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Dining on the Isle of Wight

Discover the country’s newest foodie destination – the Isle of Wight. We have Michelin listed, Rosette-awarded restaurants and some of the UK’s best up-and-coming young chefs – and that’s just for starters.

Our mild climate and plentiful sunshine also means we’ve some of the country’s best Farmers’ Markets – just ask an Island chef!

Wightlink is your link to the foodie heaven that is the Isle of Wight. So why not book your ferry (and a table) today.

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Chef James Tanner holding garlic at the Garlic Farm, Isle of Wight

James Tanner takes an Isle of Wight foodie tour

We sent chef and restaurateur James Tanner on a quest to try the Island’s best ingredients – from garlic to gin – in our exclusive video.

As James travels around the Island in an electric vehicle he meets a variety of passionate producers at The Garlic FarmCalbourne Water MillIsle of Wight Cheese Company, Ventnor Haven Fishery, and the Isle of Wight Distillery. His visit culminates in him cooking a dish from the ingredients sourced.

Watch James Tanner's tour

Fine dining

If you like a touch of exuberance with your food, you’re well set on the Isle of Wight.

There are an abundance of fine dining restaurants dotted across the Island, serving up exquisite cuisine using locally-sourced ingredients. From fresh seafood to traditional dishes, the foodie scene on the Diamond Isle caters for everyone.

It doesn’t just stop at the food itself, though. Many of the Island’s established restaurant names are set in beautiful locations, with stunning scenic and seaside views, making your trip a feast for the eyes as well as your tummy.

Whether there’s a special occasion to celebrate or you simply want to make the most of a night out, fine dining on the Island is sure to impress.

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Eat Isle of Wight

Looking for some advice on where to grab some food on the Isle of Wight? You’re in luck.

Follow the links below to get the lowdown on everything from the hottest Island producers on the scene – from the Tomato Stall to the Garlic Farm – to the quirkiest place to dine on the Island.

And, for those with a sweet tooth in the summer months, check out our guide to the IOW’s best ice cream.

The Island's growing foodie scene

Over the last few years, food and drink on the Isle of Wight has changed dramatically.

With greater emphasis on growing and sourcing produce locally, you’ll find a broad range of artisans making the Diamond Isle a hidden gem for lovers of all things food. Until now…

The growing foodie scene on the Isle of Wight

The best places for ice cream

With so many beautiful beaches and the most sunshine on the south coast, it’s easy to slip into holiday mode on the Isle of Wight.

Having a scrumptious, freshly-made ice cream in your hand makes it even easier. See our round up of the best places to pick up a refreshing cone.

Ice cream delights on the Isle of Wight

Quirky places to eat

Forget your McDonalds and your Starbucks. If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary for your food and drink cravings, you’ve come to the right place.

From Swiss and Polish cuisine at Keats Kitchen through to mezzes and music at the Piano Café, the Island has every niche covered. Explore our guide on quirky places to eat.


Quirky places to eat on the Isle of Wight

Drink Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight’s not all about the food – when it comes to drinks, there’s a lot to love.

A growing number of local producers are creating delicious wines, beers and spirits that reflect the unique nature, and climate, of the Island.

From award-winning Mermaid Gin to artisanal cider, check out what the Island has to offer in our guide to local tipples.

Read our guide to Island tipples

Dine and stay

Combine your love of food with a great night’s sleep by staying at one of the Isle of Wight’s many fantastic dining hotels.

Below, we’ve picked out three of our favourite boutique places to stay that also offer exceptional foodie experiences, complete with Michelin-listed restaurants and stunning seaside views.

The Royal Hotel

The Michelin Guide has recommended The Royal every year since 1911. It’s dining room has dishes of exquisiteness, but why not treat yourself to their Royal Afternoon Tea and a stay in one of their elegant rooms.

Find out more about The Royal Hotel

The Seaview Hotel

Described by The Times newspaper as ‘a class act’, and proud possessor of 2 AA Rosettes, you won’t go wrong with their celebrated, three-course menu at Aquitania and a stay in your choice of their wide ranging accommodation.

Find out more about The Seaview

The Hambrough

This boutique hotel comes with exquisite balcony views out to the English Channel. What’s more, it has its own restaurant, recognised in the Michelin Guide, and menus full of of local ingredients and produce.

Meet The Hambrough's Executive Chef