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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Restaurant
“We love this place because David serves the most amazing fish dishes with care and flair!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Quirky building set along the old railway line in a former train station, good food, dog and child friendly. Popular so best to book ahead.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Pub
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“A real pub with a real fire. My local haunt!! A good selection of ales, and the best Guinness in Lymington. Great pub menu also.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“The Taverners has been turning out fabulous cuisine for years and is probably the best food in the local area for lunch and dinner. Using and specialising in local seasonal produce it always proves very popular so book beforehand.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Pub
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“Smoking Lobster is a fantastic Restaurant on Ventnor Beach Seafront, Adam and GM have been serving fantastic food for many years at Tramazzinis in the town and opened Smoking Lobster a couple of years ago to add to the reputation they deserved. Fantastic Seafood and local produce served overlooking the beach”
  • 15 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“An alternative to Aldi, in East Cowes. Near the Red Funnel car ferry terminal.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Entertainment
“English Heritage: ‘The quintessential romantic castle, Carisbrooke has been an Elizabethan artillery fortress, a king's prison and a royal summer residence. Here you can meet the loveable donkeys and see them work, visit a fascinating museum and see the Castle’s Edwardian style garden. Experience far reaching panoramic views from high castle walls and place yourself at the very heart of the Isle of Wight’s History.’”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Hardly a superstore but you can buy all the basics here. Open 0700 till 2200 Monday to Saturday but only from 1030 to 1630 on Sundays. Check their website for holiday opening hours.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Pub
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“Just 2 minutes up the road. Our local and one of the Island's most popular dining pubs.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“For something a bit more special, this place has a wonderful location and delicious seasonal food looking onto Appley beach. If it's warm enough, try asking for a table out on the balcony to make the most of the views. The restaurant is a leisurely (albeit 30 minute) walk along the beach from the cottage. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“Lovely walks, pebble beach and hurst spit. Beach cafes and great restaurant”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Simply the most friendly Pub in the town, Dave and Di host quiz nights, music , sport and parties no shortage of entertainment , craft beers , great value food what more can you ask for a real local”
  • 9 locals recommend
Corner Shop
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“The town centre offers a rich variety of shops and facilities including a launderette 100 yds away in New Street.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The wilder side of the Island. Most consistent surf sport. Park at the far end in Compton Farm and walk down the steps to get away from the crowds in Summer.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Zoo
“The zoo is a sanctuary for rescued tigers and lions and is just a 5 minute walk from the site. If you like your day there then keep your receipt and get in for just £1 if returning that week.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Corner Shop
“In the town centre a few mins drive up the hill, there is a Co-op and also a Tesco Express for essentials. You can normally park right outside or opposite. If you want to walk allow 15 mins. ”
  • 5 locals recommend