The Isle of Wight is fast becoming a 'Foodie' haven, from fine dining to organic farm food you will always find a menu that will get your taste buds tingling. There are eateries to suit all so read on for our guide to eating out on the Isle of Wight.
Dining out with Little Ones:
The Cow Co Restaurant
A short stroll from the cottages is our on site restaurant, showcasing beef and dairy brilliance. From tasty burgers to wholesome salads and succulent steaks. You'll find their menu and opening times on their website
Most destinations on the Island come with their own cafe's and restaurants, but just around the corner there may be another eatery that takes your fancy.
If you have been pottering about at Chessell Pottery you might have visited their cafe - they really do have lovely cream tea's and a menu to suit all ages.
If you have been out and about it the West Wight area then why not pop into the Piano Cafe at Freshwater Bay for lunch. There are kids options on the menu, and a small 'kids corder' to entertain with books and toys. The menu is full of fresh local produce and scrumptious homemade goodies. With all places on the island it is advisable to visit the website to check seasonal opening times.
Or why not have a paddle at colwell bay and visit The Hut and have a lunch or dinner right on the waters edge whilst watching the kids play.
If you fancy a pub lunch or dinner then look no further than 'The Sun Inn' at Hulverstone which comes complete with menu for the kids, and delicious specials for the grownups as well as real ale and delicious wine. There is a garden to play in, with lovely views towards the coast.
Further afield why not try The Garlic Farm - The food is absolutely delicious and it has a great shop and interactive visitor centre. They also have peacocks and other creatures roaming around, it is a lovely little part of the world.
Romantic meals for two (three, four or more.. you can always share the love)
These eateries are the most romantic on the Island (in our opinion)
The Cow Co restaurant can offer a candle lit dinner for 2 with subtle background music. As well as the normal menu, they offer daily specials such as Feather Blade Beef Steak or Moo & Blue Pie. Have a look on their website to see if they have any live music events on during your stay.
If you enjoy live music then book a candle lit table at The Piano Cafe in Freshwater Bay who have live music at least once a week from Piano and Harp music to acoustic guitar duo's.
If you are spending some time over 'the other side of the island' near Ventnor, why not visit the Ventnor Botanical Gardens and have a romantic stroll around them before dinner? Once you have worked up an apetite visit 'The Plantation Room' at the gardens for a lovely intimate meal, there is even a cosy little library section you can relax in.
Also in town is 'El Toro Contento' a cosy little family run restaurant serving delicious authentic home made tapas and Spanish dishes. If you venture downstairs you will be seated in this quirky candlelit room with fire place and red walls - Very romantic! It is also a great place to share tapas with more friends too, you can order everything on the menu and try it all!
If you choose to stay more locally there are many restaurants in Yarmouth, and one of the most luxurious is the Geroge Hotel. If you really want to spoil someone, take them there for a delicious fine dining experience. Take your drinks in the courtyard garden and enjoy views over the solent.
Or perhaps you seek something a little more spicy? Yarmouth Spice is an Indian Tapas restaurant and bar overlooking the harbour. It is a great place for sunset dining, and why not follow your meal with a romantic moonlit stroll along yarmouth pier.
If none of those get your taste buds tingling then you can''t beat a rustic pub setting, with roaring fire, and wholesome home cooking. Try the Red Lion in Freshwater, The Sun Inn at Hulverstone, or the New Inn in Shalfleet.