Eating out on the Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight has countless places to eat; you really are spoilt for choice, whatever you fancy. Whether it's pub grub, foreign cuisine or a nice atmosphere you're after, these are just some of the hot picks from around the island.
The New Inn at Shalfleet has won the Isle of Wight Dining Pub of the Year for over ten years, making it a hot favourite for locals and tourists alike. As well as daily specials, the New Inn menu features fresh local produce. One of the key selling points of this place is that there are really lovely walks you can do nearby, making the pub a great pit stop for the day.
The Folly Inn at Whippingham has a range of different offers throughout the week, including a spice night and a grill night. The rustic pub is just up the river from Cowes and has a varied, extensive menu. It's a popular choice all year round if you want a proper, traditional pub setting.
If you fancy something a bit different to your standard English food, check out Baan Thai in Cowes. This family-run restaurant has been a popular choice for years and continues to see hundreds of customers all year round.
If Chinese food is more your thing, make sure you go to Ming Garden in Newport. This restaurant and takeaway has had rave reviews about everything from the service to the food, so you can be sure of having a great time, whatever the occasion.
If you're in Newport, try the Bengal Palace as well. This Indian restaurant specialises in Tandoori, Mighlai and Bengali dishes. Holidaymakers who want something a bit different to the usual British pub food will love the atmosphere and the food at the Bengal Palace, where you're almost guaranteed to have a great curry.
If you want to go somewhere a bit more upbeat, try The Reef in Sandown. This bar-restaurant also has accommodation and is positioned right on the seafront. The extensive menu features seafood, pub favourites, pastas and pizzas, so you'll be spoilt for choice.
Olivo's is an Italian with restaurants in both Ryde and Newport. The commonly mis-pronounced eatery serves food throughout the day and even has a breakfast menu for early risers. Whether you're on the coast or right in the centre of the island, make sure you have the time to visit this popular - and yummy - restaurant one night.
For something completely unique, head to On the Rocks in Yarmouth. The meals are served on hot volcanic rocks so you can cook the food exactly to your liking right at your table. This restaurant is ideal if you want to go out with friends and have a night to remember.
Whoever you're heading to the Isle of Wight with, you can be sure of finding the perfect place to eat. From little beachside cafes to fancy, upmarket restaurants, there is something for everyone, whether you are away with friends, your children or just on a romantic getaway, the island is packed full of eateries just waiting to be explored.