Hidden gems and well kept secrets.. “The Best Dressed Crab” Restaurant at Bembridge.

Hamble Powerboat Charters third season is approaching and we have got to know the Solent pretty well and would like to pass on some of that experience to our guests both new and returning.. So here is the first of our guides featuring The best places to visit in 2019.

Bembridge Harbour and The Best Dressed Crab Restaurant.

Bembridge Harbour is one of our hidden gems and is a great cruise from Port Solent or Hamble going past the Solent Forts. For anyone that hasn’t visited the Harbour. its entrance is accessible a few hours either side of high water and is approached via winding channel that passes over a sand bar and in through an incredibly narrow deep water channel which is an experience in itself. Once inside, Bembridge “Duver” Marina is a tranquil, world away from the mainland with its causeway pretty views and it’s just a short walk to the beach. The friendly staff are more than happy to accept short stay bookings in advance on their pontoons. This means that even on busy days they are on hand to welcome Allegro as we arrive.

Directly opposite and within the Harbour itself is the “Best Dressed Crab” restaurant serving fabulous fresh caught sea food dishes. So fresh that the fishing boats land on the jetty on which the restaurant sits and drop their catches off with the Chef. With indoor and outdoor dining areas it’s wooden light blue painted boards and simple interiors provide a perfect spot for lunch. Access to the restaurant from the mooring is via the Harbour Master’s launch who will pick up alongside Allegro or at the pontoon landing stage.

As an alternative for lighter appetites across the sand dunes along the beach promenade their is the beach cafe.

Bembridge is a relaxed place to visit especially on weekdays and the sun often beats down on one of the sunniest spots in the UK. But the harbour can get busy when the sailing club’s have their rallies or during the annual jazz or beer festivals. So booking is advised.

Contact Hamble Powerboat Charters to book your experience.