Off The Rails Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

Off The Rails in Yarmouth may be slightly off the beaten track, but you’d kick yourself if you missed this little gem of a railway café. It’s located in a peaceful spot by the river overlooking an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Pop in for Bradshaw’s breakfast, an ice-cream or a glass of Pimms as the sun goes down behind the yardarm.

Customers eating on the platform at Off the Rails Yarmouth

Off The Rails cafe in Yarmouth is the perfect place to begin or end a day exploring the stunning western side of the Isle of Wight. Foodie cyclists, walkers and bird twitchers will love the bird hide, cycle hire shop, ice-cream and crèpe parlour, and modern bistro food. The location is picture-perfect, surrounded by wetlands with miles of cycle tracks and beautiful walks. Mr Hendricks will be very happy too. They even have dog-friendly ice-cream and a doggy dinner menu.

The Foodie Travel Guide

  • Cycle or walk the Freshwater Way
  • Have Bradshaw’s breakfast
  • Wander around yachtie Yarmouth

Visit Yachtie Yarmouth

In the yachtie seaside town of Yarmouth on the north west tip of the Isle of Wight, there was once a railway line connecting it to the Island’s main town of Newport and to Freshwater in the south. The line closed in 1953 and was later converted into a path for cycling and walking. Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known for its wetlands and bird life, it’s become popular with visitors to the Island who can hop on the ferry in Lymington and step off in Yarmouth 40 minutes later.

Dine in a Converted Railway Station

Back in 2014, the former railway station at Yarmouth re-opened as Off The Rails café and restaurant. It has been lovingly and sympathetically restored and today, is an outstanding example of how to breathe new life into our railway heritage.The attention to detail is wonderful. Restaurant seats are upholstered in reproduction London Underground fabric, there are luggage racks with battered old suitcases, vintage posters and signs, old clocks, fire buckets and a bird hide cleverly positioned in the signal box with a view of the surrounding marshes.

Tuck in to a Luggage Burger

At lunchtime, you’ll find modern bistro dishes on the menu such as a ‘Luggage Burger’ or Garlic Pasta using garlic from the wonderful Isle of Wight Garlic Farm. In the evening, ‘Platforms to Share’ are a popular choice. Try ‘The Pullman’ with a whole baked Camembert, chutney, warm bread and salad.

 The bird hide and ice cream kiosk at Off The Rails Yarmouth
 Vintage bicycle with sign pointing to Off The Rails railway cafe in Yarmouth 

Walk or Cycle the Freshwater Way

It only takes 30-45 minutes to cycle or walk to The Red Lion pub in Freshwater. Walkers can mirror their steps back on the other side of the river or continue to Freshwater Bay to climb Tennyson Down. It’s where Alfred Tennyson famously walked and composed his poetry. Cyclists can join a network of paths across the island. The Isle of Wight is known as the Cyclist’s Island so there are plenty to choose from if you want to challenge yourself.

 Staircase with flag bunting leading to the bird hide
 ice Cream Kiosk sign at Off The Rails Yarmouth Isle of Wight 

See the Old Gaffers

Visit Yarmouth at the end of May for the popular Old Gaffers’ Festival. It’s when the town really comes alive and the harbour is full of gaff-rigged vessels festooned with flags. Stallholders line the streets and a French food market comes to town (Yarmouth was once an early French settlement called Eremue). There’s all kinds of fun entertainment to be had including marching bands and fishermen singing sea shanties. It makes an easy day trip if you catch the Lymington to Yarmouth ferry.

Tasting Notes

  • Try Yachtsman’s Ale brewed by The Island Brewing Company
  • If you like the black garlic pasta, visit the Garlic Farm to indulge in a black garlic ice-cream sundae

Tips

  • Opening times vary so check ahead. It’s advisable to reserve a table during busy holiday periods
  • Go crabbing along Yarmouth pier or enjoy a glass of champagne in the waterside garden of The George Hotel where Charles I was once imprisoned
  • Buy English Heritage Membership and visit Yarmouth Castle
  • Visit for the Isle of Wight Walking Festival held in May and October

WHERE TO STAY ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

The Hambrough Ventnor Isle of Wight

The Hambrough

Ventnor, Isle of Wight

The Hambrough offers boutique rooms overlooking the sea, a short walk from Ventnor beach.

Rooms from £108 a night.

The George Hotel Yarmouth Isle of Wight

The George

Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

In the heart of Yarmouth, the George is an elegant 17th-century town house.

Rooms from £125 a night.

Hillside Ventnor

Hillside

Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Offering boutique rooms and a restaurant, Hillside has panoramic sea views with a Scandinavian feel.

Rooms from £156 a night.


DOGS

Fox terrier, Mr Hendricks, expert on dog friendly days out in Devon

I’m very yappy indeed. It’s so dog-friendly here they have special ice creams for me and a doggy dinner menu too – lamb and rice anyone? There’s even a special choice for puppies. Walks galore too.

Mr Hendricks


HOW TO FIND OFF THE RAILS YARMOUTH

Off The Rails, Yarmouth, Station Rd, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight PO41 0QX

Website: www.offtherailsyarmouth.co.uk