In IdeasFood

Some say that romance is dead, but here on the Isle of Wight we say ‘pah’ to that! Earn some serious Brownie points and book yourself and the one you love a fabulous romantic treat.

You know it makes sense…

For sophisticated fine dining in a relaxed and intimate setting, Thompsons should be your port of call. With a very reasonably priced lunch menu for two or three courses, an a la carte dinner menu and a seven-course tasting menu, there’s something for all budgets. Service is impeccable, the wine is fine and the little added extras like the amuse bouche and home-made breads will make this a meal to remember. Sit upstairs for romantic nooks or downstairs for chef theatre.

Having been awarded 2 AA Rosettes and retained their Michelin Bib Gourmand for creative, affordable food over five consecutive years, The Seaview Hotel is the perfect stop off after a romantic beach walk for dinner. You could also take advantage of their Valentines romantic package which includes  a night in a standard room, breakfast, a bottle of Prosecco and a three-course dinner. Head Chef Bruce Theobald uses local produce and works hand -in-hand with many local producers crafting dishes to tantalise the taste buds.

Tuck yourselves away into a corner at the Red Lion and enjoy some great tasty, traditional and hearty pub food. With a specials board that changes daily and makes the best of local meat, fish and vegetables the Red Lion offers a relaxed evening of indulgence. Enjoy a great lunch and a real ale or glass of vino to accompany your well presented main to mark the occasion. To make a day of it, why not from Yarmouth along the marshland path and then continue the circle through farmland and forest hand and enjoy a brisk rural stroll hand in hand.

Sometimes romantic treats are all about sharing and that’s just what No64 in Shanklin recommends. Have one (or maybe two) of their sharing deli boards and then peruse the cocktail menu. Try a strawberry and rose daquiri rimmed with strawberry popping candy or a Houdini garnished with candyfloss and cherries or just keep it simple with an X-Presso Martini – whatever you decide, make sure you have two straws…

Celebrating their 20th anniversary and with the very best raspberry pavlova on the Isle of Wight, you can be sure of a warm welcome and a superb evening at Mojacs. Mark and his team have gone to great lengths to ensure that you’ll not just have excellent service but that you’ll also have fabulous food. Book a table for two in the window and share a whole baked Camembert and follow it up with some sea bass or a fillet steak. Just make sure you leave room for that pavlova!

Sometimes romance can be as simple as sharing a frothy coffee and a cake and there are lots of places on the Island to do just that. You can buy a winter ice cream and wander along the prom or get some takeaway fish and chips and eat them with mittened hands. But whatever you decide to do with the one you love; it needs to be tasty!

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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.