Matt and Cat visited the Bell Bar in December 2005. A nice sunny Bank Holiday weekend in 2008 saw Cat revisit the place. Read the latest review below, followed by the 2005 review beyond that. May 2008 Review England in the summer time, eh? Whilst the rest of the... Read more
A quiet café in the upper reaches of Ryde High Street, well away from the bustle of Union Street. A few extra steps will take you to a café frequented by locals, as opposed to hordes of visitors. The menu is simple, there is no view of the sea,... Read more
UPDATE: Following some pretty dismal service, plus comments on this website about the variability of Pizza Express, Cat decided to give the venue one last try… When Matt and Cat try a venue with a fickle reputation they will sometimes ‘stress test‘ it by visiting at peak times, or... Read more
It’s small, but perfectly formed. If you are looking for a place for a good cup of tea and a light meal, with sea views, you could look a long time to better this splendid venue. Outside, when the weather is suitable, is a truly spectacular view of the... Read more
Brewers Fayre is a chain of pubs, and those using any establishment bearing that name can hardly be unaware of this: it’s slick, the uniformed staff are all under the age of 25, and it can feel a bit soulless. But does the security and order of a branded... Read more
The place that is known as KFC. After work, evening meetings looming, a quick meal necessary – somehow KFC has a sort of eerie attraction when you are in a rush. Unlike other fast-food franchises the food is not unpleasant. However, the food is not really the issue with... Read more
It was way back in 2005 when Matt and Cat first reviewed Whippingham’s Folly Inn. Entreaties to revisit prompted this 2010 update. The original review is below. Matt and Cat were very impressed by the Folly, back in the day. It was a regular lunchtime haunt of theirs and... Read more
This is an eaterie with a split, or even multiple, personality. It is not an old fort, nor anything like one – it is a traditional seaside cafe that has grown up a bit. It is described as a cafe, and indeed much of the time it seems to... Read more
The Koffee Bar in Cross Street, Ryde is a Saturday lunchtime favourite. This clean café, though small, is plainly decorated with lovely chunky pine furniture. The menu has traditional café fare such as scrambled egg on toast (for the give-away price of 90p – yes 90p!) but also delicious... Read more
Yes, this is where it all began. Way back in 2005 Matt and Cat had a disappointing experience at Sainsbury’s café. So moved were they that they started a website… the results you see before you. You can read that first review further down the page. It’s probably not... Read more