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The mess-canteen+Bar

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63 High Street | Isle of Wight, Cowes PO31 7RL, England
+44 1983 280083
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Wiltshire, UK
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243 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been here a couple of times for bacon sarnies, but never managed an evening meal, as you can't book and we're not keen on hanging around when we're hungry. But we walked past on a chilly week-night, peeked in, there was a table and we snaffled it. The food was as good as the lunchtime offerings. I had a... More 

Thank Caroline1651
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a lovely place! Fantastic food. Everyone in a party of 8 loved their meal choices. Warm & Friendly atmosphere. Sweets in a bowl by the door on the way out! I look forward to the next time I'm in Cowes to go back for more delicious food.

Thank AndroidDawn
Southampton, England
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131 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been trying to get in there since last year due to the reputation it has, but its always been full, but this was a quiet Monday out of season so we succeeded in getting a table when the restaurant was relatively quiet. The service is friendly and the atmosphere is happy. Drinks and menu options are all on the... More 

Thank poroger
Cowes, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had missed lunch and were looking for somewhere which was still doing good food at 4. We found the Mess Canteen and the menu seemed interesting, if perhaps a bit pricy. The decor, as you may have guessed from the title, is the current trend of shabby chic but I feel that in this instance it is a little... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were passing and thought this looked interesting. Really glad we went in for lunch. The staff were lovely and the food was great - a bit different to the norm. Some good vegetarian options too. The decor was laid back and quirky with some cool touches. Blackboards on the tables with chalk for the kids (and big kids) to... More 

Thank JeneratorUK
Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just stopped in for a quick lunch while on holiday in Cowes and me and my family were welcomed by a lovely waitress called Harriet who was chatty and friendly with us (and complimented my eyebrows)! Ordered a lovely salad and I recommend the Rosemary fries! Overall a hidden gem with a gorgeous interior, delicious menu and amazing staff, would... More 

Thank MessyLucy
Colchester, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting but not sure I would return. Menu chalk boards are chaotic, no starters or puds. Interesting options. We opted for 'meat feast' special, which was rare steak, buttermilk, horseradish advacado and blue cheese taco. Only 3 wines, white, red or rose. House red was great.. merlot reasonably priced. Food arrived on a wooden board (am not a fan) 2... More 

Thank leisms
Maldon, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a super little place with locally sourced ingredients. Lots of choice, and good drinks menu too. Coffee was very good too. We had the cola marinated buttermilk fried chicken with rosemary fries, really delicious and the meat was really falling off the bone. Would be really happy to go back again.

Thank Archie74
Woking, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2017

We stopped for a quick lunch on the way to our hotel, we had some great small food but would have had more if not eating later, friendly staff made us feel welcome, we took a picture of the menu which is on the wall only so as to remember what to choose from at the table, i have been... More 

Thank putts2017
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68 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2017 via mobile

If I hadn't been with someone who knew, and liked this restaurant I would have walked on by. Which would have been a real shame as the burgers were great, the rosemary chips delish and the service excellent. Take note owners, most eating places are having a spring clean and you need to do the same. The outside is grubby... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $13
British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 63 High Street | Isle of Wight, Cowes PO31 7RL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  Cowes
  • Phone Number: +44 1983 280083
NO BOOKINGS OR RESERVATIONS 1ST COME 1ST SERVED BASIS!!!! The Mess-canteen+bar is set in the heart of Cowes and provides local fresh homemade food at honest affordable prices. The menu changes daily depending on the seasonal fresh produce that is available from local suppliers. The Mess is a place that can be enjoyed throughout the day serving breakfast,lunch and dinner. By night the fresh fruit jam jar cocktails have proved to be a hit with all ages, even the children can enjoy the non alcoholic mocktails. Whether you are stopping by for one of our hearty breakfasts,mouthwatering lunches, award winning coffees and homemade cakes or having a jar with friends over dinner The mess-canteen+bar will provide you with a relaxing atmosphere and leave you wanting more.

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