Top ChoiceSeafood in Steephill Cove


Arrive early enough, and you'll see Steephill Cove's fishers (Jimmy and Mark) landing your lunch – the sanded wooden tables here are just steps from the sea. It makes a spellbinding spot to sip chilled wine,...

Pub Food in Ventnor & Southern Isle of Wight

Spyglass Inn

When a beachfront pub is this bedecked with pirate paraphernalia, ships' lanterns and lifebelts, you tend to be wary of the meals. No need. The seafood platters and salads here are renowned, especially the...

Cafe in Steephill Cove

Crab Shed

Lobster pots and fishing boats line the slipway outside a shack that's a riot of sea-smoothed spas, cork floats and faded buoys. Irresistible treats include meaty crab salads, mackerel ciabatta and crumbly crab...

Lighthouse in Ventnor & Southern Isle of Wight

St Catherine's Lighthouse

A crenellated 19th-century navigational aid that marks the island's southernmost point. Tours climb the 90-odd steps up to the lantern room, revealing sweeping sea views.

Bistro in Ventnor & Southern Isle of Wight

Ale & Oyster

The modern takes on Isle of Wight produce served at this top-notch little bistro have won a loyal following. Refined dishes might include crab parfait, seared scallops, confit duck, or local pigeon breast dotted...

Lighthouse in Ventnor & Southern Isle of Wight

St Catherine's Oratory

Known locally as the Pepperpot, this 34ft, octagonal, 14th-century tower constitutes England's only surviving medieval lighthouse.