Exploring the Solent: Five Waterfront Eateries You Must Visit

The Solent, offers a picturesque backdrop for a culinary adventure. Whether you're a local or a visitor, dining by the water enhances the experience, providing stunning views alongside delicious meals. Here are five waterfront eateries in the Solent you shouldn't miss.

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1. The Haven Bar & Restaurant

Location: Lymington Yacht Haven, Kings Saltern Road, Lymington

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Nestled within Lymington Yacht Haven, The Haven Bar & Restaurant offers a serene setting with panoramic views of the marina. It's the perfect spot to relax and watch the boats sail by. The menu is a celebration of locally sourced ingredients, featuring fresh seafood and seasonal produce. Popular dishes include the succulent Haven Crab, paired perfectly with a crisp glass of white wine. The Haven's chic yet cosy atmosphere makes it an ideal spot for both casual lunches and special dinners.

Although we may be a tad bias it's definitely one of our favourites. 

The Hut

2. The Hut

Location: Colwell Bay, Freshwater, Isle of Wight

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The Hut in Colwell Bay is synonymous with laid-back luxury. This beachside gem is renowned for its vibrant atmosphere and stunning sunsets. Diners can enjoy their meals right on the sand or on the open-air deck. The menu is a delightful mix of classic British dishes and Mediterranean influences, with highlights like the fresh Lobster Spaghetti and the ever-popular Fish Tacos. If you are arriving in the bay by boat, simply drop you anchor, north of the large white buoys and someone will be out to collect you. The Hut's casual, beachy vibe, combined with its excellent service, makes it a must-visit for anyone on the Isle of Wight, although we definitely recommend booking in advance as it's always busy!  

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3. The George

Location: Quay Street, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

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Steeped in history and oozing charm, The George is a luxurious waterfront hotel and restaurant located in the heart of Yarmouth. With its origins dating back to the 17th century, The George combines historic elegance with modern comforts. The restaurant boasts a beautiful garden terrace overlooking the Solent, perfect for a leisurely meal. The menu focuses on modern British cuisine, with standout dishes like the tender Roast Lamb and the exquisite Isle of Wight Crab Salad. For a touch of sophistication by the sea, The George is the place to be. To access The George by boat you will need to book a berth in Yarmouth Harbour. 

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4. The Folly Inn

Location: Whippingham Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight

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The Folly Inn, situated on the banks of the River Medina, is a favourite among sailors with it's easily accessible walk-ashore pontoon. This lively pub offers a warm welcome and a relaxed dining experience. With moorings right outside, it's a convenient stop for those exploring the Solent by boat. The Folly Inn serves up hearty pub fare, including classics like Fish and Chips, and their renowned Sunday Roasts. The outdoor seating area is perfect for soaking up the sun while enjoying a pint of local ale and watching the river traffic.

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5. The Pig on the Beach

Location: Manor Road, Studland, Dorset

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Although slightly off the Solent's traditional path, The Pig on the Beach in Studland is well worth the detour. This quirky and charming restaurant offers breath-taking views of Studland Bay and Old Harry Rocks. The Pig prides itself on its farm-to-table philosophy, with much of the produce coming from their kitchen garden. . The rustic, whimsical décor and the beautiful coastal views create a unique dining experience that's both cosy and luxurious. There are numerous nearby anchorage spots for visitors arriving by boat, all just a short tender or RIB ride from the shore.

Dining by the water in the Solent region is an experience that combines breathtaking scenery with exceptional cuisine. Whether you're in the mood for a sophisticated meal at The George, a relaxed lunch at The Folly Inn, or a vibrant beachside dinner at The Hut, these waterfront eateries offer something for everyone. So, set sail and discover the culinary delights that the Solent has to offer.

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