Eating out on the Isle of Wight
Finding great places to eat, can be one of the highlights on any holiday and the Isle of Wight offers a fantastic array of restaurants, pubs and cafes across the Island.
Ventnor itself offers a fantastic selection of fine dining restaurants, pubs and cafes all in close walking distance of St Maur.
Click through our selection below of places in to eat in and around Ventnor.
Cantina is a café restaurant, bakery and kitchen in the heart of sunny Ventnor. Open from 7.30am to 10pm, every day, all year round, Cantina offers great food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
The food is British, with strong Continental influences. With just 22 seats, Cantina fills up pretty quickly, making booking a good idea, even for breakfast. However, the team will always try to fit you in.
El Toro Contento
Right in the heart of Ventnor you'll find an authentic Spanish restaurant.
Having recently returned from more travels around Spain, they are now concentrating on fish and seafood dishes, offering a set price 3 course daily menu which changes regularly. They can also offer they're delicious paella, either seafood or meaty, which is made fresh to order, and takes about 40 minutes to cook - you can book it in advance, so they have it ready for you, or you can order it when you get there, and have some starters while you wait.
At the moment they are open from 5pm Monday - Saturday. Always best to book
A family run restaurant based in Godshill, a short drive from Ventnor. Daytimes and weekday evenings see a more relaxed atmosphere, offering casual dining, where Friday and Saturday evenings are a more formal affair.
White line table clothes and candles adorn all tables. Offering local fish and meat dishes along with a wide selection on their menus. They also offer a popular Sunday carver each week and afternoon teas.
They're outdoor terrace offers a beautifully sunny spot to relax in the sunshine and enjoy lunch, a light snack and a refreshment.
Steven, the owner, works front of house and is aided by a great team in the kitchen who are all passionate about working with fresh ingredients and sourcing local produce from local suppliers whenever possible.
There is an extensive wine list to suit a variety of different palettes with many of these being offered by the glass. They also serve a selection of teas and freshly ground coffees.
The Pointers Inn
A short drive to Newchurch and you will find the lovely pub, The Pointer Inn, run by Landlord and Lady, Robert and Rachel. They invite you to join them in one of the oldest, most historic pubs on the Isle of Wight. The Pointer is known for outstanding beer and mouth-watering locally sourced food.
Local produce is the focal point of their menu, with most of our delicious dishes crafted from fresh Isle of Wight ingredients. The Master Cellarman Award assures you of a perfect pint of cask ale every time.
Offering beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, the beer garden is heavenly in summer. A great place to rest after rambling or cycling through the local area.
The award-winning Spyglass Inn is an Island family-run business. The pub sits at the western end of Ventnor Esplanade, just a short walk from the St Maur, in a most enviable position overlooking the English Channel. The Spyglass is steeped in history and being one of the oldest buildings on the Esplanade, dating from around 1830, in 2013 celebrated its 25th year under the ownership of the Gibbs family.
The pub offers a wide variety of food on the menu, great beer and a fantastic atmosphere. This is enhanced by the live music which is presented free of charge most evenings as well as lunchtime on Sundays and features many of the Isle of Wight's top local musicians.
As you might imagine, being so close to the water's edge, seafood is a speciality at the Spyglass with fresh crab and lobster delivered straight to door from the Ventnor Haven fishery.
As you approach the Spyglass Inn, with its superb terrace, you can't help but be impressed by its wonderful location. For centuries Ventnor Bay has been the haunt of smugglers with contraband being carried over from the French coast only a few hours sail away. The spirit of those days are captured on the walls of the pub, which are loaded with fascinating maritime pictures and artefacts and create a unique and memorable experience.
The Taverners is a real country pub that is popular with locals and tourists alike. They buy their produce daily depending on what is available at the markets, from the farms & what has been caught, foraged, shot or hunted.
All their meats come from Island farmers all the time, the fish comes from local waters & they use I.O.W vegetables when they are in season. Their milk, cream & butter comes from Island dairy herds, they bake their own bread & pastries daily & their local cheeses come from the award winning Richard Hodgeson of the I.O.W cheese company. All chips are hand cut & triple cooked.
They believe all of this gives them some of the freshest & best quality ingredients on the Island. They prepare food simply and cook it only when you order, it takes time, effort & patience but we believe it is worth it.
A little of the Mediterranean on the beach-front at Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. Positioned right on the Esplanade where you can enjoy a taste of our continental style hospitality outside in the sun on their paved seating area overlooking the glorious Ventnor beach.
The Met boasts over 50 wines and and a lovely tapas menu. A great place for lunch, dinner or just a coffee whilst enjoying a walking along the esplanade.