Whatever the time of year, a sunset is one of the most spectacular moments to witness and can stay with you for years after your holiday. Add into that a good drink and some close friends and you’ve found yourself the perfect evening. With over 50 miles of coastline, there are plenty of places to enjoy a cheeky sundowner. Check out our favourite spots on the Isle of Wight with fantastic views and a good selection of drinks to enjoy.
After a long day exploring the Isle of Wight, either relaxing on the beach or hiking through the hills, you’ll want to kick back and relax with the best view of the ocean or at least a river on the doorstep. Nothing beats enjoying a cold drink on a summer’s evening, watching the sun dip below the far off horizon. Our top spots for a sundowner offer a view of the water and even a tasty bite to eat if that’s what you fancy.
A busy spot on the waterfront attracting lots of visitors in the summer so get down early. The Hut offers views across the Solent to Hurst Castle, offering a stunning silhouette to the sunset.
Central to the bay, the Waterfront has a conservatory area along one side of the pub with panoramic sea views towards the Needles at Alum Bay. As Totland is a sheltered bay it’s the perfect secret spot for yachts to stop by. Take a dip in the sea for an evening swim and then grab a pint.
Not far from Cowes, Gurnard has a great selection of nice places to eat along the seafront but one of the best is the Michelin starred Little Gloster. A stunning view across the Solent over to the New Forest is framed by a lawn right on the seafront, ideal for a peaceful drink and a chance to catch the last of the evening light.
An incredible restaurant complimented by a patio and lawn area unrivalled by any other place to eat in the area. The lawn leads down to the sea and from here you can see the yachts coming and going from the nearby harbour. Treat your other half to a quiet drink here to win yourself some brownie points.
With a river view from the Folly, you’ll love watching wildlife while you enjoy the atmosphere at this family friendly pub. In an ideal location between Newport and Cowes, this bustling spot is perfect for walks along the river with the dog or mooring your yacht up on the riverside and taking a break at the end of the day.
Finally, round the corner from our island office is the Old Fort. Sitting about as close to the Solent as you can get and looking out at the Solent forts and Portsmouth on the horizon, this spot is a seaside haven on your doorstep. Live like a local.
Start planning your summer holiday to the Isle of Wight and fit in a couple of these sundowners spots.