Matt and Cat\'s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide
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
Review of 2015
When we were asked to write about the Island’s restaurant scene for the County Press we decided to have a manifesto. Nothing too complicated, just two points: we would cover the whole Island, and choose varied and diverse places to review. We’ve enjoyed seeking out this diversity. Places are... Read more
The Mission With The Ralvins
One of our favourite Island places is The Mission. This classic tin tabernacle, built in 1895, has been converted by our pals at Vintage Vacations into a truly unique property. Available for holiday lets (we’ve hired it ourselves a couple of times), it is sometimes also used as a... Read more
Worth Every Penny
Yes, we know that JD Wetherspoon’s is at the budget end of pub dining, but last year the team at Newport’s Man in the Moon totally underperformed for our works Christmas dinner. Undeniably a characterful venue, the service and food were pretty woeful. The annual knees-up with our colleagues... Read more
Malcolm Alder-Smith returns to The Hambrough
By Malcolm Alder-Smith, Island chef and author and guest contributor to Matt and Cat’s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide. Classically trained as a chef by French, Italian and Swiss master chefs, Malcy trains UKSA Marine Hospitality students in the kitchens of The Isle of Wight College; and is... Read more
Matt and Cat’s review of eating out in 2013: part 4, October-December
Catch up with parts one, two and three. October We had a big push on our Dining Club as Red Funnel promoted it to selected couples taking a short break to the Island. Consequently we received some more fabulous offers which we, and the club members, were delighted with.... Read more
Matt and Cat’s review of eating out in 2013: part 3, July-September
Catch up with parts one and two. July We spent a pleasant evening at Bonchurch’s Pond Cafe for a nine course dinner created by chef Chris Denney, who was keen to introduce Island diners to his new and decidedly cosmopolitan menu. However, he also chose that night to announce... Read more
Matt and Cat’s review of eating out in 2013: part 2, April-June
See part 1 here April The year’s foodie bombshell came with the announcement that Robert Thompson (pictured) was off to “seek new challenges” and was due to leave the Michelin-starred The Hambrough, the restaurant that bore his name. We said at the time that it was hard to overestimate... Read more