Sandown is a seaside resort town and civil parish on the southeast coast of the Isle of Wight, England, which neighbours the town of Shanklin to the south, with the village of Lake in between the two settlements. Sandown Bay is the name of the bay off the English Channel which both towns share, and it is notable for its long stretch of easily accessible golden sandy beach. It is the site of the lost Sandown Castle. Whilst undergoing construction, this was attacked by a French force which had fought its way over Culver Down from Whitecliff Bay, resulting in the French being repulsed. It was built too far into the sea and constantly suffered erosion, until now reduced to a pile of rocks. Later forts in the town include the Diamond Fort (named after its plan), built inshore to replace the castle and which fought off a minor attack from privateers (probably French) in 1788, and the present "Granite Fort" at Yaverland, which is now the zoo. Together with Shanklin, Sandown forms a built up area of 21,374 inhabitants.
Things to do in Sandown
4.5 based on 741 reviews
A rare five star in my opinion. We went in for lunch, and had not necessarily been expecting much – it’s out of season and not to a very imposing restaurant at least from the outside.
However the food was outstanding! The menu was interesting and diverse and all of the food (we were looking at others as much as our own!) look good.
I had fish and chips – easy to do badly, and actually not difficult to do well – but this was very good indeed with home-made mushy peas and excellent crisp chips with the skin on. But we also had the red Thai fish curry which, we both agreed, it was one of the best we’ve ever eaten.
There must be a good chef in the background, but also the staff are very friendly and helpful to. I don’t know what it’s like for dinner but I’d like to go back!
4 based on 466 reviews
Royal China, a beautiful high class restaurant situated in sunny Sandown and a minutes walk away from the beach, only a short distance from the pier.We are open all-year-round with 25 years of experience in fine cuisine, we invite you to our restaurant for a divine meal with a calm, relaxing atmosphere.
This is a lovely old fashioned Chinese restaurant. Food was lovely and prompt and very friendly people who work there. Great interior.
4.5 based on 417 reviews
For a family-friendly restaurant and bar with real ale, freshly ground coffee and an outside eating area with a spectacular view of the beach and Sandown Bay, you can't do better than come to Flanagan's on Pier Street. Try one of our fantastic burgers made to our chef's own special recipe,or anything from baguettes, pizza and omelettes to lasagne, BBQ ribs or salmon supreme on our extensive menu. Our Chef's Specials are updated regularly and always worth a look. There's a choice of full roast dinner on Sundays. We have live music entertainment almost every weekend.
Popped in here for a drink, lovely dog friendly pub which was serving food ( we didn’t eat but the food that came out looked lovely). Friendly staff and very welcoming.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
A warm welcome awaits at The Pointer, where Landlord and Lady, Rob and Rachel, invite you to join them in one of the Islands oldest, most historic pubs.
We had such a lovely evening at the Pointers Inn! The staff were very friendly and helpful and they were lovely to our dog. Would definitely recommend!
4.5 based on 822 reviews
'Twas a night before Christmas so the rain came down in sheets, nippers sailing in their prams up and down adjoining streets, Shanklin was dark, nothing in a manger, Kings delayed in Orient, no angels hollering Hark, perhaps only Ventnor could be stranger.
Santa came to see us with an item in his pocket, one festive reservation garnished with rocket, Steve had a cancellation, of that here was no doubt, we took him on with open arms from flooded rooftop one did shout.
Subtle greeting and Proscecco set the tone for Crimbo perfection, Steve in a suit and matching boozy flute put me loosely in mind of One Direction, brother Sam one man to forget me not remember, another clan member showed us to a table, next to his Mother named Sue some pictures of stuff gas central heating and an internet cable.
Quizzes for much later were doodled onto paper.
My wife opted seafood whilst I settled for the duck, cocktail and pate being rather precise, appetizing tasty well seasoned well nice, posh bottle bubbles chilled to the flow, non tacky crackers cost him four quid a throw, trinkets adorning something useful for a change, not purchased down the market diamond geezer or "The Range"
Succulent festive gobbling beast thick slices ah, the best, generally speaking us horny fellas preffering a breast, gravy not in globule form no lumps no bumps to boot, Brussels past that bullet stage red cabbage laced with fruit, sausages in overcoats cranberry conserve in cranberry boats, many other vegetables placing palettes to the test, vegetable on table six, the somewhat shady questionable guest.
A noisy man behind us simply didn't cease blaspheming, one more heathen bleater from Messiah Lord and eternal keeper who fails to grasp the meaning.
'Twas Christmas Day in Pendletons, pudding was steaming hot, the first man to refuse the thing was marched outside, and shot. Several vats of paraffin brandy, sixpences bright copper kettles and canes made of candy, dragged to our table billowing flames, Masterchef and The Hunger Games, John and Greg would indeed bow their cranium to a pud full of nickel shrapnel spare change and titanium, titillated with alcohol grease, every paying punter was deserving of a piece.
Next stuff to tackle being a lorry load of cheese, with grapes of Roth apples sticks celery to please, Cheddar Brie Stilton a thing resembling Torte, accompanied by butter puff's Red Leicester and a port, Southampton I believe, which isn't far away!
Home made hand made woman made chocolates, shortbread indigestion, booking.com would avoid repeat congestion, thanking you to all concerned, nothing ventured nothing burned, raising a glass to all things en croute, especially Steve, who rocked a suit !!
4.5 based on 809 reviews
The Garlic Farm is all about garlic...We've been growing garlic on the Isle of Wight for over 30 years now and are the UK's largest specialist garlic grower. We are proud of our exceptional quality garlic which is renowned for its flavour, keeping quality and beauty. You only have to try our latest crop to see what we mean. We also travel the world to select the best possible garlic varieties to offer our customers. We sell our garlic through our farm shop, farmers' markets, our website and through specialist food retailers across the UK including farm shops and delicatessens. We welcome visitors to our farm where we offer free entry, free farm walks, free tastings, education room and our farm shop and restaurant all located in the beautiful Arreton Valley. Our shop & restaurant buildings have been constructed from Macrocarpa pine grown on the farm. Come and learn all about garlic and taste our amazing garlic creations. We welcome adults and children to enjoy the natural surroundings
After seeing all the lovely Garlic Farm produce advertised on the ferry from Portsmouth, we visited the farm on Sunday on our way back to the ferry. As per the marketing the shop is full all sorts of goodies, plus there is a tasting room containing yummy sauces, mayonnaises etc etc.
Looking forward to buying some goodies to eat in the restaurant, we were informed that the kitchen is closed until 12:00 - so all we could have was coffee & cake - no garlic to be bought in the Garlic Farm's restaurant - very disappointing.
4 based on 400 reviews
PLEASE NOTE – On Sunday 14th January 2018 we shall be closing for a short time whilst we carry out some improvements. Don't worry, we’ll be returning on Friday 26th January at 5pm. Watch this space for information… Open 7 days a week for great home cooked food and drink. With great facilities for children including indoor ball pit and outdoor play area including a pirate ship and bouncy castle (weather permitting). Lots of space for large parties and buffets catered for.
This place was one of several recommended by our National Holidays driver so Diane & I looked it up (it's close by our hotel). We declined to eat having reviewed the very expensive menu and seen the fare offered to other Customers which we felt represented very poor value for money.
4.5 based on 607 reviews
We are a popular 'Bistro'. We open from 10:00 in the morning, closing at 2.30, we re-open for the evening at 5.30 last orders at 8.30 in the evening, during the summer. Our opening times vary with the seasons. We are small and friendly, having the capacity for 32 covers. Our food is cooked in our own kitchen by 2 very good chefs. We use fresh ingredients and locally produced Beef, Lamb and free-range eggs from a local farm. Lobster and Crab from local fishermen. We try our best to deliver great food, attentive service, pleasant atmosphere, and an enjoyable dining, experience all at good value. Last orders 15 mins before closing time. However, there is no rush for evening diners to leave the the Bistro we will happily continue to serve drinks and desserts to diners already with us.
Had a nice meal here the other day. Food very good,( cold day , and it was cold in restaurant! ,( but i think it had been closed for a while) but food was hot , nicely decorated and had nice sayings on the walls.Friendly staff
4 based on 448 reviews
The Ocean Deck Bar & Restaurant is set on Sandown Bay. Boasting panoramic coastal views across the Channel it is the perfect place to eat, drink and relax. The Ocean Deck focuses on good, unpretentious, traditional food, using the freshest ingredients, sourced as close to home as possible. Whether you choose a three-course meal, a Sandwich, an ice-cold beer or a bottle of wine to enjoy out on the decking, a friendly welcome will always greet you at this family run, chic-nautical themed bar and restaurant.
You got ask about gluten free meal as they put in there menu small portion food don't as good there need to improve there food and not good choice of beer
4.5 based on 512 reviews
Walked from Shanklin this morning in the sun and bitter cold wind, went into The Beach Cafe for breakfast. Met with a very warm welcome, we ordered full english and a spainish breakfast, both were lovely and fresh, and served up with hot mugs of tea. Will defiantly return, very clean and bright, well cared for. The menu is perfect for anytime of day with lots of homemade dishes with sound amazing.
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