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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” (89 reviews)
“ciabatta” (7 reviews)
“scallops” (15 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 22:30All hours
Seafood, Mediterranean, Cafe, British, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Tresco | Isles of Scilly, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The food at the Ruin is very good, pricey, but the best on Tresco. Having said that everything comes at a premium on Tresco. Arrive before noon if you want to sit outside for lunch! The view is great. Service could be better though. I...More

Thank nebukatnesa
Reviewed 2 days ago

A lovely boat trip to Tresco and walk across this beautiful island took us to the Ruin beach. Managed to get a table inside as outside fully booked. Food was excellent, pizza was superb and one of the best I have had. Other dishes equally...More

Thank JimCov
Reviewed 3 days ago

Dropped in at 11.20 to have a coffee, expecting friends to join us in 30 minutes or so. Coffee (nothing special) arrived after our friends arrived, but we couldn't add either their coffees nor the bottle of Prosecco we wanted to 'our' order. Cue more...More

Thank NAJB
Reviewed 5 days ago

Just a short walk from the landing pier and you're rewarded with brilliant views and a very nice pot of tea.

Thank Metafaculty
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This beach cafe restaurant is superb. Really good wood fired good pizza and amazing salads. Amazing three coloured beetroot salad! So so good. Really worth a visit.

Thank Harry M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a day trip to Tresco. after visiting the gardens and a quick swim on one of the nearly deserted beaches, we made it to the Ruin Beach cafe in time for lunch service. we had excellent and friendly service and a lovely table...More

Thank WonderingMinstrels
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's hard to imagine a better place to eat in The Isles of Scilly. The location is perfect - it's on the coast overlooking a lovely bay & the neighbouring of St Martins, the staff are not just friendly but well trained, & the food...More

Thank Michael F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited tresco for a day and as we have seen the gardens before we came to ruin beach cafe, what a lovely find this is and a lovely location, you feel like you're a castaway on a deserted island it's so atmospheric as we...More

Thank Deborahlouise9
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic menu, amazing location, friendly staff Booking essential as very popular, not cheap but so worth it !

Thank MaxWal2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cafe is a great place to relax with a coffee and cake and take in the views of St. Martin's across the bay.

Thank John W
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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$13 - US$26
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Romantic, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
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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