Nantucket guide 2015: the best places to eat, drink and stay

We visit the best restaurants, breweries and bars in Nantucket. Follow our foodie guide to the area with wild seafood, the best doughnuts in town and fresh sushi at local secret Sushu by Yoshi.

A summer getaway for wealthy US tourists, in the vein of Martha’s Vineyard or the Hamptons but on a much smaller scale, Nantucket has an absence of chains or high rises and its landscape of shingle-clad houses and cobbled streets give it a romantic, New England vibe.


One of the island’s main attractions is the Nantucket Island Resorts, where accommodation ranges from luxurious harbour-view rooms and cute garden cottages to modern-style lofts. Keen cooks will love the latter, which come with state-of-the-art kitchens featuring huge burners, All-Clad cookware and temperature-controlled wine fridges.

The resort also houses the Brant Point Grill, a beautiful waterside restaurant. Home-cured wild salmon, local shellfish and Pineland Farm steak is cooked simply and expertly here, and the local lobster is 
a highlight of the menu either grilled, served in a luxurious mac and cheese, or in a lobster roll. Start with one of the restaurant’s cocktails – the Island thyme – a potent martini-style drink of white whisky, rhubarb bitters and fresh thyme.

Further afield, squeeze into a table at buzzy Black-Eyed Susan’s for one of its signature breakfast scrambles; we liked the Portuguese eggs with smoky sausage, spinach and garlic.

Doughnut heaven can be found at The Downyflake where queues form daily 
for sugar, plain, and chocolate-frosted doughnuts. Or hire 
a bike and pedal out to Cisco Brewers. At this microbrewery, distillery and vineyard, visitors can buy a pint from the on-site bar and relax in the outside yard. Grab a stacked sandwich to go with your drink at next-door Barlett Farm Shop. 
Or, if you don’t make it out there, Nixs Brew Pub in town sells a good Cisco selection including the excellent Grey Lady, a spicy, citrussy, white beer.

There are endless dinner choices on Nantucket, but make time to visit Sushi by Yoshi, a tiny Japanese restaurant tucked up a side street, for spankingly fresh sashimi and sushi prepared to order by chef Yoshi.

Cottages and lofts at the White Elephant hotel start at $175 per night. Return flights from London to Boston start at £788. Return flights from Boston to Nantucket from $390. More info: nantucket-ma.gov

Photo credits: Jeffrey Allen

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