We visited the Fisherman’s Cottage in Shanklin for an evening meal having noticed it in several of our previous visits to the island. The pub is located literally on the beach at the foot of Shanklin Chine and we planned our trip to include dinner in the cottage and then a walk up through the illuminated Chine en route to Shanklin village. However it would be possible to reach the pub via the chine if you chose. Shanklin is served by a good public bus service and a railway station though the Fisherman’s Cottage is fair walk from the station.
The Fisherman’s cottage is not a large venue but has tables and seating outside overlooking the sea and the inside is quite welcoming with its stone walls, flagstone floors and wooden roof beams. Diners sit in padded chairs or benches and the overall effect is quite pleasing. The walls are decorated with old pictures of Shanklin and other various items of interest on shelves.
We had booked in advance and were fortunate to get a table for two looking out over the sea and ordered our meals from the menu at a small bar area which also served drinks. At the time of our visit (early evening), the pub seemed to be quite busy with all tables taken and the outside area full as well. The staff were working hard serving dishes and clearing away finished plates, and seemed friendly enough.
Our meals arrived at the table in a reasonable time after ordering and were of good quality and the serving size would satisfy most appetites, I had the risotto and it beat me! There was a good choice of beers available at the bar to compliment the meals.
Would certainly consider coming here again next time we visit the island.
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