We went to the Ferry Boat Inn, Langstone for lunch last summer and weren't impressed with the food or service, the staff were pretty rude. Also you have to put your boat on the beach or on an anchor, and there's generally too many pikies loitering around for my liking. (Can we 'ave a go in yer boat mate?)
If you are in Langstone harbour, the Ship Inn is quite nice. It's more or less by the bridge across to hayling. Has a small quay and a slipway, but does dry out.
The folly is always a favourite, and while the food is typical pub food, rather than posh restaurant, it does the necessary and has a pretty good atmosphere. Last time I visited in the evening however, it was unbelievably packed. I think there is however a campsite walking distance up the road, so you could even stay overnight.
Was in Chiquito's at Port Solent could of weeks ago. The same as any other Chiquito's really. Port Solent does have a number of different eating and drinking options, plus there's usually plenty of eye candy.
Wooton Creek/Fishbourne. The sailing club were quite welcoming and we stayed overnight on their piles, which don't dry out completely, but it didn't have much atmosphere. If you carry on up the river to the bridge though, I think there's a slightly better pub by the bridge. Been a while since I was at wooton though so it's a bit hazy.
Yarmouth was always a firm favourite. Decent selection of pubs & restaurants, doesn't dry out. If you are into 'nature', you can go under the bridge and follow the river up which is quite nice.
Priory Bay is quite good, there's a reasonable pub about 100yds west on the sea front.
Ryde is also quite nice also, dries out, but loads of bars and pubs, plus an ice-rink too.
Sorry, these are mostly East solent, but hopefully some useful places nonetheless.
Originally Posted by Biggles
Try the pub at the entrance to Langstone Harbour. Free mooring as long as you have a good anchor.
Also Sparks Marina at entrance to Chichester Harbour. I think you need to use the Marina to lay up, so haven't used it myself but the bar comes highly recommended from everuybody I know that has used it.