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


Duck liver pate £6.50
apple chutney, toasted walnuts & crostini
Heritage tomato salad £6.75
with grilled halloumi cheese & caper berries
Isle of wight Asparagus £7.00
Island smoked salmon & horseradish mayonnaise
Warm crab, leek & cheddar banitsa £7.75
baked layered filo pastry, Ventnor crab, leeks & cheese with a tomato relish & salad1
Soup of the day £5.50

Main courses

Confit of duck, red wine,wild mushroom, chestnut & rosemary ragout £14.50
served with penne pasta, rocket & Parmesan
Vegetable tajine £15.50
assorted vegetables cooked in a sweet, spicy & fragrant North African style sauce with grilled flat breads
Grilled sea bass fillets £17.00/£21,50
on a risotto of clams, cray fish, chilli, garlic, tomato & basil pesto with dressed leaves
Fillet steak £25.50 or Pave rump steak £18.50
Bistro Caesar salad with a garlic croute, white anchovies, Parmesan shavings & steak cut chips
Roasted chicken supreme £17.50
roasted fennel, potatoes & pearl onions, crispy pancetta & an asparagus cream sauce
Slow roasted pork belly £18.00
chorizo, leek, apple & potato hash & a Solferino sauce


Coconut, vanilla & raspberry roulade £6.00
with mango coulis & chocolate pieces
Rhubarb cheesecake £6.00
with oriental ginger ice cream & strawberry sauce
Warm apricot & marzipan strudel with whipped cream £6.00
Floating Island £5.50
poached & glazed meringue with creme Anglaise, toasted almonds & hazelnut praline
Isle of Wight cheese board £7.50
with tomato chutney & locally baked biscuits

Breakfast / brunch

Bistro breakfast £7.95
locally made pork sausage, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, black pudding & egg cooked to your liking
Island smoked salmon & scrambled eggs £6.00
wholemeal toast
Poached egg Florentine £6.75
toasted muffin, spinach, hollandaise sauce
Poached eggs Benedict £6.75
toasted muffin, ham & hollandaise sauce
Baked chorizo, tomato & cheese crumpets £5.50
with toasted sourdough
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 made sourdough bread
Omelette of mushroom,I.O.W soft cheese £8.50
with sweet potato fries
Crab, leek & cheddar banitsa £8.50
with tomato chutney & dressed salad
Penne pasta with duck, chestnut & wild mushroom ragout £10.50
with parmesan & rocket salad
Salad of asparagus & smoked salmon £11.50
with horseradish mayonnaise & croutons
soup lunch platter £9.50
soup of the day, chips and a sandwich of your choice


Chips £2.50
sweet potato fries £3.50
Side salad £3.50
Vegetables £3.50

Open sandwiches

Served on toasted sourdough bread

Sauté creamy garlic mushrooms & smoked ham £6.00
Smoked salmon, horseradish mayonnaise & salad £7.00
Grilled halloumi & a tomato & onion chutney £6.00
Breaded scampi, tartare sauce & salad £6.50
Cray fish & sweet chilli mayonnaise £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

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

Opening times

Booking is recommended

The Bistro is open

10am to 2.30pm, then 6pm to 9pm

Closed all day Tuesday
Sunday evening & Monday morning

Get in touch

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