Bonchurch to Ventnor
This week we took our friends from the mainland on a day trip to three of the gems of the Isle of Wight, which included one of our very favourite things to do.
Godshill is a small village in the centre of the Island. There is really only one way into and out of Godshill.
We parked in the residential streets just as you drive into Godshill, as it is free and fairly easy to park. From here it is a short walk up to the church, from which the village gets his name, if you had not realised.
There is also further free parking at the other end of the village, before you head out towards Shanklin. It is free all year round, and there is a public toilet at the car park as well.
The Church on the Hill – Church of All Saints circa 1350
It’s best to take the short walk up the hill from the village to the church, as the roads are very narrow and there is nowhere to park. There are some great picture spots around the church, and lovely thatched houses.
After you leave the church and walk back towards the village you will see the Fair Trade shop Daisy, Daisy on the left hand side. In here they have some lovely unique fair trade gifts from all around the world.
Best Hot Chocolate ever (fact
Next door is a must for all chocolate lovers and worth the visit to Godshill on it’s own. In the shop are lots of chocolate gifts and products to enjoy, but out the back is even better. There is a viewing area where you can watch the chocolate goodies being made and a small café with seating inside or outside in a courtyard. The café may be small but they serve the very best hot chocolate I have ever tasted. Made from pure melted chocolate it is pure heaven, and great on a cold winters day.
Throughout the village are a number of shops selling a wide range of gifts and unusual novelty items. There is a shop near to the ‘Smithy’ tea room which sells loads of lovely items for the home and well worth checking out, particularly for the ladies.
In the winter your choice is more limited as 3 of them were closed and so we had to choose between the Old Smithy or the Old World. We opted for the Old World Tea Room which is located on the main road next to the Griffin pub.
We each had a cake and beverage and for 4 people it cost £10.40 which we thought was excellent value for money, and good quality food and drink.
A different kind of beverage
The cider barn in Godhsill sells a range of local wines, ciders and ales. From here you can try the local tipples from one of the Isle of Wights local micro breweries.
If you fancy something a little stronger than a cream tea, there are two pubs in Godshill, the Griffin and the Taverners. The Taverners advertises a ‘husband creche’ where the ladies can leave their men whilst they enjoy the shops, a win win situation!
Bonchurch to Ventnor
This has got to be one our favourite things to do on the Isle of Wight whatever time of year it is we just love the stroll through the village and down to the seafront. Passing the old church of St Boniface and mini waterfall along the way.
Then the walk along the sea front with the brisk sea air and sunshine as you walk along the base of the cliffs to Ventnor.
Once in Ventnor there are a number of places to get a drink or something to eat, although the number does vary throughout the year.
Our favourite place open all year round is the Met Bar, on the seafront. It sells a lovely selection of tapas dishes, wines and some really great coffees! You can sit back and relax here for literally hours on end watching the world go by with the beautiful sea scape backdrop.
If you want to hear more about Godshill, Bonchurch and Ventnor check out our Podcast at Feedburner.