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When the sun is shining

There are certain spots on the Island that really seem to bloom and come into their own when the sun is shining brightly in the sky. Taste of the Wight has picked some of their favourite places where you can enjoy the great outdoors and soak up some vitamin D whilst you tuck in…

On a sunny day, there is little better than sitting with a cool drink, looking out over golden sands to a twinkling blue sea. You could easily think you have landed on a Greek island but in fact, Driftwood Beach Bar in Sandown does the job just as well! Sit outside on the large decked area and enjoy a cocktail from the extensive menu (we recommend the new Dark & Stormy). The menu features plenty of fresh seafood as well as light bites, breakfasts and kids’ choices.

Want to make a night of it? Why not book one of the brand new party booths which seat 14 people? Watch the sun setting whilst listening to some live music. Absolute bliss.

Any closer to the sea at The Spyglass Inn, you will need to have your cossie on! Locations don’t come much better than this – perched right above the sea at the end of Ventnor Esplanade, you can easily lose a couple of hours sitting on the terrace gazing out across the English Channel. Enjoy proper pub favourites coupled with fresh seafood landed just along the beach at Ventnor Haven Fishery, or just relax with a cold pint, many of which come from our local breweries.

If you find yourself further inland, Quarr Abbey Tea and Farm Shop provide tasty, home-grown and home-cooked produce in absolutely stunning surrounds. Combine a trip to the historic abbey with a walk around the beautifully maintained grounds where you can feed the abbey’s own pigs before relaxing in the pretty tea garden. Here, you might get a visit from one of the friendly free-range chickens that roam around the garden.

Dine right on the water at The Best Dressed Crab in Bembridge, the Island’s only floating restaurant. This houseboat-turned-seafood café is known for serving some of the best crab and lobster on the whole Island, caught mere metres away at Bembridge Ledge and surrounds. Served simply, the flavour speaks for itself. Sit outside and watch the boats go by in this working harbour.

For a pub where you can literally feel the sand between your toes, it has to be Fisherman’s Cottage at the bottom of the historic Shanklin Chine. This beautiful thatched pub sits right on the beach at Shanklin. Built in 1837, it has been welcoming fishermen and patrons for years. Grab a seat outside and you can watch the kids play on the golden sands, before tucking into a hearty meal of fish and chips. Made with the Fisherman’s secret recipe batter which features local Isle of Wight beer, it keeps many coming back for more.

Thank you to Taste of the Wight for this inspirational post.