The Royal Hotel Heritage Menu
Rebellious chefs. You can’t avoid them these days. Gawd knows who’s responsible for the ‘dirty’ food revolution? Possibly naked chef and school dinner warrior, Jamie Oliver? And what about ‘dropped’ desserts? Newport’s Smokehouse introduced us to the dirty fries concept – their version delivers regulation skinny chips enhanced with... Read more
The Mix Kitchen, Bestival 2016
You remember Bestival 2016, that one where it was mostly sunny but even that didn’t please some people? Well, we spent a day there checking the impermeability of our wellies and the edibility of the food. Cultural commentary we shall leave to others. Us, we like to eat. The... Read more
Isle of Wight Garlic Festival 2016
This is, for us, becoming the year of street food. Yeah, yeah, we’ve been banging on about it for a while now and it’s hardly a new concept, as your nan will undoubtedly tell you. The English are often reduced to the ‘nation of greengrocers’ cliché, and it’s certainly... 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
Isle of Wight Festival Food, 2016
By our Isle of Wight Festival correspondants, @sparklypips and @b33rdy Sunday cake breaks With the sun still doing its best to break through, a relaxed Sunday afternoon at #iow2016 calls for a a thorough testing of the sweet treats on offer. It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do... 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
Matt and Cat’s Dining Club at Nomad
You know us – any excuse for a banquet. So when the chefs at Nomad offered to create a seven course dinner for our dining club to celebrate the Mexican festival of Cinco de Mayo, who were we to refuse? On the Isle of Wight we’re nearer to vanquished... Read more
Royal Hotel Gastronomic Weekend
It usually takes a few years for mainland trends to make their way to the Island. Mostly, by the time we’ve raised our heads out of the County Press, bubble perms, carrot-fit jeans and the inexplicable popularity of nonentity couple Stevie and Chloe-Jasmine have been consigned to the obsolete... Read more
The best coffee on the Isle of Wight?
Much has been eulogised about coffee; the provenance of the beans, science behind the blending, the roasting and the barristas’ art are all elements that determine the damn-fineness of your coffee. But let’s get this out there now. Matt doesn’t drink coffee. He used to. He used to a... Read more