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Restaurants in Cowes, we are spoilt for choice!

We are very lucky in Cowes, there are lots of great places to eat and drink! It’s definitely worth booking ahead as they’re either very busy or quite tiny, either way they can get booked up quickly. Here we’ve put together a list of our favourites, most of them have menus on their websites to peruse…


These 2 are really popular with a bit of a buzz about them at the moment:

The Grill  www.thegrillcowes.co.uk  see our review

Coast www.thecoastbar.co.uk  see our review


Perhaps a little quieter:

Brawns www.brawns.co.uk French brasserie. see our review

Mojacs www.mojacs.co.uk longstanding favourite in Cowes

Murrays www.murrays.co Fish restaurant

Number 3 www.number3cowes.com intimate little restaurant, limited but good menu

MooCow www.moocowstuff.com Mediterranean influenced mezze bar


Also North House which just opened today, luxury hotel and restaurant, we went for a little viewing and it looks gorgeous. Their website doesn’t seem to be up and running yet though, we’ll give them a few days :)  www.northhousecowes.co.uk


Or a 5 min drive away in Gurnard:

The Little Gloster www.thelittlegloster.com lovely food, right on the seafront, great sunsets


Here’s a link to Tripadvisor reviews of restaurants in Cowes:


Cycling maps of the Isle of Wight

Click on this post to see many useful cycle maps all over the Isle of Wight courtesy of sunseaandcycling.com.

The Island offers the cyclist dedicated cycleways – many following the course of disused railway lines, signed routes, miles of bridleways and quiet country lanes as an alternative to busy main roads.

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Here are some of the Island’s well established cyclepaths/ routes:

The Grill…a great new restaurant in Cowes

It’s always good to see new restaurants open in Cowes, and The Grill is a very welcome addition! Serving really delicious food from their all-day restaurant and bar using local meats and seafood cooked over a charcoal grill. Open everyday from 11am till late, food served from 12pm – 10pm

Call 01983 200666 for reservations. http://thegrillcowes.co.uk/

Come and cycle the Isle of Wight

Come and cycle the Isle of Wight and stay with us at The Caledon Guest House in Cowes. Really convenient location right on the round the island cycle route with secure cycle storage, beautiful rooms and great local breakfast.

We are a super base from which to complete the famous Isle of Wight Randonnee (Round the Island cycle route) or take on any other part of the many cycle paths and trails the Isle of Wight has to offer.

Bring your bike over on the Red Funnel Car Ferry (www.redfunnel.co.uk), cross the river on the floating bridge and you are ready to put your bike into our secure cycle store (takes up to 12 bikes) overnight and wander into town to grab a bite to eat at one of the many pubs and restaurants just a 5 min wander down the road in Cowes.

Up early for a wonderful breakfast made using the best local produce and you are ready to explore our wonderful Island. The main route starts right outside our door and is well signposted throughout and we can always supply the odd map too.

Outside taps for water bottles and a hose to wash down the bike at the end of the day and a few useful tools are all on hand.

Have a look round the rest of our website and give us a shout if you have any questions on 01983 293599.

Mark & Andrea


Cowes Week 2016 bed and breakfast accommodation

Come and stay with us for Cowes Week 2016. We have 9 beautiful rooms, wonderful freshly cooked breakfasts using Isle of Wight produce and we are very friendly to boot!

Free parking, great WiFi and only a 5 minute walk to Shepards Wharf Marina, 8 min walk to Cowes Yacht Haven and a 10 minute walk to Island Sailing Club.

Minimum 8 nights stay. Room rates and availability are online www.the-caledon.co.uk, click on Book Now or call us on 01983 293599 to reserve your room.


National Trust on the Isle of Wight

We are very lucky here on the Isle of Wight to have so many beautiful National Trust sites, from ancient woodlands and nature reserves to open downlands and dramatic coast lines with sheer chalk cliffs, not to mention a The Needles Battery, the 300 year old Bembridge Windmill,  a Victorian fort under restoration, and an historic 17th century town hall with an interesting political past.

Have a look at The Isle of Wight section on the National Trust website. It’s a brilliant resource, full of information on what to do, how to get there and it’s very easy to use www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Walk on Mottistone Down, Isle of Wight

What a beautiful sunny, windy, chilly morning to wrap up and stroll up Mottistone Down with Charlie dog. We started at Mottistone Down car park, PO30 4JH where you can park for free. Wander through the gate and up the hill as far as you want to and back down again enjoying the wonderful coastal views, or go the whole hog and walk the 5 miles to Freshwater beach, have a little sunbathe and head back again to make a day of it. It’s is quite hilly and challenging in places but well worth the effort.

Have a look here www.iwight.com for a circular route 4.25 miles, going past Mottistone Manor and The Long Stone dating back from Neolithic times. There’s a useful map and good instructions to tell you where to go.

Coincidentally, The Telegraph has an article today featuring Mottistone as their Walk of the Week! www.telegraph.co.uk/travel


Stunning new ensuite room for 2016!

We have recently opened another brand new beautiful double ensuite room to add to our collection! And very pleased with it we are too!

Relax on plump pillows on a luxury 1600 pocket sprung mattress and enjoy the lovely views over Cowes and The Solent with a Nespresso coffee…mmm sounds good to me!

The room features a stunning brick wall lovingly stripped back and restored by Mark, a beautifully restored original fireplace matched with stylish black lamps and ceiling lights, natural wood furniture set against calming green walls. Take a look at our pics…