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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.
Parking
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  • 1 local recommends
Gas Station
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Gas Station
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Train Station
“Great local train connects Shanklin with Ryde. Worth using if only to travel on old London tube trains”
  • 1 local recommends
Corner Shop
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Corner Shop
  • 1 local recommends
Train Station
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Café
“At the end of a bustling pedestrianised street, amongst a variety of independent shops, ‘Coast’ sits conveniently on the edge of the High Street. The Restaurant and Bar is open from 9am till Midnight 7 days a week in the summer and is always busy with locals and visitors. The Restaurant has a very rustic look with exposed brickwork, mixed with quirky features. The recently expanded part of the restaurant features a traditional stone Pizza oven which is roaring day and night. The menu is often updated and contains predominantly locally sourced seasonal dishes, as well as the excellent aforementioned Pizzas. It’s a great place for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, with a great choice of dishes whatever the time of day. Because of it’s position on the high street, which is always busy in the summer, it’s a great spot for people watching whilst enjoying a coffee and watching the world go by. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A hidden Gem, known mostly to visiting yachtsman and everyone across the Solent in Lymington. The Hut sits on the Waters edge at Colwell Bay with uninterrupted views of the turquoise Sea at Colwell bay, and out across the Solent to Hurst Castle. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Bournemouth. The Restaurant has become incredibly popular with visiting yachts and pleasure boats, due to the ease of getting ashore from anchorage in the Bay, with a little help of the water taxi the Restaurant provides to get people ashore and back again. Due to its popularity, booking a table is recommend and if you’re not arriving by Yacht, you’ll find getting to the Hut very easy and there is a large public car park a few yards away on Colwell Chine Road. The Hut serves an excellent selection of Seafood, most of which is caught and landed locally. In the summer, it’s a great spot to stop for lunch or a drink on one of the waterfront booths. There are popular footpaths running along the seawall in both directions, so if you’re out for a long walk along the coast, plan a stop off at the Hut and you won’t be disappointed. For larger groups, the upstairs terrace can be booked for private dining. Ideal for a family gathering, Birthday or Wedding group. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Café
“Floor to ceiling windows and heated outdoor terrace put you in prime position to enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views of the marina, Lymington, the Solent and the Isle of Wight. From breakfast to sandwiches, lunches and dinners – homemade cakes and pastries, fresh seafood, popular sharing platters and old favourites alongside an ever-changing specials menu.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Our friends Ben and Holly have just won the Good Food guide's best local restaurant and for good reason! Stunning location overlooking the Solent with the best sunset views on the Island. Wonderful and inspired cuisine.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
“You can take the ferry from Lymington to Isle of Wight and walk to the Red Lion, it makes a good lunch stop, and then you can walk off lunch getting back to the ferry. Very pretty waterside walk”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good for breakfast and lunch, morning coffee. Interesting and varied menu. They also sell their own sour-dough bread which is the best in Ventnor.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“Nearest pub to Wight Cottage. Good beer, not bad food, great atmosphere. Lots of live music nights.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Formal dining - good food in a beautiful Old Mill - lovely outdoor seating on a warm evening”
  • 13 locals recommend

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