Our homely Guest House, Brasserie and Bar is situated in a superb location right on the seafront on Shanklin's Esplanade, with panoramic sea views and just a stone's throw from the sandy, Blue Flag 2012 and Quality Coast Award 2012 beach. This is a perfect place for a family beach holiday with the children or a peaceful weekend break away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland.
The Waterfront Inn is family-run Guest House / B&B / Hotel with 8 bedrooms, all en-suite, 5 of which have sea views and all offer bed and breakfast. We appreciate that our guests' enjoyment is the key to our success and we endeavour to offer high standards in customer service together with a personal touch. We welcome dogs, and pets in general, throughout the hotel.
We are a free house and offer a wide selection of Isle of Wight ales, lagers, wines & spirits, together with a straightforward, homely menu that features local steaks and seafood in addition to the usual seaside favourites.
Why not come and unwind with us – enjoy a leisurely meal or just a long cool drink in our bar or outside on our sun terrace – all giving panoramic sea views from Shanklin across Sandown bay towards the white cliffs of Culver Down.
We offer live music most weekends during the summer season. There is free Wi-Fi available throughout.
The Isle of Wight is blessed with Britain's best weather and Shanklin, also known as the 'jewel' of the isle, offers a lovely climate since it is on the south-eastern corner, attracting the warm winds that allow the natural growth of tropical flowers and vegetation.
We would like to clear up a little confusion that has arisen about our table reservation policy.
Last year, as a trial to see if it would help waiting times, we decided not to take bookings throughout July and August. This year we are definitely taking bookings until 8pm inside and on our top deck - please bear in mind that, during really busy periods, a booking does not jump the food queue but it does guarantee you a table for as long as you like.
We apologise for any confusion that there may have been with some staff not being aware of this change in policy.
Call us on 01983 863023 or send us an email to reserve your table.
Our up-to-date events page is available here. Please check back from time to time as we will be adding more live events all the time.
The origins (sorry!) of the Waterfront Inn date back to 1800 when it was known as Norfolk House – in 1858, whilst he was finishing off The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin stayed here for a few weeks and remarked in a letter "We think this the nicest seaside place we have ever seen".
As we now know, Darwin was a most intelligent and perceptive man! You can read more about his stay at The Norfolk House Hotel here.