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Woods Kitchen – Godshill
At the north end of the only road through the Village of Godshill, you’ll come across Woods Kitchen situated in a large traditional thatched cottage, with pretty climbing foliage. The building on its own is worth its own postcard!
Godshill is one of the most well photographed areas on the Isle of Wight, due to its pretty thatched cottages and picturesque church, which has adorned many postcards and souvenir tea towels for decades
Former owner Teri Wood has returned to take over the restaurant, previously known as The Essex, she brings with her over 20 years of catering experience, and an enviable knowledge of the local market. The new menu features a host of favourites with a twist and is guaranteed to impress and tantalise taste buds.
The restaurant boasts a stunning glass garden room and outdoor patio area – making it the perfect al fresco spot to relax and soak up the ambience.
A favourite among locals is the ‘Pie Night’ where homemade Pies are served with fresh vegetables and potatoes and a drink – There are five different Pies available and these change from week to week.
The Restaurant is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10.30am till 11.00pm
The Hut – Colwell
A hidden Gem, known mostly to visiting yachtsman and everyone across the Solent in Lymington. The Hut sits on the Waters edge at Colwell Bay with uninterrupted views of the turquoise Sea at Colwell bay, and out across the Solent to Hurst Castle. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Bournemouth.
The Restaurant has become incredibly popular with visiting yachts and pleasure boats, due to the ease of getting ashore from anchorage in the Bay, with a little help of the water taxi the Restaurant provides to get people ashore and back again.
Due to its popularity, booking a table is recommend and if you’re not arriving by Yacht, you’ll find getting to the Hut very easy and there is a large public car park a few yards away on Colwell Chine Road.
The Hut serves an excellent selection of Seafood, most of which is caught and landed locally. In the summer, it’s a great spot to stop for lunch or a drink on one of the waterfront booths. There are popular footpaths running along the seawall in both directions, so if you’re out for a long walk along the coast, plan a stop off at the Hut and you won’t be disappointed.
For larger groups, the upstairs terrace can be booked for private dining. Ideal for a family gathering, Birthday or Wedding group.
Garlic Farm Café – Newchurch
Slightly off the beaten track but worth the effort to find, is the very popular Garlic Farm Café & shop, which is nestled within peaceful countryside just below Mersley downs, near Newchurch. The smell of roasted fresh Garlic hits you as soon as you step inside the main entrance and into the Garlic Shop, and the building is wonderfully presented with exposed wooden beams and vaulted ceilings throughout. In the winter, the area around the wood burning stove become very popular, and it’s a great place to stop for a long lunch and savour the amazing food served.
The clue is in the name, and the vast majority of dishes on the menu contain a fair amount of locally grown Garlic (the Island is famous for it), but there’s plenty of options to chose and some great vegetarian dishes to try.
Outside is a large grassed area with some play equipment to keep children entertained. You’re also likely to spot some of the farms resident Peacocks who can often be seen right outside the Café.
The Café is open all year round from 9am to 5pm, and sometimes till 6pm in the Summer.
The Coast – Cowes
At the end of a bustling pedestrianised street, amongst a variety of independent shops, ‘Coast’ sits conveniently on the edge of the High Street. The Restaurant and Bar is open from 9am till Midnight 7 days a week in the summer and is always busy with locals and visitors. The Restaurant has a very rustic look with exposed brickwork, mixed with quirky features. The recently expanded part of the restaurant features a traditional stone Pizza oven which is roaring day and night.
The menu is often updated and contains predominantly locally sourced seasonal dishes, as well as the excellent aforementioned Pizzas. It’s a great place for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, with a great choice of dishes whatever the time of day.
Because of it’s position on the high street, which is always busy in the summer, it’s a great spot for people watching whilst enjoying a coffee and watching the world go by.
The Waterfront – Totland Bay
A warm welcome awaits you at The Waterfront Totland Bay Isle of Wight, come and see some of the finest Sunsets in the whole of Europe in our picturesque setting with stunning views over the
Western Solent and the Dorset Jurassic coastline where the Solent meets the English Channel or to the east over-looking Hurst Castle. Situated in the next Bay round from the infamous Needles Rock and Lighthouse you can taste our mouth-watering Mediterranean and traditional English
cuisine freshly cooked by our chefs using fresh and locally sourced produce where possible.
Chill out and enjoy a drink in our beer garden overlooking the sea (weather permitting). We welcome dogs in our dog friendly bar area where your dog can enjoy a treat from our ‘doggy biscuit tin’.
We are in the CAMRA good beer guide for the third year running recognising our commitment to award winning local ales and those from a wide spectrum of other real ale suppliers
Getting to the Island
Part of the adventure of coming to the Isle of Wight is sense of ‘going abroad’ when boarding one of the ferries required to reach our little Island.