If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast to set you up for the day’s sailing, or a refreshing pint overlooking the water, Cowes and East Cowes offer a large variety of cafes, pubs and hostelries to choose from.
In the heart of the bustling towns on each side of the River Medina you’ll find a large choice of excellent cafes offering everything from a flat white to ham, egg and chips…and all served up with a warm Isle of Wight welcome of course.
A local café is a welcome stop after a day browsing the shops or taking in some of the local history whether it’s for a lunch of locally caught fish or a piece of Victoria sandwich cake with a cup of tea.
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If you’re looking for something stronger, Cowes and East Cowes have a great selection of pubs and alehouses with pumps primed with locally produced ale ready to quench your thirst.
Cowes is known for the great atmosphere in its pubs and many of them are within an easy walk of one another. Discover a fantastic Isle of Wight band playing live – many Cowes pubs provide quality local music in the evenings. You’re sure to find a great atmosphere whether you’re sat by a roaring log fire in the middle of winter or on the sundeck in shorts enjoying the summer sun.
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If you need something to go with your pint or glass of wine, there’s a great range of gourmet pub food throughout the town, whether you fancy a decent curry, a woodfired pizza, or fish and chips by the sea.
The atmosphere in Cowes during Cowes week is unbeatable and the pubs and alehouses are at the heart of this. A pub crawl from Cowes to East Cowes, crossing the River Medina on the floating bridge is something of an institution.
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A favourite with locals and visitors The Anchor is one Cowes' oldest and most loved public houses. Friendly, welcoming staff and a warm atmosphere all year round, The Anchor offers delicious home cooked food using local produce, a wide selection of...
The Folly Inn is an open plan, rustic pub perched on the banks of the River Medina, just up the river from Cowes in Whippingham.
Small micro pub
Located in the heart of Gurnad village and completely refurbished with comfortable surroundings for drinkers & diners.
The White Hart is opposite the East Cowes Red Funnel ferry terminal. It is actually about 50 feet from the ferry ramp, so it is hard to miss and very easy to find. It even has a couple of parking spaces right outside.
Modernised early Victorian town local, built in 1860 close to the marina and yacht club.
Located in the English sea port town of Cowes, the Fountain Hotel has recently been refurbished to present a traditional style.
Restaurant and bar with rooms.
Located on The Parade, The Yachtsman has an enviable terrace with views over The Solent and beyond.
The Prince of Wales is a traditional pub with a friendly and lively atmosphere.
The Woodvale has been offering traditional hospitality to locals and holidaymakers alike for over 80 years.
Situated in the picturesque village of Gurnard overlooking The Solent, The Woodvale boasts a traditional bar, a newly renovated function...
Set in the heart of Cowes, we serve locally sourced, seasonal food in a relaxed and welcoming setting - all day, every day
Order your favourite Food food from Tiffins Of Cowes with outstanding service with reviews, not only excellent, brilliant, the best takeaway food in your area, but at a rapid rate for you to collect or get delivered .
The Watersedge is a fully licensed Beach Side Restaurant, located in Gurnard on the Isle of Wight.
The Travellers Joy is a countryside pub well known for its range of real ales and good pub food (including fish dishes, all time favourites, vegetarian/pasta, grills, burgers, ploughman's lunches and jacket potatoes), which is available both...