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“The heart of Lundy island and the Lundy community.”
Review of Marisco Tavern

Marisco Tavern
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$26
Cuisines: British, Bar
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Good for: Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours
Description: The Marisco Tavern is The Pub on The Island of Lundy. We do everything in singularities here. We have The Church, The Shop, The Road, The Farm...Being the only pub we take our monopoly position seriously and so have a positive outlook regarding ensuring that we don't abuse our position. We want you to come back to Lundy, not just the pub, and so we do our best to keep quality high and prices low.We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week (timings vary seasonally) and most of our meat comes from the Island - lamb that comes ready-seasoned by the sea air is our speciality.Just one little note though - if coming across on a day visit by boat, please don't expect a full-blown dinner menu at lunchtime: we'll probably have about 400 hundred other people looking for lunch at 1 pm.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have just spent two wonderful days on Lundy. Friends of ours and I had wanted to stay after a day trip on the Waverley got delayed and we'd gotten just 90 minutes on the island, and missed the pub.

So we stayed for 2 nights, and made the focus of our evenings the Marisco tavern.

What a joy. What an absolute joy...

People talk about bars, and pubs, but "pub" as anyone who ever got told how to respect a pub properly is short for "Public House". And no where is this more true than the Marisco tavern, the public house of all those staffing and living on the island, however temporarily.

It is the only place on the island with 24 hour electricity, but I gather it is open for be the heart and gathering place for people on the island, and they will not number many.

We didn't take a breakfast here, but lunch today was a gorgeous lamb pasty. My friends tucked away a super looking Ploughmans. Last night after our day of exploring the north of the island, we took in a very good steak dinner, probably one of the best I've had, and a ham eggs and chips. All can be reported to be very enjoyable, served very promptly.

I mentioned the pub being a public house solely because after a few beers, we managed a few games of cards, but heard dominoes going, there was no TV, the world cup was just somewhere else, there was no music, just great food, your island neighbours, some beer and you.

If that does not scream "great pub!" at you, then you should possibly not visit Lundy at all, and if you do, you possibly just won't get it.

I have never visited a pub I have taken to my heart quite like this, largely due to the attention of the staff, their fantastic hospitality, their great foodie output, and possibly due to the fantastic sea views.

The atmosphere changes noticeable when a ship docks and a shed load of day trippers all plough in a can fill the place. While they can cater for this, it is noticeable that day trippers can be surprised by it, by a lack of space to sit, by a queue (not there while stayers only are there). Only when you stay and see a more community orientated pub, will be perhaps appreciate it more.

So yes, definitely go. If you do go as a day trip, just bear in mind that they get 260 people all falling in at once, roughly in the order people make it up the walk past Millicombe House from the Jetty!

If you are planning to stay, they will open an account for you which is usable at the shop and elsewhere; just give your name, your property name and your departure date. You then sign for your stuff, and pay before departure. The food prices too are very reasonable, especially when you consider all food and beer has to be shipped in on the Oldenburg. My steak was a little over £15. A little premium, but not too bad. There are vegetarian options, but didn't see Vegan. In that small audience, that might be a tough ask.

Trust me, this was an account I thoroughly enjoyed settling!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friendly place for a drink on a hot day. Unique atmosphere, used to day trippers asking daft questions i expect.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whether you go to the Island on a day visit or to stay longer,the Marisco never disappoints.Fantastic food from a big selection and their own brew the "Old Light"Definitely not to be missed.It's worth visiting the Island for that alone.

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Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

Came here with family, good choice of food, love the local lamb and pork, really great taste, lovely staff with a warm welcome and clean. Only points to improve on would be more veggies with mains and need more seating for the amount of people on island at peak times.

Thank Rubyroored
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

Recently returned from a three night stay on this beautiful island. We were so looking forward to it but had some concerns over the Marisco. Being the only place on Lundy to serve beer and food we worried that given the monopoly it has and captive market that it would be complacent in its approach ie overpriced, overrun with children and poor food.

Suffice to say we loved this place. The Marisco Tavern would hold its own and beat the majority of places on the mainland. Three large rooms and a mezzanine area mean that there is ample space to choose your favoured seating spot. The ambiance means you get to chat with other travelers and share daily experiences.

Food was absolutely lovely and during our stay we had dinner twice and one lunch. The specials were special indeed and I particularly loved the Lundy lamb casserole with dumplings - excellent. Beer and wine were extensive and competitively priced.

The toilets are located outside but for all gentlemen reading this and wanting to visit - there cant be many better views when standing at the urinal lol (see picture).

Finally, there have been a few comments on here about the unfriendliness of the staff. This is so far from the truth. They are friendly, chatty and always willing to help. Comments are made in a joking fashion sometimes which is lovely and thus people who take this the wrong way need to acquire a sense of humour.


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