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Needles Eye Cafe

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Single-use or sanitised menus
  • Floors marked for social distancing
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Updated 20/06/30 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20/06/30 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Cafe, British
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews ice cream salad beans burger isle of wight sea front walk along the beach milford on sea lovely cafe pot of tea full english sit outside dog chips
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Reviewed 18 March 2021 via mobile

Needles Eye provides excellent coffees and hot chocolates ,and ice creams. Their bacon and egg rolls are first rate. The rolls are fresh.The bacon lean and cooked to you liking. The egg runny and well cooked A Great Start to the day. The whole covid...procedure is safe and well organised. The staff are friendly and efficient and nothing is too much bother. I'll be a regular when there able to fully open the cafe inside but until then thanks Needles Eye for being there nearly every day.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 6 February 2021 via mobile

Still open as a takeaway. The best egg and bacon rolls! Limited menu but still enough to choose from. Boosted by daily specials. A slice of heaven during these difficult times. Thanks Needles Eye.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 21 September 2020 via mobile

Great stop for lovely chips and a coffee as you walk along the seafront. Dog friendly - we were offered a parasol for our little lady because the sun was out - thank you! Little bit of a wait due to covid, but well organised...and worth it. Even the birds on the roof politely wait for you to finish before coming in to clear up! 🦅🍟🦅More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 19 August 2020 via mobile

Stopped here fir lunch. Had a fantastic cheese and ham melt. Did not need to eat for the rest of the day. All very well worked out with Covid restrictions too. Lovely view whilst eating. What more could you want?

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 2 August 2020

great location with a view of the needles (best with binoculars). takeaway only but plenty of seats outide. Quick and friendly service at the kiosk - food exactly what you would expect at a seaside caff. Nearby public toilets

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 28 July 2020

If you are looking for a quick bite or an ice cream while walking, this is the perfect place. Provided that the weather is good, as you sit outside during Covid, you can have a delicious ice cream or a full lunch. I was impressed...with the friendly staff and parents with younger children were also using the play facilities. The spacing of the tables was good and they had hand sanitisers and everything else that was expected. Lastly you have the beautiful view of the sea!More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 26 July 2020

The fabulous sea-front location is the best selling point for this cafe - what gorgeous views whilst you eat! We used it as a dog friendly lunch break during a beach-front walk. There is plenty of outdoor seating, reasonably well spaced apart (and the closest...people would be back to back anyway). Hand sanitising points at the till and also at the food pick-up point. The staff were friendly and they sell a good range of hot food, snacks and ice cream. Service was pretty quick, but the food was decidedly average and quite hard to eat when the only utensils provided were (not very good) wooden chip forks. Would definitely return, just for the location, but probably not for hot food.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 8 July 2020 via mobile

Despite living an hour half away from this location we have been regulars to this cafe over many years. This particular visit to Keyhaven was for the first time in 3 months (Wednesday 7th July 2020) So the cafe is open as a “Take Away”...only! Despite this we sat outside as it was a beautiful day & we opted for the limited menu of a bacon roll & my sister (an egg & bacon roll). You will not be able to sit inside the cafe. Im happy to say that the same standards apply with the food as has always been in previous visits pre convid, & the staff were great & all was organised with hardly any queueing on the day we were there. For those looking to take tentative steps back to Keyhaven anytime soon the Take away menu is below?...More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 15 March 2020 via mobile

We visited o. A Sunday afternoon following a Blowy walk along the beach. We were greeted by a friendly lady and picked a table. We ordered cheese and bacon burgers and a pot of tea. When they burgers arrived the cheese was missing so I...politely requested so e. Our meals were collected and returned shortly after with said cheese. Unfortunately the quality of the food was not great and too dry to finish. The chips were piping hot but very dry and tasteless. The burger was also not of great quality and the cheese slice was exactly that. The presentation left a little to be desired with no salad of any description. The staff and premises however were lovely and would visit again but perhaps not order the burger.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 12 March 2020

Loved the changes that are in progress This visit had the full English breakast, fried bread is a shout out + toast and drink included in the price

Date of visit: March 2020
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robert t
3 August 2020|
Response from needleseyecafe | Property representative |
Hi Robert, not signed up for the scheme as currently only take-away menu from hatch available, no seating is available inside but the garden is open where you can sit.
1 August 2020|
Response from needleseyecafe | Property representative |
There are 2 large Council car parks located to the side of the premises, no bookings can be taken.
Andy c
18 July 2020|
Response from cct68 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are open but when we visited 2 weeks ago it was just “take away only” with a limited menu.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Needles Eye Cafe

Yes, Needles Eye Cafe offers takeaway services.

Yes, Needles Eye Cafe offers delivery services.

Yes, Needles Eye Cafe is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Needles Eye Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5