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, the place is tatty and looks a little bit like a launderette. But if you don’t mind any of that, you can be confident of getting the one of the cheapest meals and pots of tea on the Island. Unlike many such establishments, there is no smoking allowed, which was a major benefit. Matt and Cat enjoyed their hot food, but the best value item was a fresh pot of excellent tea for 70p, with fresh milk, which provided 3.5 sizeable cups – the friendly proprietress even offered a top-up for free. On a busy Saturday afternoon there was room to spread out and relax, free magazines and papers to read, and no pressure to move on from the laid-back staff.
Basic fare, in the traditional café style, giving outstanding value. We approve.
Update 2007: This cafe is now closed. Shame!