Discover Restaurants offering the best British food in Freshwater, England, United Kingdom including The Portland Inn, Red Lion, The Hut, Off the Rails, The Waterfront Bar & Restaurant, On the Rocks, The Cow, The Blue Crab, Salty's Restaurant & Bar, The Vine Inn
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4 based on 272 reviews
Ok - from the outside it isnât great and first impressions inside arenât great either. Actually though the food is extremely good as is the beer and wine. The menu is varied and extremely good value. The staff are really friendly as well. Itâs well worth a visit so - go on!
4 based on 486 reviews
We have a holiday home in Yarmouth so are there often, however in 15 years of being there Iâve only been in Saltyâs 3 times...this time, once to have one drink with some friends & another to hand in someoneâs ID card that I found on the floor outside. The only reason weâve never been in is because there are usually a mass of stripy topped noisy people outside and itâs seemed a bit intimadating. We therefore normally sit and drink at the pub opposite and take humour in everyoneâs matching outfits instead, however we decided to look past it and try the food for a change...we even wear the same outfits now! Well we werenât disappointed. Ok there are things weâd change but for the taste of the food, all could be forgiven. So we booked ages in advance for a 6:30pm slot. Upon arrival we were a little surprised to see there were two long tables so weâd be sitting with others we donât know. They werenât there yet as they werenât booked in until 8pm but we commented on how it would be impossible to fit the other 6 booked people in the tiny space next to us. So we ordered drinks; the other 3 had red wine, but I ordered a âlarge glass of house white wineâ. I must say the âlargeâ glass was somewhat small. The glass was average, and the wine in it however was just less than half full. I didnât want to complain on a first visit, so I just ordered a second glass, which was topped up at the table with slightly less than I had in the first. I took a photo of course as it was below my expectation of a large glass. I wondered if they just said yes but actually only do one size? The house wines all round however tasted great. A good choice. We ordered starters and mains at the same time. Starters were lovely. Really nice. Apart from initially being given the wrong starters which was resolved with super speed, the only feedback we gave them was regarding the moules/mussels. I personally had 5 empty and 4 unopen which for a starter wouldnât normally leave you with many, although they were excellently sized so not the end of the world. The two that had them had similar issues so the guy with the husky voice apologised and said heâd speak with the kitchen. Calamari was apparently really good. For main, I had the steak; purely because Iâd already have fish multiple times during the week so I was a bit fed up of it, and Saltyâs seem to have a mainly fish based menu - oops on our part - and I didnât want pork belly cuz itâs really cheap to buy urself so it seemed a big mark up for me personally. Steak was Â£32.50 though so not cheap but Iâve had steak all over the place so price for steak doesnât surprise me, however it was totally worth it. The best fillet Iâve ever had!!!! Came with watercress, mushroom, onion rings and loads of chips (chips come in a large bowl to share). I donât like watercress normally, but it went so well with this dish. I would 100% eat the steak again!! The others had ribs and more calamari and equally loved theirs! Portions were great. Definately fill you up. All would eat here again for mains. We then asked for the dessert menu but was told as it was 7:50pm we had to leave so couldnât have dessert as the next table was due in at 8pm. We swiftly pointed out that we hadnât been told this when booking and the lady said sheâd sort something out. She came back and said sheâd sorted it and we could stay all night so not to worry. A few minutes later she said actually there had been a change so we could stay but would possibly have to move to stools at the end of the table. The thought of stools to eat desserts on put us off dessert so when she came back we said weâd just have a coffee/gin and go. Turned out the people didnât turn up for their 8pm slot so we sat at the table in the end anyway, so we could have had desserts in comfort after all; I say comfort, it was fine for me having lots of people bumping Into the back of me whilst they waited for the bar as I go out more often that the others, but the others on my table didnât like it too much. We had two more drinks in the end as there was a great act on called Andrew Day. Really funny guy. Sings but was a great entertainer. Apparently weâre all going to be on YouTube. His humour is what made us stay longer. I successfully bought drinks but then fell slightly forwards on my way back to the table, spilling my drink in the direction of my father in law ââï¸ The bar man quickly got me blue paper towels, and whilst another customer offered to buy me another drink, the barman made me a replacement free of charge which was such a kind gesture! He even showed me the measure of gin to show he was making a real replacement. Lol. Was impressed as not all bars do that! Some do but not all! Karma got me back just after though, as the lady got pushed by someone at the bar (accidentally of course) and spilt beer down my back. Again, very apologetic and she got a tea towel and dried me off. I saw a human more fun side to her as the night went on, and she was clearly as frustrated with the people gathering in the alley as my table were, as she asked them to move. I actually didnât want to leave in the end as I was enjoying the drinks (oh plastic glasses after a certain time btw) and was enjoying the entertainment, but the crowds and noise got too much for my group so we regretfully left. I had a chat with the security man (who also was the guy serving our coffee) afterwards and he told me the history of the act singing. Heâs been there years apparently! Most friendly and helpful bloke. We actually had an absolutely great night and weâve clearly been missing out all of these years! Although I think a table upstairs will be better for us next time if going with the same people. No longer will we be intimidated by the entrance of people. Theyâre all rather friendly and the food tastes brilliant! Thanks for a great night.
4 based on 430 reviews
Had lunch here and was not disappointed. Had two starters, fish chowder and moule. The chowder was delicious and full of fish. The mussels were plump and juicy in a lovely broth. My friend had the fish and chips, again very good. Ambience lovely as were the staff. Will be my go to place when on the IOW.
4 based on 454 reviews
One of the Isle of Wightâs most unique eateries; serving a selection of freshly cooked British gastropub classics, and an extensive range of hot and cold drinks, against the backdrop of an affectionately converted Swiss barn at Tapnell Farm, surrounded by
We visited whilst staying at Tapnell Farm and was pleasantly surprised to have such a great restaurant on site. It has a great menu with lots of choice and family friendly. There is a great outdoor space too.Thanks for your review - look forward to seeing you again soon!
4 based on 632 reviews
I have not been for a few months but am happy to report that nothing has changed. The sirloin steak was excellent in both size and quality. The fries and interesting salad were good as ever and as much as you can eat. Desserts polished it all off with a smile on my face.
4 based on 1036 reviews
Why not come and enjoy the spectacular surroundings of The Waterfront. With some of the best sunsets in England, our beachside pub/restaurant really is the place to relax, forget your worries and soak up the great atmosphere.
Fantastic food and really good value. Big portions and really high quality. The waiters were lovely and every member of staff approached my dog with a treat and cuddles. Lovely views on to the waterfront and its free parking if you spend over Â£30. You can have a lovely stroll down the promenade afterwards and if the tides put, the beach is lovely.
4 based on 707 reviews
Off the Rails Yarmouth For a truly unique experience, come and join us in our Award Winning Railway restaurant situated perfectly beside the beautiful Mill Copse. We provide first class service and a mouth-watering selection of hand prepared dishes for br
Cafe is located in what was Yarmouth railway station (line was closed in 1953) and a short walk from ferry terminal. The original track now forms part of the Island cycle network (adjacent is a cycle hire shop). Itâs a great setting with plenty of indoor and platform seating from where you can look out over the marsh area. Good selection of food options at reasonable prices. Cafe closed Monday and Tuesday but worth seeking out when open.
4 based on 1013 reviews
Welcome to The Hut, Colwell Bay. We are now closed for the 2018 season and will re-open 3 April 2019. Launched in May 2013, The Hut is a quintessentially English 'beach hut' style restaurant that combines an unrivalled passion for high quality, seasonal f
Came here 3 nights ago, celebrating a friendâs 60th, had the most wonderful night, Everything about the place was great, couldnât fault both the food and service, Our fish courses was cooked perfectly, especially mention for our friendly bar guy Bradley who could not do enough for us even showed us a tour of the upstairs Restaurant! Would highly recommend this place!!
4 based on 830 reviews
A traditional country pub with flag stone floors and log fire, serving locally sourced food . The pub has its own garden which produces fresh vegetables and herbs all year round. Four real ales are available as well as an extensive wine list.
Firstly this pub is in a great location ( especially if you are following the old railway track from Yarmouth to Freshwater). The pub is well presented with a good range of drinks and food--the lunch time sandwiches are particularly good with great chips.However what lets it down is the service. On the first visit there was only one person behind the bar and although very friendly was clearly under a great deal of pressure.The second visit a coffee that was ordered took me 3 times to ask where it wasA little sad because a great little pub with some good food
4 based on 187 reviews
The Portland Inn located in the heart of Gurnard Village opened the 8th June, the pub has had a complete refurbishment now offering contemporary and comfortable surroundings for both drinkers & diners. The publicans Mark & Kim bring a passion to create a
We were greeted by a very friendly and funny barman. We ordered dinner, which was delicious, and were looked after by a lovely waitress. We didnât need pudding but they were too tempting to resist! Am glad we didnât resist as they too were delicious. The landlord chatted to us and recommended a few places to visit. Overall an excellent evening. Thank you!
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