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ScillyOnLine - family recommendations for the Isles of Scilly
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ScillyOnLine recommends - with kids
6th August - Tristan's treehouse, Tresco.
20 years living on Scilly, it's not often that I come across
somewhere I haven't been to before. So I have to admit I was
surprised when a friend suggested that we met up 'at the treehouse
on Tresco' - what treehouse?
little gem is to be found just along from the monument to
Augustus Smith, above Appletree Bay (take the inland path
that runs North from the monument).
a little house on stilts, with a selection of ladders and
rope swings to keep energetic kids of all ages occupied. Our
party of eleven two- to eight-year-olds had a riot, with just
a small amount of adult intervention required to ensure nobody
got hurt (the drops are quite high for the littlest ones).
In truth, the tyre rope swing was quite popular amongst the
adults as well!
you, Tristan (a son of the Dorrien-Smith family) for this
excellent addition to the island.
8th June - Families beware at Tolman Cafe, Old Town, St Mary's.
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.