The Cow

(344 Reviews)
Newport Road, Isle of Wight, South East England, P041 0YJ

Opening hours

Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 - 16:00
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 - 22:00.

Restaurant description

The Cow Restaurant and Bar is one of the Isle of Wight’s most unique places to eat, serving a selection of freshly cooked gastropub classics, and an extensive range of hot and cold drinks against the backdrop of a stylishly converted Swiss barn at Tapnell Farm. The vibrant rustic restaurant is surrounded by panoramic views of Tennyson Down, The Solent and The New Forest.

Served at lunch and dinner, The Cow menu offers diners a wide choice of both meat and vegetarian options, many of which are available gluten-free. Having specialised in beef and dairy dishes over their first 3 years, the restaurant launched a brand-new menu in 2018. The Cow’s talented team of chefs, led by Colby Meredith, now champion locally sourced produce, with fresh takes on home-cooked classics, like sausage and mash, macaroni cheese, and fish and chips. These new dishes, which are also available as “lighter bite” sized portions for smaller appetites, join the stellar line-up of burgers and steaks that the restaurant has already made its name for.

Tucked away in the rural heart of the island, The Cow is only a 15-minute drive from the Isle of Wight’s capital town of Newport.

Customer reviews for The Cow
(based on 344 reviews)

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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (12)
  • al fresco (47)
  • breakfast (9)
  • business (16)
  • child friendly (194)
  • dinner (225)
  • entertainment (23)
  • large parties (117)
  • lunch (215)
  • luxury (14)
  • private dining (28)
  • romantic (25)
  • trendy (121)
  • value (96)
  • views (162)
  • By John L from Littlehampton
    15 September 2020

    The food was every bit a good as the online reviews had suggested. You'd be hard pressed to find better burgers, fries and salads. The online/on-table ordering system worked well. The staff were friendly and efficient. The location was delightful. We can't wait to visit here again.

  • By Julia C from Northamptonshire
    15 September 2020

    Enjoyed the vegan burger and dirty fries!

  • By Josh T from Sandhurst
    12 September 2020

    Great location, environment and quality food and drink, albeit, slightly limited at the moment due to circumstances. The app was easy to use too and service attentive and quick.

  • By jim robotham R from YARMOUTH
    12 September 2020

    Best burger on the island!! And if you can fit them in the dirty fries upgrade is a must!!

  • By Eleni B from Southampton
    12 September 2020

    Lovely place and high quality food. Probably the best burgers my boys have ever tasted. Very fast service and friendly staff

  • By Janis F from Totland Bay
    11 September 2020

    It was as good as it had been before

  • By Chris D from Tonbridge
    10 September 2020

    Excellent burgers and very clean service with lovely views from the mezzanine

  • By Felicity B from London
    9 September 2020

    I would like to start off that I’m a long time lover of The Cow, and have been visiting probably since the time it opened for various occasions. It’s probably been over a year since my last visit and a lot has changed since. Everyone, including myself, really enjoyed their meals! Delicious and accompanied by friendly staff and a lovely scenery! Covid friendly with staff keeping safe distances, a electronic thermometer at the front door and hand sanitiser on every table. However, (I don’t know if this was due to Covid) I dare say I was disappointed with how limited the menu had become with no starters and very few main meal options, and I prefer the dirty fries how they used to do them! Very wide drinks menu though and my brothers burger looked amazing! My parents thoroughly enjoyed their meals too but I found myself expecting that much more, c’est la vie! Hopefully when things go back to normal the menu will be much more like it was! Bottom line: Delicious but not as I remembered!

  • By Philiippa W from Freshwater
    8 September 2020

    The Cow is always a great choice - quirky surroundings, always great food and excellent service. We live locally and always bring our friends when they visit the Island - a winner every time - thankyou!!

  • By Lucy B from Isle of Wight
    8 September 2020

    Well defined procedures for Covid , food absolutely Superb

Restaurant Location Map
The Cow
Newport Road, Isle of Wight, South East England, P041 0YJ