Fisherman’s Cottage was built in 1817 by William Colenutt who built the path through Shanklin Chine, at the foot of which it sits. One way to get to this popular thatched pub is through the chine from Shanklin Old Village, which during the evenings is lit with a rainbow of coloured lights.
Open daily from March until October, the pub is especially popular with families, walkers and people visiting the beach. It’s right at the western end of Shanklin Beach, just past the row of green beach huts.
Inside are white walls, dark wood beams, flagstone floor and dark wood tables and chairs. The dining room has open fire flanked with stone walls, large window to the sea and French doors to the patio, which has several tables beneath huge blue parasols. There’s another small patio on the other side too.
Seafood is a big part of their menu with dishes such as Fisherman’s Famous Fish and Chips, Blanche Bait, Crab Cakes, Dressed Crab and big bowls of Moules Mariniere, which you can have as a sharer for two. Ales on tap are Vectis Venom, London Pride and Isle of Wight Bitter along with John Smiths. Lagers are Fosters, Estrella and Amstel and ciders are Strongbow and Thatcher’s Gold.
From 1845 it operated as a bath house for Victorians wishing to experience the health giving properties of bathing in sea water – a big fashion of the time. Sea water was piped to a large tank and heated in a copper boiler.