Scrumptious seafood and superlative sea views at the Ruin Beach Cafe on Tresco

If there’s a lunch table with a better view than those at the Ruin Beach Cafe, then I have yet to find it. Positioned right on Old Grimsby beach on the island of Tresco, Ruin Beach’s terrace has panoramic views right across the bay. The cafe offers sophisticated Mediterranean-inspired dining in an elegantly welcoming environment, with the perfect relaxed ambiance to suit its beachside location.

The seafood specials are scrumptious, particularly when eaten in the open air as the waves gently lap on the shore. Service is fast and friendly, and the staff are warm and accommodating. My kids loved their freshly cooked pizzas, and I loved the fact that my husband and I could enjoy a relaxed after-lunch coffee whilst they played on the beach below. For those without small people to keep an eye on, there’s even a row of cheerful striped deck chairs in which to lounge with a glass of something cold. A morning on the beach can be pretty exhausting, after all!

To discover more about the Isles of Scilly, go to There are Skybus flights to St. Mary’s all year round from Land’s End and Newquay Airports, and between March and October from Exeter Airport. From spring to late-autumn, the Scillonian lll passenger ship sails up to seven days a week between Penzance and St. Mary’s. For travel information, visit

Laura’s trip to the Isles of Scilly was complimentary as part of a press trip kindly organised on our behalf. Thank you to Visit Isles of Scilly for arranging such a memorable trip.

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This was kindly shared by Laura Pashby, a freelance writer, editor and photographer. Laura loves long golden evenings, hand-picked posies, and nice cups of tea. She lives in Gloucestershire, in a house full of boys, and blogs here, where she weaves together the words that make up her world and illustrates them with her photographs.