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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Café
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“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. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Café
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“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
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“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
Restaurant
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“Great views and food for a special occasion. Local to Somerton - 10 min drive/taxi”
  • 20 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
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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“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
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
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
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
Restaurant
“Shah excels at delivering high quality food and service. We go here a lot!!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Even though the Met is not the best eating place in Ventnor it is one of the most popular due to the location. You can sit here for hours watching the world go by and the sea roll in”
  • 7 locals recommend