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Foodie Vacations

There are plenty of places to stay on the Isle of Wight, many of which can combine a love of food and drink with the perfect setting for your foodie-break...

A treat for all the senses, The Seaview Hotel Restaurant & Bar is a beautifully unique venue. Set in the picturesque sailing village of Seaview which has a distinctly nostalgic feel, the hotel is a mere hop, skip and a jump from the sea. So it should come as no surprise that seafood features heavily on the menu here, with dishes including stonebass in Madeira sauce or langoustine bisque.

As well as the restaurant you will also find a ‘proper’ pub set inside the hotel. The Pump Bar has a laid-back atmosphere, with a wealth of local ales on tap and serving a traditional classic bar menu.

The Seaview Hotel

One of the oldest and most prestigious hotels on the Island, The Royal Hotel has been welcoming gourmet travellers for over 180 years. Here, the chefs make the most of the local produce available right on their doorstep.

Guests can dine in the exquisite restaurant or the more relaxed setting of the Brasserie or bar. When the weather is fine, enjoy dinner and drinks on the Geranium Terrace, or take a freshly prepared picnic and take in the amazing views from the Riviera Terrace.

The Royal Hotel

If you want to stay in the ‘Village of the Year’ as awarded by BBC’s Countryfile Magazine, then you would be hard-pressed to find a better spot than The Spinnaker right in the heart of Bembridge village. There are 14 recently refurbished rooms to choose from as well as plenty of dining options. Try the pub menu for an excellent range of classic dishes with a twist, or, for a more special occasion (or just because), The Stern Room offers private dining with the menu featuring produce that has been heavily sourced from the Isle of Wight.

The Spinnaker

Crab starter at The Spinnaker.

Tom’s Eco Lodge is one of the Isle of Wight’s best-known glamping experiences with beautiful accommodation offered in a variety of quirky lodgings, including safari tents, eco pods, wood cabins, modulogs, and brand new for 2019, geodesic domes – all nestled in the glorious surroundings of Tapnell Farm.

On site you will find The Cow Bar & Restaurant. Set in a converted Swiss barn, the chefs here champion the finest local produce on the menu, with fresh takes on home-cooked gastropub classics, and delicious steaks and burgers served straight from the grill. There are plenty of events that take place during the year and you can even meet the famous Wight Herd set around the farm – see if you can spot our very own Taste of the Wight cow!

Toms Eco Lodge

If it’s character a-plenty you are after, then stay at one of the most iconic pubs on the Island, The Spyglass Inn. There are four self- contained apartments, all offering far-reaching views over Ventnor Bay and the English Channel. Spend time in the pub, famed for its hearty food offering, with a good sprinkle of local seafood and in the morning, cook up a storm using the local produce provided.

The Spyglass Inn

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Taste of the Wight is the Isle of Wight’s free local guide to food and drink. Now in its fifth year, it has cemented itself as the number one, independent companion for eating out on the Island.

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Taste of the Wight is the Isle of Wight’s free local guide to food and drink. Now in its sixth year, it has cemented itself as the number one, independent companion for eating out on the Island.