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And pooch came too…

And pooch came too…

And pooch came too… The Editor

We’re very doggie-friendly here on the Isle of Wight, so there’s no need to leave the pooch behind when you go out for something to eat. Here’s our pick of just some of the fabulous places that will welcome your four-legged friend…


Dog FriendlyThe only café directly on the popular ‘Red Squirrel Trail’, a cycle route traversing 23 miles across the east Wight. But don’t fear, you don’t have to cycle 23 miles to get here! Located in Langbridge in Newchurch, you can combine this pitstop with a walk through some of the most stunning countryside on the Island, then settle down for a tasty cuppa and a slice of cake.

The Buddle Inn

The people at The Buddle are such dog lovers themselves that they offer a special dogs menu! Set in the perfect spot for a coastal walk, your canine pal won’t feel left out. For posing pooches, upload your doggie selfie to their Facebook page.

Fisherman’s Cottage

If being close to the beach is a priority, then a flat walk along the Esplanade in Shanklin to Fisherman’s Cottage is ideal. Nestled just beneath Shanklin Chine, sit outside here and soak up the view (and hopefully the sunshine!). Seafood is a speciality, and its own-recipe batter on the fish and chips is the stuff of legends.

The Pearl Café

The view here is worth the trip alone. But seeing as they welcome dogs and serve some of the tastiest cream teas and savoury dishes on the Island, there are plenty of reasons to take a trip. Situated along the famous Military Road, there is plenty of space for pooch to roam around, and the family will enjoy walking browsing the famous pearl shop and the on-site chocolate shop!

Dog FriendlyThe Culver Haven Inn

Either drive up or give the hound a good run with a steep walk up Culver Down to the Culver Haven Inn, in a truly unique position on the Island. Dogs are warmly welcomed and the owners have their own four-legged friend who is always keen to say hello. Expect home-cooked food with generous portions and some wonderful views across the English Channel.

The Dairyman’s Daughter

Situated in the heart of Arreton Barns, The Dairyman’s as it’s more commonly known, is a great choice for all the family, including those of the four-legged variety. The family will enjoy exploring the craft shops whilst dogs will love a quick walk around the village and the downs behind, before settling onto the flagstone floor in the traditional pub. With an extensive menu, everyone will be happy – you might even take home a doggy bag!

The Editor

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.