Isle Of Wight Tourist Guide

The Waterfront Inn

19 Esplanade
Isle of Wight
PO37 6BN

01983 863023

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  • All Rooms En-Suite
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Children's Menu
  • Cocktails
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • En-suite Accommodation
  • English or Continental Breakfast
  • Extensive Wine List
  • Family Friendly
  • Ferry Inclusive Breaks
  • Free House
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fully Licensed
  • Functions & Parties
  • Guest Beers
  • Hairdryer in all Rooms
  • Homemade Dishes
  • LCD TV with Freeview in All Rooms
  • Live Music
  • Local Ales
  • Lunches
  • Open All Year
  • Outside Seating
  • Panoramic Views
  • Real Ales
  • Restaurant
  • Room Only Available
  • Sea View Rooms
  • Sea Views
  • Special Diets Catered For
  • Speciality Teas & Coffees
  • Sunday Lunches
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vegetarians Catered For
  • Walkers & Cyclists Welcome
  • Well Behaved Pets Welcome


Owners Catherine and David would like to welcome all customers, old and new to The Waterfront Inn, ideally located right on the esplanade in the popular seaside resort of Shanklin.

Our homely Isle of Wight guest house, brasserie and bar is situated in an outstanding position, just a stone’s throw from Shanklin´s gorgeous, sandy Blue Flag beach.

We are family-run Guest House and offer eight en-suite guest bedrooms, four of which boast fantastic sea views. We appreciate that our guests´ enjoyment is the key to our success and we endeavour to offer high standards in customer service together with a personal touch.

Brasserie and Bar
The Waterfront Inn is a free house and offers a wide selection of Isle of Wight ales, lagers, wines & spirits, together with a menu that features great-value fixed price options, local steaks and seafood in addition to the usual seaside favourites. Why not come and unwind with us and enjoy a leisurely meal or just a long cool drink in our bar or outside on our sun terrace. Wherever you choose, you will marvel at the panoramic sea views from Shanklin across Sandown bay towards the white cliffs of Culver Down. Live music can be enjoyed most weekends during the summer season.

The Isle of Wight is blessed with the sunniest weather in the UK, and Shanklin, also known as the ‘Jewel of the Isle’, offers a lovely climate as it is on the south-eastern corner, attracting the warm winds that allow the natural growth of tropical flowers and vegetation.

The Waterfront Inn dates back to 1800 when it was known as Norfolk House. In 1858, whilst he was finishing off ´The Origin of Species´, Charles Darwin stayed here for a few weeks and remarked in a letter "We think this the nicest seaside place we have ever seen". As we now know, Darwin was a most intelligent and perceptive man!

We hope to see you soon at The Waterfront Inn!

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