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RESTAURANTS North House Hotel has a relaxed and stylish feel The Pier View is the perfect place to catch up with friends Martinis on the Island whilst North House excels in a relaxed, stylish and comfortable feel – full of character, yet unpretentious. Dishes are focused on fish and seafood from the south coast with a respectful nod to the seasons and use as much local produce as possible. Further into town there is the Anchor pub, hugely lively with a back room that hosts an eclectic selection of the Island’s live bands. Home cooked food, a great summer beer terrace and real ales on tap are what the Anchor is all about and its Sunday roasts are the thing of local legend. e Lifeboat in East Cowes Marina is under the same management as the Anchor with a relaxed waterside atmosphere. Across the road is Tiffins, serving sandwiches, light lunches, soups and coffee for those on the go to eat in or take away and further along is themed cocktail bar at 60s Place with décor and memorabilia of the era of counter culture. Burgers, dirty fries and seafood pizza are amongst their extensive offerings. Opposite is the newly refurbished Pier View which serves food all day and is the perfect place to watch sports other than sailing and to catch up with friends. Gastronomy is the relatively new kid on the restaurant block and serves cocktails and easy communal food with ribs, tacos and burgers all appearing on their menu which straddles Asia, Morocco and Italy for its influences. It’s a great space for larger parties and oen has happy hour cocktail offers to tempt you… If Indian is your chosen cuisine then you’ll be spoiled for choice with Spice Central, e Bahar and Cowes Tandoori all vying for your custom. It’s best to book, especially during Cowes Week, as all three are extremely popular and you should note that you’ll need to bring your own alcoholic drinks to the Bahar – no corkage is charged. Tucked away at the bottom of town is Manny’s café which sells the very best Portuguese custard tarts, or pastéis de nata, in the known universe! ere is also e Watch House Barn and Coffee Shop which does a cracking big breakfast for hungry sailors and the Union Inn serving favourites like seafood chowder, crayfish, local butcher's sausages, slow cooked lamb shank and real ales on tap. Finally, at the furthest end of Bath Road are Number 3 and the Yachtsman pub. Number 3 is a delightful intimate space with a menu which concentrates on local produce, fish and shellfish as well as tempting puds whist the Yachtsman, placed on the Esplanade, offers an extensive menu to suit families, sailors and kids alike, with great views across the Solent and beyond. e Yachtsman offers great hospitality, food and drink with a large terrace and bi-folding doors opening the pub up to the outside world in the summer months. So, whatever your taste in food, the size of your party or the depth of your wallet, you won’t have any problem finding a gastronomic delight in Cowes. From tempting tapas, perfect pizza, blockbusting burgers and the finest of dining to the simplest of sandwiches, Cowes will not disappoint. COWES 2019 – 2020 The Yachtsman has great views across the Solent 55