It’s the time of year for gloves, a hat and…a wetsuit? Yep, when the weather is colder, generally the surf is up. Feel your toes again after a dip, at some of our top picks for a post-surf warm-up:
Isle of Wight Pearl is Close to the surf mecca of Compton Bay where you should get a decent winter swell. The Pearl Cafe offers great views across the bay so can be a welcome pre-stop to check if it’s worth going in. Try their savoury scones or a Sunday roast.
The Salix on Small Hope Beach is the perfect beachside retreat when you want to escape the strong winds or just watch the waves in peace. Warm up by their roaring log fire, and even your salty sea-dog will be treated well, with free doggie treats on the counter.
The Beach Shack in Sandown is the perfect beach stop no matter the weather. Warm your cockles with their homemade soups or just enjoy watching the waves with a steaming cup of coffee in your hands.
Not technically a post-surf warm-up but The Best Dressed Crab is certainly a great place to warm up by the sea. Sit in the houseboat turned cafe, with the log burner roaring as you gaze out over the harbour.