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The Crab Shack, Bryher

It's a simple recipe: Bryher crab, an old stone barn, and the salty tang of the ocean drifting in on the summer evening air...

A stone's throw from the ocean, across the hotel lawn in an unassuming converted cattle shed, sits Scilly's greatest culinary secret - The Crab Shack. Top-quality Scillonian shellfish served with as little fuss as possible.

Open from May until September each year; the menu is simple enough that we just chalk it up on the blackboard hanging beneath the rafters. 

Scallops and mussels to start. Salty-sweet Bryher crab is the main event - accompanied by seasonal salad, crusty bread, crispy fries and ponds of fragrant butter. Eton Mess or Cornish cheese to finish. Beer, red, white or rosé to quench your thirst.

Scrubbed wooden tables and benches are your seating; strangers become friends as aprons are donned, crab picks are readied, and the copper cataplanas arrive.

As The Telegraph's Xanthe Clay once said, this is "food worth getting your hands dirty for."hell

So fresh you might meet the Fisherman...

We source our crab from the Pender family of Island Fish here on Bryher.

Penders have been fishing the waters of Scilly as far back as they can trace. Today, three generations of the family continue that proud tradition, setting sail each day, hauling pots from Round Island to the Bishop Rock in search of the finest Scillonian seafood. Each day, we collect the crab from Island Fish in our Land Rover and trundle it down to The Crab Shack.

If the evening's diners have a particularly hearty appetite, it's not unheard of for Mark Pender to turn up in his oilies with a couple more crabs for the pot!


Booking Information

In 2022, we're open until 14th September, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings throughout, and also Saturday evenings through June, July and August.

Guests staying at Hell Bay or elsewhere on Bryher can book for any evening we're open by clicking here.

Those staying on Tresco can join us on Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays by Tresco Boats - please book The Crab Shack first by clicking here, and we'll notify Tresco Boats (boat payable onboard).

If you're staying on St Mary's, the Endevaour rib runs a Crab Shack special on Saturday nights (limited to 9 guests). Please book the Crab Shack first by clicking here, and we'll notify the boat service (payable onboard).

You can also book by phone by calling us on 01720 422947. Please read our terms and conditions at the bottom of the page before making your booking.

If we're showing as full, you're welcome to email us or telephone us on 01720 422947 and we'll be happy to add you to our waiting list in case of cancellations.



The Menu

Prices change with the market, but here's a rough guide; see the blackboard for the latest.

Starters and mains are meant for sharing; for puddings that's totally optional!


Sharing scallops (6) - £15
Sharing scallops (12) - £30
Sharing mussels - £16


Medium crab - £25
Large crab - £35
Monster crab - £45
Salad - £5
Fries - £5
Bread - £5


Eton Mess - £9
Cornish cheeses - £12


The Crab Shack Booking Terms & Conditions

You can book online for groups of up to eight people. For larger groups, please call us; we cannot accept extra party members listed in the 'Comments' box. Please be aware that tables are shared. Please note that we cannot welcome dogs at The Crab Shack.

We can cater for most dietary requirements, but due to the nature of the kitchen, The Crab Shack is not recommended for those with shellfish allergies. Please let us know of any allergies or restrictions when you book. Members of your group who do not eat shellfish can opt for a fish, beef or vegetable kebab, but please ensure you give 24 hours notice of this requirement. There are limited dining options for children.

On booking, you will receive a confirmation email, which also tells you how to change or cancel your booking. If you don’t receive this, please let us know.

We take your card details to secure your booking and will charge £25 per person if you forget to cancel your booking or do so less than 24 hours in advance. We always prefer not to charge, so we will do our best to re-sell your table.

Any applicable boating fees are not included in the cost of The Crab Shack and are paid directly to the boat company onboard. We will make your boating arrangements once you've made your booking.

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