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Now here’s the thing. Did you know that music and food go hand in hand? That people eat more when there’s music in a pub or restaurant and that it makes everything taste better? You didn’t? Then read on and discover just some of the great places on the Isle of Wight where you can enjoy music while you eat.

If blues, folk, jazz or acoustic music is your thing then The Dairyman’s Daughter is the place for you. Priding itself on the local musicians on show many nights of the week, you can sit back and have a wonderful evening’s entertainment whilst enjoying pub favourites, burgers, grill and vegetarian options from the extensive menu. The Anchor in Cowes also has an eclectic choice of bands in its back bar featuring  funk, jazz, blues and rock at weekends to more chilled out acoustic sounds during the week. There’s live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night throughout the year and this popular pub also has a huge choice of food favourites as well as daily specials and Sunday lunch.

Quay Arts serves a pre music dinner menu before many of their events which can be booked in advance when you book your concert tickets. There are also jamming and folk sessions in the café bar where you can enjoy an excellent lunch with vegetarian and vegan options, coffee and cake. The Bargeman’s Rest offers live entertainment most days of the week. From classical guitar, to folk and traditional jazz there is something to suit everyone. The music usually starts at around 8.30pm in the evening and anyone who has eaten at the Bargeman’s will know the that food is great and the portions generous to say the least! Children’s menu and dog friendly also.

Down on the south of the Island visit the Spyglass Inn for tales of smugglers, ivory tinkling on a Sunday lunchtime and live music most other evenings. Generous portions of home cooked food, lunches, dinners, snacks and puds with the fabulous sea views that the pub is known for. Have a stroll afterwards to walk that lunch off!

These are just a few suggestions for music and food lovers and it’s always a good idea to keep your eye on our What’s On blogs as there are often pop up or one- off gigs in pubs and restaurants across the Island and you can find full details there. When you’re out and about on the Island, remember to tag us in your images, videos and stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we’ll reshare our favourites.

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.




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