Is it a cafe? Is it a restaurant? Whichever it is, The Hut is definitely a hit with locals and visitors alike since it opened in 2013. Like a chameleon this welcoming eatery morphs into whatever you want it to be - a casual relaxed cafe in which to enjoy a burger and fries straight off the beach, to an intimate restaurant for a romantic supper, whilst supping champagne and sharing a lobster and oysters and taking in the breathtaking sunset.
Nestled into the side of a picturesque sandy bay, this new eatery definitely wants people to notice it. From its swinging paper lanterns and bright blue and white tables and chairs, to its name emblazoned across the roofline – The Hut in Colwell Bay is already making a statement in this western corner of the Isle of Wight.
The first in a row of brightly coloured beach huts to the western end of the bay, the timber clad Hut has windows all along its frontage looking out on the spectacular views to Hurst Castle and the New Forest across the water. Inside the interior is fresh and inviting with stripped pine tables and a real beachside feel. They’ve certainly paid attention to the detail when it comes to the customer experience with nice touches such as the scrolled menus including details of high and low water, fresh local bread on the table and bright blankets for chillier days when legs need warming.
Set up by local entrepreneur Charlie Kearns and his brother in law George Adams, these guys know about delivering great food, in a great location, with a great ambiance – having owned and run the super successful chic brasserie-style bar 86 in London’s Fulham Road.
The Hut offers simple yet innovative food, all to be enjoyed while taking in one of the best vistas on the Solent. Make sure you try the Steak Tartare which is stunning, or the Southern Pork Belly Ribs n Slaw – or to really splash out have the Norwegian King Crab or Grilled Lobster with Fries.
This is the place for sundowners on the deck as you watch the sun slowly slip behind the horizon. The beach just in front of The Hut is golden sand and at low tide the water goes out for miles making it a calm and safe haven for enjoying a cooling swim or trying out some paddle boarding.
The Hut is open for lunch between 12noon and 4.30pm and then dinner from 6pm-9pm every day, but also offers ice creams and homemade cakes and drinks – including great coffee - throughout the rest of the day.
With its rooftop signage a beacon for passing boats, The Hut also offers a tender service to ferry visitors in from their boats moored in the Solent channel.
Open now for the season - The Hut is not to be missed on a visit to the Isle of Wight this year. For reservations call 01983 898637.