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.
2022 Opening Times
|Spring (11th March - 4th June)||Summer (5th June - 4th September)||Autumn (5th September - 7th November)|
|Open daily||From 10am||From 9am||From 10am|
|Coffee & Pastries||10am - 12pm||9am - 12pm||10am - 12pm|
|Lunch||12pm - 3pm||12pm - 3pm||12pm - 3pm|
|Aperitifs||3pm - 6pm||3pm - 6pm||3pm - 6pm|
|Dinner||6pm - 9pm||6pm - 9pm||6pm - 9pm|
Booking is strongly recommended for lunch and dinner at The Ruin, though it’s worth calling to check if we have space if the mood takes you - cancellations do happen.
Online booking is available for up to 6 people; please call or email for more. We also recommend calling if you're making multiple bookings.
We reserve the right to charge a fee if you forget to cancel your booking or do so less than 24 hours before arrival, and we're unable to re-sell the table. Please see our full table booking terms below.
Beachfront dining with a Mediterranean twist, fresh from our island wood-fired oven
Table Booking Terms & Conditions
You can book online for up to 6 people; for more, please call us. We cannot accept additional party members in the 'Comments' box.
We take indoor bookings only, but you're welcome to move outside if there's a table free when you arrive. You'll have your table for two hours from the start time. Please let us know on booking if you have any dietary requirements.
Dogs are welcome on the terrace but not inside, so if you're bringing a dog you'll be unable to book ahead.
We reserve the right to charge £25 per person if you forget to cancel your booking or do so less than 24 hours before arrival. We always prefer not to charge, so we will do our best to re-sell your table. Your booking confirmation email details how to change or cancel your booking; do let us know if this doesn't reach you. If you're running late, please call ahead, and we'll try to hold your table. While we can't guarantee to do so for longer than 20 minutes, we'll do our best to work something out.