St Mary’s island might be small, but during the summer there are some great options for eating out catering for locals and holiday-makers alike. I managed to visit most of my wish-list during my long weekend visit in August so here’s my summary of what’s good!
A stroll along the coastal path up near Porthloo takes you to Juliet’s Garden, a lovely restaurant with an amazing view out over Hugh Town. We had an aperitif outside to soak it up before heading in for dinner when it had cooled off a bit.
We visited on a Thursday night when fish is the hero of the menu. There are a range of starters, then for the main you build your own from a selection of fish, potatoes, sides and sauces. I was impressed by how they’ve constructed the menu in a way that I don’t think any combination could go wrong. We started by sharing the pappardelle with local crab, then I went for the pan-fried Cornish gurnard, parmentier potatoes with parsley and Parmesan, asparagus and a dill hollandaise sauce. I have to say everything was perfect – I wouldn’t have changed a single thing. The fish was beautifully cooked with plenty of flavour to hold up to the parmentier potatoes and dill hollandaise.
By some miracle we had room for a trio of the famous Troytown Farm ice cream from nearby island St Agnes. Vanilla fudge, a berry ripple flavour that I didn’t catch the name of, and my favourite them all – rose geranium flavour.
Dibble and Grub
This restaurant in a tiny nook on the beach at Porthcressa transports you to the Mediterranean with their tapas-inspired small plates menu. We dined al fresco out on the sea front with blankets to keep us warm as the evening was drawing in. Not all of the dishes are strictly Spanish, but I think the variety is part of the appeal. I was excited by the fact that there was more than one sherry option too! We ordered a real mix of dishes but the stand-outs for me were the jamon croquettas and the chorizo baked in red wine with butter beans.
German Family-run Strudel has two locations, one in town and one up country, hence their names Strudel In Town and Strudel Up Country!
This is seriously legit Apfelstrudel with big chunks of apple in a crisp yet satisfyingly buttery pastry and served with two scoops of creamy vanilla ice cream. This was the perfect reward after a coastal walk and washed down with a refreshing Cornish cider. Top marks.
I’m sure there are many more restaurants that would have made this list if I’d been around to do a longer trip, but I’ll be back before too long to discover the rest! Comment below if you have any recommendations!