Guide to... Top Spots for Sundowners

What better way to enjoy watching the sunset, than supping on a sundowner to soak up those stunning sea views. Here’s our myIsleofWight guide to the best spots.

The Hut, Colwell Bay (West Wight)

Since this fashionable eatery opened in May 2013 its already scooped up a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor and has won many plaudits from locals and visitors alike. Situated on the water’s edge on the promenade at Colwell Bay, in West Wight, The Hut has established itself as a place to eat quintessentially British modern food, while also a popular magnet to watch the sun set from one of it’s outdoor terraces. There are plenty of outdoor seats, tables and cushioned benches to savour those stunning sea views across the Solent.

Top Tipple: Try quaffing the Domaine St. Mitre Provence Rose as you marvel at the magnificent setting sun.

The Little Gloster, Gurnard (Northshore)

Nestled on the edge of Gurnard Bay, just two miles west of the yachting town of Cowes, is the hugely successful restaurant The Little Gloster. Situated right on the waterside front, in an enviable location with sweeping sea views across the Solent to Southampton and beyond, the outdoor terrace at The Little Gloster is a wonderful place to catch the ebbing sun with a tipple. There’s ample outdoor seating including some very comfy lounge beanbags. If you get peckish, the kitchen’s outstanding food offers seasonally selected modern British with Danish influences. Here you can unwind in a stylish and relaxed atmosphere.

Top Tipple: Stretch out on a large beanbag on the decking with a chilled glass of Alain Marcadet Sauvignon de Touraine

The Royal Hotel, Ventnor (Southernmost point)

Situated on the southern tip of the Island, in the fashionable Victorian seaside town of Ventor is the The Royal Hotel. One of the oldest hotels on the Island, it has been a magnet for visitors since it first opened in 1832. The hotel’s picturesque outdoor terrace commands some of the finest sea views. You can quaff an apperatif on the colourful geranium filled terrace or walk through the hotel’s beautifully manicured garden up to a higher viewing platform, where a larger terrace awaits (and a waiter) with a spectacular panoramic seascape.

Top tipple:  Sup on a Kir Royale on a recliner soaking up those views

The Priory Bay Hotel, Seaview (East Side)

Set within its own 60-acre wooded estate in Seaview on the eastern side of the Island, The Priory Bay Hotel is a character filled period house with spectacular views out to sea. The location is unique as the hotel is set in it’s own valley overlooking the picturesque Priory Bay. The hotel’s very own gardens and woodland runs down to the bay itself and its very own private beach. The hotel’s bar allows non-staying guests to enjoy its surrounds, where you can come for a drink and enjoy its spectacular natural setting.

Top tipple: A glass of Prosecco Spumante Passa Parola while you feast on the setting sun beyond the terraced lawns

The George Hotel, Yarmouth (North West Corner)

In the heart of the historic harbour town of Yarmouth, in the West Wight is the magnificent 17th century townhouse, The George Hotel. Situated next to the picturesque harbour and ferry terminal, right on the water’s edge, The George, enjoys commanding views across the Solent to Lymington marina and along the coastline. An enormous terrace leads out of the fine restaurant through a large lawn down to a small private beach. During summer, al fresco dining come to life and quaffing a sundowner seated on one of the terraces wooden tables. 

Top tipple: A jug of delicious Pimms on the beach side terrace with uninterrupted sea views

Sarah Sims

15 May 2016

By Sarah Sims in Articles