24 Hours in Ventnor
Start the day with a classic fry-up and join the ‘Ventnorians’ heading down to the art-deco building housing Ventnor Winter Gardens for one of its tasty breakfasts. Situated overlooking the bay above Ventnor Haven, you can enjoy beautiful views out onto the water as you start the day right.
If you really like your food (like us!) then squeeze in a brunch/coffee stop too. Hello Sailor (previously the Ale & Oyster) is the latest addition to the Esplanade. It’s the perfect pit stop to grab a bite, relax with a coffee and soak up the atmosphere.
Surely now it’s time for a cheeky pre-dinner drink at The Spyglass Inn? This world-famous, award-winning inn is steeped in history, being one of the oldest buildings on the Esplanade and dating from around 1830. With its great beer and a fantastic atmosphere, it’s an absolute must. There’s also a good chance that there’ll be some live music on from some talented locals.
Then stroll back and up for dinner at The Hambrough. Now in the very capable hands of head chef Ashley Randle (who is in the semi-finals of the National Chef of the Year Award 2019), this modern European menu features local suppliers wherever possible and is full of sophisticated yet affordable fayre. Enjoy the catch of the day, local meats, cheeses and some of the tastiest desserts around.
Finally, end your evening with a nightcap. Ventnor Exchange is located in a former post office which now houses a studio theatre, record store and craft beer bar with over 50 guest beers at any one time. It’s the best place on the Island to catch innovative new work, as well as browse vinyl, meet friends and relax with like-minded people. Ventnor Exchange is also the HQ for the annual Ventnor Fringe and Ventnor International Festival, held every summer.