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Food and restaurants in Isle of Wight

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

Cafes

Pub
“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
Seafood Restaurant
“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
Café
“Lovely child friendly cafe with toys and highchairs. Beautiful shop windows give the cafe a light airy feeling which does excellent brunches. Visit at a weekend to hear live music.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Store
“Fantastic food and service. We recommend for fish dishes, catch of the day and great deserts.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
“Local art gallery with ever changing exhibitions. Focus is on local artists but also get national artists exhibiting too. Check out their site for current events. Cafe, comedy, music also here. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
“A lovely restaurant in an ideal location on Gurnard seafront serving home cooked food and offering a take-away option. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“Its Mediterranean cuisine mostly and their lunch menu is fresh and constantly changing. Evening menu is also good , little rich sometimes if youre not a foodie. Professional staff. Can just book a sofa to meet a friend and have a natter.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Arts & Crafts Store
“Chessell Pottery has a lovely tea room and attached gift shop. It is possible to decorate pottery here, so of particular interest to arty children and adults.”
  • 9 locals recommend

Bakeries

Café
“A historic building located on Ryde’s seafront. Very unique and good value for money. Best coffee in town!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“It is quite unique. It has a collection of antique books, first editions etc but many items for the holiday maker at affordable prices.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bakery
“This is a really unusual bakery. Everything is made on sight and fresh and delicious. One great feature is the crew table where you can have a home to home breakfast with homemade bread and jams. They also offer fresh soup, pizza etc. The staff are sometimes a little grumpy which is annoying but worth it for the fresh food.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bakery
“A newer cafe at the edge of town where you can grab a coffee before heading for a walk along the shore. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Bakery
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“Does amazing hot chocolates and cake. The carrot cake is amazing, I also like the mint hot chocolate. They also do child size hot chocolates.”
  • 1 local recommends
Bakery
  • 1 local recommends