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The Pond Cafe

Bonchurch Village Road | Ventnor, Bonchurch, Ventnor PO38 1RG, England
+44 1983 857666
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Overview
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good23%
  • Average12%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible3%
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“risotto” (15 reviews)
“rarebit” (4 reviews)
“ribeye steak” (5 reviews)
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CUISINES
British, French, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
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LOCATION
Bonchurch Village Road | Ventnor, Bonchurch, Ventnor PO38 1RG, England
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1 - 10 of 272 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to Bonchurch for cake and coffee and were amazed to find The Pond Cafe had undergone a complete transformation since we last visited. Absolutely fabulous! We had the warmest of welcomes from a delightful gentleman who explained a few things on the menu...More

Thank mazti
Management response:Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind words, we really do appreciate you taking the time to feedback. We were delighted to host you and very pleased that you had an enjoyable experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Phil &...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

During our recent week's holiday in Ventnor, my family discovered a newly opened café/restaurant in Bonchurch one morning. We stopped for coffee, which was exceptional Italian coffee. While we had our coffee, deliveries of ultra fresh vegetables arrived - whatever was best on the day,...More

Thank David L
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Dear David, Thank you for taking the time to write your kind review, we do appreciate it. We look forward to welcoming you again and hope to make it a five star experience for you. Many thanks once again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a sentimental journey for us - we first met in Bonchurch 50 years ago (the Summer of Love and all that), so we went back to see what had changed. In those days The Pond Cafe was spaghetti on toast with an option...More

1  Thank Matlockian
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Dear Ian, Thank you very much for your review and the time taken. It is really appreciated. It was delightful to meet you both and to serve you and we're happy that you enjoyed our offering. Hope to host you again soon. All the best,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to this small but intimate restaurant shortly after it opened. The waiter come owner could not have been more attentive. He explained the menu and the specials an offer, we had scallops, wolf fish and chicken, all of which were excellent and the side...More

1  Thank Tumbleacre
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review, we really are grateful for your feedback. It was a pleasure to host you and we hope to have that honour again soon. All the best. The Pond

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first trip to the Pond Cafe since the change in management, and we were absolutely delighted. Fantastic food, and friendly and knowledgeable service. Perfect.

1  Thank JacquieSuzanne
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Dear Jacquie, That's so kind of you - many thanks. It was a pleasure to serve you and we hope to see you again. All the best, Phil

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were wondering where to go for our wedding anniversary lunch & decided we'd try The Pond again, we'd not been there for several years. We were served by Phil at a table outside, in beautiful sunshine. I had smoked mackerel pâté with cucumber, it...More

1  Thank Mary D
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Dear Mary, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such kind words about us. It is really appreciated and we very much enjoyed serving you and your husband. We look forward to hosting you again soon. All the best. Regards, Phil

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had our pre-anniversary lunch at this hidden treasure which we found by accident after walking by the beach. I had the Wight Rarebit and my husband had the scallops, both cooked to perfection. To finish we treated ourselves to the 'Choc Shot' which was...More

1  Thank Lara G
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Dear Lara, Thank you so much for your kind words. We're delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us and look forward to welcoming you again soon. Phil & Andy

Reviewed 11 June 2017

This was a real surprise and a pleasant one. We were looking for 'coffee and a sandwich' as had been here before.................however we stayed for a light lunch which was a delicious 'Wight rarebit' served with a lovely salad. 'Mine host' was charming, very informative...More

1  Thank esmerelda337
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Dear Esmerelda, Thank you for reviewing us so kindly. New look forward to seeing you again. Best regards, Phil & Andy

Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

To call this restaurant a cafe is misleading. It is a first class restaurant serving excellent food. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch cooked by Andy, the skillful chef, and served outside by Phil, the very friendly Maître d'. We had the smoked mackeral pate (served...More

1  Thank SCF77UK
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for you extremely kind review. We do appreciate it and are very glad that you enjoyed our offerings/ We look forward to seeing you at the Pond Cafe again soon. Best regards, Phil & Andy

Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

We had a really enjoyable evening in a beautiful location. The food was excellent and the service attentive and very informative about the food and it's preparation. Thoroughly recommend this venue.

2  Thank Bruce M
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Dear Bruce, We'd just like to thank you for taking the time to write your kind review. We hope to see you again soon. Best regards, Phil & Andy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$10 - US$36
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 21:00
Saturday
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bonchurch Village Road | Ventnor, Bonchurch, Ventnor PO38 1RG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  Ventnor  >  Bonchurch
  • Phone Number: +44 1983 857666
  • E-mail
Description
Relaunched under new culinary direction in February 2017, the Pond Cafe is situated in the beautiful village of Bonchurch, near Ventnor, on the sunny Isle of Wight.

Offering carefully prepared modern British and European plates to order, Chef Andy uses local fresh ingredients wherever possible.

With its outside terrace overlooking the picturesque duck pond it is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed meal.

Reservations are recommended for lunch (Wednesday through Saturday) and especially for dinner (Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings).

An expanding range of fine wines, quality beers and Island and international spirits is available.
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