If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a meal for a special occasion, then look no further than Hillside. Its position perched on a hilltop near Ventnor mean that the sea views offered are panoramic, and you can also take in the surrounding woodland and vegetable garden. The woodland and garden are a hotspot for wildlife, and the garden produces many of the ingredients used in the meals. The rest of the ingredients are locally sourced where possible, and the decor features art from various local artists, as well as those from further afield. The food is described as ‘French Cuisine dining with a Scandinavian twist’ and has rave reviews on TripAdvisor. We’d definitely recommend booking ahead, as they owner’s state ‘we cook for those who book’ which means you can be sure of freshly made food.
This family-run gem is situated in Appley Park, and has panoramic views of the Solent back across to the mainland, as well as the beaches at Ryde. With an experienced team leading the restaurant, the food served is of a really high quality and is really well presented. The description on their website states the food is ‘elegant with big flavours’ and the TripAdvisor reviews seem to agree. Three Buoys also offers extensive, well thought-out vegan and vegetarian options as well, which can be tricky to find! The focus is on fresh seafood, and they even offer Moules Frit Fridays, with fresh mussels, lemon salted chips, garlic ciabatta and a glass of sauvignon blanc for £14, every Friday.
The Bandstand has been lovingly restored from an old bandstand which was put up for sale by the council, and although it’s traditional features have been kept, the new owners have also added modern finishes. An example would be the upper seating area, with large glass windows to allow the view to be appreciated. If you’re a boat lover, this is one of the best places to watch the boats going backwards and forwards across Sandown Bay and the Channel. There are menus for brunch, lunch and dinner, which means that whatever time of day you go, you will be able to choose from a wide selection of options. The decor is really well done and has kept original features such as wooden beams, and the building itself was awarded the IOW Conservation Award in 2016.
This traditional pub is set smack bang next to the River Medina, which gives it a different kind of view from the other restaurants on our list. Offering good, honest pub grub and fantastic portion sizes, The Bargeman’s Rest is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Newport, being the county town of the island, is a great place to explore the shops before heading here as well, so why not make a day of exploring this area of the island? The interior is characterful and traditional; think wooden floors and boating paraphernalia. And, there’s live music to enjoy most nights of the week, which definitely makes this place a must-visit whilst on holiday.
This restaurant opened in 2014 on the site of the historic Yarmouth railway station. The restaurant offers views of the nearby countryside and the river, which makes it a particularly picturesque place to enjoy a bite to eat. Off the Rails offers extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, as well as cocktails and a variety of other drinks. If you’re taking your dog on holiday, this is a great place to visit, as they also offer dog food and even doggie ice cream! The restaurant has been tastefully decorated with railway themed interiors, and the old platform has become the outdoor seating area. The signal box has become a bird-watching hide as well, so you can get even closer to the surrounding countryside. The food offered includes a variety of meat and fish dishes, and there is a good selection of vegetarian and vegan meals as well.