Places to eat in an evening
A top of the cliffs at Culver you will find The Culver Haven Inn. A favourite with locals and visitors alike this perfectly situated pub boasts stunning views out across the English Channel, overlooking Sandown. The grilled halloumi salad is the perfect light summer’s evening dinner, matched with a gin and tonic – from the vast choice of gins – coupled that with the view from the popular window seat it’s quite possibly the perfect evening.
Got the kids with you? Don’t worry, the pub offers a great children’s menu.
The Culver Haven Inn
This multi-award-winning pub is not only Island renowned but nationally too. Offering probably the best coastal location in the UK, The Spyglass Inn is famed for its local seafood. Sitting on the terrace with a cold drink in hand, overlooking the sea you would be forgiven to think you are sat somewhere in the Med. With fresh lobster – sourced just down the road from Haven Fishery – you cannot get a more local dinner. There’s live music on offer most evening’s so sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds that this traditional, quirky gem of a pub offers.
The Spyglass Inn
If you want a table at the Blacksmiths we advise booking in advance. This popular countryside pub has been under new management since 2017. Famed for its home cooked dishes and generous portions, it’s perfect for those looking for a tasty, substantial dinner. There’s everything on offer to tantalise any taste bud from Confit Duck to the famous Newchurch Pie and the deserts, wow, the Choux Bun is a must! Sitting inside or in the undercover outdoor seating area, you will love watching the cows roam the lush green fields as the sun sets over the Island.
Looking for a great restaurant with stunning views, simply superb seafood that changes with the seasons, then Three Buoys in Ryde is the place for you. Describing themselves as having “elegant food with big flavours”. If you are lucky enough to sit on the balcony you will be treated to views overlooking Apply beach across to Portsmouth. Looking for a date night venue, you will love Moule Frites Friday, imagine that with a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc and you’ll have an evening to remember.
The Three Bouys
Now, if you are looking for a venue to impress, you would be hard pressed to find somewhere more impressive than The Royal Hotel. With chandeliers, high ceilings and stunning decor you’ll feel like a prince or princess dining in the royal court. There’s a tempting menu which reflects the season, using an abundance of produce from the Island’s countryside and coast, you’ll be spoilt for choice. This fine dining experience allows you to match delectable dishes with one of the fine wines they have on offer.
The restaurant has 2 AA Rosettes for excellent food over the past 20 consecutive years under its belt and appearing in every Michelin Good Food Guide since it was first published, the credentials speak for themselves. Ventnor seafront is just a short walk away, so why not enjoy or sunset or maybe moonlit stroll along the beach.
Out towards the west wight is The Waterfront, a perfect spot for a relaxed dinner for two or a family get together. There’s a distinct Mediterranean feel to the menu, choosing from nibbles such as olives and bread, calamari starters and even a juicy rib eye steak. If you have vegetarian or vegan diners with you they have a special dedicated menu, so everyone is catered for.
Located, literally on the waterfront, you’re guaranteed to enjoy some spectacular views of the Solent while dining. Friday nights have live music so you’ll be able to settle back listening to local talent while sipping on a cold drink enjoying the beautiful surroundings.