Our final day on the Isle of Wight was my birthday – so we spent the day mooching round and eating in Cowes! Which is a pretty good way to spend a birthday, if you ask me.
We went for a ride on the new chain ferry, from East Cowes to West Cowes (the main bit) – please try to contain your excitement here. *ha ha*
The chain ferry may not be very exciting, but you do get a pretty good view out towards the Solent!
First up was lunch – which was pizza. Obviously. We chose The Coast Bar & Restaurant, mainly because it was the only place where we could actually make a reservation! It was a nice restaurant, but very very crowded and we were squeezed into a small space next to a very loud couple. It would be nice to return outside of Cowes Week to see what the restaurant is normally like!
I can’t really remember what we went for, mine was something meaty with rocket, and I think T had one covered with mushrooms, bacon and olives. Either way, they were delicious!
After lunch we wandered along the high street, stopping at Tiffins for another of our favourite drinks – a Chocolate Yoghurt Shake. I can’t recommend these enough! Deeeeee-licious.
We spent the afternoon exploring Cowes, looking at boats and munching on snacks. The churros are a favourite of ours from last year, so we couldn’t miss out this time round!
Served with a pot of melted chocolate, they are quite a treat. A treat I’d recommend sharing to offset some of the accompanied guilt!
Friday night at Cowes Week is known as fireworks night, and if you’re planning on visiting for just one day, make it this one! We made our way back across to East Cowes, heading for our favourite spot – East Cowes Marina. The restaurant there, The Lifeboat Inn, has a fantastic outdoor area with a glass panel, which allows you to eat your dinner whilst looking at the marina. Or, if you visit on fireworks night, you can eat dinner with an unobstructed view of the fireworks and the Red Arrows! Personally, I think The Lifeboat is far nicer outside than in.
We both chose a decent sized dinner (aware of the fact that we were catching a ferry back to Portsmouth at 1am!) which was very tasty. Tom opted for a steak with all the trimmings, and I chose whitebait – my favourite! Accompanied by a bowl of fries to share.
After watching the Red Arrows and the fireworks, and eating far too much food, we jumped in our van and drove back to the ferry terminal. Ferry journeys at midnight are a little surreal, as you can’t see anything – not even the water!
We arrived home tired and looking forward to a lie in – after a great week away!