A popular tourist destination known for its natural beauty, peaceful coastlines, and sense of community, there are plenty of reasons to visit the Isle of Sheppey in Kent this spring and summer. Not too far from London and easily accessible by train and car, if you’re in need of a relaxing weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, the vast skies and marshlands of Sheppey could be exactly what you’ve been searching for.

Read our recommendations below for our favourite places to eat, drink and stay on the island.

The Aviator – ME12 3DJ – Traditional

Boasting a beautiful outdoor space that has seen the pub win the Queenborough in Bloom competition for three years in a row along with famously good food that attracts visitors from miles around, The Aviator in Sheerness is the perfect pub to really make the most of the sunny weather this spring and summer.

Situated just a short drive from Sheppey Crossing, whether you’re craving a traditional cooked breakfast, comforting pub classics, or just fancy a tipple from the bar’s impressive selection of Kentish ales and carefully sourced wines from around the world, The Aviator couldn’t come more highly recommended.

Close to all the Isle of Sheppey’s most popular tourist attractions such as the beautiful beaches at Minster and Leysdown, Minster Abbey, and Elmley Nature Reserve, the pub is itself an attraction featuring an abundance of fascinating memorabilia relating to the Short brothers and the history of flight. Authentic uniforms, artefacts, and photographs combine to tell a fascinating story of the early flying pioneers who once called this island home or visited the island such as Charles S. Rolls, the Wright brothers, and the Short brothers.

It’s not only the fascinating memorabilia that will have you flying high though; the food here is just as uplifting. Choose from a menu jam-packed with juicy steaks, seafood, and delicious vegetarian and vegan options, along with a special Sunday carvery featuring a selection of meats such as home-smoked gammon, turkey crown, and succulent rosemary-infused leg of lamb.

When the weather’s good, sit outside in the delightful sun-trap garden complete with a children’s area, where, every August, in association with The Rotary Club, this vibrant pub hosts the island’s annual beer festival with a series of live bands and thrilling entertainment.

The Flying Dutchman – ME11 5AA

Themed on a reproduction of HMS Victory, complete with nautical decorations throughout like anchors and wooden barrels set alongside handmade tables with life-size cannons, The Flying Dutchman, situated just a stone’s through from the water’s edge in Queenborough harbour, is worth sailing the seven seas for.

Especially popular with the local boating community of the Isle of Sheppey and offering a warm welcome to tourists and locals alike, this restaurant is a true community hub and makes an ideal setting whether you’re searching for a place to enjoy a pint with your mates or sit down and savour a scrumptious evening meal with a loved one. With a menu that centres on homemade British dishes, expect an array of steaks, an extensive selection of locally caught fish, and numerous vegetarian options.

The Flying Dutchman’s three large dining areas make it an incredibly appealing venue for big celebrations and special occasions. Boasting an award-winning garden and outside bar, the venue is particually popular during the spring and summer months, especially in June when the Isle of Sheppey’s annual street festival celebrating Queenborough’s independence comes to town.

The Royal Hotel – ME12 1AB

Perfectly placed to explore the many popular tourist attractions the Isle of Sheppey has to offer, The Royal Hotel extends a traditionally warm welcome to all those wise enough to choose to stay in this comfortable and cosy hotel. Originally named Kent House and dating back to the 19th century, this handsome and imposing building has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment, restoring it to its former glory.

Situated in Sheerness close to the beautiful nearby beach, shops and train station, choose to stay in a room with stunning sea views or perhaps hire out the refurbished function area, an ideal space for weddings, parties and business events.

With attentive and friendly staff, a fully functioning restaurant serving up delicious, home-cooked dishes, and regular entertainment in the bar area such as live bands, disco nights, and karaoke events, if you’re visiting the Isle of Sheppey this summer and plan to enjoy the many beaches, nature reserves, and festivals the island has to offer, this affordable, lively, and welcoming hotel deserves your consideration.

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