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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass

Not nearly as alarming as it sounds, Hell Bay is actually an idyllic secluded cove embraced by benign gorse-laden hillocks. Reached by ferry from St Mary's or Tresco, tiny Bryher is small enough to get around on foot, and the unassuming white hotel the perfect spot to set off from. There is much to love in its Cornish art-filled rooms and sea views, while on the food front Richard Kearsley's assured, confident cooking is a major draw. You’re in the right place when it comes to fish and seafood, whether it’s treacle-cured salmon with lemongrass and ginger purée, compressed watermelon and toasted sesame, or mains like roasted fillet of wild sea bass with confit fennel, saffron velouté and brown shrimps. There are thoroughbred meats too, with slow braised blade of local Tresco beef, soft truffle polenta, crispy onion and red wine jus, while for dessert maybe plump for the passionfruit soufflé with coconut sorbet.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 14 October to 16 March
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6.45
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Richard Kearsley

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 30
  • Wines over £30: 20
  • Wines by the glass: 11

Price guide

  • Starter from: £7.50
  • Main course from £12
  • Dessert from: £7
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

Access by boat from Penzance, plane from Exeter, Newquay or Land's End.

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