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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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8:00 AM - 10:30 PMAll hours
Seafood, Mediterranean, Pizza, Cafe, British, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Tresco | Isles of Scilly, England
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Reviewed 24 November 2017

I didn’t eat here as I was waiting for my son to finish a cricket match but I found it very relaxing watching the sun go down whilst sipping a rose and geranium gin and tonic. The food looked amazing, the staff were lovely> I...More

Thank Djj214
Reviewed 17 November 2017

We visited during the last week of the season and even on the last day of the season. It was just warm enough (yes in November) to sit outside and soak up the stunning views. Staff were great and standard remained high even on the...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

We eat here every time we go to Tresco. The location is great and usually the food is great. I had struggled to eat the Crab. It was very pungent, the flavour similar and seemed old/not fresh (I can’t remember the last time I left...More

Thank Simon F
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

This cafe/restaurant/venue is in a stunning location on Tresco island and the view is worth a visit alone. There is a menu which promises the best of local produce. The pizzas are great - well worth the £12-£14 charged. Other dishes are a bit hit...More

Thank Cris C
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

This is an idyllic setting with fabulous freshly prepared food. We chose the pizza for lunch but it's an extensive menu and there's something for everyone. The staff are very obliging and friendly. Does get busy so be prepared to wait for a table or...More

Thank Amanda B
Reviewed 5 October 2017

Beautiful location and very nice outdoor tables. Coffee and delicious home baked cakes mid morning.. really nice to see customers with dogs being guided to a place outside away from those of us who prefer to eat without dog accompaniment so thank you for that...More

Thank Dorothy S
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Really good food, service was excellent. Standard pricing for the islands so not that cheap but worth it. Great views.

Thank DPF48
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This was our second visit to this cafe. It was a glorious day and so enjoyed sitting behind the clear glass on the terrace outside of this cafe overlooking one of the beautiful beaches on Tresco. The service was fast and efficient, the menu interesting...More

Thank gracieDevon
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Fabulous coffee in an unforgetable setting. I was really impressed with this place. Service was excellent too.

Thank Teresa S
Reviewed 2 October 2017

What a treat, and what a pleasant surprise. Absolutely gorgeous food. Lovely staff. The only downer was the price of drinks £3.50 for a single Sipsmith gin, plus £2.50 for a Fevertree tonic! Yet the price of wine at the table was reasonable, as were...More

Thank Clive G
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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
US$ 14 - US$ 28
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, View, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
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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