Llama Tree Bistro and Pizzeria, Wellow
Some combinations just seem to make sense, but even so, somebody was the first to try them. Imagine the first person to put mustard on ham, for example. They must have felt pretty pleased with themselves. Or the smart alec who worked out that cheese goes with wine. Really?... Read more
New Inn, Shalfleet
A chilly Saturday night, and a stillness settled over the West Wight. Having ventured deep into the countryside where the Island’s famed dark skies reveal their celestial secrets, we drew up in Shalfleet. We need not have feared: even if the streets were quiet there was at least one place... Read more
Wight Mouse Inn
When we started this food-reviewing lark more than a decade ago, we pretty soon spotted that quite a few venues seemingly played exactly the same unchallenging middle-of-the-road cheesy music to keep their diners in compliant mood. The familiar tones of Tina Turner or Phil Collins were the inevitable accompaniment... Read more
Isle of Wight Pearl
We love the Isle of Wight. We love its history, geology, landscape and wildlife. And of course the food. All of these things make it a great place to live and to visit. Almost everywhere you go you’ll see something that adds to its fabulousness. Take the West Wight... 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
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
The Hut, Colwell
It’s a ‘hotly’ contested accolade; the Isle of Wight declares itself the Sunniest Place in Britain™, despite some vigorous but unsuccessful chest-beating from Eastbourne. An old sun recording machine from Shanklin is in Matt’s possession and, although the natural light in his humble dwelling never troubles its sensitive needle,... Read more
Yarmouth Spice
Much is made of local provenance, particularly in the food industry. The Isle of Wight’s farmers, producers and artisan bakers enjoy a justly-deserved cachet. Steaks can be identified by their originating herd. Many restaurants serve up “a trio of Island cheeses” as a dessert. Crabs practically scuttle up the... Read more
Red Lion, Freshwater
In the village of Freshwater is the Red Lion, an archetype of the English pub. It nestles in a photogenic corner of the parish, next to the ancient church of All Saints. For many years it’s been a quiet favourite of Matt and Cat; a place where they have... Read more
The question that Matt and Cat most often hear is “Are you guys really fat?”. Well, aside from the fact that Cat is not a ‘guy’, the answer is well… no, maybe yes, in places (mostly restaurants). While Matt is content to lean back in his chair and pat... Read more