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.

The Spyglass

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.

The Griffin

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