Eat out to help out! Where to get a discount in Hants and IoW
Sick of cooking? Good news - from 3 Aug, you can get a 50% discount on your dinner and drinks when you eat in. Here are the pubs and restaurants to make your reservation at.
Finally, you can now pay for someone else to feed you and do the dishes. Thanks to the new government ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme – which kicks off on Mon 3 Aug and runs to Mon 31 Aug, FYI – you can get a whopping 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks up to the value of £10 per head when you eat at participating pubs, cafes and restaurants. There are more details here, but as the offer is only valid on Mon to Wed reservations, we’d start booking date nights in, stat!
Here’s where Team Muddy will be eating…
The Hut, Colwell Bell
Get to this buzzing restaurant on the north western coast of the Isle of Wight by air, land or sea – whatever it takes to enjoy that amazing al fresco view and laidback but delicious dishes.
Off the Rails, Yarmouth
All aboard! Off the Rails is one of our favourite quirky eateries on the Isle, and is housed in Yarmouth’s former train station along the railway line. Not only do they serve great food, they’re doggy-friendly too, and have some fab vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options.
The Red Lion, Freshwater
This pub is squirrelled away on one of the most beautiful spots on the entire Island. The roast here is epic, but if you don’t fancy it (blasphemy!), try one of the super-fresh fish dishes.
The Crown at Arford, Bourdon
It may look like your traditional village pub, but The Crown in the East Hants village of Arford serves more than just pub grub. Expect light dishes and small plates on the Garden Menu, and elevated classics on the small but perfectly formed Restaurant menu.
aBar Bistro, Old Portsmouth
If you’re headed down to the Camber Docks, pull up a pew at aBar Bistro to sample one of their famous burgers and enjoy a glass of wine while you watch the boats go by.
The Watership Down Inn, Freefolk
What better excuse to visit Muddy Hants and IoW’s Best Destination Pub for several years running? The Watership Down’s summer menu has our mouths watering (surf’n’turf tacos, yes please) – book ASAP as this popular spot will fill up!
The Canteen, Portsmouth
After an excellent brunch or light bite for lunch? The Canteen is one of our favourite spots in the Hotwalls Arts Quarter – order the maple bacon waffle and people-watch to your heart’s content.
The Briny, Southsea
Fish and chips, but make it glam. Insta-fodder The Briny specialises in seafood with a twist (hello pickled cockles and Kentucky fried trout), but there’s plenty here for every appetite, including a great kid’s menu for littlies.
The Running Horse, nr Winchester
Head out of Winchester and to the village of Littleton for this country inn with with two AA rosettes. The Running Horse has a crowd-pleasing menu and pretty surroundings – what more could you want?
The Thomas Lord, Petersfield
We do love a good country pub here at Muddy (could you tell?), and The Thomas Lord is one of our favourites for foodie credentials and charming atmosphere. If you’re making a long weekend of it, the garden cabin accommodation is super-cute.
Other restaurants, pubs and cafes taking part include…
Hare and Hounds, Sway
Smugglers Inn, Milford
Silver Hind, Sway
Walker Arms, New Milton
Stanwell House, Lymington
Rising Sun, Bashley
Carpenters Arms, Bransgore
The Plough Inn, Tiptoe
The White Hart, Pennington
Walhmampton Arms, Lymington
Cia Belli, Lymington
Thatched Cottage Hotel, Brockenhurst
Camellia’s Restaurant, Everton Nursery, Everton
Still hungry? You can see the full list of Eat Out to Help Out participants here.