The managers of a popular Isle of Wight pub are to take the helm of a seafront restaurant in Sandown.

Husband and wife Reece and Lizzee Annis are leaving their roles at The Caulkheads, where they first met 18 years ago.

The couple are embarking on a 'new adventure' running The Ocean Deck.

They will take over from Alan and Hayley Staley, who left the restaurant at the end of October, 2023, after 10 years.

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After seeing The Ocean Deck go on the market, Lizzee said they were encouraged to "go for it", but initially decided against it.

That was until a few weeks ago when they had a change of heart.

Although sad to be leaving the pub, which holds 'many happy memories', the pair told the County Press they're 'excited' for their next challenge.

Lizzee, 36, said: "Everything happens for a reason and we’re so excited to be on this journey and hope that we make it a success!"

The couple met at The Caulkheads when Lizzee was 17. Reece later became a chef there, before taking over as manager.

After leaving her job in 2020, Lizzee joined Reece as a manager and the pair have worked there together since.

"We have been very successful in doing so.

"We even received the Red Funnel bronze award for the best pub in 2023."

The couple do not yet have an opening date but said they're looking forward to taking over their own place and "putting their own stamp on things".

They said the restaurant will be emphasising on seafood in its specials, but will also have a main menu, starter’s menu and children's menu.