The Flying Boat Club

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Well worth seeking out if you are staying at the nearby Sea Garden Cottages or other addresses around inviting flower-strewn Tresco, The Flying Boat Club pays homage to the Royal Air Station that was based on the island during WWII – note the splendid titular painting on the wall and the old rails outside on which the flying boats were wheeled down to the sea. During the day, the venue runs as café offering drinks, snacks and light lunches, but two evenings a week it also does duty as a family-friendly bistro. Local fish features heavily on the short menu (think pan-fried sea bass fillet or whole roasted sea bream infused with fennel), but the choice also extends to char-grilled Cornish steaks and veggie items such as butternut squash, red onion and wild mushroom tart. There’s a noteworthy wine list too.

Wine List of the Year 2014 Finalist

This list should act as an inspiration to anyone who thinks it’s prohibitively difficult to put together a good wine list out of town. Located 20 miles off Land’s End, The FBC’s list is short (barely 40 bins) but wide-ranging. On just two sides of A4, there isn’t room for lots of waffle, although there is the odd tasting note, while the ‘Silver Lining’ section (hoovering up bin-ends) and the ‘Something Truly Special’ sections are a clever idea and add focus.

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Essential Details for The Flying Boat Club

  • Address: Tresco, Scilly Isles, Isles Of Scilly
  • Telephone: 01720 424068
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm Fri-Sat 6.30-8.30pm

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