You will need:
A cool bag (optional)
A picnic set (optional)
A little cash
A car (for this itinerary)
Bembridge is a large but quaint village on the north eastern tip of the Isle of Wight. As the area juts out into the Solent it is surrounded by water and beaches sweeping round from Bembridge Harbour as far as Whitecliff Bay.
In a few hours therefore you can pack in a bit of shopping, several beaches, a picnic, plan your dinner and enjoy a sundowner!
Photos from Monday’s adventure.
Park in or near the High Street
If you love seafood including crab and lobster, visit the Bembridge Fish Store (great selection of Fresh Fish). We bought a pot of crab to make crab linguini dinner later on at home (see photo above), but you could use the crab to fill some crusty bread for your picnic.
For the rest of your picnic supplies, visit The Farm Shop opposite, and the Coop just around the corner.
Drive down to Bembridge Harbour and park.
If you didn't manage to get your picnic together, you can drive or walk along the Embankment to The Best Dressed Crab for a crab sandwich on the boat, or buy something to takeaway (sandwiches, baguettes, shellfish salads & platters). The on-boat cafe has fabulous views of the Harbour, and in case it does starts to rain, there are indoor tables as well as outdoor ones (see mauve houseboat photo above).
If you do walk along the Embankment Road, make sure you admire the fantastic houseboats parked at the edge of the harbour. Pop into the pop up gallery Mini Big Art on the way.
The sand dunes near the Bembridge Sailing Club make a great picnic spot to watch the boats gently glide into the Harbour, but if the tide is out you could find a spot further around east where you will get a fantastic view of the Solent.
Back in the car to drive to the most eastern point for a quick sundowner with a view. Follow the signs to the Crab and Lobster and you have two choices. The Crab and Lobster pub is a traditional styled pub which is great on a winter’s day, but for a sunny day, the seats outside have a fantastic view over the Solent (see photo below). There are steps down to the beach where there are even better views. Or next-door the Beach Hut also has a licence and serves wonderful food including crab and lobster (closes at 5pm).
Want to make a day of it? Change the itinerary slightly so that you have lunch at the Beach Shack Cafe and in the afternoon walk along the beach towards the Lifeboat Station, then before the shops close, pop into the High Street. If you still have time, a nice gentle stroll down by the harbour.
Firefly House in Cowes is less than 30 minutes by car - so an ideal place to base your Isle of Wight holiday from.
With 4 double/twin bedrooms, 3 reception rooms and a garden, there’s plenty of space to bring your family or friends for a perfect island escape.