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The Ale and Oyster

₹₹ - ₹₹₹French, British,
Esplanade | Esplanade, PO38 1JX, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England, Ventnor PO38 1JX, England
+44 1983 857025
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“oysters” (130 reviews)
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French, British, Contemporary, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Esplanade | Esplanade, PO38 1JX, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England, Ventnor PO38 1JX, England
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1 - 10 of 502 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

Just dropped in by chance and were warmly welcomed. This was a unique way to serve fish and chips and wow did it look appealing and taste great. Excellent view, sat in the window seats with the sea about 20 metres away.

Thank _marygroves231
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When restaurants have dishes at the £18-£25 mark they have to get the food, service and setting just right. This place delivered on all three. It is a lovely dining room, the staff were friendly and the food superb. My girlfriend had amazingly flavoursome fish....More

Thank Jon A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This has become our must go to lunch venue on the Island. Two pots of tea; the most delicious Ventnor crab ciabatta, ploughmans and triple cooked chips. Glorious sunshine sat outside with our golden retriever. Service as always was excellent. Nothing too much trouble. And...More

Thank Diane M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our first dinner out as new parents and we were blown away by the fantastic food and lovely staff. We will definitely be back!

Thank Delphine C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Superb explanation of all dishes given on request. Good clean and airy dining area. Service was excellent, food presented beautifully but portions very small. Just felt that a marginal increase in portion size would leave you with a better feeling of the overall value received...More

Thank mgc17
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yet again the service and food was excellent - what a fantastic location - you’ve really got to go - we’ll done guys 👍👍👍

Thank christopherkR6030VF
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us went for lunch in Saturday...excellent crab and sourdough and mussels and fries for me Good and varied drinks Will definitely return

Thank Addvebtu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dear Sean & Jim, my mum & dad bought home some lovely steak for me to try from your restaurant as mummy said it was "lovely". It was the best I have ever tasted, very succulent and mouth watering. Unfortunately is was only a tiny...More

Thank Steve G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two of us had dinner here. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable about all the dishes and ingredients. It was a very easy level of service, we always felt looked after, but never looked over or hurried. The menu is lovely & it was...More

Thank Hels22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sublime , sumptuous, words that describe how wonderful this restaurant is, the food was absolutely divine, beautiful combinations with subtle depth of flavours beautifully created, a relaxed ambience enhanced the experience, Sean and all the staff are a credit to their profession, would highly recommend.

Thank Andrew G
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Questions & Answers
18 October 2016|
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Response from gillian4343 | Reviewed this property |
As every one else has mentioned you will need to book for a Saturday evening. They tend to close when the last customer departs! Ask on booking. I am just off to have lunch there!! You will enjoy it I am sure.
12 October 2016|
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Response from JON O | Reviewed this property |
I think they should be able to provide you with a gluten free dish as everything is freshly caught and cooked.
Rea P
19 July 2016|
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Response from Sean P | Property representative |
Hi ,as the owner we have a very slight step onto the terrace but once in the Restaurant is all on one level, I have to say though that we do not have disabled washrooms due to the layout and age of the building , Hope this... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 40 - US$ 132
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, View, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Esplanade | Esplanade, PO38 1JX, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England, Ventnor PO38 1JX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  Ventnor
  • Phone Number: +44 1983 857025
Bar/ fine dining restaurant in the evening on Ventnor seafront overlooking the sun, sea and sand! Spectacular views coupled with quality dining, relaxing atmosphere and friendly staff
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