The Isle of Wight is renowned for home grown produce and with more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the UK it's easy to see why. From fresh fish to Island tomatoes enjoy all there is to offer at one of these fabulous eateries.
The Piano Café – Freshwater
Strictly speaking The Piano Café doesn’t have a sea view. However it is a mere skip, hop and a jump away from the beach at Freshwater and the food is so good it definitely deserves a mention. Outside there’s a lovely wide terrace, perfect for al fresco dining in summer, inside the eclectic interiors add to the colourful vibe. Offering mezze-style food, barista coffee and seasonal produce this special place is worth a visit. Open daily throughout the year opening times are extended into Friday and Saturday evenings during summer and include live music sessions. Check their website for further details and to book a table.
The Terrace – Yarmouth
If you are looking for a meal with a view, then look no further! The Terrace sits on the waters edge in the pretty island town of Yarmouth overlooking the Solent where you can sit and watch the water world go by all day, every day. Special pods are now available so you can dine outside but stay warm and cosy in your very own pod. Inside The Terrace is stylish and contemporary, complimenting the menus which are created using fresh, seasonal island produce. Fish is a speciality, and a special seafood-bar menu of small plates is available for more casual dining. Fish and chips are also available to take-away so you really do get the best of both worlds here.
The Old Fort – Seaview
Seaview is a pretty, unspoilt village on the eastern side of the island and The Old Fort sits in prime position in the centre of the village, with panoramic views overlooking the Solent. There’s a large seating area just across the road which provides the perfect spot to sit and watch the sailing boats pass by from the sailing club next door. Inside The Old Fort is full of rustic charm, nautically themed and with a laid-back relaxed atmosphere. Food is locally sourced and freshly prepared making this the ideal place for everything from morning coffee to dinner with friends.
The Hut - Colwell Bay
On the western side of the island, not far away from Freshwater you will find The Hut which sits on the waters edge, quite literally within a stones-throw of the sea. A firm favourite, mainlanders like to pop over for lunch in ribs and smaller craft and anchor in the bay where a tender is on hand to transfer guests to their tables. This special beachfront favourite serves the freshest of fish and grilled meats and looks gorgeous at night with the light from the terrace glistening off the water. Book ahead, it is very popular!
Bluebells Café at Briddlesford Farm – Wotton Bridge
Bluebells Café at Briddlesford Farm is definitely not a place with a sea view, in fact you probably couldn’t get much further inland on the island! It does however serve up the most amazing breakfast and has earnt a place on the list for this reason. With its very own Guernsey dairy herd and a fabulous farm shop on site, you are guaranteed the freshest of ingredients and a hearty plateful.
The Bandstand – Sandown
The Bandstand is a unique glass and open-timbered structure which stands on the parade in Sandown. From its upstairs restaurant you can take in Sandown Bay, some eight plus miles of coastline running from Culver Cliffs to the northeast and Shanklin to the south. Inside the restaurant is relaxed and informal during the day (perfect for cakes and light lunches) and in the evening transforms into a great location for an intimate dinner, or perhaps a special celebration. With great views and a well-balanced menu book ahead, it’s a popular spot.