This smart little Chinese restaurant is set out like a fast-food joint, and the name also suggests the kind of service you might expect. Tiled floors, bright lights, fast-food style tills and a serving bar all contribute. But wait! These crazy Hong Kong people simply don’t seem to have... Read more
It’s small, but perfectly formed. If you are looking for a place for a good cup of tea and a light meal, with sea views, you could look a long time to better this splendid venue. Outside, when the weather is suitable, is a truly spectacular view of the... Read more
Brewers Fayre is a chain of pubs, and those using any establishment bearing that name can hardly be unaware of this: it’s slick, the uniformed staff are all under the age of 25, and it can feel a bit soulless. But does the security and order of a branded... Read more
The place that is known as KFC. After work, evening meetings looming, a quick meal necessary – somehow KFC has a sort of eerie attraction when you are in a rush. Unlike other fast-food franchises the food is not unpleasant. However, the food is not really the issue with... Read more
It was way back in 2005 when Matt and Cat first reviewed Whippingham’s Folly Inn. Entreaties to revisit prompted this 2010 update. The original review is below. Matt and Cat were very impressed by the Folly, back in the day. It was a regular lunchtime haunt of theirs and... Read more
This is an eaterie with a split, or even multiple, personality. It is not an old fort, nor anything like one – it is a traditional seaside cafe that has grown up a bit. It is described as a cafe, and indeed much of the time it seems to... Read more
The Koffee Bar in Cross Street, Ryde is a Saturday lunchtime favourite. This clean café, though small, is plainly decorated with lovely chunky pine furniture. The menu has traditional café fare such as scrambled egg on toast (for the give-away price of 90p – yes 90p!) but also delicious... Read more
Yes, they sell real olives. The place seems to have a Greek or possibly Cypriot theme. Definitely Mediterranean. But apart from the deli business this place is also a café. Strongly recommended by friends, Matt and Cat thought they’d give it a go. Upstairs from the deli counter is... Read more
Yes, this is where it all began. Way back in 2005 Matt and Cat had a disappointing experience at Sainsbury’s café. So moved were they that they started a website… the results you see before you. You can read that first review further down the page. It’s probably not... Read more