The Master Mariner’s Favourite Spots for Eating Out with the Children

There is nothing our girls like more than being taken out for a lunch and eating some of the fabulous local produce that’s available across the Island – especially the seafood!

So I thought it would be good to share some of our latest discoveries with you – one newly opened, one new to us and one an old favourite but just reopened for the year.

Prezzos, Newport

This Italian high street chain has recently opened for the first time on the Island, in the old post office building in the centre of our capital town, Newport. This historic building has seen an industrial style make over with glass, vaulted ceiling and shiny steel ducting, with cosy booth seating below. It’s light, airy and spacious and has a great menu that includes a nod towards some seasonal local produce as well.

According to daughter no.1 it makes the best hot chocolate this side of Palma (pick the Nutella hot chocolate). The pizzas were huge and the salads on offer for the Wife were varied and interesting. We all had a fantastic lunch and it didn’t break the bank. Even better was by using the free wifi, we got a follow up email with a voucher for a free bottle of Prosecco next time we visit. Bonus!

The Ocean Deck, Sandown

So while searching one Sunday for the perfect place to go for a roast dinner, we happened upon the Ocean Deck in Sandown, and remembered some fantastic reviews we’d heard whispered on the local’s grapevine. Deciding to check it out we popped along to try out their Sunday Carvery.

The Ocean Deck is owned and run by Alan Staley, who was trained at the savoy in London before taking up tenure as head chef at the Royal Hotel in Ventnor for 16 years, where he held 2 AA Rosettes. Now he is king of his own castle at the Ocean deck which sits proudly on the esplanade looking out over Sabdown Bay – you are guaranteed some really great food at the Ocean Deck.

The carvery was fantastic with a great selection of fresh vegetables – no limp dried out fare here! The meat was succulent and lots of it. The Wife opted for the fish and chips which was outstanding – super fresh fish straight from the sea in the crispiest batter. Really nice touches we spotted, which mean we will definitely go back, were the tantalising selection of bar snacks (try crab on chips, prawn Kiev’s with garlic may and honey mustard sausages to name but a few), a great breakfast menu and a super kids menu too – with great puddings. A must visit when on the Island!

The Hut, Colwell Bay

The Hut is now in its 3rd year and going strong. Closed from October through to Easter – it’s always really nice to pop along when it reopens and see what inspiration the team have had over the winter and brought to the new season menu. This year did not disappoint with new starters like the yummy crab spring rolls and old favourites like The Hut burger were as good as ever. New this year on the grill is The Tomahawk – a rib of beef on the bone, flame grilled and served on a platter for two, carved at the table in front of you – yum! And great news if you’re a yachtsman - if you’re coming from the mainland by boat The Hut run a tender service out to your boat to pick you up when you arrive and then drop you back to it after you’ve had a good feed.