The aim of
this section of ScillyOnLine is to allow you to benefit from our
knowledge and experience of living on the islands. We love it here,
and there are so many reasons why. We use these pages to share some
of our 'Scilly highlights' with you - from favourite walks or beaches,
to top cafes and our favourite things to do.
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31st May - Pom Thai take-away - beside the fish and
chip van, Porthcressa. 07453 311273
long ago, your choices for take-away food on St Mary's were
pretty limited - it was fish and chips, or fish and chips!
But that is starting to change. There are a number of places
that do takeaway pizzas (The Dairy, Plowman's
Food Co, and the latest offering, Aimee's
homemade pizza at the Fudge shop on the Strand), and there
are new street stalls selling sandwiches, crepes, and Thai
from Thailand, and imports many of her herbs and spices directly
from her home country, so the food she cooks is both authentic
and tasty. Her menu is surprisingly extensive, and includes
all the favourites like red and green curries, thai fish cakes,
pad thai, and tom yum, along with a 'daily special' to make
the most of whatever is in season. Pom also offers dishes
drawn from other Asian cultures, such as crispy aromatic duck
pancakes, and an Indian style curry.
just two of us eating this weekend, so we kept it simple -
a green curry, a vibrant red chicken panang, and some chicken
satay skewers on the side. I love the taste of the panang
dish, but it's an entirely meat-and-sauce affair, while the
green curry is always packed with vegetables as well as the
meat of your choice. It was a great selection and we were
stuffed and satisfied at the end of it!
at the van was quick and friendly, as always (although you
might have to wait longer at busy times; call ahead if you
want your food at a specific time). Pom
Thai is available seven days a week in the summer months.
April 2014 - a stay in the yurt, Scilly Organics, St Martin's.
looking for somewhere to stay on Scilly that's perhaps a little
bit different, you might like to try one of the glamping opportunities
that have been established in recent years. There are fixed
tents at both Troytown
Farm on St Agnes, and Peninnis
Farm Luxury Camping on St Mary's, but we chose to try
out the eco-yurt based at Scilly Organics on St Martin's.
little gem is hidden away in its own private field, just behind
the sand dunes of stunning Lawrence's beach. There's just
the one yurt here, sleeping up to four people, so the privacy
and seclusion is second to none. The 16 foot circular wooden
and canvas structure is a work of art in itself, with light
flooding in from the central skylight, or lit up by solar
fairy-lights by night. There's a proper double bed with duvet
(plus matresses on the floor for the kids), and a woodburner
to keep things cosy in the evenings. The kitchen area, in
a separate structure just outside the yurt, has running water
and a double gas hob, and there's a composting toilet and
solar shower, each in a shed nearby. Jonathan and Claudia
grow wonderful organic veg in the neighbouring fields, and
the basketful they give you on arrival is a lovely little
extra (we had leeks, onion, rainbow chard, little cauliflowers
and spinach - despite our visit being during the traditional
is a perfect setting for a fun, family adventure - all that
cooking, eating and playing outside, but with plenty of home
comforts also at hand - but would also make the most romantic
bolt-hole for a couple, sleeping with the sound of the sea
and a view of the stars. For us, the sun shone daily and we
had the beach entirely to ourselves for hours, for rock climbing,
shell hunting and even a spot of swimming. It felt like we
had found paradise - in the UK, in April!
for availability in the yurt in 2014 visit their
website, and keep your eyes peeled for last minute special