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.
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! You can take in the wonderful view from the restaurant via our live webcam.
Wholesome eco vibe…very laid-back and relaxed but civilised, with lots of driftwood and stoneConde Nast Traveller magazine
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Supported by The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in Rural Areas