South of the Island
One of the best pubs on the Island foodwise, is the Taverners in Godshill. Godshill is quite a touristy little village, but the model village is good and there’s some good walks from here – start behind the Griffin pub and once you get into the lofty woods look left for some great high rope swings!
Sandown and Shanklin area bit bucket and spade and arcade ! Though Sandown has a good Dinosaur museaum, and Shanklin Chine is a lovely walk. However Ventnor has a couple of smart new boutique hotels – The Royal and The Hamborough – with amazing food. Ventnor also has a great quayside restaurant overlooking the marina and fisheries, with great food and an interesting Island shaped pool the little kids can play in while you wait!
Along from Ventnor by car (or you can walk all along the stunning coastal path) is the secret Steephill Cove, a great place to clamber over the rocks and enjoy crab sandwiches from the café there, or if you’re feeling flash, book into the almost Caribbean island feel Boathouse Restaurant (if you can) for their decadent seafood platter.