Local food & drink on the Isles of Scilly
With our mild
climate, long sunshine hours and the clear, unpolluted seas that
surround us, it's no surprise that Scilly boasts an abundance of
locally grown and gathered foods. Islanders are resourceful, and
are starting to make a range of wonderful products from this local
an ice-cream made from local milk and cream, direct from the farm;
or stop at a road-side stall to buy freshly-picked vegetables, salad,
or perhaps a lobster straight from the sea? Hunt out those cafes
where local produce is on the specials board - maybe a tender piece
of island-reared beef, or some organically-grown strawberries, served
with local clotted cream. Eat fish-and-chips direct from the fisherman
and farmer; or enjoy a pint of local beer while the sun sets.
All these things
will greatly add to your holiday experience, and at the same time,
help to preserve the faming landscape and allow people to make a
sustainable living on the islands. It's all good.
producers are listed below, and also see here
for where to buy, and cafes/restaurants who specialise in island
Farm Dairy, St Agnes: Milk, yoghurt, butter, clotted
cream and ice-cream. Bacon, pork chops, pork sausages.
Buy from their Farm Shop, or various outlets across the
Organics, St Martin's: Organic market garden selling
varoius fruit and veg. Buy from their stall at Middle Town, at
St Martin's stores, or on the menu at various cafes. (01720) 423663
/ 07528 136678
Farm, St Agnes: Organically-grown vegetables, salads
and soft fruits. Buy from their roadside stall near Coastguards,
and on the menu at various cafes/restaurants across the islands.
Duck, St Mary's: new for 2014, free-range duck (whole
duck, leg or breast) available direct from the farm or the Farm
Deli; also on the menu at the Galley and the Golf Club. (01720)
422391 / 07791809116
Fish Box, St Mary's quay: freshly caught fish and shellfish,
along with crab pate, fish pie, fish cakes, thai fish curry and
more. Market stall (not every day). (01720) 423473 / 07884 480913
& lamb, in season, available at the Farm Deli or call Dan
on 07900 513832
beef: locally reared grass-fed beef, available to buy
at Tresco Store and St Martin's Stores. Also served at The New
Inn, Ruin Beach Cafe and Flying Boat Club restaurant.
Farm, Tresco: Vegetables, salad crops and soft fruit;
available from their roadside stall and on the menu at various
Farm, Bryher: Vegetables, salad crops, soft fruit, and
free range eggs. Available at their roadside stall, and used at
Fraggle Rock, & Samson Hill Cottage.
and Sue Pender, Bryher:
fish, shellfish and vegetables, available at their roadside stall.
Fayre, St Martin's: Vegetables and salads, sold from
their small shop at Middle Town., and at St Martin's Stores. (01720)
Mitchell, St Martin's: Locally caught fresh fish, crabs
and lobsters, weather and tides permitting. (01720) 423152
Carn Farm, St Mary's: huge free range eggs from 'happy
chickens', some veg in season. Available from their stall, eggs
also at Val's Place, Old Town and The Deli, Hugh Town.
Hicks, St Agnes: Eggs and honey (and '28 miles': soaps
etc using their own essential oils - not food, but a lovely local
product!) (01720) 422139
Island Bakery, St Martin's: freshly made bread, pasties,
pies and cakes (01720) 422111
Food Company, St Mary's: bread, rolls, baguettes and
cakes baked daily (01720) 422626
Scilly: marmalades, jams and chutneys using home grown
or local produce wherever possible, available at various shops
on St Mary's. Also at the Local Produce Markets, where pasties
made with local beef are also on the stall.
home-made daily, and available to buy from the maker's van at
the Atlantic slipway on St Mary's, 9.30am most days (until they
have sold out!) Orders by phone. (01720) 423611
Pizza and Breads, St Mary's: freshly made speciality
breads, and homemade pizzas. Available at The Handmade Fudge Shop
on the Strand, at the Local Produce Markets, and at some cafes/restaurants.
Scilly Cakes, St Mary's: cupcakes, brownies, fruitcake,
celebration cakes & novelty cakes. At the new units at Porthcressa,
plus some items available at Plowman's Food Company, St Mary's;
celebration cakes by order. (01720) 423422
of Scilly, St Mary's: a range of beers, available on
draught and in bottles at a variety of outlets across the islands.
Martin's Vineyard: White, rose and red wine made on the
island. (01720) 423418
Farm Fudge, Bryher: delicious fudge in a host of flavours,
made on the farm. Buy at their Bryher stall, at Local Produce
Markets, online, or at various shops around the islands.
Handmade Fudge Shop, St Mary's: made
on the premises in their shop on The Strand, and also available
Island Chocolate Company, St Agnes:
handmade organic chocolate incorporating island-grown
essential oils. Available at St Agnes stores and other shops around
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