Dine by the sea - 6 of the best

What better way to dine on the Isle of Wight, than by the water’s edge with spectacular sea views.


Here's six great places to eat right by the sea.

1. Three Buoys, Appley, Ryde

Tucked away along the beach at Appley, with far reaching views towards Portsmouth, is this lovely restaurant run by husband & wife team Tim & Emma. Our very own award winners for Best Eaterie with a Sea View and Best Gastronomic Experience 2017, as voted for by the public, they also now proudly have been awarded one AA Rosette for culinary excellence. Hardly surprising with a menu offering stunning flavour combinations featuring local producers, many vegan options and great special offers like ‘Moule Frites Friday’ (a bowl of mussels, frites and a glass of wine for just £15).


2. The Waterfront, Totland Bay

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful bays on the Island, you really could be off the coast of Italy or southern France. Mirroring this vibe The Waterfront offers a stunning selection of fresh Mediterranean influenced dishes. Perched right over the beach the restaurant’s front windows open up completely in summer creating a feeling of floating above the water as you dine. They also feature great live music sessions throughout the summer.


3. The Little Gloster, Gurnard

This unassuming waterfront eaterie in a great spot with far reaching views out across the Solent to the mainland beyond.  Its huge decking area outside has comfy poufs to lounge on in summer make it well worth a visit on that merit alone.  The Little Gloster is self-classed as a location offering “non-pretentious, well-priced food and drink, in a warm and friendly ambiance.” True to its word, this is a venue well worth discovering if you fancy fresh food full of flavour.  Chef Ben’s philosophy is to let the flavours speak for themselves by keeping it simple – a skill picked up from his Danish grandmother whose influences are everywhere from the food to the décor. Their freshly made ‘Uffa’ pasta is not to be missed.


4. Smoking Lobster, Ventnor

Sat on the promenade above Ventnor’s sandy beach, the Smoking Lobster serves an exciting Asian inspired menu with fabulous tempura dishes, softshell crab, ceviche and sushi a regular feature. They only have a few outdoor tables but with big windows along the front, the view is spectacular.


5. The Hut, Colwell Bay

Possibly one of the best known waterfront eateries on the Island, The Hut is hugely popular with visitors coming by boat, as they offer a free tender service bringing customers to shore from their vessels. The restaurant has been redesigned so all eating areas now have bi-fold doors and some retractable roofs that open up entirely when the weather is good or can be shut to offer protection from the elements later in the season. The menu offers a range of innovative dishes including lots of fresh seafood and daily specials. Self billed as The Easy-Going Beach Restaurant’ with DJ’s playing chilled out tunes, amazing views over the bay, a fantastic cocktail and wine list and real beach vibe The Hut is definitely worth a visit – if you can get a table!


6. The Boathouse Restaurant, Steephill Cove

The Boathouse Restaurant is one of the Island's best kept secrets. Only open from the end of May to the first week in September, getting a booking for lunch here is considered a coup by locals and visitors alike.  It’s easy to think you are in the Mediterranean or even the Caribbean, when sat on the deck with a chilled glass of wine dining on fresh crab and lobster. The views of the picturesque cove and sea beyond are stunning. It’s also quite likely that you might actually spot the fresh catch coming in just meters away from your table by the coves fishermen who fish every day. It’s the freshly caught seafood that really makes The Boathouse just an absolute joy to eat in. Opening hours are only lunchtime and with just 30 seats to fill, booking is essential.

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11 March 2016

By Alix Robinson in Articles