Whether you like to eat out as much as possible on holiday or you’re visiting the Isle of Wight for a special occasion, all of these establishments cater fantastic food all year round. Some work with seasonal no-choice set menus whereas others have an abundance of dishes available. No establishment on the Isle of Wight currently holds a Michelin star but these are our top recommendations for where to go for great food.
A Michelin Star is one of the highest accolades a chef and restaurant can earn throughout their career. Being acknowledged in this way shows that these places to eat stand out from the rest and consistently offer excellent service, amazing food and beautiful venues to enjoy. Each one is a different experience, suited to different tastes and interests.
Whatever you like, we highly recommend you book a table at one of these establishments for at least one night of your holiday. Go on, treat yourself.
A relaxed bistro in a pretty spot on the esplanade in Ventnor. Enjoy a light lunch on the terrace, looking out to sea or visit in the evening for local lobster linguine, all served by a friendly and experienced team.
Run by Chef Robert Thompson, this contemporary restaurant in the heart of Newport is stylish yet relaxed. The menu has some interesting flavour combinations and original dishes, all using lovely island ingredients. Try to book one of the three tables in front of the open kitchen and watch the chefs cook your meal before your eyes.
Recommended by most people on the island for the amazing breakfast menu, Little Gloster is perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Set among the beach huts with beautiful views over The Solent. Unfussy, tasty dishes using local produce make this an easy place to eat.
An elegant hotel with a grand dining room filled with portraits and chandeliers. A light lunch menu with good value dishes is followed by sophisticated dinners where old favourites are served alongside more modern dishes.
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Hidden at the back of the George Hotel in Yarmouth is a modern conservatory. There’s a lovely garden leading to the water’s edge which is perfect for the spring and summer months. The brasserie-style menu is really flexible and offers tasty nibbles and a choice of dish size; all ingredients are local and organic.
At the heart of The George is a stylishly understated restaurant called Isla’s. With large linen-laid tables and amazing service, the restaurant is a lovely place to treat yourself while you’re on holiday. The three no-choice set menus change with the seasons so you can try something different each time your return to the island.
Overlooking St Helens village green, this old corner shop showcases island produce in its traditional, hearty dishes. This village eatery has simple wood furnishings, scatter cushions and a nautical feel.
Taverners in Godshill is a great place for those who love pub classics. If you’re feeling a little more ambitious, take a look at the daily blackboard specials. Using local ingredients and selling homemade produce from its own deli, stop for dinner at this pub or just pop in and pick up some goodies to take home to your holiday cottage.
Seafaring decor throughout the restaurant transfers to the menu in the form of well-prepared seafood dishes that come in a choice of two sizes. The ‘Naval Mess’ and ‘Pump Room’ offer simpler alternatives to the main menu. Awarded a bib gourmand for it’s excellent affordable food.