Guide to Dog Friendly Places to Eat on the Isle of Wight
There are plenty of pubs and restaurants who will welcome you with your dog on the Island. We’ve rounded up five that will welcome you with your four-legged friend/s.
Character Inns, Island-Wide
All Character Inns pubs (The Crab and Lobster Inn, Bembridge; The Sun Inn, Hulverstone; The Bugle Coaching Inn, Yarmouth; The King's Head, Yarmouth; The Buddle Inn, Niton) welcome dogs, except for The Caulkheads due to being family focused. Pubs that are dog friendly offer great walks from the pub, outdoor areas, water bowls and treats from behind the bar. The Crab and Lobster specialises in seafood, 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. The Buddle has wonderful walks down to St Catherine’s Lighthouse.
Off the Rails, Yarmouth
Award-winnning 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 including dog nibbles, starters and main meals full of high nutrition treats and they even have a range of doggie ice cream by Billy & Margot which always goes 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, Seaview
The Seaview Hotel is a 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.
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.