The Griffin, Godshill
Godshill’s one of those places like Shanklin Old Village, that seems to have just been created for the pleasure of tourists. Chocolate-box cottages filled with fudge, scones and trinkets line a twisty road as summer tourists spill onto the carriageway in giddy abandon. But what about in winter? Apart... Read more
The Cow Co, Tapnell Farm
It must be an interesting process, starting a new restaurant. Do you, perhaps, take over an existing established business but possibly end up having to live up (or live down) to the previous restaurateur’s reputation? Maybe it would be safer to start from scratch in a high street location... Read more
Hogs Street Food
In the afternoon, with a nice cup of tea, there’s nothing Cat likes better than a fig roll. Matt, by contrast can take them or leave them. In fact he usually leaves them. Which is why Cat was amazed to hear him say recently that he’d spent £4.75 on... Read more
Bluebells Café, Wootton
The English breakfast may be the true legacy to the world of this country’s cuisine. Yes, there are English muffins, creme anglaise, and of course English breakfast tea. But the only dish that needs no specific description is the eponymous Full English. It’s a meal that is widely available... Read more
Wilkinson’s, Sandown
Pies, eh? The staple of an English diet. Certainly if the success of mainland bakery Greggs is anything to go by. If you haven’t heard, this fast food pastry outlet has marched solidly across England, consuming other smaller bakeries in its path to become the largest bakery chain in... Read more
On The Rocks
Regular readers will have discovered, through the medium of Matt and Cat, the delights of eating out on the Isle of Wight. They will have read of the skill of master chef Robert Thompson, vicariously enjoyed the fruits of Cantina‘s artisan bakers and had their mouths positively watering at... Read more
Ritchie’s Diner, Lake
All together now… “Monday, Tuesday, Happy Days, Wednesday, Thursday, Happy Days“, etc. As the refrain of that 1970s television tea time staple Happy Days becomes your day’s earworm, you may wonder what the heck it was all about. Like the film Grease, it was so far removed from Matt... Read more
Fine Nammet, Shanklin
Remember when Britney Spears was new on the scene? Young and saucy, with a hot routine and worth her weight in column inches, she owned the news and pop charts alike with her undeniable talent. Over time, even if her singles didn’t always make it to the top of... Read more
Harbour Kitchen
So it looks as though the cronut has passed the Isle of Wight by. The biggest culinary fad of 2013 disappeared before we even had time to pretend to be interested. How about the slider burger? Briefly in fashion some time around last Christmas, it’s probably no disaster that... Read more
Ponda Rosa, Ryde
A pensioner, a teenager and a toddler walk into a pub and demand lunch. As much as this may sound like the beginning of a joke it is, in fact, a scenario played out every Sunday at Ryde’s Ponda Rosa. And, unlike some venues which choose to make things... Read more