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
Comment: Robert Thompson
By Malcolm Alder-Smith, Island chef and author. 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 author of the popular The Marine Cookery Bible. I’m not sure who spotted... Read more
Cowes Week 2012: food price survey results
Eating out in Cowes Week is cheaper in 2012 than it was in 2011 – that’s the unexpected conclusion of the annual price survey that Matt and Cat undertook. Despite popular wisdom suggesting that food prices in the famous sailing town only ever go up, when Matt and Cat... Read more
As well as its regular holiday-makers, four times a year the Isle of Wight is inundated with a concentrated number of visitors. Thousands cross the water for both major music festivals which bookend vehicle enthusiasts’ events. The late August Bank Holiday sees an influx of scooterists buzzing around Ryde... Read more
The best cream teas on the Isle of Wight
Ah, the cream tea, staple food for holidaymakers in the English countryside for generations. This classic afternoon treat has never gone out of fashion and is a good barometer of a venue. Is the tea in a pot with ‘all the trimmings’? Fresh milk? Clotted cream? A generous dollop... Read more