Deep Blue, Southsea
Southsea’s South Parade Pier, magnificently wrecked by fire during the filming of Tommy, was a regular haunt of Cat’s. Every Monday night in the mid-1980s, the Battle of the Bands would take place; Cat had many friends who performed on the stage at the pier’s Gaiety Show Bar. She... Read more
Brighton’s Food Scene 2016
Since we last wrote about Brighton’s food scene, we have ventured even further afield, sampling London’s dynamic street food, Birmingham’s restaurants and even New York’s pavement hucksters. Cat was particularly enamoured of the Big Apple, having enjoyed a week there – part of which was spent in the achingly... Read more
Southsea Food Festival
On the Isle of Wight there are weekly markets and several seasonal festivals. The farmers’ market in Newport and Ryde sells, as its name suggests, local food produce. Some festies, like the County Show, have food as a major theme. Others, including the IW Festival, have food as an... Read more
Eating Out in Birmingham
It takes quite a bit to winkle us away from the Isle of Wight but that doesn’t meant that we’re head-in-the-sand straw-chewers from hicksville. Being the ruralites we are, when we go away we generally eschew countryside and beaches (coals to Newcastle and all that) instead preferring a city... Read more
The Wilderness, Birmingham
Some dinners are like a pop single: wham, then bam. A brief moment of gratifying yet empty pleasure, eaten then forgotten – move on people, it’s all over.  Other meals are more like the concept album; a carefully curated story, told – not via twenty minutes of synthesiser noodling... Read more
London Street Food
Although our blog is called Matt and Cat’s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide we have been known to make the occasional foray to the mainland to get the skinny on the latest restaurant and food fads. Brighton is a brilliant place to absorb the hottest trends of all... Read more
Mostly Matt and Cat write about the Isle of Wight. But not always. In 2014 they took an autumn city break in Brighton where they got some great dining out tips from the locals, and this is one of several reviews they wrote there. It’s one of an occasional... Read more
64 Degrees, Brighton
On a recent trip to Brighton, we were determined to try out as much interesting grub as the city had to offer. Street food, pre-industrial fodder and neo-tapas were all on their hit list. At the time of our visit, Brighton’s 64° was tipped to get a Michelin star... Read more
What goes around, comes around. Remember the muesli and sandals brigade who implored us to eat organic veg and humanely-farmed meat? Critic Jay Rayner does and he considers some of these compassionate food production methods to be unsustainable tosh. However, that’s an argument for a different forum – like... Read more
Matt and Cat recently twanged their umbilicus enough to take a trip to the delightful town of Lymington – Hampshire’s answer to Cowes, with its quaint thoroughfares, yachticulture and quayside amenities. They popped over to have lunch in the town’s newest fine dining venue, the Elderflower restaurant, invited by... Read more