Eating out (and in)
Places to eat near Westgate Cottage, St Lawrence
You will find a huge range of good places to eat when you arrive on the island, and plenty of guides to find your way around, but here are a small selection of eateries local to the cottage.
The Buddle Inn
Niton Undercliff, Niton, PO38 2NE; 01983 730 243
Just past St Catherine's Lighthouse, the Buddle is an old smuggler's inn. They have a large, separate building for families and it overlooks the bay. Food here is cooked to order, but is of a good standard.
The Wight Mouse
Church Place, Chale, PO38 2HA; 01983 730 431
On the corner and overlooking the bay at Chale, the Wight Mouse is superb for children and they serve good food. They have an indoor and outdoor play area, massive garden and large indoor dining area. On a clear day the views are fantastic.
Esplanade, Ventno, PO38 1JXr; 01983 855 338
On the beach at Ventnor, the Spyglass offers pub meals . There are no facilities for children, although they are welcome, and the location is pleasant as it is right on the beach. They have live music and serve local ales.
The Mill Bay Inn
Esplanade, Ventnor, PO38 1JR; 01983 852 892
At the other side of Ventnor bay, the Mill Bay has a bar area and a conservatory for families, which is opposite the beach. They serve generally OK food however the salads and baguettes are extremely good.
High Street, Godshill, PO38 3JD; 01983 840 039
Reported to be one of the top 10 best family pubs in the country. It has a family room at the back and a maze within the large garden.
The Bugle Inn
High Street, Brading, PO36 0DQ; 01983 407 359
Serves good pub food, reasonably priced. Indoor and outdoor kids play areas, pool table and nice kids meals.
The Sun Inn
Hulverstone, Newport, PO30 4EH; 01983 741 124
Located off the beaten track at Hulverstone, the Sun Inn has a pretty rose garden and indoor restaurant. Serves very good food.
The Chequers Inn
Niton Road, Rookley, PO38 3NZ; 01983 840 314.
An award winning pub with lovely views and nice walks. Large children's play area and good food.
The Met Wine Bar
Metropole Esplanade, Ventnor, PO38 1JP; (01983) 855441
Tapas bar on Ventnor sea front. Children are welcome until 6pm. A very pleasant, relaxing meal with nice wines and coffees, excellent food and a lovely view.
The Pond Cafe
Bonchurch Village Rd, Ventnor, PO38 1RG; (01983) 855666
Beautiful little restaurant located right next to the pond in Bonchurch. Open for lunch and evening meals. Excellent food and good wine. Not a cheap night out, but worth every penny.
The Hamborough Hotel and Restaurant
Hambrough Rd, Ventnor, PO38 1SQ; (01983) 856333
Sister restaurant to the Pond Cafe, but considerably larger and serves beautiful, 5 course meals. Again, not cheap, but fantastic. Not really recommended for children.
The Boathouse, Steephill Cove
Cove Cottage, Steephill Cove, VentnorPO38 1UG; (01983) 852373
This is probably one of the island's best kept secrets, but it's tiny, so if you want to wowed with the freshest seafood ever, then book as soon as you arrive at the cottage. The family catch the fish locally in the morning and cook it up for lunch. Open lunchtimes only from end of May to beginning of September. If you can get a table, you have to try it!
The Royal Hotel
Belgrave Rd, Ventnor, PO38 1JJ; (01983) 852186
Posh nosh and not for children. Quite highly priced and booking essential. They also do afternoon teas.
Ocean View Fish & Chips
1, Newport Rd, Upper Ventnor, Ventnor PO38 1AE; 01983 852865
Possibly the best fish & chips in the world!
New China House
7 Church St, Ventnor, Isle Of Wight, PO38 1SW - 01983 857186
Very good food, delivery service, also have a restaurant area, so you can eat in.
Mandarin Chinese takeaway
92 High St, Ventnor. PO38 1LU; 01983 854578
Good food, delivery service, takeaway only.
Dalyan 2 Kebab & Pizza House
10, Pier St, Ventnor PO38 1ST; 01983 856798
Kebabs & pizzas in Ventnor
The Ventnor Fish Bar
25, High St, Ventnor PO38 1RZ; 01983 852581
Fish and chips in Ventnor