by Ferne Arfin updated 4 August 2020
Where to stay and dine in Scilly
When the sun goes down on the Isles of Scilly, thoughts turn to where to stay and dine in the islands – food, wine and a comfy bed. Better plan well ahead though because, on these tiny islands, everything books up early.
The choice of where to stay in the Isles of Scilly includes every style of accommodation – from luxury glamping and a secluded spa hotel to a historic fortress, granite quayside buildings, lively pubs and stylish self-catering. But with only a handful of examples in each category and many visitors returning every year, it’s a good idea to pin down your booking as early as possible.
The same is true of dining options. The choices are limited to a handful (or less) of restaurants, cafes and bars on each of the five inhabited islands. But once you’ve landed your table, expect wonderful locally caught, bred and grown ingredients: fresh fish, shellfish, lobster and crab pulled from the sea hours before they are served; vegetables from farms on Bryher, St Martins and St Mary’s; meats and dairy from St Agnes, wine from vineyards on St Mary, even gin from a local distiller.
My stay in the Isles of Scilly was a short one so I was only able to sample a small selection of establishments. Use the links throughout this post to find out about more places to stay and dine in Scilly.