New Scilly food guide lists 53 local businesses
BATHED in sunshine and enjoying stunning views out to sea, Juliet’s Garden on St Mary’s proved the perfect place to celebrate the launch of The Little Scilly Food Guide, created by the Isles of Scilly Farmers’ and Growers’ Initiative at the suggestion of food businesses and visitors.
This new guide to some of the finest food on the islands lists 53 businesses that produce, sell or serve high quality food, including, of course, Juliet’s Garden itself, run by Juliet and Andrew May. From honesty box stalls to gourmet restaurants, the guide takes visitors to Scilly on a culinary journey of discovery and ensures that those who make a commitment to using local suppliers receive the recognition they deserve.
Speaking at the launch, Issy Tibbs, who created the guide as part of her role as Food and Drink Champion for the Initiative, told guests how proud the Islands could be of their food.
She said: “Putting the directory together has shown just how many amazing and different things there are going on within the Scilly food scene compared to a few years ago and collating it all into one guide makes it easy for people to find great places to shop and eat."
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Guests included Amanda Martin, chair of the council, and Chris Gregory, land steward for the Duchy of Cornwall, among about 40 others including chefs, farmers, food producers, retailers and restaurant owners and managers. They enjoyed a superb selection of canapés devised by Andrew O’Connor, head chef at Juliet’s Garden, using some of the finest Scillonian produce, including fresh lobster, crab, mackerel and Tresco beef, along with the restaurant’s home-grown, freshly picked vegetables and salads.
Euan Rodger runs the Tanglewood Kitchen Company on St Mary’s with his wife Lindsay. Set up four years ago in the old sorting office of the Post Office, the business creates hand-cooked meals and delicious fish dishes and puddings for those looking for a convenient option that doesn’t compromise on taste.
Ideal for people living on the islands or visiting, the business is one of those that have added to the variety of food options on Scilly.
Commenting on the launch of the Little Scilly Food Guide, Euan said: “Within this tiny collection of rocks we can put our best foot forward with all types of food offering. There is a lot happening and the directory proves it. It’s a great showcase and it challenges businesses that aren’t part of it to get behind it in the future.”
The guide is available throughout the islands and will also be turned into an online guide.