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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