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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Bar
“A historic pub with a fabulous menu and locally caught crab dishes - a firm favourite with locals. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Look out for drop in yoga classes or just visit the gardens for a relaxing look around. Good cafe and a selection of island favourite plants to buy”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The sister cafe and restaurant to Stripped we love the varied menu that has Eastern European influences great for lunch or breakfast”
  • 22 locals recommend
Establishment
“Perfect for lazy beach days, rock pooling or simply eating crab and lobster with a glass of cold white wine.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Lodging
“Upmarket hotel, with an old fashioned elegance. Located just up the hill in a beautiful garden. We recommend lunch outside in the summer or their Royal afternoon tea. It is delicious! ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Pub
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“Smoking Lobster is a fantastic Restaurant on Ventnor Beach Seafront, Adam and GM have been serving fantastic food for many years at Tramazzinis in the town and opened Smoking Lobster a couple of years ago to add to the reputation they deserved. Fantastic Seafood and local produce served overlooking the beach”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“Simply the most friendly Pub in the town, Dave and Di host quiz nights, music , sport and parties no shortage of entertainment , craft beers , great value food what more can you ask for a real local”
  • 9 locals recommend
Corner Shop
“In the town centre a few mins drive up the hill, there is a Co-op and also a Tesco Express for essentials. You can normally park right outside or opposite. If you want to walk allow 15 mins. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Food
“Best for – freshest fish on the island. Visit in the day for your pick of locally caught fish, crab and lobster. During early evenings you can pick up delicious hot fish and chips – try crab on chips for an authentic island takeaway. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Store
“Fantastic food and service. We recommend for fish dishes, catch of the day and great deserts.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Corner Shop
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  • 1 local recommends
Lodging
“It's clean and safe, a mix of sand and pebbles so bring your beach shoes. Great waves”
  • 9 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Bonchurch Inn is quirky, no frills but the Italian food served is the best on the Island having been prepared by the family owners. I recommend the Spinach Canneloni with a good bottle of red wine. Friendly welcome, Courage beer in kegs behind the bar, a few locals-reserve a table in the main bar. Not suitable for very young children although in the Summer months you can sit outside comfortably for lunchtimes.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Just a few doors down on the seafront these guys do lovely food, we recommend the steak!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Favourite lunch spot. Fresh uncomplicated local seafood served in a fab setting over looking the cove, very popular , lunchtimes only and only open May to September but worth the visit”
  • 6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Even though the Met is not the best eating place in Ventnor it is one of the most popular due to the location. You can sit here for hours watching the world go by and the sea roll in”
  • 7 locals recommend