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Cosy Fireside Eating - Isle of Wight

On a winter’s day there nothing nicer than going for a good old stomp followed by a cosy fireside lunch or dinner. Here on the Isle of Wight we have both stunning winter walks and plenty of pubs with fires!

The New Inn has Shalfleet Quay and the Newtown estuary less than a mile away from the pub, perfect for walkers and bird watchers. Park in the carpark to the side of the Inn and walk along down the path to the estuary. On your return enjoy local game, meat, fish and vegetables as well as an extensive wine and drinks menu. And of course, the fire.

If a 400 year -old pub with spectacular views across miles of open countryside to the Western Solent sounds like the place for you then head to the Blacksmiths. You could cycle the three miles from Carisbrooke and feel terribly virtuous before tucking into Sunday roast or a fabulous lunch with plenty of locally sourced produce on the menu. Just perfect for chilly winter days.

Newchurch Pie in front of a roaring fire anyone? Join the regulars at the Pointer Inn for both and a pint of real ale in this popular Isle of Wight pub. Renowned for its generous portions and locally grown vegetables (local growers can exchange their freshly picked produce for food and drink,  giving you the chance to enjoy local food at its freshest), you’ll find there’s something delicious on the menu for everyone including the most spectacular of puds.

The New Inn - Cosy Fireside Eating - Isle of Wight The Pointer Inn - Cosy Fireside Eating - Isle of Wight

Explore Culver Down before repairing to the 18th century Ye Olde Village Inn in Bembridge. The local farm shop and Woodfords the butchers almost opposite the pub provide much of the menu fare. There are also specials which change daily to include locally reared meats, and fish from the harbour and an interesting wine and ale menu to choose from.

Noted for its fish and shellfish, The Highdown Inn is the best place to end up after a walk up Tennyson Down. When you’ve got your breath back, settle down in front of the fire and enjoy pies, slow cooked meats and seasonal vegetables. You’ll deserve it after a stomp up the Down!

The best way to see the Isle of Wight is on foot, on your bike or by bus and this ‘drive less, see more’ ethos means that you get to see all of the things that might otherwise pass you by. The winter is a special on the Island with blustery walks on Downs, beach and in the forests to be enjoyed. So, get your bobble hat on, don your wellies and book yourself a table to defrost whilst enjoying some of the isle of Wight best food and drink.

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.