Guide to Dog Friendly Places to Eat on the Isle of Wight

There are plenty of pubs who will welcome you with your dog, but are there as many restaurants? We’ve rounded up our top six that will welcome you with your four-legged friend/s.

Character Inns

The Bugle, Yarmouth; The Yachtsman, Cowes; Crab and Lobster, Bembridge; Sun Inn, Hulverstone; The Bugle, Brading; Caulkheads, Sandown; The Crown, Shorwell; The Buddle Inn, Niton.

All of the pubs in the Character Inns Group are super dog friendly with OSCAR food and treats on the menu for your four legged members of the family, whilst you tuck into a delicious meal. The Crab and Lobster specialises in seafood, The Crown has a large pretty garden with a stream running through it and The Sun Inn has fab views down to the sea – ideal after a walk on Brook beach with your dog. The Bugle in Yarmouth is great for exploring this ancient small port, and The Bugle in Brading is on the other side of the island and nearby walks take you to Brading Haven RSBP reserve and Centurion Woods. The Buddle has wonderful walks down to St Catherine’s Lighthouse, Caulkheads in Sandown is just a stone’s throw from the seafront and has a family garden and The Yachtsman on Cowes Parade is a great pitstop for exploring this historic yachting town.

Off the Rails, Yarmouth

Offering fabulous modern British & European cuisine for humans, Off the Rails knocks all other eateries off the map when it comes to caring for your pooch.  They have their own bespoke canine menu specifically designed by OSCAR pet foods, including dog main meals and high nutrition treats and they have recently introduced a range of doggie ice cream by Billy & Margot which have gone down a treat! Seriously this is the place to take your dog for a special treat, or to walk along the old railway line from Freshwater to Yarmouth and then stop off for a light lunch, or barista coffee and slice of something nice, knowing your dog is going to be very well taken care of.

Seaview Hotel

The Seaview Hotel is an upmarket chic hotel just up from the seafront in this historical and unique seaside village, frequented over the years by many famous names. You can’t bring your dog into the main restaurant but you can have a snack in either of the two bars: the cosy pump room in the middle of the hotel or the Naval Mess at the front. On a sunny day you can sit on the terrace, with views down to the seafront. Snacks include the famous Seaview Crab Ramekin, made synonymous with the hotel by former owner Nicky Hayward and her husband Nick.

Met-Italia, Ventnor

Right on the seafront at Ventnor with a spacious Mediterranean feel interior, comfy leather seating and further tables on the wide pavement outside, which is covered by a glass awning; Met-Italia is the ideal stop off after a walk along the beach with your dog. Food has a tapas theme with lots of small dishes to order along with yummy breads, olives and dips. There are papers and magazines provided for you to read while you watch the waves lashing on the beach across the road.

Moocow, Cowes

A stylish bar in the centre of Cowes, club MOOCOW’s owners have two German Pointers and welcome your well-behaved best friends too. There’s a definite 60s feel to this cool bar/restaurant that specialises in mezze style dishes. It was previously a Victorian penny school, and has been revamped into a modern urban space with a year-round outside social terrace. Available for private hire, and open on an ad hoc basis during the week – check social media – they also have twice monthly supper clubs, along with their infamous MOOCOW themed soirees

The Hideaway, Shanklin

As the name connotes this little gem is hidden away on the cliff path above Shanklin offering hill top dining with stunning views out over the sea. The perfect pooch pit stop whilst out on a walk The Hideaway welcomes dogs in their fully licensed café/restaurant, which is open 10am-10pm seven days a week, serving a great selection of homemade freshly cooked local fayre.

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12 January 2019

By Jo Macaulay in Articles