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The Crab Shack, Bryher

A stone’s throw from the ocean, across the hotel lawn in an unassuming stone barn, sits Scilly’s hidden culinary secret.

The Crab Shack is so close to the source of the seafood it serves that on a stormy day, you might feel the salt spray on the evening air as you arrive.

Feast on scallops or mussels to start, whole Bryher crab for the main event, and Eton Mess or Cornish cheeses to finish. The hardest choice is between the flavoured butter to accompany your salty-sweet, succulent: parsley and garlic, lemon and chive, or lime, chilli and ginger?

Our crab is sourced from Bryher’s Island Fish – known locally as the Pender family. The produce is so fresh that Mark Pender has been known to turn up at the Shack with extra supplies if the evening’s diners have a hearty appetite.

Put on the apron, open the lid of your Portuguese cataplana, take your crab pick, and discover why The Telegraph’s Xanthe Clay once said this is “food worth getting your hands dirty for.”

Reopening 21st June 2021

We plan to reopen The Crab Shack on Monday 21st June, though this is subject to the full easing of Coronavirus restrictions, due to the intimate dining experience.

Bookings are now open; we'll be in touch if plans have to change.

Make a Booking

The Crab Shack is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 21st June (closed Mondays in September). The final Crab Shack for the 2021 season will be on 16th September.

To make a booking, please call Hell Bay Reception on 01720 422947. If you're coming from another island, we can advise on boating arrangements. 

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