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Beach bashes, gin and a seafood extravaganza on the Isles of Scilly

Clients don’t need to travel far to sample foodie delights on holiday. The Isles of Scilly offer an abundance of taste-bud-tingling culinary experiences.

The UK is enjoying a bit of a food and drink revolution, with new distilleries popping up in almost every city, vineyards winning awards against the finest French wines, and farmers’ markets becoming ever more popular. But nowhere has quite such a unique foodie draw as the Isles of Scilly, as I discover on a recent trip.

 

Standing in the middle of the ocean floor with a gin and tonic in one hand and a pot of olives in the other, waiting in a queue for a lobster roll, isn’t exactly how I’d expected to spend the first day of September.

 

But when the tide is low enough to walk across the seafloor between two islands, this is what you do on the Isles of Scilly.

I’m here for the Low Tide event, essentially a party on the sand, always located between the islands of Tresco and Bryher. The extreme tides here mean it’s often possible to wade between the islands, but for a few days each year there’s a big enough sandbar for locals to create the literal Sand Bar that I purchased my G&T from. Here, Bryher-based fishing business Island Fish cooks up spectacular seafood dishes on an open fire, and bands play acoustic music to bopping crowds.

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