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The Waterfront Inn

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French, Fish & Chips, Seafood, British, Pub, Brasserie
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19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
+44 1983 863023
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10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: We are a free house and offer a wide selection of Isle of Wight ales...
We are a free house and offer a wide selection of Isle of Wight ales, lagers, wines & spirits, together with a straightforward, homely menu that features local steaks and seafood in addition to the usual seaside favourites. Why not come and unwind with us - enjoy a leisurely fixed-price meal or just a long cool cocktail in our bar or outside on our sun terrace - all giving panoramic sea views from Shanklin across Sandown bay towards the white cliffs of Culver Down. We offer live music most weekends and also during the week in the summer season.
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  • 406
    Excellent
  • 181
    Very good
  • 61
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great staff brilliant view and good food

The staff were very attentive and efficient. They ensured there was a good feel round the place. Food was hot and served in good time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
rogerp761
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Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
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Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The staff were very attentive and efficient. They ensured there was a good feel round the place. Food was hot and served in good time.

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Great view, food was okay the scotch egg was the best, staff okay it was good for lunch as the weather was good- not sure it would be the same for dinner but for lunch with the view it was okay

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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Good beer with nice view, spoilt by snobby staff, who seem to have little else to do but stand around giving dirty looks to people. We arrived at approx 3.30 as a group of four adults and four children. We were planning to eat. We were told that the kitchen did not open until 5, so waited until after 5... More 

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Huddersfield
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Four of us went for lunch.The cheese ploughmans was a tiny bit of salad and an enormous amount of cheese, it was expensive for what it was, less cheese and a lower price would be better. The club sandwiches were a disappointment served on ciabatta chicken and green goo. It was supposed to be avocado but was guacamole. It was... More 

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Freshwater, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Outside under the heaters.lovely view of the sea and yachts.drinks served were reasonably priced.Well worthwhile the climb back up to our hotel to bed

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UK
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156 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We had a lunch time special here of fish and chips. Lovely fresh food, nicely presented in a lovely bar overlooking the beach front. Good value for money with free wifi

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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Lovely food , lovely people , huge potions , great pricing, beautiful setting , great friendly staff, we went twice in one week , not a fault ,

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Shanklin, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Come back David and Catherine - all is forgiven! Since the new owners took over the quality of the food has really gone downhill. High prices for poor microwaved desserts, Sunday lunch with lots of poor vegetables, and so on. Where are the proper hand cut chips? Only frozen fries now my friend. We told the new owners about our... More 

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Huddersfield
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11 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Came here for lunch after spending the morning on the beach. At first glance, enjoyable views, with places to sit both in the sun or in the shade depending on preferences. A good start. We were shown a table and the waitress offered to bring over some menus, which didn't materialise after 5 minutes. We went hunting for some menus... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

This was ok, not great but ok. Sea bass and salmon was declared very good by all 3 of us but the veg & garnish and then desserts were stuck in a time warp.

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Additional Information about The Waterfront Inn

Address: 19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
Phone Number: +44 1983 863023
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  Shanklin
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 6 - 31
Cuisine: French, Fish & Chips, Seafood, British, Pub, Brasserie

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 19 Esplanade, Shanklin PO37 6BN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  Shanklin
  • Phone Number: +44 1983 863023

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 31
  • Cuisine: French, Fish & Chips, Seafood, British, Pub, Brasserie

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Romantic, Dining on a budget

Description

We are a free house and offer a wide selection of Isle of Wight ales, lagers, wines & spirits, together with a straightforward, homely menu that features local steaks and seafood in addition to the usual seaside favourites. Why not come and unwind with us - enjoy a leisurely fixed-price meal or just a long cool cocktail in our bar or outside on our sun terrace - all giving panoramic sea views from Shanklin across Sandown bay towards the white cliffs of Culver Down. We offer live music most weekends and also during the week in the summer season.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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