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Welcome to The Waterfront Inn Seaside Hotel, Restaurant
and Bar by Shanklin Beach

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.

Guest House / B&B

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.

Brasserie and Bar

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.

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The Waterfront Well-Seasoned™ Menu

Our Well-Seasoned™ menu for the over 60s is back from 29 September! This offers a choice of 2 courses of freshly-cooked food, Monday to Thursday lunchtimes, for only £6.95.

You can take a look at the menu by clicking here. There's no need to book (unless you want a particular table) - just turn up and let us take care of you - table service with quality food at an excellent price - that's our well-seasoned deal!

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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.