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Feeling hungry? Make Easter Sunday special and tuck into a mouth-watering lunch. Whatever your preference – traditional restaurant, cosy pub or perhaps somewhere a little different, you’ll find freshly cooked food with locally sourced ingredients

Wild Island roast vegetables

Whether you’re a carnivore with a longing for juicy slices of rare, locally sourced beef or prefer tasty nut-roasts, there will always be piles of homegrown veggies and heavenly puds. You won’t be disappointed.

Lite bites are on offer at most locations for younger diners and those with smaller appetites.

Easter Sunday lunches will be in demand so do remember to pre-book...

At the heart of the Island and close to Carisbrooke Castle, The Blacksmiths is a 400 year old family run pub with a reputation for fine food. Popular with residents and visitors, each scrumptious main course can be topped off with a portion of Minghella ice cream

The Sun Inn, Hulverstone

Head to Hulverstone and the 16th century Sun Inn for a picture postcard thatched pub with open fires and an extensive beer garden. Work up an appetite with an exhilarating walk at Compton Bay and then let the kids enjoy the play area before snuggling down to a long, lazy lunch. If you can’t decide on what meat to choose, a fusion of chicken, braised beef brisket and lamb could be the answer. Four legged guests very welcome. 

Take a short walk from Cowes along the seafront and inland to The Portland Inn at Gurnard, another family run pub that prides itself on seasonality. Meat, fish and veggies are locally sourced and temptingly washed down with an inspired choice of wines, cask ales, craft beers and ciders.

The Buddle Inn

The Buddle Smuggler’s Inn is the perfect place for lunch if you’re venturing to St Catherine’s Point and Lighthouse. A 15th century cliff top smugglers’ hostelry with beamed ceilings, inglenook fireplaces and fantastic views, the food is all freshly prepared with lots of seafood specialities. For vegans, the Buddle’s roasted strudel is proving to be a winner. Dogs welcome and on warmer days, soak up the sun in the stunning garden. 

The Garlic Farm

The Garlic Farm at Newchurch is one of the Island’s famous visitor attractions. Discover all there is to know about growing and eating garlic before settling down in the comfortable restaurant for a traditional lunch – perhaps with a little hint of garlic. As you eat, watch chickens, peacocks and other feathered friends strut their stuff while red squirrels dart and swing about on the specially designed feeders. 

Mermaid Gin at Isle of Wight Distillery

If you’re looking for a Sunday lunch that is both unique and spiritual, take a ride out to Ryde and indulge at the Island’s only distillery. Licensed in 2014, the Isle of Wight Distillery has a reputation for awesome gin, whisky, rum and vodka, all of which are produced using environmentally friendly methods. Imbibe in a pre-lunch glass of Mermaid Gin - made with locally foraged rock samphire, before settling into a homecooked feast. Roasts are served on a Sunday but specials, pizzas, burgers and lite bites are on offer throughout the week. You can also visit the well stocked shop. Cheers!