle use of colour to badge reds, whites and rosés. At 50 bins, it could never be accused of over-indulgence, though the odd food-match hint might have been a good idea, particularly since the chef obviously likes his spicy food. But for a place that can shift 400 covers on a busy day, it was a good effort. ‘It’s a well-priced list,’ commented judge Luigi Buonanno from Etrusca Group. ‘There are some real bargains.’
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