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Enjoy a meal with a view on the Isle of Wight

Here on the Isle of Wight we are blessed with all manner of wonderful and spectacular views. From sea to Downs, farmland to woodland and back to the coast again, you’ll never be sort of breath-taking scenery. And what better treat than lunch or dinner overlooking some of our best views.

For sea views and breath-taking sunsets whatever the season, you’ll be spoiled for eating choices: The Little Gloster named as the Best Local Restaurant in the country by The Good Food Guide, has some of the most wonderful views and sunsets looking over the sea. With an extensive menu featuring locally caught fish and produce and a changing menu of the day, it’s perfect for a great evening out. The George Hotel in Yarmouth also has far reaching sea views from its new Italian Garden conservatory restaurant with unfussy dishes created and cooked from the wonderful natural Isle of Wight larder. It also has a tempting fine wine list…

The Little Gloster - Isle of Wight Three Buoys Restaurant - Isle of Wight

Especially for a super lunch, the Three Buoys in Ryde which overlooks Appley beach is a restaurant not to be missed. Sit on the upstairs terrace in summer and watch the world go by below you or have a blowy walk and then a warm up in winter and watch the waves outside. Sunday lunch is a must as are its frequently changing specials which give you the providence of the produce.

The Old Fort at Seaview is another seaside favourite and gives you outside space in the summer months and a cosy indoor bolthole in the winter. Specials abound as does sirloin of beef for Sunday lunch and a great kid’s menu all to enjoy as you watch the RIBs coming into the yacht club.

For a brilliant brunch try the Bandstand in Sandown. From your second storey perch you have far reaching sea vistas towards Shanklin and Yaverland and you can enjoy a traditional breakfast, eggs Benedict or bubble and squeak amongst other delicious offerings. You could also get yourself along to the 1930s Art Deco Winter Gardens with its spectacular views over Ventnor harbour and the sea – grab a burger, have breakfast, lunch or a steak with all the trimmings and remember to bring your binoculars!

The Ventnor Winter Gardens - Isle of Wight The Old Fort - Isle of Wight

If you fancy a traditional pub with a fabulous view and if the seaside is what you’re looking for, then the Spyglass Inn is the place to be. Watch the waves crashing onto the beach in Ventnor as you tuck into pub favourites and specials. If you like the countryside, then the 400 year- old Blacksmiths Arms is the place to be. From its lofty position, whether you’re in its garden or indoors, the views are simply wonderful. Add a really well thought out menu into the mix and you won’t be disappointed. If you want a sea / countryside melange, then head to Chale and the Wight Mouse. Renowned for its amazing sunsets and views along to the Needles as well as its generous portions of pub classics and dog friendliness, you, the kids and Fido will all have something to look forward to!

For garlic greatness and some great views of meadows, red squirrels up close and personal and the resident peacocks, The Garlic Farm is brilliant for breakfast or lunch or even just coffee and cake. So too is the Pearl Café for light lunches and afternoon tea and it would be hard to beat its amazing position overlooking the English Channel from the Military Road in the West Wight.

So many views, so much choice! These are just some of the amazing pubs, hotels and restaurants on the Isle of Wight and you can find a wide- ranging selection of place to eat (and drink) across the Island.

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.

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