Telephone: 01983 863882

Shanklin’s favourite dining pub on the beach

Enjoy great food in a great location

Perfect for a relaxing pint or glass of wine beside the sea

A warm welcome awaits…whatever the weather

A hidden gem tucked at the end of Shanklin Esplanade

Welcome to Fisherman's Cottage

Nestled just beneath Shanklin Chine in an enviable location at the far end of Shanklin Esplanade you will find Fisherman’s Cottage, the town’s original thatched dining pub on the beach with a rich heritage dating back to 1817.

The dining pub is famed for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere and its delicious home cooked food, specialising in seafood which can be found on the Daily Specials Board.

Photography courtesy of Jamie Russell


Fisherman’s Cottage has an Island wide reputation for producing exceptionally good home cooked lunches and evening meals.

Look out for local Crab & Lobster throughout the year and our” Catch of the Day”.

You may also find delicious bream and bass in the spring, mackerel late summer and even cod and flounder as we head in to winter.

A trip to Shanklin can’t go without a visit to Fisherman’s Cottage to try our famous fish and chips, legendary the Island over Our authentic batter recipe features hoppy Isle of Wight beer to create a delicious golden crisp batter, second to none.

On our Specials Board – you will also find a range of classic pub dishes ranging from succulent ribeye steak and chips to our delicious Isle of Wight gourmet burgers.

Delicious light bites and snacks are served throughout the day and we are the perfect stopping place for a tea and coffee while out walking with friends.

Our menus are carefully crafted to deliver delicious food to you inside our cosy dining room or on our scenic beach patio.

Times of serving

Mon – Sat: Lunch 12.00 till 3.00 pm –  Dinner 5.00 till 8.00 pm
Sunday: Lunch 12.00 till 3.00pm

“Dishes made with locally sourced produce, guest ales & stunning sea views” Fisherman’s Cottage is everything a pub should be.


Fisherman’s Cottage was built in 1817 by the same William Colenutt who made the original pathway for visitors through Shanklin Chine, the famous natural gorge behind the pub. William was also the first person to operate bathing machines on Shanklin beach making the pub a centre for tourists at that time.

In 1845 the cottage was leased to his son-in-law, James Sampson who provided visitors with hot brine baths were sea water was piped to a large tank next to the pub and then heated in a copper boiler. These were considered to be very beneficial in improving serious health conditions like tuberculosis in Victorian times and made the pub quite famous the country over.

The Colenutt family owned the pub right up until 1960 when a terrible winter storm caused huge amounts of damage to the building which led to extensive rebuilding works. Today the pub is as popular as ever with local visitors and tourists, but retains much of its character from the 19th Century when it was built.

Open from 27th March through to 3 November 2019 ( Closed Mondays) our busy pub is child and dog friendly and perfect for escaping to after a long day on Shanklin beach or following a long coastal stroll around the bay from Sandown and beyond. We  look forward to giving you the warmest of welcomes on your visit to the Fisherman’s Cottage.

“It is the ideal place for the family to relaxand sample the varied menu and try ourrange of real ales.”


The stunning location of Fisherman’s Cottage makes it a perfect starting place to explore the local sandy beach, esplanade and Shanklin Old Village. Access to the Old Village can be made via the Shanklin Cliff Lift further along the Esplanade.

However, the route through Shanklin Chine would definitely be an opportunity not to miss – The tree lined gorge is one of the Isle of Wight’s most beautiful natural & historic attractions. Open daily – the evenings in high summer with the stunning illuminations are a marvel to see.

Why not book a table @ Fisherman’s Cottage before you visit the famous Shanklin Chine and help make a perfect day out for all the family?

The Isle of Wight is a mecca for walkers – why not try one of these great trails that include the Fisherman’s:

  1. Bay Town Stroller: Distance 6 miles, walking grade: easy Click here for route map
    Take the beautiful seaside walk between Sandown and Shanklin along the level paved seafront, take lunch at the Fisherman’s before strolling back at leisure to walk off the calories…perfect for dog walkers and families.
  2. Worsley Trail: Distance 13 miles, walking grade: moderate Click here for route map
    Explore some of the most stunning scenery the Island has to offer by taking the Worsley Trail from Brighstone across sweeping downland to Shanklin. Start your walk at 12noon to enjoy dinner with us by 7pm…what a reward for all that hard work.
  3. Coastal Path Explorer: Distance 9 miles, walking grade moderate Click here for route map
    Start at 10 o’clock to capture the beautiful coastal scenery of the southern Isle of Wight beginning at Niton then following the
    well trekked coastal path eastwards. There will be fresh sea air aplenty as you take in St Lawrence, Ventnor and Bonchurch before arriving at Fisherman’s Cottage for a spot of lunch around 1pm before carrying on to Sandown along the at coastal path later in the afternoon…no rush though, as you can’t go without trying one of our home-made desserts too!

Useful links

Wightlink | Red Funnel | Hovertravel | Southern Vectis | Visit Isle of Wight | Shanklin Chine

Opening times

Opening Hours are from 27 March 2019

Closed on Mondays
11.00 am to 9.00 pm – Tuesday – Saturday
11.00 am to 4.00pm – Sunday

Opening times are subject to change.

We close on the 3rd November 2019

Please note, private lunch and dinner parties available for booking by arrangement at other times.

*Please note in very bad weather, due to the pubs position right on the high water mark and potential threat from crashing waves and flying pebbles, we reserve the right to close early with out notice. We apologise for this in advance. Please call ahead if such weather is forecast to check.

Contact us

Telephone: 01983 863882

Address: Shanklin Esplanade, Isle of Wight PO37 6BN

How to find us

  • From East Cowes ferry, A3054 to Newport, A3020 to Sandown, A3020 to Shanklin.
  • From Fishbourne ferry, A3054 to Ryde, straight along Esplanade to boating lake, follow road round onto A3055 to Sandown, A3055 to Shanklin.
  • From Yarmouth ferry, A3054 to Newport, A3020 to Sandown, A3020 to Shanklin.
  • The Islandline train stops at Shanklin station. From there it’s a pleasant walk to the Old Village and the Chine.
  • Southern Vectis buses 2 and 3 stop at Shanklin.

Fishermans Cottage