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Welcome to The Darwin, new Bistro in Shanklin

Welcome to The Darwin, new Bistro in Shanklin

The newly opened bistro, The Darwin, is now welcoming visitors to their fine dining experience.


The Darwin is a newly launched fine-dining option, provided by the team at the already popular Waterfront Inn, in Shanklin. Located on the seafront with stunning coastal views, The Darwin offers a paired menu of delicious dishes and fine wine.

The Waterfront Inn is a well established local pub/restaurant, with a great selection of traditional pub food and a happy atmosphere for all of their visitors. In February 2024 the team have launched this new dining option as part of their brand. As a contrast to The Waterfront Inn’s friendly and casual atmosphere, The Darwin offers a more intimate setting with delicately prepared dishes made with locally sourced produce.

Each menu item has been paired with wines carefully and intentionally selected by the team, to compliment the plate and cleanse the pallet before tucking into the next course. They also have a vast cocktail/mock-tail menu that’s sure to tempt you.



We attended a tasting evening with some of The Darwin’s suppliers, local business owners, musicians who could be offering performances at the venue, and friends of the business, all eager to taste the new dishes and offer their feedback. It’s safe to say the atmosphere and menu were loved by all in attendance, this was a real treat!

The team were on hand throughout the evening to provide insight into the dishes, how they are created, their inspiration and to give recommendations on drink pairings with each course. We were lucky enough to try a little bit of everything on the menu, and whilst we’ve got our favourites, we think you should go along, try the delicious food and decide for yourselves!

The Darwin is now accepting bookings – Book you table here!

View The Darwin’s Menu Here

*Menu items and pricing accurate at the time of blog being published, please note pricing and menu may be subject to changes at the restaurant’s discretion*


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