Muddy Stays: The New Inn, Tresco
Its all about location location location, and here’s a location you’ll be hard pushed to beat. Muddy Cornwall recently had the pleasure of staying at The New Inn, a restaurant with rooms on Tresco. If you don’t have a few hundred thou sloshing around for a timeshare, this is the place to stay on Tresco Island. Unpretentious, good value and in the most stupendously beautiful position, a sneeze from the beach at New Grimsby.
The residents lounge (only accessible to residents) showcased some charming art by local artists, backdropped by Farrow & Ball shades and vintage neon velvets – bang up to date without being trendy. The relaxed modern style oozed New England coastal chic and was totally sympathetic to our surroundings (did I mention the location?).
Outside there was a neat courtyard area for sheltered alfresco eating and drinking – much needed on the day we visited. The residents service was welcoming – Julia the house manager not only booked us in, she also showed us to our room (as she did the other guest who arrived on the same boat) settling us in and suggested things to see and do while we were here.
Our ground floor room was accessed through the bar, past the pool table. We were delighted by our own sun terrace (swish eh?) and a pool view with private access to the pool.
It was the hottest day of the summer with news reports of people wilting on the mainland, and we were grateful for the sea breeze. We felt safe enough to leave the patio doors open all night though and slept soundly – infact Mr MC’s internal alarm (normally waking everyone at 5am) didn’t go off until around 7:30 – a lie-in!
Decor wise, the owners clearly have great style, and when the rooms are given a little refresh per the residents lounge, this place will really rock the wow factor.
The heated outdoor pool is only open to residents so never crowded (they only have 16 rooms). We swam each evening and there were only a handful of other guests doing the same.
The price is the clincher – from £100 per person with continental breakfast. Not bad for mid season. A good choice of pastries and cereals, pancake stacks, eggs too many ways to count (I chose Benedict if you were wondering) and the full Cornish (Mr MC had this every day without fail).
Dinner on top, you should add another £90 for your three courses and some vino, but that’s not bad for a bit of R&R&R.
The dinner was very good by the way, without quite being knock-out. The food was hyper local though: produce from Tresco’s farms, the Abbey Garden, local fishermen and even nearby allotments.
They were quite flexible on choices, and we plumped for the ‘little things’ as as a sharing tapas of surf and turf to start: beef bon bons and horseradish, chilli fried squid and courgette fritters. I had the salmon which was good. Mr MC chose the West country pork belly and couldn’t fault it.
Unusual for a restaurant, drinks had to be ordered at the bar (though we were eating in the Pavillion) which was a bit of a mid-meal bummer if I’m honest, because it was me doing the ordering, the bar was heaving (this is clearly THE place to be on Tresco) and my main arrived as I stood in line waiting to be served. My advice would be to take a carafe to your table even if you don’t have to share (Mr MC was on the pepsi).
The New Inn provides the perfect base for a short stay. We took in the not to be missed Abbey Gardens, ate at the Ruin Beach Cafe on another night and hired bikes to get around. Just 100 yards from New Grimsby Harbour, you can walk to get the boat if you’re island hopping.
The New Inn are offering four night packages including flights from Lands End – perfect for the Regatta (26 – 29 August). Check their website for availability and bag yourself a break.
THE MUDDY VERDICT:
Good for: couples escaping for a weekend; families up for some island hoping. There’s a private dining room so could make a very suitable central party venue if you do have a holiday home here. The Inn is open all year round, so ideal for an out of season mini-break.
Not for: those who crave the ‘big hotel’ experience, fans of super luxe rooms and added extras. Don’t expect a tub at the end of your bed and walk in wet-room, but for £100 per person, per night I wouldn’t.
££: Super value.
Getting there: Skybus fly all year round to St Mary’s from Land’s End and Newquay, and from Exeter between March and November. The Scillonian III passenger boat sails from Penzance to St Mary’s from March through to November.