The Bistro

Ventnor, Isle of Wight


The Bistro

The Bistro, situated in Ventnor town just yards from the cascade gardens and the sea front, is a small, family friendly restaurant with a relaxed, contemporary atmosphere that is both warm and welcoming yet sophisticated.

Local ingredients

The open kitchen adds to your dining experience enabling you to see Andy the chef at work preparing and cooking your meal. Using the best of locally sourced seasonal produce and ingredients the food is cooked fresh and can be adapted to suit children or specific dietary requirements. There are daily specials, including vegetarian dishes and locally caught fish. Serving Island roasted coffee, brunch, light lunches, main and evening meals and a traditional roast lunch on Sundays.

Our menu

Breakfast, lunch and dinner



Black pudding & Island ale pate £6.50
with smoked bacon chutney & crostini
Warm sweet potato & IOW goats cheese frittata £6.75
coriander pesto, sun-blushed tomatoes & toasted pine nuts
smoked trout fillet £7.00
with pickled cucumber, pickled beetroot & toasted rye bread
Ventnor bay crab ramekin £7.50
warm thick crab, herbs & mustard with a Parmesan crust & grilled local breads
Soup of the day £5.50
smoked haddock, fennel & sweetcorn chowder £7.50


Main courses

Baked salmon darne £19.00
risotto of Ventnor bay crab, crayfish, spring onion, fresh tomato, chilli & garlic
Roasted root vegetable & rosemary tart £16.00
fennel puree, green beans, broccoli, herby diced potatoes & a honey glaze dressing
Pave rump steak £18.75
roasted new potatoes, leek confit, braised kale & a creamy mushroom, dijon mustard & tarragon sauce
Pan fried seabass 1 fillet £18.50/ 2 fillets £23.50
fennel puree, new potatoes, buttered green vegetables & smoked pancetta
Roasted jerk chicken £18.00
sweet potato frittata, fine beans, pineapple salsa & sour cream
roast lamb rump 19.00
green beans, black olives, sun blushed tomatoes, anchovies, fried potatoes & a warm red wine & herb dressing


Dark chocolate mousse £6.50
caramelised mandarin segments, cointreau syrup & toasted almonds
Vanilla & coconut cheese cake £6.50
mango coulis & passion fruit & mango sorbet
Warm apricot & marzipan strudel with cinnamon ice cream £6.50
add a 50ml shot of Organic Malvasia dessert wine for £4.50
Floating Island £6.00
poached & glazed meringue, creme anglaise & spiced red berry fruits
Isle of Wight cheese board £7.95
with onion chutney & locally baked biscuits

Breakfast / brunch

Bistro breakfast £7.95
locally made pork sausage, bacon, mushrooms, IoW tomato, black pudding, toast & local egg cooked to your liking
Bistro vegetarian breakfast £7.50
sausages, mushrooms, IoW tomato, spinach, fried potatoes, toast & local egg cooked to your liking
Island smoked trout & scrambled local eggs £6.00
wholemeal toast
Poached island egg Florentine £7.50
toasted muffin, spinach, hollandaise sauce
Poached island eggs Benedict £7.50
toasted muffin, ham & hollandaise sauce
Toasted crumpets with Gallybagger cheddar cheese & marmite or butter & jam £3.50/ £2.95

Light lunches

Bistro’s soup of the day £6.00
locally baked sourdough bread
Roasted vegetable & IoW goats' cheese tart £8.50
served with salad
Omelette of mushrooms & Island brie £8.50
with salad & chips
Omelette of crayfish & spring onion
with sweet potato fries, salad & sweet chilli sauce
Ventnor bay crab tart £8.50
baked crab in a thick sauce with tarragon, dill & mustard with a Gallybagger cheese crust with salad
smoked haddock, fennel & sweetcorn chowder £8.75
soup lunch platter £10.50
soup of the day & sandwich of your choice


Steak cut chips £2.50
sweet potato fries £3.50
Side salad £3.50
Vegetables £3.50
Herbed diced potatoes £2.50

Open sandwiches

Toasted sourdough served with salad & fried herby diced potatoes

Roasted mediterranean vegetables & basil pesto £7.00
Gallybagger & fresh tomato £6.00
Island brie, bacon & cranberry £6.50
Smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato & mayonnaise £6.50
IoW goats' cheese & onion chutney £6.00
Ham & mushrooms in a garlic cream £6.50

Our wine list

Choose from our great selection of wines & ecological wines


Pouring wines

  Style 175ml 250ml 750ml
Sauvignon Blanc 2016 1 £4.95 £6.75 £19.50
Reserva - Caliterra - Central Valley, Chile
Pale green yellow colour and a very bright Sauvignon Blanc. The nose is intensely aromatic highlighting its freshness and aromas of tropical fruits like mango and passion fruit.
  Style 175ml 250ml 750ml
Syrah Rose 2016 1 £4.95 £6.75 £19.50
Reserva - Caliterra - Colchagua Valley, Chile
A very attractive bright pink colour. Aromas of strawberries, ripe raspberries, and cherries pair with a smooth, well-rounded palate that offers up pleasing volume and a long, persistent finish
  Style 175ml 250ml 750ml
Merlot 2015 C £4.95 £6.75 £19.50
Reserva - Caliterra - Colchagua Valley, Chile
Fruity, with a predominance of cherries and plums in the nose, while in the mouth, the tannins have had a tendency to become softer and smoother.

White wines

  Style 750ml
Pinot Grigio 2014 1 £16.95
Carlo Damiani -Fabiano Vini - Veneto, Italy
A brilliant example of why Pinot Grigio became so popular. Straw yellow colour, with a delicate bouquet of white acacia blossom, apricots and peaches, with white orchard fruits on the palate.
  Style 750ml
Chardonnay 2016 2 £19.50
Reserva - Caliterra - Casablanca valley, Chile
Intense nose that recalls tropical fruits such as pineapple and passion fruit, with well-integrated soft, toasty notes given by the aging in wood.
  Style 750ml
Gewürztraminer 2014 1 £22.50
Villa Wolf - JL Wolf - Pfalz, Germany
Villa Wolf Gewürztraminer is clean, fruity and wonderfully light on its feet. It shows off the aromatic charm of the variety with the deliciously juicy texture and a delicate aroma of spice and fresh roses
  Style 750ml
Sauvignon Blanc 2014 1 £24.95
Whitehaven - Marlborough, New Zealand
Pale lemon straw in colour, the Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc has a powerfully aromatic nose with hints of lime, lychees, grapefruit & capsicum notes. Great concentration & complexity.
  Style 750ml
Chablis 2014 1 £29.95
Domaine des Iles - Gérard Tremblay - Burgundy, France
A fuller style of Chablis with a flinty dry and powerful body. Soft, voluptuous fruit is matched by fascinating mineral properties. A long lasting palate that is delicious and memorable.

Rosé wines

  Style 750ml
Rosé d'Anjou 2014 4 £19.50
La Jaglerie - Marcel Martin - Loire, France
This strawberry pink medium rose presents a muddle of red fruit aromas all wrapped up in a sweet, creamy palate and a lovely balanced finish. The perfect drink for a lazy summer afternoon / evening
  Style 750ml
Pinot Noir Rosé 1 £21.95
Villa Wolf - JL Wolf - Pfalz, Germany
A rosé in its truest sense, made with a brief maceration before pressing to extract a lovely salmon colour. It is light and refreshing, with bright berry and fruit flavours and a clean, zippy finish

White Ecological wines

  Body Style 125ml 175ml 250 750ml
Garganega 2014 1 O £4.00 £6.00 £8.00 £23.95
Le Fraghe, Veneto, Italy
Straw yellow with an elegantly balanced bouquet of floral acacia and mimosa over a background of rich peach and apple concluding with nuances of green pepper. Dry and refreshing.
  Body Style 750ml
Bianco Pomice 2011 1 O £29.50
Tenuta di Castellaro, Lipari, Italy
A very fine dry white wine, fresh on the nose and the palate, citrus fruits and wild flowers with almond notes. Very long and persistant.
  Body Style 750ml
Grüner Veltliner Kremstal 2014, 'Weitgasse' 1 O £29.95
Mantlerhof, Krems, Austria
Refreshing and light with floral notes and a wonderful acidity.
  Body Style 750ml
Sancerre Blanc 2016 'Les Caillottes' 1 B £29.95
Christian Dauny, Sancerre, The Loire, France
A classic Sancerre, grassy and pure with tremedous clarity and purity.
  Body Style 750ml
Pouilly-Fuisse 2015 1 B £43.50
Dominque Cornin, Chaintré, Macon, France
A quintessential Pouilly Fuisse with an emphasis on grippy minerality, rather than oak. A lovely fresh lemon nose, exotic fruits on the palate, soft & round.


Sparkling Ecological wines

  Body 125ml 750ml
Prosecco Superior Brut Nature 2016 1 £6.00 £34.95
Silvano Follador, Valdobbiadene, Italy
Delicate peach and pear characteristics with fine bubbles, followed by a mouthwatering acidity and a clean fruity finish.
  Body Style 750ml
Champange 'la cuvee blanche' Brut 1 O £65.00
Bruno et Catherine Michel, Pierry, France
Exceptional depth of flavour. Hints of lemon curd, spiced apple and subtle toasty notes. Pure and elegant with a crisp dry finish.

Rosé Ecological wines

  Body Style 750ml
Rosa Caolino 2014 1 O £26.50
Tenuta di Castellaro, Lipari, Italy
This is a blush wine with strong hints of red berries, an ideal acidic and mineral balance. The nose is a fine mix of rose, cherry with hints of almond.

Ecological Wines Body & Style guide

1 (dry) to 5 (sweet) for White and Rose

A (light) to E (full bodied) for Red, Sweet and Port


Red wines

  Style 750ml
Rioja Crianza 2011 B £19.95
Don Plácero - Navajas - Rioja, Spain
Morello cherry red with violet highlights. A good balance in aroma between the liveliness and fruitiness of the dominant variety and the delicious oak nuances.
  Style 750ml
Salice Salentino DOC 2012 D £20.95
Giardinelli - Agricole Vallone - Puglia, Italy
A touch of spice, somewhat Syrah like, to balance the black fruit and ripe tannins. A wonderful balance of sweet ripeness and bitterness typical of Negro Amaro
  Style 750ml
Cahors (Org) 2012 D £22.95
Heritage du Cèdre - Chateau du Cèdre - Sud Ouest, France
A bonny red that has dark brooding fruit in abundance. The heart is black but the flesh is youthful and softened by plummy Merlot soothing the gullet, and a nice touch of lip smacking acidity
  Style 750ml
Cabernet-Sauvignon 2014 D £29.95
Line & Length - St. John's Road - Barossa Valley, Australia
Blend of Eden and Barossa valley cabernet sauvignon. Often a most effective combination. Delivering fruit flavour in an attractive style. Blackcurrant, mint, loganberry and bay leaves
  Style 750ml
Pinot Noir 2012 B £35.50
Whitehaven - Marlborough, New Zealand
Enticing blackcurrent, plum & violet characters, supported by spicy white pepper & savoury notes. A supple wine with concentrated, fresh fruit flavours, fine tannins and a clean, crisp finish

Champagne / sparkling

  Style 200ml 375ml 750ml
Champagne Brut NV 1 £12.50 £22.50 £45.00
Cuvée Royal - Joseph Perrier - Chalons en Champagne, France
Fine, delicate and complex, with notes of apple and pear. Indeed, Queen Victoria herself was a lover of this classic Grande Marque, hence it's 'Cuvee Royal' status.
  Style 125ml 750ml
Prosecco Brut NV 1 £5.00 £22.95
Castello 4357 - Vini Fabiano - Veneto, Italy
Named after the address of the Fabiano family's first store in Venice, which opened in 1912. This Prosecco is a classy, dry affair full of style and grace

Dessert wines

  Style 125ml 375ml
Monbazillac (Org) 2012 8 £6.50 £18.50
Jour de Fruit - Domaine de l'Ancienne Cure - Sud Ouest, France
Fine mini Mon-bee; marzipan, orange peel and spices. Christian Roche is one of the best growers in this appellation. Drink with pate, a few slices of ham, a salad, peaches & a baton of bread.

Style guide

1 (dry) to 9 (sweet) for White and Rose

A (light) to E (full bodied) for Red

All pouring wines are available in 125ml measures

Red Ecological wines

  Body Style 125ml 175ml 250ml 750ml
Bardolino DOC 2013 C O £4.00 £6.00 £8.00 £23.95
Le Fraghe, Veneto, Italy
Purple-tinged ruby red colour. A complex bouquet on the nose is the result of a perfect blend. Sweet-sour cherry, blueberry, and spicy nuances of cinnamon and black pepper. Soft tannins and a lovely balance between the acidity and full, savoury flavours.
  Body Style 750ml
Morgon 'Les Charmes' 2014 B O £32.50
Domaine de la Bonne Tonne, Villé-Morgon, Beaujolais, France
A delicate and subtle Cru Beaujolais with lots going on, its poise and freshness always wins through and you reach the end of the bottle far too quickly.
  Body Style 750ml
Nero Ossidiana 2011 D O £32.50
Tenuta di Castellaro, Lipari, Italy
From the volcanic island of Lipari. With its strong ruby red colour, it is a complex well structured wine. Fresh and fruity on the palate with a hint of spice.
  Body Style 750ml
Rioja Gran Reserva 2005 'Magister Bibendi' E O £33.95
Navarrsotillo, Andosilla, Rioja, Spain
A real powerhouse with fine maturity, balsamic notes and silky tannins. A classic bold Gran Reserva.
  Body Style 750ml
Malanotte del Piave 2012 'Il Barbarossa' E O £49.95
Cantina Pizzolato, Villorba, Veneto, Italy
Made with 30% passito (dried) grapes, this is an extra-ordinary red with rich and powerful spice and tobacco flavours, tempered with a dried cranberry bite.

Sweet Ecological wines

  Body Style 125ml 750ml
Malvasia delle Lipari E O £10.00 £26.50
Tenuta di Castellaro, Lipari, Italy
Wine made from dried grapes with complex hints of apricot, dried rose and white fig. The taste is a perfect balance between sweetness, acidity and minerality, which makes it pleasant and persistent.

Port Ecological wines

  Body Style 50ml
Ruby Reserve Port D O £5.50
Morgadia di Calcada, Portugal
Notes of ripe red fruit with a touch of dark chocolate and cocoa. Smooth on the palate, with tannins evident but very round and soft. Easy drinking wine with a high level of quality.

Opening times

Booking is recommended


Kitchen Opening Times

(last orders through to the kitchen 2pm and 9.00pm)

Monday Closed Closed
Tuesday Closed Closed
Wednesday Open 10-2 Open 6-9
Thursday Open 10-2 Open 6-9
Friday Open 10-2 Open 6-9
Saturday Open 10-2 Open 6-9
Sunday Open 10-2 Closed 


Restaurant Closing times: 3pm and 11pm




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