It is of no surprise that seafood on the Isle of Wight is amazing with many places offering incredible dishes. But alongside the seafood are many places that offer good traditional food, perfect for when you are holiday with the family, groups of friends or as a couple. From traditional pubs, more modern affairs and some off the beaten track, we have tried to cover most of the island to give you our top 10 places to eat on the Isle of Wight...
This is number one as it's the go to place for my kids - you ask them where they want to go and this is where they choose. They might be too old now for the soft play area, the tyre swing and the huge garden to run around in, but it's clearly part of our family holiday tradition they like to hold onto. Good, traditional pub food with lots of space both inside and out - you can't really go wrong here, especially if you are a big group and you have kids in the mix.
This is where my family go to for celebration nights - birthdays, anniversaries.... just about anything we can get away with!!! It's a pub with a fantastic atmosphere and amazing food - you will leave here feeling stuffed to the gills, having enjoyed every mouthful. As much as possible the food offered is from local farmers and suppliers along with seasonal produce being grown in their own vegetable patch and orchard. There is a great gift shop there that also sells the BEST dukka - sounds a bit pretentious I know, but if you haven't tried it, buy some and put it on salads and vegetables - it will take them from boring to delish in a couple of sprinkles!
If you are looking for something different, then this is definitely a great place to visit. Based in the picturesque town of Yarmouth, On The Rocks serves all its food on sizzling volcanic rock so that you essentially cook the food to how you want it at the table - think steaks, prawns, cajun chicken and you get the idea. All of the meat is sourced locally on the Isle Of Wight and Hampshire.
The location of this place is what sets it apart from all the others. Set on the sands of Ventnor bay, this pub, with balcony seating looks out over the English Channel and really does offer the most incredible views. It is known for offering good grub and a really fantastic atmosphere, especially in the summer months.
The refurbished bandstand on the parade is now a cafe / restaurant with a glass upper dining area giving you uninterrupted views of the sea and beaches. Open from 10am, they offer brunch, then lunch and finally dinner. It's a really great place to go anytime of the day and you can then enjoy a lovely walk along the prom to walk off some of that food!
This is an institution on the island. Set on Bembridge beach, the pub garden actually extends onto the beach itself. Good old traditional pub food in a really cosy atmosphere with lots of nautical interiors makes this a real hidden gem. Obviously seafood features heavily on the menu along with all the traditional pub favourites you would expect - a walk along the beach finished off with launch or dinner here would be a really great day out!
This Scandi style inn and eatery is up there in terms of places to visit - for the a start the incredible panoramic sea views are simply beautiful when taken in from the sheepskin covered chairs. It's a very relaxing place with incredible spaces both inside and out. Fresh, local and seasonal produce are served daily and the menu does change regularly - it is best to call in advance to see what is on if you are specific about what you want.
If you are looking for a place to go on a sunny day, here is where you need to head to. This modern, beach front restaurant is very relaxed and totally the sort of place a group of you could end up whiling away the afternoon drinking lots of cocktails, soaking up the atmosphere after eating a beautiful seafood lunch. If you want to arrive by boat, let them know in advance and they will make arrangements for you to get to the restaurant. Local, fresh produce with a fantastic seafood offering.
Offering the best in gastro pub food alongside incredible steaks and burgers, the Cow Co is the place to go for your meat fix. It is on Tappell Farm so perfect to go to if combining with a big day out at the farm. Set in a barn, the interiors are modern and when you go for lunch, you can also have a look at all the life-size model cows that surround the restaurant that are all painted to represent different parts of the island.
Situated on the high street, No 64 is a cafe offering a wide range of teas, coffee, light lunches and of course cakes. The menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches and daily specials offering some great alternative food choices. A lovely place to pop in to regain your energy when having a little mooch around Ryde!!
***PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE SEASONAL NATURE OF THE ISLE OF WIGHT, PLEASE VISIT THE WEBSITES FOR THE ABOVE TO CHECK THEIR OPENING DAYS AND HOURS***