Matt and Cat\'s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide
No 64, Ryde

No 64, Ryde

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We love Ryde’s No 64. Of course, we’re all about the nammet so, with their Asian-inspired dishes and hearty stews along with traditional favourites, we’re always spoilt for choice. But what sets No 64 apart is the incredible customer service. Often that choice we want to make is made... Read more
Cinnamon, Shanklin

Cinnamon, Shanklin

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We’d been recommended a curry house in Shanklin as worth a try, so for our next round of COVID-19-safe meals, we wondered if Cinnamon would be willing to deliver all the way to Ryde. It turned out that they would. A polite chap arrived at our door and passed... Read more
Albert Cottage, East Cowes
You might be under the impression that East Cowes is dominated by the bloat of Osborne House – and we don’t mean food-loving Queen Victoria herself. As everyone knows, the town enjoyed a great boost in fortunes when the royal household established a summer home in this northern corner... Read more
The Taverners, Godshill

The Taverners, Godshill

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The Taverners has for over ten years been a consistent favourite – not just with us, but with multitudes of Island diners who relish its hearty gastro-pub food and convivial atmosphere. Our first visit to this hostelry was way back when it was called the Cask and Taverners. One... Read more
So… Yummy, Ryde

So… Yummy, Ryde

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Anyone at all who has been in a café or restaurant in the last couple of years will know that the trend has been for venues to eschew traditional soft furnishings such as carpets and curtains, instead streamlining interiors with hard surfaces and firm seating. The upshot of this... Read more
The True Food Kitchen at Castlehaven Beach Cafe
Lockdown has thrown a shadow over the hospitality industry everywhere, but the Island is shining a few rays of light. Courageous chefs and proprietors are still launching ventures and trying new ideas. Who would have thought that the team at Ventnor’s Tramezzini – a High Street restaurant that only... Read more
Cadet Beach Club, Ryde

Cadet Beach Club, Ryde

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We are unashamed fans of chef and restaurateur Ryan Burr. We’ve followed his career from its early days at Chale Green Stores, via his eponymous street food pop-up Burr Grills, to the rock ‘n’ roll Asian-Latin fusion of Nomad. Now he’s back almost where it all started. We remember... Read more
Happy Chef, Ryde

Happy Chef, Ryde

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Long ago, Monkton Street was the bustling thoroughfare down which hordes of visitors travelled between Ryde Pier and St John’s station – which was until 1880 the nearest railway. A few local amenities still linger en route in what is now Ryde’s trendy gentrification hotspot, Monkton Village. One of... Read more
Blacksheep Bar, Ryde

Blacksheep Bar, Ryde

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Ryde, like other Island towns, has tentatively peeped out from behind its hands, dusted itself down and regrouped in the wake of the post-COVID-19 lockdown. Some venues have repositioned themselves. Certainly elsewhere our friends in the business are considering a future not of eating in, but of delivery and... Read more
Fumo 33, Ryde

Fumo 33, Ryde

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Guess we could write yet more doom-laden words about the state of dining under COVID-19. But let’s not, eh? Instead we will hold up our recently-sanitised palms to the virus and say, “Talk to the hand, cos we ain’t listening”. We were also not listening to our fellow diners... Read more