Food & Drink
Whether you seek fine dining, a pint and a pasty or a picnic on the beach, the Isles of Scilly provides a wealth of options to suit all taste buds and budgets. From the three-rosette restaurant at Hell Bay Hotel on Bryher to locally caught fish and chips on St Martin’s there really is something for everyone across all islands but with so much choice available the only conundrum is choosing where to go.
St Mary’s is the largest island and therefore offers the widest choice. In town there are four pubs, The Mermaid, Bishop and Wolf, The Atlantic and The Scillonian Club, all of which offer lunch and dinner and cater for large groups and families but if you are part of a large group it is worth making a reservation so they can arrange a table for everyone to sit together – which they are all very happy to do. The hotels also welcome non-residents for lunch and dinner, as well as tea and coffee throughout the day, so although you will probably have to book in advance for the evening so do check beforehand with a member of staff.
Kavorna Café and Bistro in the heart of Hugh Town is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers pasties and pastries to take away. The Farm Deli is an excellent venue showcasing lots of local produce among its take-away options. Mr B’s Burger & Steak bar opened last year to solid reviews on Trip Advisor and The Galley restaurant remains a firm favourite but do book in advance as it is extremely popular as indeed is Speros on the outskirts of Town situated right on Porthmellon beach and perfect to watch the sun go down. Dibble & Grub, named after the old Fire Station in which it is based, is situated next to Porthcressa beach and is open all day – their delicious brunch of eggs benedict or eggs Florentine comes highly recommended – and also provides evening meals so you could dine in a different venue for lunch an dinner every day and wouldn’t have to leave town.
If you decided not to leave town, however, you would be missing out because Juliet’s Garden and the Golf Club boast stunning views across to the harbour and facilitate what to many is the ultimate sunset on Scilly, watching the sun go down between the twin hills of Samson. It would also mean missing out on a visit to Old Town and where there are two cafes and the popular Old Town Inn.
All other islands have pubs and cafes and each location boasts a special treat worth going out of your way for. Bryher offers the ultimate fine dining experience at Hell Bay, St Martin’s have the islands’ only bakery, Tresco supplies its own island-reared beef and the homemade ice-cream from Troytown Farm on St Agnes is not to be missed.
We forgot to mention Kaffehaus on St Mary’s, where a taste of Bavaria is on offer in what can only be described as Strudel Heaven. The list, while not endless is most certainly extensive. This section will evolve as we intend to spend the season exploring the delights of all food venues across the islands and finding out mote about our local producers such as the Vineyards on St Mary’s and St Martin’s, the duck from Salakee Farm, the fudge from Bryher..
Bishop & Wolf
A warm welcome and friendly atmosphere awaits in the heart of Hugh Town. Sit inside or relax in our garden at the rear and enjoy a good selection of beers and wines. We also serve delicious food throughout the day, starting with breakfast from 9:30am - 12,pm. Lunch is served from 12-2pm and evening meals from 5:30-8:0pm. Sunday roasts are seved bothlunchtimes and evenings. Regular events include our quiz every Monday at 8:30pm and Folk Music on Thursdays.
A warm local welcome awaits at the Scillonian Club where you can enjoy one of the finest views on the islands or join the locals in the main bar for SKY and BT sports, music, darts and pool. Families welcome and discounted membership prices are available to visitors. Lunches and evening meals served daily except on Wenesday.
The Parade, St Mary's, TR21 0LP
Spirit Bar & Restaurant
Food is important to us and so is where we source and purchase our ingredients. Our ethical policy supports our passion for seasonal and local produce which are at the heart of all our menus along with a good selection of carefully chosen wines.
Open to non-residents from 10:00am for morning coffee and afternoon teas. Bar snacks available from from 12:00pm - 9:00pm with dinner from 6:00pm.
St Mary's Hall Hotel, Church Street, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly TR21 0JR