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Looking for a great dining experience that will make the whole family smile?

The foodie offering on the Island is second to none. Here’s a choice of eateries that showcase a passion for food, much of which is locally sourced and aimed at happy faces whatever their ages, asks and whims. Whether you’re feeding meat munchers, veggies or vegans, we’ve got the lot!

And, most importantly, to keep the tinies and the teens occupied, there are play parks and a whole assortment of things to do, so you can sit back and chill. 

The Chequers Inn, Rookley

Outside view of The Chequers Inn Inside dining area at The Chequers Inn

This traditional country pub has been in the Holmes family for almost 30 years. Originally farmers, they know the value of using the finest produce and the food is delicious. Tuck into the Sunday all-day carvery and check out the games room and play area. 

The Griffin, Godshill

Maze and outside dining area at The Griffin Outside play area at The Griffin

This welcoming village pub is a family favourite. Traditional dishes lovingly cooked with a variety of options for children and smaller portions for dainty appetites. The Sunday carvery is always a wow as is the outdoor children’s play area and maze. Find your way out if you can!

The Fighting Cocks, Arreton

Situated in Arreton valley, this is a pub that’s grown a reputation for irresistible pies made with melt in the mouth pastry, plus a menu bursting with pub classics. There are also smaller portions for dinky appetites, Sunday roasts, dog friendly, kids’ play area and just three miles from the beach means it has all the vital ingredients.

The Caulkheads, Sandown

Outside view of The Caulkheads

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the beach, this family pub serves up a traditional fayre as well as tempting homemade stone baked pizzas. Kids will work up a humungous appetite in the ball-park, pirate ship and on the bouncy castle. There’s also an indoor play area, ice-cream factory and silent cinema. 

The Wight Mouse Inn, Chale

Outside view of The Wight Mouse Inn

Situated on the south coast of the Island, The Wight Mouse Inn is where you soak up the stunning views across the countryside to the English Channel! Freshly cooked dishes and a reputation for giant stack burgers. All diets are catered for, and the kids will be occupied with the outdoor play area.

The Blacksmiths, Calbourne

This 400 year old pub has nurtured a reputation for truly scrumptious food. The views from the dining room and the garden are spectacular and the children’s play area will keep the little ones busy while the grown-ups sit back and relax!

The Horse & Groom, Ningwood

Outside view of The Horse & Groom

Not just great food served for breakfast, lunch and dinner but crazy golf, bouncy castle, climbing frame and much more will keep the children entertained. 

The Eight Bells, Carisbrooke 

View of garden at The Eight Bells

Traditional family run pub at the foot of the Island’s famous castle and featuring chef’s specials and yummy Sunday roasts. Lots of outdoor space and the kids will love the all-weather indoor play area. 

The Breeze, Newport

Finding somewhere a little different to eat is always fun and The Breeze is no exception. Situated at Island Harbour – a short way upstream on the Medina River, this must be one of the Island’s best kept secrets. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll find home cooked classics made with local ingredients, heated decking for those al fresco diners and an astroturf play area for all ages. If you’re arriving by boat, there’s a holding pontoon – just radio them up on VHF channel 80.

Still want to know more about the Island’s eateries? Check out the many other pubs and restaurants on the Isle of Wight.