Matt and Cat\'s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide
Ozze’s Plaice, Pan

Ozze’s Plaice, Pan

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Although we are spoiled for chip shop choice in Ryde, with Chipmunks, The Cod Father, the new Esplanade Fish Bar and the ever-reliable Wight’s, sometimes it’s worth venturing further afield for your fried fish Friday. And, should the desire to become a takeaway tourist strike you, we heartily recommend... Read more
House, Cowes

House, Cowes

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Look, let’s just jump in and say it. To eat out at a place like this costs a lot of money, and like most folk we don’t do it very often. So we really want to know we will be getting good value, and that’s what reviews are for.... Read more
Pavarotti’s, Shanklin

Pavarotti’s, Shanklin

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There was a time, back in the early nineties, when Pavarotti’s was the go-to restaurant in Shanklin. Cat enjoyed many a work do or birthday party in this trattoria; with its lively atmosphere and traditional Italian menu, it was the place of many happy memories. Fast forward thirty years... Read more
Propeller Inn, Bembridge

Propeller Inn, Bembridge

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Do you regularly fly past The Propeller Inn, that big shed-like pub by Bembridge airfield, and wonder if it would be worth stopping? Well, we’ve landed there for you. Despite this being a bustling family pub on a busy evening we were immediately greeted on arrival, and taxied to... Read more
Catch, Ryde

Catch, Ryde

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It’s been a long time since we were truly blown away by food which we once described as rock ‘n’ roll. That was in the glory days of Nomad; a funky concept, fusing Asian and Latin American flavours with a dynamic peripatetic energy which, alas, burned bright and faded... Read more
Isle Eat That & Esmé’s Sweet Treats
During the pandemic a lot of things changed, but one of the few unexpected benefits was the widespread adoption of a whole new genre of dining – the takeaway dinner. And by dinner we don’t mean the usual fish supper or pizza; no, we’re talking about Sunday roast with... Read more
Thompson’s, Newport

Thompson’s, Newport

Reviews 1

2015 seems like such a long time ago. Yet that was the year chef Robert Thompson opened his eponymous restaurant in Newport, converting a run-down former flower-shop by the bus station into what immediately became, and remains, one of a select handful of reliable and successful high-end dining experiences... Read more
The Wheatsheaf, Newport

The Wheatsheaf, Newport

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The Wheatsheaf in Newport’s Sts Thomas Square is in an enviable position. In the heart of the historic county town, the ancient inn is reputedly the place where Royalists met to discuss the future of the imprisoned King Charles I. Now with another King Charles on the throne, the... Read more
The Birdham, Bembridge

The Birdham, Bembridge

Reviews 2

Not that long ago we wrote about how Original Phil’s Diner had reopened under its original name of Top Of The Town (since closed again – Ed). There’s a good reason for this reversion as, almost without exception, when asked for directions people on the Isle of Wight will... Read more
Tonino’s, Cowes

Tonino’s, Cowes

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Every town has one. No, not an idiot – they are apocryphally the preserve of villages – but an Italian restaurant. You know the place; it’s been part of the street scene since the days when the post office was operational, not simply a historic landmark. Shanklin has the... Read more