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The Ruin Beach Cafe

Tresco | Isles of Scilly, England
+44 1720 424849
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pizza” (98 reviews)
“ciabatta” (8 reviews)
“bread” (21 reviews)
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Seafood, Mediterranean, Pizza, Cafe, British, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Tresco | Isles of Scilly, England
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Reviewed June 23, 2017

Great location right on the beach, good coffee and cake, and fast efficient service by pleasant staff.

Thank davedonaldson
Reviewed June 23, 2017

Great food, great service and amazing views to the beach and the sea. It was perfect for lunch on our last day on the Isles. We sat outside for coffee and enjoyed the sunshine and the views. Will definitely be making a return visit.

Thank Joanne D
Reviewed June 23, 2017

Yes, it is a cafe all day and very informal, on the back edge of the white sand beach in Old Grimsby village, but in the evening it is the single full-on restaurant on the island, booked to the doors. The food choices are quite...More

Thank Seasonedtraveller33
Reviewed June 12, 2017

Right on the beach, with indoor and outdoor seating. Service is excellent, friendly, and accommodating. Food is very good, much of it is locally grown on Tresco Island. If you get to Tresco, eating at this restaurant is an absolute must.

Thank daytripper757
Reviewed June 11, 2017

We have been coming here since it first opened a few years back, and it is still pretty much the same. Great views, great staff....easy like Sunday morning. Had really great food on the one night we came here - Hake in a tomato sauce...More

Thank Sian B
Reviewed June 6, 2017

Having heard rave reviews and only recently married I thought it would be a great experience to visit the Ruin with my wife of 3 days. We nearly celebrated our first wedding anniversary waiting for the food. The menu is not complicated I didn't think...More

1  Thank Simon W
Reviewed June 3, 2017

After an exhausting walk around the Abbey gardens and then along the road to the café we were glad to have a sit down. The staff were very friendly and suggested we had a table inside as it was very windy outside. Took their advice....More

Thank Polly046
Reviewed June 2, 2017 via mobile

Loved our lunch at this wonderful spot on one of Tresco's beautiful beaches. They really know how to make delicious dishes that are also very healthy and full of fresh produce. I especially loved the super green salad which had a number of lovely green...More

Thank HappytripperKent_UK
Reviewed June 1, 2017

Now then I have to 'fess up straight away and state that I only used the toilets. I didn't eat here. Nonetheless the facilities were beautiful, clean and inviting! The restaurant looked lovely too.

Thank Teresa C
Reviewed May 31, 2017 via mobile

Wonderful situation overlooking the beach and quay. Tables indoors as well as outside in the fresh air. We'd been looking forward to eating here, and the menu looked spectacular- but we chose not to wait the estimated 40 minutes for hot food this Wednesday lunchtime.

Thank DevonshireMike
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March 25, 2017|
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Response from Tracey S | Reviewed this property |
Other highlights from the menu include spicy crab linguini, confit of duck, pot-roasted shoulder of lamb and gnocchi with goat’s cheese. For early risers, there is a delicious buffet breakfast available. The café takes its... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$14 - $28
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tresco | Isles of Scilly, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isles of Scilly  >  Tresco
  • Phone Number: +44 1720 424849
All day beach front dining with a wood-fired oven producing a range of delicious dishes. At the heart of the restaurant - and the menu - is the wood-fired oven that produces delicious pizzas, roasts the succulent beef and fresh fish, as well as baking the bread. It's fuelled with island wood, and brings a real flavour of the Mediterranean to the cooking. Other highlights from the menu include spicy crab linguini, confit of duck, pot-roasted shoulder of lamb and gnocchi with goat's cheese. For early risers, there is a delicious buffet breakfast available. The café takes its name from the ruined smuggler's cottage that forms part of its terrace. Uninhabited since the late-nineteenth century, there was a family of 12 living there in abject poverty when Augustus Smith arrived in the early 1830s. Their shared sleeping quarters consisted of a low loft in the roof space. Given that the neighbouring Watch House was the Coastguard boathouse from the 1820s, smuggling must have been a very tricky business for the old cottage's residents! We were absolutely delighted when Conde Nast Traveller magazine awarded the Ruin Beach Café the Gold Standard in its listing of favourite hotels, restaurants, bars and beach clubs from around the world in 2013. It's great to know that Tresco can hold its own with the very best in the world, as the other Gold Standard beach bars and clubs were in Bali, Barbados, St Barth's, Italy and the South of France.
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