Archive: Waxworks, Brading
Archive review: The Waxworks has now closed Where could you have found George Bernard Shaw on his trusty tricycle, Queen Victoria forever tapping her toe and an angelic cat with wings? No, not Alfred Lord Tennyson’s Freshwater salon, but Osborne-Smith’s waxworks in Brading. The candy-coloured museum was quite literally... Read more
Southsea Food Festival
On the Isle of Wight there are weekly markets and several seasonal festivals. The farmers’ market in Newport and Ryde sells, as its name suggests, local food produce. Some festies, like the County Show, have food as a major theme. Others, including the IW Festival, have food as an... Read more
Morgan’s, Shanklin
We’ve noticed a quiet phenomenon on the Isle of Wight. While street food hucksters, single-issue menus and bourbon boutiques pop up (and sometimes down again) other venues go about their business without fanfare or fashion. Each town has one or two restaurants that seem to have extraordinary staying power and ongoing... Read more
Eating Out in Birmingham
It takes quite a bit to winkle us away from the Isle of Wight but that doesn’t meant that we’re head-in-the-sand straw-chewers from hicksville. Being the ruralites we are, when we go away we generally eschew countryside and beaches (coals to Newcastle and all that) instead preferring a city... Read more
The Wilderness, Birmingham
Some dinners are like a pop single: wham, then bam. A brief moment of gratifying yet empty pleasure, eaten then forgotten – move on people, it’s all over.  Other meals are more like the concept album; a carefully curated story, told – not via twenty minutes of synthesiser noodling... Read more
Isle of Wight Pearl
We love the Isle of Wight. We love its history, geology, landscape and wildlife. And of course the food. All of these things make it a great place to live and to visit. Almost everywhere you go you’ll see something that adds to its fabulousness. Take the West Wight... Read more
Isle of Wight Festival Food, 2016
By our Isle of Wight Festival correspondants, @sparklypips and @b33rdy Sunday cake breaks With the sun still doing its best to break through, a relaxed Sunday afternoon at #iow2016 calls for a a thorough testing of the sweet treats on offer. It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do... Read more
London Street Food
Although our blog is called Matt and Cat’s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide we have been known to make the occasional foray to the mainland to get the skinny on the latest restaurant and food fads. Brighton is a brilliant place to absorb the hottest trends of all... Read more
Royal Esplanade Hotel, Ryde
It’s a part of our lives that we all come to understand. The beloved friend or family member is taken ill, maybe rallies a few times, but over time begins to weaken, fade, and eventually is laid to rest. So it is with big seaside hotels. In the middle... Read more
White Horse, Whitwell
In these modern times, you can buy a pint of beer from ten o’clock in the morning. To help it down you could order a budget meal from a satisfyingly familiar menu. All this just a step away from your house into the embrace of a town centre chain... Read more