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Fat Badger Kilo Heading For Coweserries leave for the Isle of Wight from Southampton, Portsmouth, and Lymington. The island became popular with the Victorians who came to enjoy the sunny climate, long sandy beaches and pretty fishing hamlets. Osborne House at East Cowes was designed by Prince Albert and became Queen Victoria's favourite family home. Tourism is still very important and the island is a popular destination during the summer months. A number of national and international yachting events are staged at Cowes and ships are rarely out of view of the island's coastline. Inland, roads pass through attractive countryside and villages with thatched cottages and colourful gardens.Click Here For a List of Links to Inns with Websites

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Ale & Oyster

Esplanade, Ventnor, IOW , PO38 1JX Tel: 01983 855674
Back to top MAP Accommodation Real Fire Children Welcome Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Isle of Wight Coastal Path Access to the Bar Close to the Solent Close to Queen Victoria's Osborne House  
1219.JPG (33831 bytes)1219b.JPG (25986 bytes)First impressions tell you that this is just another seafront bar but don't be fooled by the former hotel frontage. The ales are extremely well kept and the food is expertly cooked using local fresh ingredients. The location of the Ale & Oyster couldn't be much better, separated from Ventnor beach only by the Esplanade. Along with a good wine list and the stunning food, the service is as friendly as you'll find anywhere.

Anchor Inn

High Street, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7SA  Tel: 01983 292823
Back to top MAP Accommodation Real Fire Excellent Ales Camra Listed Children Welcome Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Isle of Wight Coastal Path Access to the Bar Close to the Solent Close to Queen Victoria's Osborne House  
909.jpg (22650 bytes)Very popular High Street inn with the yachting fraternity as the main walkway through from Cowes Marina is directly opposite the Anchor. Originally called 'The Trumpeters' and dating back to 1704, the Anchor serves a good selection of real ales and good food.

Bonchurch Inn

The Shute, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight PO38 1NU  Tel: 01983 852611
Back to top MAP Bonchurch Inn Home Page Email the Bonchurch Holiday Flat Excellent Ales Camra Listed Family and 'Sun' room Access to the Bar  
181.JPG (29746 bytes)181b.JPG (42233 bytes)Well worth finding, formerly the stables of the adjacent Manor House with a strong nautical theme and a very Italian flavour.

The Crab

High St, Old Village, Shanklin, Isle of Wight PO37 6NS Tel: 01983 862363
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Beautiful thatched pub in the heart of Shanklin Old Village with excellent food.

Folly Inn

Whippingham, East Cowes, Isle Of Wight, PO32 6NB Tel: 01983 297171
Back to top MAP Folly Inn Home Page Excellent Ales Children Welcome Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Scenic Location Isle of Wight Coastal Path Very close to the River ! Close to Queen Victoria's Osborne House
931a.jpg (19179 bytes)931b.jpg (17108 bytes)Locations don't get much better than this 18th Century inn, perched right on the banks of the river Medina with Live music and popular with boating people. The Folly is a well run establishment with a wide selection of hot and cold food available all day. Spacious bar and outside terrace. Excellent ales are served and a friendly river taxi will ferry you back if you've arrived by yacht and there is even a river bus which travels back and forth to Cowes. The Folly is often heaving with people although they do somehow manage to feed everyone without too much of a wait and you'll also find punters dancing the night away on the tables - a real party pub !

Red Lion Inn

Church Place, Freshwater, Isle Of Wight, PO40 9BP Tel: 01983 754925
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Wide range of food and great Crab sandwiches in a very homely inn with sofas and open fires.

Seaview Hotel

The High Street, Seaview, Isle of Wight PO34 5EX  Tel: 01983 612711
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The Seaview is a charming stylish hotel and restaurant which has won many awrds for its food.

Union Inn

Watch House Lane, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7QH  Tel: 01983 293163
Back to top MAP Accommodation Real Fire Children Welcome Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Isle of Wight Coastal Path Close to the Solent Close to Queen Victoria's Osborne House  
910.jpg (22151 bytes)910b.jpg (15196 bytes)Located just a few yards from the sea, the Union is a pleasant & cosy little inn which gets popular with the sailing crowd. No credit cards are accepted but the food & beer is worth the slight inconvenience and the local cashpoints are not too far away. A nautical theme is to be expected in Cowes and the Union doesn't disappoint.