9 restaurants to avoid if you're counting calories on holiday

9 Isle of Wight restaurants in the 2017 Michelin Guide

As soon as the nights start to draw in at this time of year it takes an almost herculean effort to prise us from the sofa of a wintry evening. And the temptation to cosy up is even greater in a holiday cottage, nestled in comfy sofas, with the obligatory blanket, roaring fire, and a good book.

But we're certain we can tempt you to abandon this 'hygge' type holiday existence with the news that the Isle of Wight has a staggering 9 entries in the 2017 Michelin Guide. This independent guide is something of an authority on eating out. So without further ado we present a whistle-stop tour of these commended eateries - one for every night of the week, with double the dining out at the weekends. Time to loosen that waistband then...

Dan's Kitchen
St Helens
Tel: 01983 872 303
Over looking the village green in St Helens, Dan's is a traditional restaurant with nautical decor. Sample pan-fried local pollack from Bembridge harbour, with creamed potatoes, brown shrimp and leeks.

The Ale & Oyster
Ventnor
Tel: 01983 857 025
Perched on Ventnor Esplanade and enjoying wonderful sea views, this bistro sources it's food locally. The Isle of Wight Wild Mushroom and Isle of Wight smoked garlic risotto is to die for.

Little Gloster
Gurnard
Tel: 01983 298 776
Presenting simple seasonal food with Scandinavian-influenced decor expect a high quality service and a passion for great food, wine, music and cocktails. We recommend!

The Conservatory
The George Hotel
Yarmouth
Tel:01983 760 331
A family friendly brasserie that prides itself on using the Island's local larder for it's fabulously un-fussy dishes - all to be enjoyed with a view of the Solent.

Isla’s Restaurant
The George Hotel
Yarmouth
Tel: 01983 760 331
A finer dining experience than sister eatery The Conservatory, Isla's is an elegant and sophisticated establishment that offers an inventive and flavoursome menu - try the mallard breast with chestnut soup for the perfect winter warmer.

The Royal Hotel
Ventnor
Tel: 01983 852 186
Perhaps better known for it's divine afternoon tea, this elegant hotel is now making a name for itself for it's fine dining. We're swooning over the passion fruit soufflé with pineapple carpaccio, passion fruit sorbet and coconut tuille.

The Seaview Hotel
Seaview
Tel: 01983 612 711
Our fabulous neighbours at The Seaview have also been awarded the much coveted title of Bib Gourmand (means they're creative AND affordable!). With a focus on fish you'll be spoilt for choice. Although the crab ramekin get's our thumbs up, as locals its a firm favourite in the office.

The Taverners
Godshill
Tel: 01983 840 707
If you're bonkers about finding the BEST pub food on holiday - this one's for you. The main menu is awash with classic pies and burgers with the blackboard specials touting the likes of rolled Isle of Wight lamb shoulder with Moroccan style sweet potatoes.

Thompson's
Newport
Tel: 01983 526118
A stylish and inviting restaurant with a friendly atmosphere, this is where to head on a special occasion, if you enjoy an interesting flavour combination. Try the steamed pave of courgette crusted cod followed by the greengage frangipane tart with greengage jam. Your taste buds won't be disappointed!

Author
Donna Duggan
25 October 2016