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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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Today
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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  • 391
    Excellent
  • 170
    Very good
  • 57
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 12
    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 meal

Good place to eat right on the seafront. Now a lot of pubs can be a bit plastic with their food and menu. Now although this has all the normal pub grub, you can tell its fresh and well prepared. You accept some things have to be pre preparded but some pubs seem to have everything ready to microwave... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Simon B
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Ryde
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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Ryde
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Good place to eat right on the seafront. Now a lot of pubs can be a bit plastic with their food and menu. Now although this has all the normal pub grub, you can tell its fresh and well prepared. You accept some things have to be pre preparded but some pubs seem to have everything ready to microwave .... More 

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West Sussex
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118 reviews 118 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Nice welcome and service. Food was good and plentiful. Lovely views to sea and in a good location. Spoilt a bit by the decorators arguing on their mobile and the work going on outside. We would go back.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

As locals we both love The Waterfront the staff are always very friendly,welcoming and attentive to our needs. But the evening of the 20th of May took things to a whole new level!! If you want a night to remember then look out for a murder night great atmosphere as always but with a murky twist! What else to say... More 

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Nice friendly place, was welcomed and shown to table-didn't feel awkward being on my own. Food good choices(veggie) also dog friendly pub which is nice. Would recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Stoped here for some food and they were fully booked but still made a table for us outside on the patio. It had heaters and was all covered so it was lovely lookin out at sea... staff were all lovely and friendly. The food was lush!! The scotch egg an absolute must!! Excellent evening thankyou :-)

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We have just come home from a brilliant three night stay at the Waterfront. I have lost count of the times we have stayed at this wonderful location over the last six years. As always the service is excellent, food wonderful and the staff always go above and beyond. The breakfasts really start you up for the day, Sharon works... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Very nice food. Great service and good price. Made a fuss of my son on his birthday!! Going to book it to stay Friendly welcoming and with live music must visit.

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Rushden, United Kingdom
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24 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Having left our accommodation early, we went in search of a breakfast and having had a cuppa in The Waterfront a couple of days before we thought we'd try there. Couldn't fault it. Order taken quickly, opted for the full English, ad loved it. Big portions, mountain of toast and nice coffee. Free papers, the view from the window and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

Ok food.lad who took our order was more interested in a barmaid then our order.our food was ok .could have been a bit warmer.

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Ryde, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We had a really lovely meal here on Sunday. I really wanted a seafood platter but my husband didn't so we asked if it would be possible to have a seafood platter for one. Even though they do a special menu on Sundays, they were able to accommodate my request. The portion I was given was huge and was the... More 

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

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?