Ruin Beach Cafe - Tresco

The Ruin Beach Café is open all day serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. 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.

Raven Porth, Old Grimsby, Tresco, TR24 0QQ
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Ruin Beach Cafe Terrace

Additional Information

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!

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.

You can take in the wonderful view from the restaurant via our live webcam

Opening Times

Breakfast 8am to 9.30am

Lunch from 12pm to 2.30pm

Afternoon cream tea & cakes from 3pm to 5pm

Dinner from 6.30pm to 9pm

Facilities & Features

  • Open all day
  • Wood fired pizzas
  • Spectacular views