ScillyOnLine recommends - cafe / restaurant reviews
cafe/restaurant reviews: 2012/2013.
30th March 2013 - Spero's, Porthmellon, St Mary's
lucky enough to be invited to a lovely wedding on Saturday
- the sun shone, and the bride and groom arrived at their
reception in a gig, the Slippen (congratulation, Meriel and
Andrew!). Spero's, which is right on Porthmellon, was simply
perfect for the occassion, with seating inside and out, stunning
views, and direct access to the beach for the kids to play
(and hunt for Easter eggs). Richard and Amelia Mills and their
team were fantastic and friendly hosts, and the food was delicious.
are planning a wedding on Scilly, I can't think of a better
spot for an intimate reception. Contact them via www.speros.co.uk
27th March 2013 - Old Town Cafe, St Mary's
has got to be one of the friendliest cafe's on St Mary's,
and a firm favourite of ours. Luckily, they didn't seem to
mind that we took over pretty much all the tables inside for
our lunch (there's plenty of seating outside, too). Look out
for the lovely collection of beach finds which adorn the walls
here, and we also liked the driftwood signage which is new
a nice selection of home-cooked food and sandwiches, there
was something for everyone here - our choices included ham
egg and chips, tuna and cheese melt, and lasagne. It was all
tasty, and devoured pretty quickly by our little gannets!
Sending the bigger ones off to play on the beach (which is
just across the road), we were also able to enjoy teas and
coffees afterwards - with a slice of cake, of course. My large
slab of lemon drizzle cake, with a nicely crunchy topping,
was spot on.
5th August 2012 - cake selection at Juliet's Garden, St Mary's
a good idea that I haven't seen on Scilly before. Undecided
as to which cake to choose, I spotted on the bottom of the
menu the option of 'a selection of cakes, to share' (£10
for 4 people; you can also order half this amount, for £5).The
selection we recieved included chocolate flapjack, lemon cake,
scones with cream and jam and two fairy cakes - just the ticket
for our family to enjoy as we watched the boats heading off
for the annual 'Round the Island' sailing race.
were all tasty, and it was a fun and good-value way to sample
the wares of this popular St Mary's cafe.
21st July 2012 - Spero's cafe/restaurant, Porthmellon beach,
(previously 'The Boat Shed', under
new management for 2012)
This was a perfect day for our family lunchtime visit to Spero's
- sunny and warm, with a gentle breeze and plenty of activity
on the beach to keep us entertained. We sat out on the decking
area (of course), but the interior of this cafe/restuarant
is airy, cool and tastefully decorated, providing the ideal
place to get away from the sun if you prefer.
this delicious Caesar salad, which included generous quantities
of chicken chunks, tasty bacon and anchovies, and also tried
a side dish of their fantastic speciality bread (so much food
I couldn't finish it all). The kids were more than happy with
their generous portion of chicken goujons, chips and salad.
My bad back meant we didn't stay for puddings this time (can't
sit down for long), but we did get take-out coffees to enjoy
as we whiled away the rest of the afternoon on the beach below.
more than happy with everything about Spero's: friendly service,
top location, excellent food, and at a very reasonable price
for the islands. We don't make it out much for evening meals,
but we've heard similarly good reports about the evening service
here, which you can enjoy whilst watching the sun set over
Samson. Sounds good to me.
8th June 2012 - Families beware at Tolman Cafe, Old Town, St
My general intention is to focus on what's good on the islands,
rather than what is not. But we were sufficiently disappointed
at Tolman Cafe today to include this piece of advice for SOL
readers: avoid the children's menu here. We ordered scampi and
chips for £4.50, and were surprised to discover that we
were served just 4 (small) pieces of scampi, and less than 10
chips - and not a vegetable in sight (this last fact applies
to the adult meals as well, such as the otherwise delicious
meat pie). It was barely enough to feed my average 5 year old,
so nowhere near enough for even a slightly older child (the
menu states 'for children up to the age of 12'). A bowl of cheesy
chips was also rather stingy, and was described by one of our
party as 'a ramekin, not a bowl'! (for £3.50). Families
would be well advised to try elsewhere on St Mary's. For example,
a comparable children's meal at Spero's, Porthmellon (fish gougons),
is twice the size, includes beans or salad, and a glass of squash.
Full Spero's review coming soon.
20th May 2012- Kaffeehaus (in the conservatory at
'Isles of Scilly Country Guesthouse', High Lanes).
you haven't visited proprietor Sabine's cafe before, you've
been missing out on some of the best coffee, cakes and lunchtime
treats available on St Mary's.
is strong, the cakes and pastries are home made and delicious
(we love the apple strudle, pictured here), and the atmosphere
is relaxed and friendly, with classical music playing and
a bix box of lego to keep the kids quiet(ish). The menu isn't
vast, but it's all good, and includes german specialities
like pretzels and bavarian sausages, alongside home-made soups
here are a little higher than some cafes on St Mary's, but
our verdict is that it's worth every penny.
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