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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 good24%
  • Average12%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“rarebit” (4 reviews)
“risotto” (15 reviews)
“lemon tart” (6 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 9:00 pmAll hours
CUISINES
British, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
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LOCATION
Bonchurch Village Road | Ventnor, Bonchurch, Ventnor PO38 1RG, England
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1 - 10 of 282 reviews

Reviewed 4 November 2017

From the moment I peeked into the window of The Pond Café I knew I would like it. It looked inviting with polished tables, shiny glassware and soft lighting. We booked a table for that evening and were warmly welcomed by Philip, one of the...More

Thank Sandra M
June V, Guest Relations Manager at The Pond Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Sandra, Thank you very much for your charming review. We are so pleased that we met your expectations. We look forward to seeing you again soon. All the best, Phil&Andy@ThePond

Reviewed 14 October 2017

We had lunch here last Saturday. The fish was delicious, the wine list well chosen, and the service attentive, It deserves to be busier than it was.

2  Thank Vintagetravellers
June V, Guest Relations Manager at The Pond Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your kind review; We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with Phil and Andy @ThePond. Best wishes, Philip

Reviewed 17 September 2017

What a gem. Warm greeting from the lovely Phil and because it was our anniversary we were treated to complimentary champagne. A diverse menu and The food was totally delicious and beautifully presented. No we didn't like it - WE LOVED IT!

1  Thank Judith L
Management response:Responded 28 September 2017

Dear Judith, It was our absolute pleasure to host you both on your special day and we're so pleased you enjoyed your evening with us. Many thanks and best wishes, Phil

Reviewed 11 September 2017

The meals we had there were excellent well presented and prepared using local produce The lobster was the best I've had anywhere

1  Thank susanmichael12
Management response:Responded 28 September 2017

Thank you very much for your kind feedback. We're thrilled you enjoyed your experience with us. Many thanks, Phil

Reviewed 3 September 2017

At last, a return to the high standards this restaurant has been noted for in the past. Excellent food, beautifully prepared and served with great charm. This venue should be on the list of any visitor to the island, and those already living there. One...More

1  Thank Raymond John L
Management response:Responded 8 September 2017

Dear Raymond, Thank you of much for writing such a kind review - we are very pleased you enjoyed your meals with us. We look forward to seeing you again when you are next on the island. With best wishes, Phil Phil&Andy@thepond

Reviewed 22 August 2017

I have to admit, we were lucky - we found ourselves staying in a cottage that was next door but two to the Pond Cafe, but, it's worth crossing the entire IoW to enjoy: in fact, it;s worth crossing the Solent for! For, it is...More

1  Thank David M H
Management response:Responded 8 September 2017

Dear David, Thank you so much for your kind words - we really do appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback. We very much look forward to welcoming you back to the Pond. With best wishes. Phil The Pond

Reviewed 17 August 2017

Delightful restaurant with a very friendly waiter called Phil. We enjoyed a 3 course meal with a bottle of fantastic French Shiraz. I have some dietary issues, and Phil relayed this to the chef who kindly adapted items from the menu for me. There wasn't...More

1  Thank Charles P
Management response:Responded 8 September 2017

Dear Charles, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave feedback. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us. All the best, Phil The Pond

Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Well we where really impressed with this place , everything was absolutely perfect , we sat outside looking at bonchurch pond , beautiful peaceful setting , we where given blankets as it got cooler , (nice touch) The white and red wine by the glass...More

1  Thank jubbarnie
Management response:Responded 17 August 2017

Thank you so much for you very kind words and feedback, we do appreciate it. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your meal with us and it was lovely to meet you. We look forward to your return visit, Many thanks and all the best,...More

Reviewed 12 August 2017

You have to seek out the Pond Cafe Bonchurch but it is well worth the effort. A pretty spot and isolated from the pressures of holiday makers in nearby Ventnor and we found our host both welcoming and anxious to give us an excellent dinner....More

1  Thank itchentolearn
Management response:Responded 17 August 2017

Thank you so much for kindly leaving us positive feedback, we really do appreciate it. We're glad that you enjoyed our offering and look forward to hosting you again. Many thanks and kind regards, Phil The Pond

Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Very good food and service. We felt that pricing the food on the high side ... £10 for mackerel pate (it was good though!) ... led to high expectation, and sitting close to a terrace with loud children and smoking parents didn't quite fit with...More

1  Thank kkevvin
Management response:Responded 1 August 2017

Dear Kevin, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave some feedback. We are very pleased you enjoyed the food on offer. We';re sorry your experience was slightly marred by other guests' behaviour - the terrace is something that is an asset to...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 37
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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
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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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