• Derek and Louise on Pendletons, ShanklinOur experience almost identical to Matt and Cat's. We had just arrived from London and it was a Friday night and had already been turned away from 2 eateries. Food was delicious, service superb and we only had to wait 30 minutes. I can still taste the mustard mash now and we would happily have paid more for the quality of the meal. Just about to book again now.
  • Scott martin on Suggest a venueHi, I would highly recommend you to try Golden Sands, Ventnor. We have been their on several occasions and out of all the places to eat along ventnor seafront we have eaten at, Golden sands is by far our favourite. They have a delicious full English breakfast but our favourite meal is their fish and chips. Please do a review as they thoroughly deserve it.
  • Andrew Whittington on Stotesbury’s, NewportI was born and breed in Newport and as a teenager in the 1970s was always in Stotesburys, I remember the two old anties in the shop a lovely pair of ladys, very into there church if ii remember right and the fish and chips were the best on the Island
  • Jenny on Suggest a venueWe highly recommend trying the Bandstand in Sandown. The food, staff and atmosphere are all fantastic, it's one of our favourite places to eat.
  • pat on Miga Chinese Takeaway, Woottonthe best takeaway we have had and we have been to all the chinese locally
  • Jackie on Chipmunks, Monkton St, RydePatrick .... you must of come on a very busy evening and where do you suggest we place the various people ... it's a small shop not a tardis ..as for shabby shop !! How dare you .it certainly is not ... people work hard in my shop and we all do our best ...but to some people that's that not good enough... thank you
  • patrick on Suggest a venueNo, we were told that you have to arrive early in the day to catch one of the pasteis de nata! The grapevine has informed me they are baked at the café now occupying part of the site of the late lamented "Ruths of Cowes"...
  • Matt and Cat on Suggest a venueThanks, Patrick. Madeira is our nearest coffee joint and we've already popped in. Did you try their lovely pastils de nata? M&C
  • patrick on Suggest a venueFantastic Portuguses coffee and cake shop in Monkton Village in Ryde, on the corner of Simeon Street! An inviting atmosphere amidst the curios and old-time photos of Funchal....
  • Denjamouse on Tumblers, ShanklinGoing to give this place a taste test this week, my belly is excited.
  • John Allinson on Heima, BradingThe Real Rutabaga Story Rutabaga was introduced to Brading, the whole of the Isle of Wight and the rest of the known world by at least 1922. If you read the label on a jar of our very own Branston Pickle, you'll see this: "Sweet Pickle Ingredients: Vegetables in Variable Proportions (54%) (Carrot, Rutabaga, Onion, Cauliflower)". Given his nationality, friendly Max probably prefers to use Rutabaga rather than Swede. Fine Foraged Fact: "The rutabaga, swede, or neep is a root vegetable that originated as a cross between the cabbage and the turnip; confusingly, the rutabaga can also be called a...
  • Malcolm Alder-Smith on Heima, BradingRutabaga = Swede dear boy! And just in case you come across it anywhere Navet = Turnip! Lol x
  • John Allinson on Heima, BradingDoesn't Heima test your decriptive vocabulary? As you say, just go there and eat!
  • Lin French on Taste of India, East CowesDavid an I went last night for the Wednesday Buffet. The service was prompt and really friendly. The food was so tasty and although each plateful wasn't huge, by the end of the 5 courses, we were full up. We would recommend Taste of India to our friends and we will definitely go back.
  • patrick on Taste of India, East CowesGlad I remembered about the anti star-inflation policy and went on to read the fulsome review rather than pass on after seeing the three-star rating! I've a good mind to go and have a meal there...
  • Tonylin on Black Sheep Bar, RydeBest Sunday lunch in Ryde , truly scrummy and excellent value . Well worth a visit
  • Ziplobb on Taste of India, East CowesWe were there on the big table that evening and thoroughly enjoyed it - went back last Wednesday with the kids
  • Alison on Waverley Inn, CarisbrookeTotally made welcome every time we go there. Food is outstanding! Service amazing! A fabulous family run pub / b@b. Couldn't ask for anything better. X
  • Vamsi on Suggest a venuePlease visit Taste of India in East Cowes and provide your views.
  • Ruthio on The Captain’s Table, RydeBlimey - I'd forgotten about Jimmy's industry-standard Mildert fried bread. Magnificent it was.
  • patrick on The Captain’s Table, RydeNever quite the same after the view towards the Canoe Lake was lost, the cafe is still a pleasant place to visit. A good option for tea and a snack, but well worth being wary of for a larger meal, as quality is notoriously erratic. Many praise its meals, but my experience was different. Thinking an omlette would be a safe option, imagine my dismay when what looked like a meringue appeared! The least one might expect of an omlette is that it is in one piece..... but this was more like powder, and like no omlette I've encountered. And...
  • Tony Cawley on Suggest a venueAt last a really good Indian restaurant in East Cowes! Taste of India is under new management but is in the same premises previously occupied by the unlamented Purple Mango. Very recently opened up under this very enthusiastic management, the standard of food and service are amongst the best I have experienced with an Indian restaurant or, indeed, any other type. If you have not been there, I thoroughly recommend a visit asap. They deserve a boost to help grow their business and I worry that they may suffer from being in the same premises as their predecessors. Bon appetite!...
  • roger phillips on Archive review: La Scala, SandownDear Jo & Rory, I am the proud owner of the Dell Quay Ranger, "TASHONA" whose first owner was Cdr. P.V.Monck. Would that be your father Rory, by any chance? I would love to hear from you if I am right as we are restoring TASHONA and any history would be nice. My late father in law, P.Allan Charlesworth, was the founder of the Dell Quay group so we have some affiliation. My number is 01243-641433, and email rogerphillips22@yahoo.com I look forward;
  • patrick on Quay Arts Cafe, NewportThe new Moroccan buffet is a real benefit to the town, With so few eating options available prior to an evening out, this is perfect. The food is not what I'd call bursting with flavour, but is perfectly palatable, and certainly nutritious. Convenience is certainly the main plus point - simply turn up, pay and eat! Good addition of fresh coriander leaf on tonight's carrots, and a buzzy feel with a music workshop going on around. Best of all, maybe - it was a totally free Halowe'en free zone last Monday!!
  • patrick on Crave, VentnorStar inflation...... I love it! Point taken, and there's a lot to be said for your approach. Of course it's subjective, but for myself the venue itself is as perfect as the product it serves and could not be improved...
  • patrick on The Hungry Caterpillar, Medina Garden Centre, WoottonMuch the same as in your 2008 review - this place is decent, unpretentious and unspectacular. It offers efficient if uninspired fayre, and is probably more convenient for anyone with limited time that some of the swankier venues nearby. The apparently unchanged set-up since 1983 with a distinct whiff of Victoria Wood, is no bad thing, and quite refreshing in these days of flashiness. The atmosphere is pleasant, and the welcome friendly, at this place which does what it says on the tin...
  • IW Regular on The Taverners, GodshillPrevious visits to Godshill have seen us use the Griffin, but it's mediocre so we decided to give the Taverners a go this time as Matt and Cat recommend it, plus it's in the Michelin guide. First impressions very good. A lovely pub with nicely spaced tables and a very welcoming but also quite upmarket feel. I wasn't sure which of the beers to go for. I knew that I liked Doom Bar but prefer to try local ales when possible. I was given two decent sized tasters of Venom and a bespoke ale for the pub but sadly didn't...
  • IW Regular on Thompson’s, NewportOur second visit in a week, but this time for dinner and the 8 course tasting menu. I've already described the pleasant ambiance (which is even better at night) and the uncomfortable chairs (which are no better). Robert Thompson now does front of house, but this in no way detracts from the exemplary food and presentation. I'll get the few minor gripes (chairs aside) out of the way first. A couple of the 8 courses are the usual freebie space fillers that you usually get in top quality restaurants. In many other restaurants, these are additional to the stated number...
  • IW Regular on Horse and Groom, NingwoodA pop in visit for a light lunch as we are saving ourselves for the eight course tasting menu at Robert Thompson's this evening. During our last visit 2 years ago, service was poor and food wasn't great. Back on form this time. We both just had starters (although at £5.95 each more like main course prices!). I had nachos with beef, salsa and sour cream, topped with melted cheese. Delicious and a generous portion justified the price (and confirmed that we didn't need a main course as well). Mrs IW Regular had Salt & Pepper Squid, which she very...
  • IW Regular on Pointer Inn, NewchurchVisited the Pointer Inn for the first time ever today, having been told by Matt and Cat in an email a few years back that it was their favourite place on the island. A friendly welcome and a table, showing as reserved, was made available for us (even though we hadn't made a reservation). The menu was fairly restricted with the 'specials' being almost identical to the regular menu, with some very minor tweaks. We decided to have a starter as scallops were on the menu. I had the 'special' version (with black pudding and apple) and Mrs IW Regular...