Lodging And Dining In Bonchurch, Isle of Wight
When choosing a destination on the southern coast of the Isle of Wight, it is easy to think of Ventnor as the place to dine and stay as it is the vibrant town with the more noticeable cultural draw.
The truth is that the island has such close links to its food and such an array of places to stay, which it is easy to find great lodging and dining experiences elsewhere. Despite its size and old-time vibes, Bonchurch has a lot to offer.
Dining Experiences In Bonchurch.
There are the extremes of dining, such as the top-class restaurants and annual garlic festival (if visitors fancy garlic ice cream on a hot summer’s day on the beach) but there are also plenty of cafés for cream teas and doughnuts – the latter apparently invented on the island – and inns providing pub grub and seafood platters.
The Bonchurch Inn is the number 1 restaurant for Bonchurch on Trip Advisor – which is quite the achievement until you realize that it is 1 of 2. This again shows the small scale of this appealing village.
Keywords in the reviews include – superb food, life changing and like stepping back in time, and there can be no better way to describe this sympathetically developed in.
Many of the interior features remain, giving the village the Victorian charm that continues to draw people to the island, but the coach house was removed to provide more outdoor space for diners.Another high point is the inclusion of real ale on tap. This is a must for those that have joined the current trend of real ale societies in the cities but are yet to see what drinking beer in an authentic pub looks like.
Number 2 on the list is the Smugglers Haven café. There is a different approach here with the tea, cream teas, and service being among the key talking points. Visitors can gaze over the seascape with a refreshing cup of tea and freshly made scone after a hike around the coastline.
An honorable mention also has to go to the aptly named Pond Cafe, however, because of its blend of relaxing location and tasty Italian food.Tourists can eat a hearty lasagne or pizza by the duck pond that such a focal point of St Boniface’s little village, or only stop in for coffee and cake after a morning’s exploration.
This establishment is highly popular with locals and visitors alike. First timers may not get a table unless booking in advance with such a high profile and only 25 covers inside.
Staying In Bonchurch.
Bonchurch has a gentle pace, scenic beauty, and history that makes it a must for anyone looking to travel to this southern point of the island. Creative minds and top writers of the 1800s came and stayed in Bonchurch and were inspired by what they saw and this is still true today.
Naturally, the Bonchurch Inn – the central point of the village – would have once been seen as the place to stay. Built in 1840, at this point just a tap room with living accommodation at the rear, it provided a resting point for countless travelers.
The pub that quenches the thirst of modern travelers was once the stables. The former coach house would have been a necessity for travelers arriving from the other side of the island.
The inn was once the grand resting place for the weary traveler, but as there is less of an arduous journey to reach it now – with the planes, ferries, and automobiles that now services the area – the trend moved to more lavish Victorian villas and B&Bs.
Winterbourne Country House is a prime example. This is maybe a B&B with a name that is a little grander than the reality, but it certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to its accommodation and charm.
It is located close to the beach with a cascading garden for some comfort and sea air; it contains cozy, spacious room that retains the feel of the era and there is even an outdoor pool. The Dickens family stayed here for a period in 1849, and it seems that the peaceful feel of the place and great service has not diminished at all.
There may not be a large selection of dining and accommodation options in Bonchurch, but what this small island village lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality.The B&Bsandguesthousesinthe area retains a sense of the Victorian period of the rejuvenating seaside holiday, and the restaurants and cafés bring a blend of styles and menus to keep most travelers happy and well fed.