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“Good food, good service”

The Ruin Beach Cafe
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Tresco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $26
Cuisines: Seafood, Mediterranean, Cafe, British, Contemporary
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Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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.
Wokingham
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“Good food, good service”
Reviewed May 25, 2014

Eating choices on Tresco are limited. We actually enjoyed all 3 and couldn't pick a favourite.

The meal we had (mostly seafood) was beatifully presented and delicious, the waitress was very attentive. Good view as well..

  • Visited May 2014
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Harrogate
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Disappointing food yet again”
Reviewed May 20, 2014

We are regular timeshare owners to Tresco and after several visits to the Ruin Inn since it opened we have only had one good meal. The menu is very limited and not what you would expect for a beach bar. The pizzas were dry and over cooked. The Ciabatta smoked salmon sandwich was so tough you could hardly eat it and it was also dry with no butter. Another of our party had the caesar salad and again the croutons were inedible.
The staff are O.K but not trained as well as they should be and we had to ask several times for water and drinks.
The prices are expensive especially for the wines,but above all it is the arrogant attitude and refusal to listen to what their customers tell them, but then why I am I not surprised. We were told the year before we couldn't make a booking for lunch for a party of 8 because the management were having a tasting of all the menu.!!.
The situation is stunning and they really are missing a trick and could learn a lot from the team at the New Inn. Perhaps that is why, when we were there ,neither the Flying Boat Club nor the Ruin Inn were particularly busy but the Pub was full.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank platemates
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Well worth the walk across the Island!”
Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

This is a very pretty,beach side restaurant with plenty of space to sit outside if the weather is fine.Food is cooked in a wood burning stove.We had delicious sea food here.Scallops in their shell with garlic butter,crevettes,mackerel ceaser salad and a spicy crab linguine.We also saw very authentic looking wood fired pizzas coming out.Chocolate Nemesis was flour free chocolate perfection and a generous cheeseboard was perfect with a well selected glass of "sticky" to finish off. It's not cheap but is great value, the ingredients sing and dance with freshness , many sources locally. The staff are lovely, laid back and in sync with the environment , don't expect silver service , but you will get a big smile . We cannot wait to return and may well skip breakfast in preparation !

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank nick p
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Lostwithiel, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Paradise Lost”
Reviewed May 17, 2014

Fabulous location, just don't turn up for lunch at 2.33! Kitchen shut, full stop. Cream Teas available at 3. full stop. Hey Ho, that's England. After careful thought and a very diplomatic approach we got tea and cake. Pleasant staff but just too immature to cope with the grey army.As regular visitors to Tresco in the past, we felt the island had lost the plot. The expense of staying there means a certain class of people and a reciprocal attitude from the staff (not the residents). The day was made by the gardener at the Abbey, who was totally enthusiastic and a delight.

Visited May 2014
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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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“Lovely lazy lunch.”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

We were holidaying on the Scillies during the first week of May. Came across from St Marys specifically to eat here. Not disappointed. The food was excellent and the pizza baked in stone oven on site best I've tasted. But so much more than food to this place. Views glorious whatever the weather, laid back atmosphere. Waiting staff helpful and polite but no formality. Prices not ridiculous for such an idyllic place to eat. If you're on holiday call in even if just for a cuppa!! We'll be back next year.

  • Visited May 2014
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