Whether you’re looking for a quick stop on a long walk or you’d like to lounge in the afternoon while your dogs snooze in the sunshine, the Isle of Wight offers up some really impressive pet friendly places to visit. Every care has been taken to ensure that you and your pet have a great time.
Opposite the beautiful thatched St Agnes church is the Piano Café. This is a proper coffee shop with high ceilings, dark wood interiors and floor to ceiling windows that look across Tennyson Down. Their coffee is homemade from their four bean blend and there’s a delicious selection of mezze meals. The café is open until 10 o’clock Thursday to Saturday, there’s usually some live music in the evenings. Hang around a little later and move from coffee to Curious Brew on tap as you while away the evenings in the classy cafe.
2. The Dell Café, Appley
Head here with your pooch after a long walk through Puckpool Park or along Appley beach for some much-needed rest and relaxation. This is a go-to destination for all dog-walkers, strollers and cyclists on this side of the island so there’s always plenty of playmates for your best friend. The food and drink is incredible, particularly the breakfast menu, and they open late in the summer for tapas evenings. It’s also home to an exceptionally stunning sunset if you stay late enough.
We’ve already put in a good word about Steephill Cove near Ventnor but just in case you missed it, we really like this spot. And the Crab Shed is a very well-known local secret. The cove is only accessible by foot but once you’re there the picturesque views are so worth it. There’s very little shelter so pick a good weather day and head to the Crab Shed for a fresh crab pasty with your four legged friend.
A lovely little cafe bar at the heart of Ventnor, Cantina is a welcome home for dogs and their owners. Delicious bakes are their speciality; we’ve heard of their bread with bacon in it and their sweeter treats will please all sweet tooths. It’s a small cafe so booking is recommended as it can get quite busy. The interiors are cool and quirky, think cacti on tables and beautifully branded mugs for your tea. Dogs are greeted with a much needed bowl of water and plenty of fuss. They’re open until 10pm and have a mouth watering cocktail menu to try alongside their evening dishes.
With quaint interiors, pretty surroundings and delicious food, Off the Rails will soon become your favourite pet friendly cafe on the Isle of Wight. Walk for miles in the area surrounding the cafe, there’s a particularly lovely walk to the Red Lion in Freshwater. Inside Off the Rails is astounding. Set in the old train station and the option to dine al fresco on the station platform, spend your day picking through the tasty menu trying anything that takes your fancy and picking out dishes from the dog menu for your four legged friend. You are both on holiday after all…
Cowes is better known for its sailing affiliations, the home of the annual Cowes Week regatta and a hotspot for sailors around the world but there’s more to Cowes than just it’s sailing history. The Mess is one of a number of new cafes and bars that have sprung up in the town. It has cool interiors filled with upcycled décor and drinks are served in jam jars. There’s also an impressive menu using produce from local suppliers. You’d be hard pushed not to find something to eat.
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