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Eating and drinking in Cowes

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For the best restaurant reviews for the Isle of Wight, visit Mat and Cat's Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide or check tripadvisor.

For Firefly's reviews of restaurants and bars, cafes and pubs in Cowes, scroll down.

We strongly advise booking restaurants one busier days, and phoning ahead to check that your choice is definitely open on quieter days.

Restaurants and bars in Cowes (scroll down for CAFES & PUBS in Cowes)

Walking South to North

The Basque Kitchen (formerly known as Amabi), Medina Road

01983 716164

Currently closed, reopens 21 March 2019


The Basque Kitchen restaurant and tapas bar infuses Basque Country cooking with the best fresh Isle of Wight produce. "Come in for some of our specially blended coffee roasted on the Isle of Wight, choose lunch from our selection of freshly made tapas and seasonal salads or join us in the evening for a hearty Basque meal with fine wine chosen to perfectly match our cooking."

We (Firefly House) love sitting with a cold beer and some tapas in the back terrace watching the comings and goings of Shepards Marina, especially during Cowes Week and Round the Island.

Mojacs, Shooters Hill

01983 281118

Check winter opening times


They serve a selection of cocktails, drinks, wine, nibbles and simply good food.  "Our aim has consistently been to provide our customers with a warm, cosy environment in which you can be wined, dined and indulged, whether you are a regular visitor with us or visit only once."

Mojac's is consistently the number 1 restaurant in Cowes on Tripadvisor.  Firefly owners often go for quiet evening meal as the food is always excellent. 

Jolliffes, Shooters Hill

01983 303003

Isle of Wight restaurant housed within a stunning Grade II listed building

Whether you want to enjoy an excellent breakfast, lunch or afternoon champagne cream tea, you can relax in our historic eatery, set in the heart of Cowes

Toninos Italian Restaurant, Shooters Hill

01983 298464 

Established since 1979, Toninos has a friendly atmosphere, popular with the sailing community and locals alike.  They cater for large groups and the restaurant has seating for up to 80. "Visiting our restaurant is a must for those wishing to enjoy the full Cowes experience".

Fantastic traditional Italian menu, Firefly House particularly like the mixed seafood pasta, not even sure that it is on the menu, but they are always happy to make a dish for you.


The Coast Bar and Dining Room, Shooters Hill

01983 298574

Locally sourced, seasonal food in a relaxed and welcoming setting - all day, every day. “You can drop in for breakfast or a cake with a morning cappuccino, enjoy a hearty lunch or a three course dinner, as the relaxed informal style of our Bar & Dining Room is designed for every day eating"


We (Firefly House) spend many hours in the Coast Bar: we have business meetings over coffee, long lazy glasses of chardonnay in the afternoon with a little people-watching from the sofa, pizza and Rioja in the evenings, or a romantic dinner for two upstairs. It's THE perfect place to waste time!

Club Moocow, Cross Street

01983 200750

Check winter opening times


"club MOOCOW is a gorgeous dining and venue space, quite different from any other venue on the island. it has a real wow-factor; a previously empty victorian penny school revamped into a modern urban space with a year-round outside social terrace

as well as the surroundings, the home-made food, the great drinks and entertainment, are another big factor in why people come back time and again to celebrate in style

enjoy club MOOCOW through your own private function or as part of a supperclubs, our regular FRIDAY NIGHT @ MOOCOW evenings and of course our infamous MOOCOW soirees"

The Harbour Kitchen, High Street

01983 297559

"HK is a Café come Bar come Bistro, located on the High Street in the heart of Cowes.  The owners aim is to provide an inexpensive café, bar and dining experience which is why they went for the tag line 'Café ● Bar ● Bistro'.  

Wherever possible local ingredients are sourced by the owners, Brian and Caroline Hicks.  The HK is proud to say that its beef burgers are always 100% Isle of Wight beef.  


For a relax, friendly and comfortable environment then the HK is the definitely worth a visit."

Spice Central, High Street

01983 291 800

Indian Restaurant, bringing the classic cooking of India to the heart of Cowes.

Murrays the Seafood Restaurant, High Street

01983 296233

Serving the best and freshest local and regional ingredients to compile ever changing menus.  Set price lunch and dinner menus available or Catch of the day board.

That 60's Place, High Street

01983 719465

"A quirky 60s themed restaurant and bar in the centre of Cowes high street. The love lounge and an electric mix of future of the era and iconic events bring home the 60's feeling. So join us on a journey with your own That 60s Place experience."

The Fountain Inn, High Street

01983 292397 

"Located in the English sea port town of Cowes, the Fountain Hotel presents a traditional style, with a host of modern facilities. Dating from 1793, the hotel has a long-standing history in the local area, now recognised throughout the world as the home of the annual Cowes Week Regatta. This hotel boasts 20 traditional but stylish bedrooms, to relax and enjoy the sights of the Isle of Wight. With a relaxing bar area serving cask ales, premium lagers and fine wines to compliment the traditional English menu."

The menu features well priced pub classic food.

Pier View, High Street

01983 292397 

"We are delighted to have taken over this iconic yachtsman’s pub and kitchen.

We have recently completed a major refurbishment and the pub is decorated with the fabulous photography of renowned yachting photographer Rick Tomlinson.

We have Sky and BT Sports and show most major sporting events.

Families are welcome but no children under 12 permitted after 7pm"

The left side of the pub is now now furnished as a restaurant area with good menu and seasonal favourites, Firefly recommend the burgers.

The Red Duster, High Street

01983 290311

Small bistro restaurant serving a la carte lunch and dinner.

Cowes Tandoori, High Street

01983 296710

Traditional Indian restaurant and takeaway.

Bahar Tandoori, High Street

01983 200 378

Long established tandoori traditional Indian restaurant and takeaway.  There's a great photo of Sir Richard Branson in the 80s in there!  Bring your own alcohol policy.

Gastronomy, High Street

"Restaurant and bar on Cowes High Street. Good food, global influences, great cocktails, buzzing atmosphere!"

Photo shows previous restaurant The Grill

North House Hotel, Sun Hill 

01983 209 453 

"Our restaurant has a relaxed, stylish and comfortable feel - full of character, yet unpretentious. Our team of chefs create dishes focused on fish and seafood from the South Coast with a respectful nod to the seasons. With flagstone flooring, tongue and groove walls and a peaceful terrace, North House is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch or dinner."

Prawn and Co, High Street

01983 242144

Closed for Winter 2018-19

We will be closed for the winter period, recharging batteries and preparing more delicious Dim Sum recipes.

No 3, High Street, Bath Road

01983 291714

An intimate restaurant serving great food, tucked away in the old town of Cowes.

The Little Gloster, Gurnard

01983 298776

Previously awarded ‘Restaurant of the Year’ in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and featured in the Michelin Guide and Good Food Guide 2018, The Little Gloster is a family-run restaurant with rooms offering panoramic sea views of the Solent, in Gurnard, just five minutes west of Cowes.

Presenting simple seasonal food in relaxed Scandinavian-influenced surroundings, we offer high-quality service, locally sourced produce, and a passion for great food, wine, music and cocktails.

The Little Gloster is the perfect place for a quiet meal, to celebrate a special occasion or simply unwind with a glass of wine whilst taking in the spectacular sunsets that contribute to making this location so unique.

A short drive or taxi from Cowes, or a wonderful afternoon walk along the seafront.

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Cafes & takeaways in Cowes (scroll down for PUBS)

Walking south to north

Hong Kong House, Mill Hill Road

01983 295852

Chinese takeaway

Golden Dragon, Birmingham Road

01983 292 888

Chinese takeaway

Dalyan Kebab & Pizza House, Birmingham Road

01983 291 555

It's so easy to use, fast and convenient! Try our takeaway menu - You can now relax at home and order online all your favourite freshly prepared dishes and many more delicious options, and have them delivered straight to your door in no time at all. We use the best ingredients for the preparation of our food, including NON-GENETICALLY MODIFIED VEGETABLE COOKING OIL. 

With our new website and mobile apps, you can choose to pay online safely and securely or choose to pay by cash. Here you will find our up-to-date prices and exclusive special offers limited to our online customers only! Our website and apps are easy to use, make sure you download our app to your phone now! 

Chip Ahoy, Victoria Road

01983 296763

Traditional fish and chip takeaway

Corries Cabin, High Street

01983 293733

Traditional fish and chip takeaway with seating area.  

Firefly House particularly like the homemade mushy peas and homemade tartar sauce!

Sails Cafe, High Street

01983 289758

Enjoy great coffee, delicious home made and freshly prepared meals and snacks, fresh crab, panini, salads, jackets, a range of tempting sweet treats and much more. The atmosphere at Sails is friendly, inviting, and charming. 

Tiffins, High Street

01983 292310

Very busy cafe serving sit in or takeaway breakfast, sandwiches, pasties, salads and every type of hot drink.  

A definite favourite for local Cowes workers and yacht racing crews.

Open early, closes late afternoon.

Indoor and outdoor seating.

Deckers, High Street

01983 200111

Breakfasts, sandwiches, pasties, hot drinks.  Small seating area.

Totties Fish and Chip Shop, High Street

01983 293681

Takeaway fish and chips

Well Bread, High Street

01983 281814

Bakery and cafe

Paradice, High Street

01983 249600

Paradice Ice Cream Parlour (formerly The Plaza) began life in March 2018. Specialising in Kelly’s Ice Cream we offer a vast variety of ice creams as well as sorbets. We try and cater for everyone so stock diabetic and vegan ice creams too. We also offer waffles and pancakes, both served with your choice of ice cream. You can also pop in and have one of our delicious sundaes or knickerbocker glories. Paradice also has a selection of lollies and hot and cold drinks including affogatos.

Eegons, High Street

01983 291815

Serves traditional English breakfast and a variety of other foods.

Watch House Barn Cafe/restaurant, Bath Road

01983 293093

'A friendly local restaurant on the high street which provides fresh home cooked meals and a wide range of homemade cakes and cream teas.'

Bliss Ice Cream Parlour, Bath Road

01983 295400

Bliss is a fresh ice cream  parlour based on the IOW. We specialise in local ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies and confectionery. It’s Bliss! 

We aim:

  • To bring you as much of our islands local ice creams as we can fit into our freezers.

  • To restore your energy levels with our fresh fruit smoothies, milkshakes, tea and fresh ground coffee.

  • To spoil you with a warm Belgium waffle served warm with a scoop or two of our ice cream, or go all out with one of our epic ice cream sundaes.

  • To sweeten you up with our yummy confectionery, including Jelly Belly, gourmet liquorice sticks and much, much more!

Richmonds Bakery, Bath Road

07930 556644/ 01983 716657

We are a fully registered Bakery based in Cowes, Isle of Wight.
We specialise in artisan cakes, pastries and bread.

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Pubs in Cowes

Walking south to north

The Duke of York, Mill Hill Road

01893 295171

A proper English pub with ensuite bed & breakfast accommodation.  Pub serves food all day.

Firefly House love the Cowes Week marquee when they have live bands on every evening.

Cowes Ale House, Shooters Hill

01983 294027

The second smallest put on the island.  A traditional drinking establishment with up to five real ales direct from the barrel and traditional pub snacks.

Painters Arms, Cross Street

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Traditional Cowes pub for locals.

The Anchor, High Street

01983  292823

A busy, very famous traditional public house that has stood on the site for over 300 years.  Food served all days, front bar, stable bar, outdoor bar, late night live music.  Also has accommodation.

The Pier View, High Street

01983 294929

2019 under new ownership

We are delighted to have taken over this iconic yachtsman’s pub and kitchen.

We have recently completed a major refurbishment and the pub is decorated with the fabulous photography of renowned yachting photographer Rick Tomlinson.

We have Sky and BT Sports and show most major sporting events.

Families are welcome but no children under 12 permitted after 7pm

The Vectis Tavern, High Street

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Traditional Cowes pub

The Fountain Inn, High Street

01983 292397 

Relaxing bar area serving cask ales, premium lagers and fine wines.

The Union, Watch House Lane

01983 293163

Cosy small pub serving food, also has bed and breakfast accommodation.

The Yachtsman, Osborne Court, The Parade

01983 299618

Currently closed for winter until 22 March 2019


"Located on The Parade, The Yachtsman has an enviable terrace with views over The Solent and beyond. An Idea venue for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner or maybe a glass of wine or real ale watching the world go by! The Yachtsman offers great hospitality, food and drink. This freehouse pub truly is one of the great dining venues in Cowes.


With a large terrace and bi-folding doors opening the pub up to the outside world in the summer months this venue is must when visiting Cowes. "

• Breakfasts

• Freehouse Pub

• Morning Coffee & Afternoon Tea

• Seafood a Speciality

• Live Music

The Globe, The Parade

01983 506053

"The bar boasts a 100" TV screen playing all the sports, a great range of beers, lagers and ciders as well as craft spirits and an impressive wine list. 


Our restaurant specialises in our own smoked meat and veg created to delight, and our customer service is extremely important to us.  

Delicious food from our own Smoker!  Our team of chefs, headed by Daniel Thomas, are passionate about fresh, quality produce. Our produce is almost exclusively from the Island. Dan and his team work tirelessly to pick quality ingredients for their simple dishes to really make them stand out from the rest."

Recently refurnished, our roof terrace offers the best spot in town to relax with a cocktail, enjoy dinner with friends or hold your event. With deck chairs, bean bags and comfortable wooden dining sets to lounge on plus a well stocked bar there is something for everyone. The roof terrace is strictly over 18's only, unless by prior agreement by management.  

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