Best places to eat en famille

It’s always good to know family friendly places to eat with great food and a relaxed atmosphere. Here are our Top 5 Isle of Wight child friendly eateries.

Olivo, St Thomas’ Square, Newport

Located very handily in the centre of Newport in the historic St Thomas’ Sqaure, Olivo is a very family friendly restaurant, which is maybe down to its Italian heritage. The food here is fantastic on all counts, not just the hugely popular pizzas, which are made in a traditional wood fired oven. Many of the authentic Mediterranean dishes on offer are made with some of best fresh local Island ingredients. There’s also plenty of choice for the kids and from Midday Olivos serves a children’s menu and daily specials. For all those with a smaller appetite they make deli sized portions for all pizza, pasta and salad dishes. The ambiance is relaxed and with tables on the ground and first floor there’s plenty of space including alfresco dining outside. However, its wise to book or you may have a long wait.

The Little Gloster, Gurnard

One of our absolute faves - no matter what age you are. Located right on the water with a lovely garden and big bean bags to lounge around on, this is the perfect spot for breakfast and the papers en famille on a Sunday morning. The Little Crew Menu offers locally sourced, homemade dishes that the kids love, with the added bonus of being able to colour in the menu when you've finished. The food is fresh, local and unpretentious with a strong Scandinavian influence - so expect a seriously high standard with creative twists and flavour combinations that just work. 

The Taveners, High St, Godshill

The Taverners scores full marks, for being not just a great family pub, but home to some of the best pub food on the Island. The menu is all about local fresh and seasonal produce and there’s lots to choose from for both adults and kids alike. Much of the food comes direct from Island farmers and fish is caught from local waters, while vegetables are all grown on the Island when in season.  Even their milk, dairy and butter come from Island dairy herds. All their chips are hand cut and you can certainly taste they are triple cooked. The Sunday Roasts are the best you can taste so booking is essential. What’s more the super relaxed atmosphere adds to the charm of this friendly country pub and there’s a toddlers play area outside. Colouring pens and drawing paper come hand-in-hand with the menus – a perfect combination with kids in tow.

Garlic Farm Cafe, Newchurch

Nestled along a tiny country lane is one of the Island’s most famous visitor attractions, The Garlic Farm. Its café has built up a huge clientele of families who flock to devour the delicious dishes. The ethos here is big on family and the Little Grown Up’s menu is hugely popular. There’s plenty of tantalizing choices and much of the food is Island seasonal produce. For the adults, why not try your palate on the garlic beer washed down the Garlic Farm Mezze.

Off the Rails, Yarmouth

Off the Rails is situated in the original station building on the old railway line that ran through Yarmouth to Freshwater, has the most amazing views and is the only place to eat in Yarmouth where you feel you are in the countryside rather than on the waters edge.  The perfect pit-stop while out cycling with the family, you can also hire bikes onsite from Wight Cycle Hire. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner the food is a real treat, all fresh and handmade. The burgers are amazing and they do a fantastic line in homemade milkshakes that are a real hit with the kids - as is the onsite ice cream & crepe parlour. Child, pet, bike and even horse friendly - this is a must visit when out adventuring in the West Wight!

 

Sarah Sims

26 May 2016

By Sarah Sims in Articles

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