• Matt and Cat on Newport Street Food MarketHi Rob, thanks for your comment. We agree that Newport would benefit from the food market being centrally located but the harbour is the focus of regeneration and so that's where the council wants it to be. Only this week someone suggested to us that there could be an undercover pop-up market in the old BHS. It would certainly be an all-weather attraction and make use of that big empty space up the top of town. Wherever it is, we're delighted that the Island is getting with the street food thang via the good work of the Real I Love...
  • felicity damaris on Suggest a venuetry chatters cafe in ryde baptist church, george street . the quiche and soups are very good.(home made )
  • New Inn owners on New Inn, ShalfleetWe stumbled across your comment whilst we were checking to see if Matt and Cat had updated the review that they posted of our pub (a week after we had taken over as the new owners in February) of the previous owner's food and management. We did make contact to say that this had occurred but received no reply, but that's an aside. You don't say what time you visited on the 7th August so we can't comment on whether or not we were 'dead' or 'deserted', we were very busy this summer though during peak meal times and all...
  • Rob on Newport Street Food MarketMy visit to the Street Food Market was an enjoyable experience, however, the noise of the generator did affect my enjoyment somewhat, I didn't see the need for the generator with the electric sockets nearby! I understand why you made your comment " Perhaps the market could take advantage of the existing shelter under the flyover" evidently you are not aware of the fact that the harbour basin for want of a better description is an acoustic hell hole and sounds made can be a nuisance to nearby residents and therefore interfere with their enjoyment. It's good to see new...
  • patrick on Newport Street Food MarketYes, wouldn't Quay Street itself be a great location for things like this, were it not for the all-pervasive needs of the internal combustion engine...?
  • Jason on Newport Street Food MarketI used to live in the flat opposite your lead image. Newport Harbour is an opportunity waiting to happen - there's the Quay Arts, The Bargeman's and the flats on the 'wrong' side and nothing happening on the East Side. It could literally change the face of Newport if they get it right - Quay St would come to life again!
  • Matt and Cat on Masala Bay, VentnorIt may well have been International Plastics; it was long-closed by the time we first went to Ventnor. Anyone know for sure? M&C
  • patrick on Dell Cafe, SeaviewThe view is indeed splendid - providing we overlook the disastrous new cladding on the café itself...
  • patrick on Masala Bay, VentnorBrilliant pen-picture of the town! But wasn't it International Plastics rather than Interational Stores?
  • M on Suggest a venueIt is probably time to revisit The Old Village Inn in Bembridge, it has been a while since you last visited and they have a pizza oven and their homemade pizzas are awesome. This along with the full menu makes it a great destination. Just ensure you check that the oven is being fired up on the evening of your visit.
  • Amanda Flute on The Sloop Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery, Wootton BridgeCan report as of 21 August - still the same if not worse ! Two families have now complained rather loudly about waiting one and a half hours in which time they have received a refund and pizzas are still waiting to be cooked. This has culminated in the Chef walking out and now all food apart from carvery is off! Farcical to say the least - thank goodness have only come in for a drink!!!!
  • Docking on Sloop Inn, WoottonWe went to the sloop 17 Aug2017 at 12 15 pm with 2 friends 3 had fish and chips 1 the carvery the batter was hard and could barely find the fish,the veg was cold the chips just about ok.The roast potatoes were probably yesterday's warmed up the steak n ale pie very small portion,the restaurant very quiet from last time in April,standard has dropped won't be back this is the first time I have ever complained about a meal
  • Linda Hall on The Codfather, Ryde EsplanadeNot fit for seagull consumption never mind human... ours went in the bin...god knows what you're frying chips in .. tasted wrong ..and the fish was dry and too small for £4.60 question? Have you ever seen black/greyish cod?..I certainly haven't. .. codfather you should be shut down... ripped off for 13pounds
  • Maxine Haddleton on New Inn, ShalfleetCalled in yesterday on return from Tennyson Doen walk and what a disappointment. Restaurant was dead and beer garden was neglected and deserted. Ordered small crab cakes (anticipating orange & rhubarb posset) and regular beer battered fish and chips . After well over half an hour actually got regular crab cakes (2 drowning in dill sauce!) and small fish and chips (the "chef had read the order wrong"!!!) The fish was passable, the chips were frozen and the new potatoes and salad with the crab cakes were very nice however the crab cakes themselves quite frankly we're inedible. Deep fried...
  • Gurdeep on SWAD, SandownMatt and Cat, your review is still so relevant 9 years later. We walked past SWAD during the day and decided to try it out, much like you, expecting Tapas ( as we had done at Roti in Edinburgh) Upon arrival we were informed the food would take an hour and then our chosen starter/Tandoori roti were not available. Disappointed to say the least. Can't comment on the food yet as we are still waiting.
  • Paul Heathcote on Wonky CafeBest beach on the island in my (possibly biased) opinion - been coming here for years and it remains like a secret club to those in the know. Plenty of room combined with the fact that it's a bit hidden away means there is always plenty of room for everyone. Quick update - noticed yesterday there are now some porta-loo type toilets just along the beach which seemed pretty clean and useable.....
  • Paul Heathcote on Crave, VentnorWith the sad demise of Warren Farm we'd been looking for a new family holiday tradition, and now I think we've found it! A typical August day of gales and torrential rain saw us looking for something to get us out, so we took a drive to Ventnor solely because of Matt and Cat's recommendation - what a find! Youngest daughter went for mint aero (chocolate and mint swirls), eldest daughter went for a scoop of toasted marshmallow and another of crunchie, whilst I went for two of my five a day with a scoop of juicy mango and another...
  • Alan on Chequers Inn, Rookleyservice 2/5? its help yourselves! bit harsh?!
  • Stu on Mess Canteen, CowesWe had a disappointing meal today; the menu was sparse and lacking any sophistication. Chicken tacos were really underwhelming and didn't match the description on the board. Reuben sandwiches and cocktails were enjoyable enough. If this was a first visit (it wasn't; we had a great meal there last year), we wouldn't return - fingers crossed it was simply an off day.
  • Matt Wells on Off the Rails, YarmouthJust had a fabulous lunch for 7 people at Off The Rails. The 'Railway Reuben' sandwich is the finest version of an American classic that I've ever encountered. Apparently the secret is in the length of time they slow roast the brisket - 20 hours! Absolutely delicious. We all left happy and full.
  • David on The Old Fort, SeaviewAlso the old Fort is open all year round, to be food critics you need to have taste from looking at your visits to other venues it shows you don't have it! Get real a chip shop gets 3 stars and the Fort get 3, Mickey Mouse
  • David on The Old Fort, SeaviewHow could you score the location 4 out of 5 where do you want to be Barbados? Local!
  • Peter Walters on God’s Providence House, NewportTried to get lunch. Front lady could give NO indication of likely timing. Having paid for time defined parking. We took our money elsewhere. Simply not customer oriented.
  • Kate on The Old Fort, SeaviewLove this place - crab sandwiches are standout and all through the winter the Sunday Roast takes a lot of beating! Our favourite Sunday haunt..
  • Matt and Cat on Ozze’s Plaice, NewportHi Amanda, thanks for your comment. Cat had cod, which is more often skinless we've found when eating out at chippies. But to be sure you could ask the crew at Ozze's if they will cook it without skin if that's how you prefer it, and they might be happy to oblige. Matt eats haddock and reports that the skin is very much edible. Kind regards, M&C
  • Matt and Cat on Wonky CafeIndeed! We did say "and a couple of rather apologetic mushrooms", but don't let that put you off. M&C
  • Sue on Wonky Cafe3 tiddly mushroom halves?!
  • Martin Gibson on Ozze’s Plaice, NewportOur fav. fish and chip shops on the Island. And we have now re calibrated our order size! Great value, keep it up!
  • Ian on The Hungry Caterpillar, Medina Garden Centre, WoottonWent there on Saturday 24th June 2017 , very poor customer service ,asked for two milky coffees and was told we can't do them , when I suggested heating the milk in microwave some 2feet from where lady was standing I was told "we are not allowed". Top it off we had to settle for normal coffee at the price of a latte, the plastics spoons had been reused and still had tea/ coffee stains on them and next to our table was a microwave that child food could be heated up , so why couldn't milk be heated up...
  • Brian on Ozze’s Plaice, NewportCouldn't agree more. The lunchtime cod and chips is also a huge meal, certainly enough for two, and has become my once a fortnight treat (any more often and I think even my waistline would complain!). For your basic fish and chips, Ozze's is something a bit special.