Eating and drinking around the Isle of Wight

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Restaurants around the Isle of Wight

(From Newport, north and then in a clockwise direction)

Thompson's

Newport, 01983 526118

Chef Robert Thompson is Chef/Owner of Thompson's restaurant. An original concept open kitchen on the Isle of Wight.

“As a chef who just loves to cook and be creative it has always been my dream to have my own place and now its here and happening. I am absolutely buzzing! I love the Island and can’t wait to be back in the kitchen.”

Three Buoys Restaurant

Ryde, 01983 811212

Situated in Appley Park Three Buoys has panoramic views of the Solent and the golden beaches of Ryde. There truly is no other place on the island which serves delicious food with such a stunning view. To the rear of the restaurant there is ample free parking for those visiting by car.

 

Alternatively enjoy a short walk along the seafront from the public transport links and main town centre.

Three Buoys offers a relaxing dining experience whether you join us for a cocktail on the weekend, lunch on balcony or a cosy evening meal.

The restaurant is run by Tim Foster, born on the Isle of Wight and from Ryde has worked in catering for more than ten years. In recent years Tim has been managing various restaurants on the Isle of Wight before deciding it was the right time to open his own business with wife Emma.

The Seaview Hotel Bar & Restaurant

Seaview, 01983 612711

Good food coupled with relaxed informal dining is at the heart of the Seaview Hotel. We try to keep our food offering as 'local' as possible and work with a multitude of island suppliers.

The Restaurant has been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand for creative, affordable food - on average 3 courses are £28. There's a focus on fish and seafood with a good choice of meat and vegetarian options.

The Boat House

Seaview, 01983 810616

The Boathouse, situated on the fringe of the chic village of Seaview on the Isle of Wight is an idyllic beachside venue offering quality dining and accommodation by the sea. We pride ourselves on offering superb ales and an extensive wine selection to compliment our award winning food.

Heima

Brading, 01983 404090

When dining at HEIMA you will get a unique and memorable experience. From a warm welcome by our Maître d' to being served your meal personally by your Chef, this encounter is something you will not soon forget.

 

Our aim is to create a unique and inspiring culinary experience each and every time you visit us at Heima. To enable us to keep things new, exciting and fresh our team go foraging in the local area to find new things to tempt you in different ways every day.

Garlic Farm Restaurant

Newchurch, 01983 867333

Our team of exceptional chefs create gourmet dishes often but not always with a good hint of garlic. Wherever possible ingredients are sourced locally. Often we are proud to be able to serve our own Garlic Farm reared highland beef in the restaurant. The cattle can be seen enjoying the open pastures around the farm.

It is also a great spot for nature watching and it is not uncommon to see a family of red squirrels darting back and forth collecting nuts and of course the chickens, peacocks, guinea fowl, doves and Eric the dog usually like to make an appearance too.

The Royal

Ventnor, 01983 852186

Founded in 1832, The Royal is one of the oldest hotels on the Isle of Wight, and still one of its finest. Originally built as a coaching inn called Fishers Hotel, it became known as The Royal Hotel after enjoying Queen Victoria's patronage.

Dining at The Royal will be a highlight of your stay on the Isle of Wight. The Royal Hotel has achieved 2 AA Rosettes for excellent food for over 18 consecutive years and has appeared in every Michelin Good Food Guide since its inception.

Whether enjoying a light lunch in our beautiful conservatory or an intimate dinner for two in our elegant, lofty Restaurant, you will feast on exquisite local food, carefully matched wines and enjoy some well-deserved pampering.

Ale & Oyster Restaurant

Ventnor, 01983 857025

The Ale & Oyster Restaurant & Bar is located on Ventnor Esplanade with wonderful views of Ventnor Bay.

 

Our Michelin Enlisted 2017 Head Chef Sean Jeffers is proud to use local fresh produce when available,from fresh fish from Ventnor bay to island reared beef.

We serve coffee and lunch in a casual relaxed environment during the day. In the evening we serve dinner (with last orders taken at 9pm).

We pride ourselves in the fact that we use top ingredients to produce all of our dishes. We now make our bread in house along with our butter..

 

As all our food is cooked to order, allergies and any dairy requirments can be catered for.

Spyglass Inn

Ventnor

The Spyglass is one of the iconic buildings of Ventnor and has a reputation that is founded on good grub, great beer and a fantastic atmosphere. This is enhanced by the live music which is presented free of charge most evenings as well as lunchtime on Sundays and features many of the Isle of Wight's top local musicians. You might imagine, being so close to the water's edge, seafood is a speciality at the Spyglass with fresh crab and lobster delivered straight to door from the Ventnor Haven fishery. The Spyglass Admiral's Platter is the stuff of legend!

The Beach Shack

Ventnor, 07815 542277

The Beach Shack, is a beach cafe in Steephill Cove, overlooking the English Channel.  The cafe serves a wide selection of freshly prepared sandwiches and salads, together also with pints of juicy prawns and homemade cakes. Speciality dishes include homemade crab tart or crab soup flavoured with Thai spices. Trays are also available for the beach together with a comprehensive selection of hot and cold drinks and New Forest ice creams.

 

The Cafe is now licensed to sell beer and wine from 11.00am. This recently refurbished must-visit venue situated in one of the Island's prettiest coves offers a family-friendly experience and as the beach is not accessible by car, it is a perfect spot for kids to play whilst parents can relax.

Steephill Cove Boathouse

Steephill Cove, Ventnor

The Boathouse in the hideaway of Steephill Cove is the perfect place for a romantic lunch for two or to bring friends to sample the very freshest shellfish. This stunning location could be anywhere in the Mediterranean or even the Caribbean when you are sitting on the deck with a glass of chilled wine and eating crab and lobster landed that very morning by the Cove’s own fishermen Mark and Jimmy Wheeler . They fish daily but you’d need to be an early bird to see them landing their catch just meters away from where you are sitting.

The restaurant is very popular with local residents and holidaymakers alike and as we have little advertising, this popularity has come mainly from word of mouth and we are renowned for our fresh crab and lobster served with crisp salad and crusty bread – exquisite in its simplicity. We are only open at lunch time and have just 30 covers so booking is advised. 

Cove Coffee Shop

Steephill Cove, Ventnor

The Cove Coffee Shop offer a wide range of refreshments. Enjoy a selection of Homemade Cakes,

Island roasted Barista Coffee, Teas, Hot chocolate, Isle of Wight Isle Cream, Sweet treats and more.

Freshly baked bread Doorstop sandwiches served throughout the summer holidays. 

We also have a gorgeous shop full of beautiful goodies for your home and you.

The Crab Shed

Steephill Cove, Ventnor

Sample the freshest crab, lobster & mackerel caught every morning in the waters right in front of your table. 

Known for our delicious crab pasties & mackerel ciabattas, we offer a small menu including fresh home grown herbs & salad with daily specials which cater for all including non -fish lovers. Now licensed - choose from a selection of well-chosen wines to complement our seafood.

The Waterfront

Totland Bay, 01983 75 69 69

The Waterfront has an all new restaurant “The Mediterranean Kitchen” where you can come and enjoy the magical location of Totland Bay in the west of the Isle of Wight. Experience some of the finest sunsets in Europe over a drink, or our freshly prepared delicious Mediterranean cuisine.

The Hut

Colwell Bay, 01983 898 637

The Hut is an easy-going beach restaurant that combines an unrivalled passion for simple yet delicious food, with a desire to create a relaxed but stylish environment for all to enjoy.

 

Using locally sourced produce wherever possible and by combining culinary classics with innovative ideas, The Hut offers a more exciting approach to seaside dining on the Isle of Wight.

 

Open throughout the day during the summer season, we offer a variety of settings to satisfy all – from a casual lunch in the sun to an ambient, candle lit dinner on the deck in the evening.

See Firefly blog for more photos and review (click IOW restaurants tag on RHS)

The George

Yarmouth, 01983 760331

The George Hotel is a 17th Century townhouse enjoying a wonderful location nestling on the water’s edge between the castle and pier in the bustling harbour town of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.

Our focus is very much on using island produce whenever we can. So, whichever of our two restaurants you dine in, you can be assured of the freshest and finest ingredients.

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Bars, Cafes, Pubs & Inns around the Isle of Wight

(From Newport, north and then in a clockwise direction)

The Blacksmiths Arms

Carisbrooke, 01983 529263

The Blacksmith’s Arms has been a traditional Island pub for more than 400 years.  It originally incorporated a blacksmith’s forge that gave the pub its name whilst serving the local farmers using the road between Newport and the West Wight.  On the outside wall is a carved stone plaque illustrating an old Isle of Wight anecdote from those days. It’s based upon a collision between two farm carts more than 100 years ago and of course there’s a moral to the tale. It’s well worth a look.

We are proud to be a Freehouse and one that is family run.

Our food features local seasonal Isle of Wight produce, with seafood being our speciality.
As you would expect from a traditional pub we also keep a great selection of real ales and continental beers as well as an extensive and international wine list. 

Our large beer garden provides elevated views across an open stretch of the Isle of Wight, with some of the best views. On a clear day it is easy to see across the Solent to the New Forest in Hampshire.  We welcome children of all ages and have an impressive kids play area to keep them safely amused. 

Walkers and cyclists using the popular Tennyson Trail can take a short detour down to the Blacksmith’s for a well-earned pint or perhaps a pub lunch. The footpath up to the downs is right outside the door. 

Inside our pub has its original flagstones and open fireplaces, that keep the charm of an old inn with a very welcoming feeling.  

The Fishbourne

Fishbourne, 01983 882823

This tranquil inn oozes charm, with it’s wonderful sea views and idyllic setting you will want to come back time and time again. Whether you are drinking, dining or staying with us, your visit will always be memorable in so many ways.

We pride ourselves on offering quality dining in a pub environment, matched with superb ales and an extensive wine selection.

The Spinnaker

Bembridge, 01983 872840

The Spinnaker is a beautifully restored Edwardian Inn, set in the heart of the affluent village of Bembridge.

The fourteen ‘AA’ 4 star graded en-suite rooms are appointed with modern amenities, whilst the decor retains the character and charm of this grand building.

Baywatch on the Beach

Duver, 01983 873259

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The Beach Shack Cafe & Beach Bar

Sandown, 01983 401392

Family run licensed beach bar café in Sandown.  The Beach Shack is the first café on the Sandown to Shanklin revetment, a pedestrianised path which runs under the cliffs and along the beach between the two towns.

 

This location is the perfect venue for families with children or for those who simply want to get away from the traffic! The added bonus of being under the cliffs, is that the Beach Shack seems to have its own little micro climate and enjoys temperatures far higher than in surrounding, unsheltered spots.

 

The Beach Shack has tables along the sea wall, perfect for keeping an eye on little ones while you relax at the tables, and a sheltered terrace to the side of the café, where you can sit and soak up the rays while looking out over this beautiful, sandy bay towards the downs at Ventnor.

The Taverners

Godshill, 01983 840 707

The Taverners is a real country pub that is popular with locals and tourists alike. We buy our produce daily depending on what is available at the markets, from the farms & what has been caught, foraged, shot or hunted. The majority of our meats come from Island farmers, the fish comes from local waters & we use I.O.W vegetables when they are in season. We bake our own bread & pastries daily & our local cheeses come from the award winning Richard Hodgeson of the I.O.W cheese company. All our chips are hand cut & triple cooked. We believe all of this gives us some of the freshest & best quality ingredients on the Island. We then prepare it simply and cook it only when you order, it takes time, effort & patience but we believe it is worth it.

The Pointer

Newchurch, 01983 865202

A warm welcome awaits at The Pointer, where Landlord and Lady, Rob and Rachel, invite you to join them in one of the oldest, most historic pubs on the isle of Wight. Famous for its food, ales and friendly service, this was Fuller’s Country Village Pub of the Year in 2012 & 2013.

On our main menu and daily changing specials board, you’ll find fresh, seasonal home-cooked dishes, using produce sourced from local growers. Enjoy pub food as it should be.

A popular spot for ale aficionados, The Pointer serves up beautifully fresh beers from an award-winning cellar. We’ve a great wine list for you too, if you prefer grape to grain.

Fisherman's Cottage

Shanklin Chine, 01983 863882

This unique thatched pub situated on the beach at the foot of Shanklin Chine dates back to 1817. It is the ideal place for the family to relax and sample the varied menu and try our range of good real ale.

The Fisherman’s Cottage restaurant is open daily between March and the end of October. We pride ourselves on the quality of our varied menu and the service we provide. Come and see Debbie and the team for that special dining experience. You can contact us by phone, post or email via our contact page.

We are family friendly and children are most welcome; we have a children’s menu with many items made with fresh produce. We have a daily specials board and have a variety of vegetarian dishes. There are beautiful views across the English Channel from the outside seating area where you can relax and unwind. The cottage itself dates back to 1817 and with its wonderful history and décor will be a visit to remember.

The Crown

Shorwell, 01983 740293

The Crown Inn is set in the pretty village of Shorwell in picturesque West Wight, with thatched cottages, a small shop, three manor houses, and the church. In summer Arrum Lillies decorate the garden stream and a Wendy House, slide and swings to keep youngsters amused. The building dates in parts from the 17th century and different floor levels attest to many alterations. Log fires, antique furniture, and a friendly female ghost who disapproves of card playing complete the picture of this traditional family run-pub. 

All our food is homemade and we offer a wide selection within our menu for all tastes, including a vegetarian section, and consists of many favourites based on locally sourced lamb and beef, game in winter and fish in summer – we're dog-friendly too! 

The Pearl Cafe

Brighstone, 01983 740352

The Pearl Cafe offers stunning panoramic views across the English Channel, the perfect place to enjoy lunch or afternoon tea.  Open seven days a week the Café is popular with locals and visitors alike.

With outside seating available it is the perfect stop on your trip around the island.  

The Sun

Hulverstone, 01983 741124

The Sun Inn is set in beautiful countryside near Brook Chine on the South-West coast of the Isle of Wight. We have a huge beer garden and an outstanding view of the English Channel. We're just minutes from the popular beach at Compton Bay and set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Sun Inn is the perfect stop-off point for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers – we're dog-friendly too!

See Firefly blog for more photos and review (click IOW pubs tag on RHS)

The New Inn

Shalfleet, 01983 531314

Lovely country pub, under new ownership

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