At the end of a long day of exploring the Island, playing on the beach or recovering from a long hike (maybe to the pub), there’s nothing better than enjoying a cold drink on a summers evening and watching the sun go down over the horizon whilst staring out to sea.
With over 50 miles of Coastline around the Island, there are numerous places to enjoy a ‘Sundowner’ or two and perhaps a bite to eat if the mood takes you.
Our first suggestion is The Hut at Colwell Bay near Freshwater. This waterfront bar and restaurant is right on the beach and has spectacular views across the western Solent to Hurst Castle. During the summer, it can get very busy which is a testament to how good the food is. Perfect for watching the Sun go down.
Just round the corner is Totland Bay, which is a bit of a secret spot for visiting yachts as the bay is very sheltered. Half way along the bay is the Waterfront Pub & Restaurant, which has an excellent conservatory area down one side of the pub with uninterrupted views out to sea towards the Famous Needles at Alum Bay. Perfect for an evening swim… before having a drink!
On the north coast of the Island, just west of the popular town of Cowes, is the quieter area of Gurnard. Along the seafront at Gurnard there are a couple of great places to eat, but as you reach the end of the Seafront, you’ll find the Michelin starred Little Gloster (one of my favourites). In addition to the main Restaurant with views of the Solent and the New Forest, there is a lawned area right on the seafront which is the ideal spot for a drink and a nibble on a summers evening. Perfect for a peaceful bit of yacht spotting.
If boats are your thing, you’ll find plenty to see on the Island, and one of the focal points for sailing on the Island is Yarmouth over on the west Wight. The George Hotel is in the heart of the town and features not only an incredible restaurant, but also an unrivalled patio and lawn area, which leads all the way to the sea. From here, you can watch the yachts come and go from the nearby harbour and enjoy the sea air. Perfect for treating your special someone.
Not all of the perfect spots are on the seafront, although water is a common theme. The Folly Inn, just outside of Whippingham, is on the River Medina between Newport and Cowes and is always bustling with visiting sailors from the yachts moored in the river. The nearby public footpath leads along the river all the way to Newport, and is an excellent route for a family walk, especially for the family dog. Perfect for watching the wildlife on the river.
Last but by no means least is in the village of Seaview and a regular spot for the Wight Locations staff. The Old Fort is a stones through from the village centre (and our office), and is about as close to the Solent as you can get, with views of the Solent Forts and the skyline of Portsmouth. Perfect for living like a local.