I think the last time many of us stepped into one of the Island’s pubs was Christmas Eve 2020. It’s been a long ‘dry’ winter, but spring has sprung (even though it’s a little on the chilly side) and from 12th April pubs, restaurants and cafes are allowed to open any outside seating space they have. Woo hoo we hear you all say, some light at the end of the tunnel and sights of things returning a little more to normal.
You will still be served at your table, the rule of six still applies in many places and you are required to wear a face covering when away from your table.
Here’s a look at a few of your favourite places opening from Monday 12th April.
The Steamer Inn, Shanklin
Sunny Shanklin has a whole host of amazing pubs and restaurants for you to choose from during your new found freedom. The Steamer Inn has a picture perfect terrace overlooking the bay and will be open daily from 10am serving home-cooked food, soft drinks, chilled wines and of course freshly poured beer. Bring your brolly and a blanket just in case.
The Chequers Inn, Rookley
Set amongst rolling countryside this pub is a paradise for children. With the most amazing outdoor play area little ones will be entertained while adults settle back enjoying a drink on one of the many outside tables. Feeling hungry? The Chequers has a newly built outside pizza oven and during ‘outside only’ they will only be serving fresh homemade pizzas… sounds pretty perfect to us!
The Terrace, Yarmouth
What better place to enjoy your morning cuppa overlooking the sea. Accepting walkins (as many places are across the Island) the new Castle Terrace is serving drinks and open for casual dining Thursday to Monday during this outdoor only time. It’s the perfect place for fresh seafood in the early spring sunshine.
Ventnor Botanic Garden, Ventnor
Set in 22 acres and nestled in the undercliffs microclimate, Ventnor Botanic Garden really does bring the outdoor dining experience to life.
The garden’s stunning Plantation Room Café Terrace will be open for drinks daily from 10am – Dusk, Monday – Sunday (Sunday afternoons only). Take the time to sample locally produced ales, spirits plus a variety of other drinks all while overlooking the gorgeous garden.
Sails Cafe, Cowes
Set on the Cowes High Street, Sails Cafe has a few tables positioned outside the cafe and the team are waiting to serve you. They will be open everyday from 7:30am serving up hot breakfasts and luscious lunches for either takeaway or to sit outside. They are taking bookings for these tables, visit their social media pages for more info.
The Walled Garden Cafe, Newport
You’d be forgiven for not knowing this hidden gem in the heart of Newport on Holyrood Street. The cafe’s garden can sit up to 64 people socially distanced, perfect for leisurely outdoor lunches. Choose from tasty filled sandwiches, exquisite cakes alongside a hot cuppa to keep chilly fingers warm. You can book a table by visiting their social media pages.
Note: Visit each establishment social media pages and/or websites for the most up to date information on opening times and further details.