Well-known for sailing and all the jollyness that goes with it (ok yes, drinking) Cowes is a lively town where you will find an array of places to eat and drink.
The Anchor is one of the most popular pubs in Cowes, especially on a Friday night where you will find plenty of folk enjoying the local live music. Offering hearty home-cooked meals, a great selection of real ale, ciders, beers, wines and spirits, you can enjoy the sunshine in the beer garden and as the night draws in, settle inside the traditional pub with two bars – perfect for those busy nights.
The Basque Kitchen is conveniently situated near the floating bridge at Shepards Wharf, although you could be forgiven for thinking you were Spain. Northern Spain to be precise. The chef here uses the best quality seasonal Isle of Wight produce together with speciality products directly imported from Spain for an authentic flavour. If you are gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan this is a great choice as the ‘essentials menu’ is 100% gluten free. Call ahead they often do you your own special menu to choose from.
Eegon’s of Cowes is known the Islandwide for its breakfasts. Serving up mammoth breakfasts with tonnes of choice, including dairy free and vegetarian options. Don’t feel you have to leave the dog behind too, four-legged friends are more than welcome.
For the quirk factor, That 60s Place is a winner. A homage to everything from the sixties, once you have stopped marvelling at the interesting items adoring the wall, check out the excellent menu. The breakfast choices and cocktail menu in particular are worth the visit alone.
Moocow is a vibrant and exciting restaurant with a great atmosphere and extremely friendly staff. There is always plenty going on, with various themed nights including vegan, sushi, mexican and special supper club nights. Families are welcome and the little terrace is a hidden gem in bustling Cowes.
Across the River Medina in East Cowes, The Lifeboat has an enviable position atop of East Cowes Marina and in the summer months, the large outside decking area offers one of the best riverside dining experiences on the Island. As well as hearty food, you will regularly find live music on certain nights of the week.
This is just a small selection of places to eat and drink in Cowes. The best way to discover more is to visit – enjoy!