What was once an old lifeboat shed has been transformed into a light & airy harbourside restaurant spread over two floors. Given the location, it’s no surprise that Alba is noted for its fresh fish & the kitchen is singled out for its attention to detail, accurate seasoning & use of local ingredients. Even the simplest assemblages make a strong impression – a platter of hot shellfish comprising crab claw, scallop, clams, prawns & mussels steamed in white wine with aïoli & gremolata, for example. Otherwise, expect a nage of local scallops with julienne of vegetables & star anise or black bream with artichoke barigoule. Meat fanciers might go for confit duck leg served with a cassoulet of haricot beans & chorizo, while desserts could promise caramelised passion fruit tart with coconut ice cream. Handily placed, just a 10-minute walk from Tate St Ives.