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Cowes Isle of Wight?

keithangus Sep 19, 2009 10:53 AM

Any recommendations welcome please for good pub/ brasserie/ restaurant in Cowes? casual preferred!


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  1. Robin Joy RE: keithangus Sep 20, 2009 11:46 PM

    For pubs The Pier View on the High St. near the ferry terminal or The Anchor 2 mins. walk south along the High St. are good bets with decent food. There's the Bhan Thai at the seaward end of the street which has always been good (and excellent value) but I haven't been there for a while. Also Murray's seafood restaurant, which is pretty up-market for Cowes.

    If you are arriving by sea (yacht, not ferry!), and are a member of another yacht club, you will be made welcome at the Island Sailing Club which has perfectly ok food and lovely views. Just make yourself known to the steward.

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      keithangus RE: Robin Joy Sep 22, 2009 09:51 AM

      Thanks! They sound good. If you know the I.O. W. are there any other good alternative pubs/ restauarnts not too far from Cowes but definitely with a sea view as we will have a car and understand it might actually be sunny this week!

      1. re: keithangus
        Robin Joy RE: keithangus Sep 23, 2009 08:38 AM

        Well, places to eat with sea views are surprisingly few on the Island I'm afraid. These might suit though:

        Old Fort Pub, in Seaview (!) 35 mins east of Cowes.

        Baywatch cafe/restaurant in St. Helens 40 mins east.

        Crab & Lobster pub, Bembridge, 45 mins east. Views really from terrace rather than inside pub.

        Culver Haven on Culver Down just north of Sandown, 40 mins south-east.

        Spyglass Inn in Ventnor, 45 mins south-east.

        George Inn in Yarmouth, 30 mins west of Cowes. Pretty swanky.

        Sorry if I've missed any decent ones.

        This is worth a look: http://mattandcat.co.uk/

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          kenel RE: Robin Joy Dec 16, 2009 08:01 AM

          Robin, I've noticed that you post a lot about the Isle of Wight. I'm looking to buy a dining gift certificate as part of a present for my parents, to get them to visit the Isle. Probably in Cowes, to give them a start coming off the ferry. Would you happen to know if any of the wonderful places you recommend have an on-line presence so I could buy a certificate. (I'm in the US). Thanks,

          1. re: kenel
            Robin Joy RE: kenel Dec 16, 2009 12:16 PM

            I may be the only CH resident, so I'll gladly have a think. Are they likely to have a car, and what time of year are they coming over?

            Despite all the yachting money, Cowes itself is a bit lacking in decent places. Also I rather doubt that any of them would run an official gift certificate scheme, so you may need to call and give them some money by credit card.

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              kenel RE: Robin Joy Dec 17, 2009 11:14 AM

              No car. Probably spring is when they'll come. I assumed they would take the ferry, so that's why I thought of Cowes.

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                Robin Joy RE: kenel Dec 17, 2009 07:29 PM

                Well in that case I'd put Murray's at the top of my list. Seafood mainly, but I'm sure they have a couple of dishes for those who are not fond of fish.

                I'll be in Cowes for lunch with my parents on Boxing Day, so I'll ask if there are any other good places these days. Also I'll check out Murray's and report back.

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