The Countrywide Great Tour route: places to eat and stay in Ryde

Ryde (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Ryde (Getty Images/iStockphoto) - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Hampshire welcomes The Countrywide Great Tour this summer so we took a closer look at Ryde where cyclists will begin to arrive on 12 August as part of stage 40

The route

The route - Credit: Archant

The Countrywide Great Tour begins on 4 July and takes place over 64 days visiting a huge range of coastal locations across the UK. After departing Brighton Pier at 8.30am on 12 August, the tour arrives at Ryde Ferry Terminal the same afternoon.

Stage 40: Brighton to Ryde

Stage 40: Brighton to Ryde - Credit: Archant

If you’re taking part yourself or supporting a friend or family member during the tour, there’s plenty on offer in Ryde and the Isle of Wight. Here are a few suggestions...



Three Buoys - Appley Lane, Ryde, PO33 1ND; 01983 811212

Family run business overlooking the bay of Appley. Elegant food with big flavours, complimented by a carefully selected wine list.


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Wights - 41 High Street, Ryde, PO33 2RE; 01983 618743

Fish and chips takeaway on the High Street in Ryde with rave reviews.


Olivo - 32-33 Union St, Ryde; 01983 611118

Dishes cooked with authentic Mediterranean products. Breakfast from 8am followed by a full menu from 12pm including pixxa, risotto, pasta and salads.


French Franks - 2 St Thomas’ Square, Ryde, PO33 2LS; 01983 716066

Fresh and fast food without skipping the quality, local ingredients and produce as well as premium Illy coffee, chocolate melts and frozen yoghurt shakes,


The Little Gloster - 31 Marsh Road, Gunard, Isle of Wight, PO31 8JQ; 01983 298776

Winner of the Restaurant of the Year award at the 2014 Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards.



Yelf’s Hotel - Union Street, Ryde, PO33 2LG; 01983 564062


Bay Royal Esplanade Hotel - 16 Esplanade, Ryde, PO33 2ED; 01983 562549


Hotel Ryde Castle - The Esplanade, Ryde, PO33 1JA; 01983 563755


Appley Manor Hotel - Appley Road, Ryde, PO33 1PH; 01983 564777


Lakeside Park Hotel & Spa - High Street, Wootton Bridge, Ryde, PO33 4LU; 01983 882266