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32 Forelands Field Road, Bembridge PO35 5TR, England
+44 1983 872244
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Isle of Wight
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our daughter now lives in Australia, she came home to the Island last week, just for a few days, and wanted to treat us all to a special meal. We were really looking forward to this. We went to the Crab and Lobster, we all had crab salad, (£17.95), and I think bread to go with it was £2 each?.... More 

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Thank Paul S
1 review
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been visiting here since I was 15 with family and more recently with my own family so all in all over 20 years . This was our 3rd visit since the pub has been taken over and all although the view and spot is still faultless the food on the other hand has gone down in quality and... More 

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Thank Laura G
Oxford, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A lovely old pub in a beautiful setting with fab views of the sea. Food was very over priced and poor. Very disappointed. Menu looks good but the reality was tough greasy duck I couldn't chew through and a greasy sauce. Weird goats cheese dish in pastry and greasy chips. All nicely presented and service was friendly and efficient. Shame... More 

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Thank Frankiesnana
UK
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Hugely popular, this pub has a fantastic view over the bay and great outdoor seating. Perfect for those enjoying a walk on the costal path. The staff are friendly and service is prompt. The food is well presented, with typical portion sizes. However it does not merit the 4+ rating; the food is good but not fantastic, and is therefore... More 

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Thank ics2000
crabandlobster, Manager at The Crab & Lobster Inn, responded to this review

Dear ics2000, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We value all feedback and aim to use this to improve our service in meeting customers expectations. I am sorry to hear, in this instance, we were unable to do this for you. With regards to our menu, we have recently changed this to bring in line... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have never given a bad review but have just had such a bad lunch and service felt I needed to share our experience. I ordered fish stew £16.95. on menu said included mussels and clams which were not included. The portion was very small and looked very unappealing. More onion than fish. We also ordered two side salads that... More 

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Thank Ian d
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We have visited the Crab on many occasions as we now live not far away, and thought we would see how things were going now it is a Character Inns pub/restaurant. The place was extremely busy on a Tuesday lunchtime in May with very few outside tables free so they must be doing something right. I had the crab cakes... More 

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Thank White-family
crabandlobster, Manager at The Crab & Lobster Inn, responded to this review

Dear White-family, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us, and to provide us with such positive feedback. I am pleased you enjoyed your experience when visiting us, and The Crab and Lobster look forward to welcoming you back in the future. If you wish to book a table to avoid any potential disappointment on an... More 

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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed a great Sunday lunch Not a place you would find in passing but well worth searching out. Booked late but good table near the window. The pub was busy but the staff were relaxed and efficient.

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Thank John W
crabandlobster, Manager at The Crab & Lobster Inn, responded to this review

Dear John W, Thank you for taking to leave a review for us, and I am glad you found us, and enjoyed your Sunday Lunch experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future, and please feel free to book in again with us, Tracy More 

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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This pub has recently been taken over by an Island mini chain and the offering is now has that corporate feel. It's ok but there are better places that give you more for less money.

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Thank John W
crabandlobster, Manager at The Crab & Lobster Inn, responded to this review

Dear John W, Many thanks for the review. As much as we are now owned by Character Inns which is a small chain of family run pubs on the Island we do still try to keep that individual feeling about each pub. Was there anything in particular that felt corporate or that we could improve on? We do value all... More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This venue is ok for a lunchtime sandwich and has amazing sea views but dinner was very poor. Badly cooked steak and Luke warm pork. The lobster drowned in sauce. I would suggest skipping an evening visit.

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Thank julesa300
crabandlobster, Manager at The Crab & Lobster Inn, responded to this review

Dear julesa300, Thanks for taking the time to write a review, I'm sorry that you're dinner was not up to the usual high standard. We do conduct checks on the food throughout the visit so that we can rectify any issues that arise, if this has not happened I apologise. If you would like to contact me to discuss this... More 

Wallington, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this place after family who live nearby recommended. Food was great and very friendly, attentive staff. The only slight criticism I have is that when it is quiet as it was when we visited, I think there should be table service in place. I work in the industry myself so probably a little more critical than others. Overall I... More 

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Thank EmmaElizabeth94
crabandlobster, Manager at The Crab & Lobster Inn, responded to this review

Dear EmmaElizabeth94, Many thanks for the review. So happy that you enjoyed you're visit, after placing the initial food order the team should be offering a secondary service at the table for extra drinks/coffees and desserts. If this did not happen I would like to apologise. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Regards More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, View, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 32 Forelands Field Road, Bembridge PO35 5TR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  Bembridge
  • Phone Number: +44 1983 872244

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?