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Eating out by the sea - Food - Blog - Isle of Wight

There’s something special about eating beside the sea. With the fresh sea air, the sound of the waves and the fabulous views to whet your appetite, here are some spectacular Isle of Wight seaside eating spots.

For spectacular sunsets, home-made pasta and fresh, locally sourced seasonal produce, The Little Gloster in Gurnard is a brilliant stop off for lunch or dinner. With an extensive menu and uninterrupted sea views it’s a delight. Go further towards Cowes and you’ll come across the Watersedge Café which serves light lunches, sandwiches and the all- important ice cream to be had whilst dipping your toes in the sea by the beach huts. Or try the Woodvale for real ales, hearty main courses and a garden with far reaching sunset views which are almost guaranteed during the summer months.

For a restaurant that is literally on the beach, you need look no further that the Three Buoys in Ryde. Sit on the balcony and people watch while you enjoy fresh fish, mussels and local cheeses in a truly seaside venue. Seaview, a short walk away really lives up to its name with The Boathouse and The Old Fort having wonderful views as well as great food. The Boathouse offers quality dining in a pub environment, matched with an extensive wine selection while the Old Fort prides itself on pub favourites.

The Woodvale - Eating out by the sea - Isle of Wight Three Buoys Restaurant - Eating out by the sea - Isle of Wight

The Bandstand in Sandown does a cracking brunch including eggs Benedict and Florentine from its elevated position just across the road from the beach and further down the coast, the Steamer Inn has a huge menu but an especial favourite has to be the fish finger sandwich with tartare sauce – memories of childhood beach days! There’s also the Waterfront with a full pub menu and local ales. Eat and then paddle.

The jewel in Ventnor’s seaside eating crown must surely be the Spyglass Inn. Right at the water’s edge at Ventnor Bay it boasts spectacular views and the Admiral’s Plate – now the stuff of legend. Further along the esplanade there are ice cream delights and breakfast to be had at the Golden Sands and further still you can brunch to your heart’s delight at The Winter Gardens.

And last and by no means least, should you find yourself in Yarmouth, head to the newly refurbished George Hotel for its fabulous outdoor kitchen, Italian inspired garden and seafood, champagne, and pizzas from the wood fired oven all under the close watch of Robert Thompson.

Spyglass Inn - Eating out by the sea - Isle of Wight The George Hotel - Eating out by the sea - Isle of Wight

Wherever you decide your seaside Island favourite is, there’s certainly plenty of choice. From locally sourced seasonal produce, fine dining, pub grub or even just a holiday ice cream, the main thing is that you get your full dose of vitamin sea and the Isle of Wight is just the place to get it.

If eating by the sea isn’t your thing, you can search for more amazing Isle of Wight places to eat here.

Getting Here

Whatever you decide to do and however you’re travelling, it couldn’t be easier to get to the Isle of Wight via Lymington, Southampton, Southsea or Portsmouth. There are regular rail connections to the south coast via SWR.

Travelling as a foot passenger is simple due to our excellent transport links with trains, buses, foot passenger ferries and our hovercraft service. Our friendly and knowledgeable Travel Ambassadors are on hand to help you decide where to go, what to see, and of course how to get there using sustainable transport – meaning you’ll also be helping us to protect our environment too.