The Ruin Beach Café
Tresco’s wonderfully laid-back vibe meets modern, Mediterranean-inspired beachfront dining with dishes fresh from the wood-fired oven.
As you approach The Ruin, you’ll know you’re in the right place; the smoke curling from the kitchen chimney a heady blend of delicious dishes fired by island-grown wood.
It is the wood-fired oven that sets The Ruin apart, sitting right at the heart of the restaurant and the menu, producing delicious pizzas and roasting succulent meat, fish and vegetables. for our tempting sharing platters.
Enjoy a long and lazy lunch on the beachfront terrace as the children play on the white sand below, or a special evening out as the sky outside the window cycles with the reflected colours of a Scilly sunset.
The Beach Hut, just across the slipway, is open throughout the day – perfect for a morning coffee and pastry on the lawn, ice cream to cool off in the heat of the day, or late afternoon beers and wine on the terrace.
The beachfront restaurant takes its name from the ruined smuggler’s cottage that forms part of its terrace, overlooking Raven’s Porth. The Coastguard boathouse next door – now Watch House cottage – must have made smuggling from here a precarious business.
The Ruin has been awarded two AA Rosettes and Conde Nast Traveller magazine has also awarded The Ruin the Gold Standard in its listing of favourite hotels, restaurants, bars and beach clubs from around the world.
Table reservations are strongly recommended. We take indoor reservations only, but if the weather is fine, you're most welcome to move outside if there's space. Our outdoor tables cannot be pre-booked, so if the weather is fine you're still welcome to pop in and see if there's a table free. Dogs are welcome on the terrace.
You can book online for groups of up to 6 people, but for larger groups, please call us.
Special opening hours for week commencing 15th November 2021
|Open from 9am - 3pm Monday to Thursday for coffee, cake & light bites|
Winter Opening Hours (from 18th November 2021)
|Open||Lunch Served||Dinner Served|
|Thursday 6pm - 11pm • Friday & Saturday 12pm - 11pm • Sunday 12pm - 10:30pm||12pm - 2:30pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday||6pm - 8:30pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday|
Christmas Opening Hours (18/12/21 - 9/1/22)
|Open||Lunch Served||Dinner Served||Christmas Day|
|10am - 11pm Daily (10:30pm Sundays)||12pm - 2:30pm Daily||6pm - 8:30pm Daily||Open for pre-booked Christmas lunch only|