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Old 09 June 2005, 12:30   #1
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Yarmouth or Cowes for Lunch?

Thinking of taking a spin over to the Needles on Sunday (12th June). Never been that way before. I thought we might stop for Lunch In Yarmouth but I've not been there before either. Can anyone recommend a good place?

I've been to Cowes and know where to go there for a bit of scoff. Would I be better off going there instead of Yarmouth?

Is it worth exploring up river in Yarmouth?
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Would recommend the King's Head in Yarmouth Peter J. But other pubs are good too.

(If you want to blow the budget The George is historic and the view is verrry expensive )

A trip upriver in Yarmouth is well worth it. The berthing masters/ mistresses in Yarmouth are a mine of useful information as regards tidal tips and places to go.

Worth going to Yarmouth in calmer conditions and Cowes if a bit choppier as you're coming from Southampton.

Have to say we've never regretted a trip to Yarmouth yet!

If we're planning on going that way Sunday, we'll send a pm,

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Yarmouth is a great little place. Good pubs are The Wheatsheaf (down a little alley), The Bugle (in the main square) and The King's Head. Salty's is good if you like tapas type stuff (and more) and Sian-Elin's is good for seafood but I can't vouch for that as I'm a veggie! There are also a couple of cafes. We can recommend Gossip's (in the square) for great baguettes, a view of the sea and lovely Minghella's ice cream.

I'm not sure how far upstream you can go. I've been a short way during my PB2 course but there are lots of mud banks extending from the shore so great care is needed.

Hope you have a great time! Wish we could join you but we're going to Ramsgate this weekend.

Edit: take care round the Needles - look out for the remains of the SS Varvassi not far underwater and some nasty rocks!
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Peter we go to the wheat sheaf at yarmouth Its about minute walk it was done up over Christmas and they ave a garden. Yarmouth does not have as much as Cowes IMHO but its a nice run down there. We may be out Sunday going from Calshot so will keep an eye out for you. Have fun

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Peter - you may find this site useful: http://www.yarmouth-harbour.co.uk/ .
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In case you get confused with all the advice Peter (RIBnet is great innit ) you don't have to go to the Needles to get to Yarmouth but it's a nice extra on a good day . On a bad day it's worth planning a return visit.


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Theres not a huge amount to see up the river in Yarmouth.

Once you go under the bridge your pretty safe until you get to the bend where the river turns sharply south west (about 0.5nm from the bridge). After that theres only going to be enough water close to HW.

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you don't have to go to the Needles to get to Yarmouth
Actually it depends. If you're adventurous enough to turn left out of Soton Water and go round the back of the island you do!

Wouldn't necessarily recommend it for your first trip down there though, Peter!
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you don't have to go to the Needles to get to Yarmouth but it's a nice extra on a good day . On a bad day it's worth planning a return visit.


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Just joking Peter !

But just to clarify ( ) we have found on a tough day that Yarmouth is quite enough as a destination in itself, particularly as you would like to explore the river.

Even on a first trip, though, if the weather and conditions are good for you then you could do the whole shebang...Cowes for Brekkie, Yarmouth lunch, Needles sunbathing / wave jumping and back to the Hamble for a sundowner before heading home.

Have a great day !

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Alum bay

If you are heading down to that end of the Solent (Yarmouth/Needles) I can recommend Alum Bay as a good anchorage spot if you are taking your own lunch!
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