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Eating & Drinking

Folly Inn

Folly Inn

Folly Lane, Whippingham, Isle of Wight, PO32 6NB

The Folly is an open plan, rustic pub perched on the banks of the River Medina, just up river from East Cowes, and is a great setting on a sunny afternoon, open for food and drink from 9am to 11pm

The Folly Inn is easily accessible from East Cowes via Cowes Water Taxis who will collect you from East Cowes Marina. The trip takes around 20 minutes, taking you into a quieter stretch of river that is designated as a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’, and there are pontoons at each location so no need to get your feet wet.

Island Harbour – Breeze Restaurant

Island Harbour - Breeze Restaurant

Located at Island Harbour Marina, which offers 200 berths for both visiting and permanent yachts, The Breeze Restaurant & Bar is operated by the marina and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located on the Whippingham to Newport cycle and foot path, the venue is also accessible by water taxi or car. 

Lifeboat Inn

Lifeboat Inn

Situated in East Cowes Marina with a large west facing patio overlooking the water, offering one of the best riverside dining areas on the Island. This is a family friendly pub serving food daily.



A lovely Italian restaurant, located less than 500m from Princess Court, serving a selection of pizza, pasta and also lighter bites such as paninis and salads, all using authentic Italian ingredients and fresh Isle of Wight produce, with barista coffee and a great selection of wine.  If you’d prefer they also offer a takeaway option.

Bluebells Café

Bluebells Cafe

Located in a converted barn formerly used to overwinter the Briddlesford Herd, the cafe has a comprehensive menu serving first class food.  They are open from 9am until 4pm and also from 7pm on Saturday evenings.  Also boasting an excellent range of cakes, this can be a great afternoon stop.

Briddlesford Lodge Farm Shop

Briddlesford Lodge Farm Shop

Located in what was formerly the milking parlour at Briddlesford Farm, but now filled with delicious Isle of Wight produce, including fresh fruit and vegetables, pickles and preserves, Isle of Wight Cheese and other dairy products including the Farm's own ‘Buttercup Milk’. Also selling Isle of Wight meats including their own Briddlesford veal, born and reared on their farm to the highest possible welfare standards.


Wine therapy

Just a short walk and crossing over the River Medina via the chain ferry (or water taxi could shorten the journey further) takes you into the centre of Cowes, with a huge selection of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops such as ‘Coast Bar & Dining Room’.  Or how about a visit to ‘Wine Therapy’ to sample some great wines, gins and whiskies, of course stocking up whilst you visit.  

Cowes Water Taxis

Water taxis

VHF Channel 06

Tel: 07831 331717 or 07551 431993

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