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The Mess Canteen & Bar, Cowes – Now Reclaimed Cafe & Bar

The Mess Canteen has now had a makeover and is now called ‘Reclaimed Cafe & Bar’

Check out their new facebook page



The Mess Canteen is a great little bar in Cowes High Street. The food is really good – Mark’s favourite dish is their amazing fish cakes, I have a penchant for their delicious burgers with rosemary fries and my bro-in-law Rob nearly always has their lovely big slab of ham with egg and chips. YUM!

The Mess is also a really fun evening venue, well known in Cowes for their fruity jam jar cocktails, definitely worth a visit.

The Mess Bar & Canteen, 63 High Street, Cowes PO31 7RL   01983 280083


Sean the Cyclist – Annual Training Plans & Bicycle Services

Sean Williams Cycling Fitness

Sean Williams Cycling Fitness

Sean is just down the road from us and offers a great service for those wanting to take their cycling up a gear!  If you need a bike service or running repairs he is your man, and can set you on the right path to train that body that sits on top too.

Check out Seans website - Seanthecyclist - Book in with us, your bike will be safe and dry in our amazing cycle store and Sean can map out your training for the next year. If you come by car with the bikes on the back we can even send you a 15% discount code to use on the ferry. Cycle round the Island one day and sit and plan the next, sounds like a good weekend to us!

"I am a British Cycling Club Coach and offer a coaching and advice service based largely on my experience of racing and training since I started back in 1992. I am about to undertake the newer British Cycling Level 2 coach Award.

I can help you improve your bike fitness, create training plans and guidelines for you, go out on rides and generally just help you make the most from your cycling. I don’t just coach for racing..

Your Annual Training Plan

Have you a specific goal in mind? or a target race or event? I can help you create an annual training plan based on your aims, starting form where you are now!

My coaching ethos is based at guidance and analysis rather than instructional and controlling. I don't do Rocky Balboa!

I will draw up an annual plan outlining hours per week, training cycles, taper periods, base and build periods, and peak periods specific to your aims. This plan can be tweaked as the weeks go by on a monthly subscription if you so wish.

Devised Training plans can be shared to you in PDF, Word or CSV Format

One to One Coaching

As well as the annual training plan, I also offer one to one coaching, much like a fitness instructor, but for cyclists. This works on a monthly subscription tailored to your needs and your budget.

A few points to note …

All training, racing and events are done at your own risk. I will not dictate what you do, and all sessions will be carried out by devising your own training week based only on my guidance, not instruction. I will ask you to sign a disclaimer.

The annual plan will include and encourages use of Power Meters and Heart Rate monitors and I offer advice and analysis through testing and use throughout your plan.

I also don’t profess to make you a World Champion, neither do I assume I know more than you. Maybe you have a plan and need someone to keep an eye on you! offer guidance, and provide ongoing support to keep you on track. I can do that too but the same package prices and outlines above apply."



15% Red Funnel Discount Codes

Red Funnel Discount Codes

We are super pleased to be able to offer you our brand new 15% discount code to use on Red Funnels website when you book to stay with us here at The Caledon, in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

All you need to do is use our website to book at least one nights stay and add a discount code option onto your booking - Mark will then send the single use unique code for you to use with Red Funnel and you will get 15% off your standard car ticket. Easy! 1 car and up to 7 passengers....perfect.

You are in complete control of your ferry booking and you get a discount - whats not to like.

Check it out next time you book a room with us.

We are off to enjoy the Winter sunshine.

Mark & Andrea

red funnel ferry


Not all bricks are equal





We love our house so much – it has looked after us for over 13 years now and is the perfect place for us to run our bed and breakfast.

Gradually we are exposing more and more of the original brickwork around the house, we think it adds a real warmth and depth of history to the character of the building. It’s not something that you can easily recreate in large modern hotels and adds that personal touch to staying in our home.

We hope you like them too!



Cowes Accommodation Directory – some of our friends

Book Direct - put more money into the local community.

Obviously we always want you to stay with us at The Caledon but it's not always possible - Book Directly Online  with us first or call on 01983 293599 if you can't find what you are looking for.

If we are full don't despair there are plenty of wonderful places to stay in Cowes - here are just a few of our friends:


OneFifty Cowes - website - 07795 296399 - book online on booking.com

Mimosa Lodge -  website - 01983 241490 - Book Direct Online

Holly Tree House - website - 07933 364519 - Book Direct Online

Endeavour House - website - 01983 297406 - Book Direct Online

Grays Inn - website - 01983 200770 - Call to book

24 Ward Avenue - website  - 01983 292070 - Book Direct Online

Halcyone Villa - website - 01983 243195 - book online on booking.com

The Union Inn - website - 01983 293163 - Book Direct Online

Watch House Barn - website  - 01983 293093 - Book Direct Online

Westbourne House - website - 01983 290009 - book online on booking.com

The Woodvale (Hotel) - website  - 01983 292037 - Book Direct Online

North House (Hotel)  - website  - 01983 209453 - Book Direct Online 

Villa Rothsay (Hotel) - website  - 01983 295178 - Book Direct Online


Remember to always book directly with your accommodation - not only do you guarantee a better service and the best price but you will also keep a bit more money in our local community rather than paying booking agencies a big slice of the cake.

Noble Isle Luxury Toiletries at The Caledon

Our New Noble Isle Toiletries

The new tradition in luxury bathing, inspired by the British Isles - at The Caledon Guest House

We have taken 18 months and many many samples (lots of showers, and lots of making friends and family smell little bottles) to find our new beautiful toiletries - www.nobleisle.com

We chose Noble Isle as not only do they make the most amazing products but also they are a British company making all their products in the British Isles which fits in with our choice to try and shop local as much as we can.  Noble Isle source all extracts from local celebrated producers within the British Isles and that makes us feel good.  Finally all the fragrances are fine fragrance with clearly defined top, heart and base notes which sounds posh but means you really can tell the difference when you step out of the shower.

Here at The Caledon we currently give our guests 50ml bottles of Summer Rising Bath and Shower Gel, Perry Pear Shampoo & Perry Pear Conditioner

These beautifully refreshing fragrances are an amazing part of your stay and we are more than happy for you to take home the rest of the bottle to remind you of your stay with us.

We are so confident that you will like them that we also stock a small range of Noble Isle gifts - take a look in the reception room when you have a spare minute.  We are not just any bed and breakfast, we want you to feel that The Caledon is your home from home when you are here with us in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. 

Mark & Andrea

Where to drink in Cowes

If you fancy a few drinks while in Cowes, whether it’s to watch the game, listen to  live music, sit in the sun with a glass of wine or slurp on a few fruity cocktails then read on, Cowes had lots to offer!

Traditional Pubs we like to frequent:

The Fountain oldenglishinns.co.uk

The Anchor Inn theanchorcowes.co.uk

The Pier View pierview.co.uk

The Vectis Tavern thevectistavern.co.uk

The Union unioninncowes.co.uk

Restaurants with bars:

Coast thecoastbar.co.uk

The Grill thegrillcowes.co.uk

North House northhousecowes.co.uk


Restaurant Guide for 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…

The Grill – Website – see our review

Coast – Website  – see our review

Nomad – Website

North House , luxury hotel and restaurant  – Website

Harbour Kitchen – Website

The Basque Kitchen – Website

Mojacs – Website longstanding favourite in Cowes

Murrays  – Website Fish restaurant

Number 3 – Website intimate little restaurant, limited but good menu

Toninos Website

We also have plenty of pubs and a few curry houses too so there is plenty of choice for all.

Or a 5 min drive away in Gurnard:

The Little Gloster – website – lovely food, right on the seafront, great sunsets


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