Cowes has fast become our favourite place to visit by boat – close enough for lunch and full of good places to eat. So, that is precisely what we did on a sunny May bank holiday!
Tom, his father and I nipped out on the boat across to Cowes for lunch.
Out through Portsmouth Harbour (some of my favourite views) and across the Solent.
With myself at the helm for the first time this year!
Our destination of choice was a pub that is a favourite among fellow boat owners – the Folly Inn at East Cowes. Complete with their own pontoon and a large outside seating area, the Folly is the perfect spot for a sunny day – just make sure you arrive early so you can grab a spot on the pontoon!
On this particular hot, sunny bank holiday, I insisted we sit outside to bask in the sun – a decision I later came to regret. (Hello sunburnt scalp, how I missed you so…)
The Folly have freshly painted their outdoor tables in the most beautiful bright colours, just in time for summer, partnered with an excellent view over the water.
We’ve been to the Folly Inn several times over the last couple of years, and their food has always been consistently good. There’s something for everyone, with loads of fish dishes and some excellent steak and burger choices. Just make sure you arrive early so you don’t have to join the very long queue to order at the bar – it’s a popular spot!
I opted for two starters and some fries for my main – because why not?
First up for me was Chilli & Garlic King Prawns, served with garlic ciabatta – what an excellent combination this was! Big, juicy king prawns and nicely spicy. An excellent choice, and one I’d have again.
Along with some calamari – nice, although not the best I’ve ever had. However, calamari is always an excellent choice!
Tom went for the sharing platter – all for himself! A pretty good choice, if you ask me. A plate piled high with garlic ciabatta, fries, onion rings, scampi and mushrooms. Plus some extra calamari on the side, of course.
Tom’s father went for a classic jacket spud, topped with a generous helping of prawns – which looked rather tasty!
If you find yourself over on the island, whether by boat or by car, I’d recommend a trip to the Folly Inn. There’s a great atmosphere both inside and outside the pub, good food at reasonable prices, and some lovely views over the water. What’s not to love?
Find out more about the Folly on their website here – you can book too. Enjoy!