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The aim of this section of ScillyOnLine is to allow you to benefit from our knowledge and experience of living on the islands. We love it here, and there are so many reasons why. We use these pages to share some of our 'Scilly highlights' with you - from favourite walks or beaches, to top cafes and our favourite things to do.

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Saturday 31st May - Pom Thai take-away - beside the fish and chip van, Porthcressa. 07453 311273

Not so long ago, your choices for take-away food on St Mary's were pretty limited - it was fish and chips, or fish and chips! But that is starting to change. There are a number of places that do takeaway pizzas (The Dairy, Plowman's Food Co, and the latest offering, Aimee's homemade pizza at the Fudge shop on the Strand), and there are new street stalls selling sandwiches, crepes, and Thai food too.


Pom is from Thailand, and imports many of her herbs and spices directly from her home country, so the food she cooks is both authentic and tasty. Her menu is surprisingly extensive, and includes all the favourites like red and green curries, thai fish cakes, pad thai, and tom yum, along with a 'daily special' to make the most of whatever is in season. Pom also offers dishes drawn from other Asian cultures, such as crispy aromatic duck pancakes, and an Indian style curry.

It was just two of us eating this weekend, so we kept it simple - a green curry, a vibrant red chicken panang, and some chicken satay skewers on the side. I love the taste of the panang dish, but it's an entirely meat-and-sauce affair, while the green curry is always packed with vegetables as well as the meat of your choice. It was a great selection and we were stuffed and satisfied at the end of it!

Service at the van was quick and friendly, as always (although you might have to wait longer at busy times; call ahead if you want your food at a specific time). Pom Thai is available seven days a week in the summer months.


14th/15th April 2014 - a stay in the yurt, Scilly Organics, St Martin's. Visit their website here.

If you're looking for somewhere to stay on Scilly that's perhaps a little bit different, you might like to try one of the glamping opportunities that have been established in recent years. There are fixed tents at both Troytown Farm on St Agnes, and Peninnis Farm Luxury Camping on St Mary's, but we chose to try out the eco-yurt based at Scilly Organics on St Martin's.

This little gem is hidden away in its own private field, just behind the sand dunes of stunning Lawrence's beach. There's just the one yurt here, sleeping up to four people, so the privacy and seclusion is second to none. The 16 foot circular wooden and canvas structure is a work of art in itself, with light flooding in from the central skylight, or lit up by solar fairy-lights by night. There's a proper double bed with duvet (plus matresses on the floor for the kids), and a woodburner to keep things cosy in the evenings. The kitchen area, in a separate structure just outside the yurt, has running water and a double gas hob, and there's a composting toilet and solar shower, each in a shed nearby. Jonathan and Claudia grow wonderful organic veg in the neighbouring fields, and the basketful they give you on arrival is a lovely little extra (we had leeks, onion, rainbow chard, little cauliflowers and spinach - despite our visit being during the traditional 'hungry gap').

This is a perfect setting for a fun, family adventure - all that cooking, eating and playing outside, but with plenty of home comforts also at hand - but would also make the most romantic bolt-hole for a couple, sleeping with the sound of the sea and a view of the stars. For us, the sun shone daily and we had the beach entirely to ourselves for hours, for rock climbing, shell hunting and even a spot of swimming. It felt like we had found paradise - in the UK, in April!

To check for availability in the yurt in 2014 visit their website, and keep your eyes peeled for last minute special offers too.


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