Matt and Cat\'s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide
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
Matt and Cat’s review of eating out in 2013: part 1, January-March
Nationally it was a year of high-profile food-related stories. Horse meat, the creation of a lab-grown burger and the patented ‘cronut’, a croissant-doughnut hybrid, all caused a stir. On the Isle of Wight as elsewhere, the horse meat outrage focused diners’ minds on the origins of their food. Venues... Read more
Cowes Week 2013: food price survey results
Everyone says that food is expensive in Cowes Week, don’t they? But are they right? This is the third year that Matt and Cat have surveyed prices of food at over 40 outlets and venues in Cowes, and once again it seems as though popular wisdom is wrong –... Read more