Matt and Cat\'s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide
Come with us on a journey through time and space, to a land of long hot summers, Cinzano and pop charts where ‘Do You Wanna Touch’ was considered a tour de force. A place where, if they weren’t having the neighbours round for fondue bourguignonne – dipping their meat... Read more
This is a Matt and Cat special event report Hands up who’s ever heard it said that the Isle of Wight is stuck in the past. Quite a few of you – you can put your hands down now. The sneerers have missed the point; it’s actually a compliment... Read more
Note: this van is still around at times, but not any more at the site we originally reviewed it. It doesn’t seem to have a regular spot any more. Matt and Cat are fans of the Hong Kong Express chain of Chinese restaurants. Starting in Ryde, the brand spread... Read more
Don’t know about the rest of you but when Matt and Cat think about cream teas, Godshill springs to mind. This quaint village with its gift shoppes, picture-postcard thatches and tea gardens is a mandatory port of call for grockles and cream tea aficionados alike. One sunny October day... Read more
Archive review: Tuscan Hills is now closed. Some partnerships seem destined to endure longer than most marriages: variety stalwarts Morecombe and Wise’s relationship was only curtailed by the untimely death of Eric. Other seemingly inseparable double-acts, such as the legendary Lennon and McCartney, are torn asunder through creative differences,... Read more
French Franks is an enduring feature of Newport; a town where new establishments pop into view more often than Kerry Katona’s tongue at a paparazzi convention. Way back, when this website was in its stone age, Matt and Cat reviewed this established eatery and were favourably impressed by the... Read more
Special report by our roving festival reporter, Wendy Varley. Each year the quest to find the very best of what Bestival has to offer gets harder, simply because there is so much to hear, see, do – and eat – that any one of the 45,000 revellers in attendance... Read more
Lake: the village that’s in the way of other more interesting places. If you’ve passed through Lake you may have been too distracted by its architectural hotchpotch to notice the disproportionate number of eateries – particularly takeways. Indian, chippy and Chinese restaurants all vie for attention on Lake’s short... Read more
In the 1930s, hard times were known as the depression; this term was, however, just too – well… depressing, so the next round of fiscal doom was rebranded as a recession. In the self-aware twenty-first century we are in the grip of the more euphemistically-monikered ‘economic downturn’. But however... Read more
Matt and Cat were flattered to be invited to try the Oyster Grill and Bar, a pop-up restaurant at Cowes Yacht Haven for Cowes Week 2011. At the same time last year they had a delightful experience at Robert Thompson’s pop-up at Northwood House – would this year’s temporary... Read more