Matt and Cat\'s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide
As well as its regular holiday-makers, four times a year the Isle of Wight is inundated with a concentrated number of visitors. Thousands cross the water for both major music festivals which bookend vehicle enthusiasts’ events. The late August Bank Holiday sees an influx of scooterists buzzing around Ryde... Read more
There are few places that are truly off the beaten track. The Boathouse seafood restaurant at Steephill Cove is not one of them. It’s one of the Island’s worst-kept secrets, a place that all the travel writers love to imagine they discovered. And well they might. It’s probably not... Read more
Cat’s been a big fan of sushi ever since she tried Tomo’s bento boxes. Tomo, an expert Isle of Wight sushi-maker who delivered little boxes of delights from her Rookley home, is sadly no longer in business, but The Cat’s appetite for this dainty Japanese food has not diminished.... Read more
Having been turned away from the ever-popular Jamie’s Italian for the second night in a row, Matt and Cat headed off to King’s Parade to see if one of Cambridge’s other fine eateries would be more accommodating. As luck would have it, they got the last two unbooked seats... Read more
Cambridge is an odd place in many ways – mostly good ways. One thing Matt and Cat noticed during their visit is that, as tourists and British subjects, they were very much in the minority. Visitors are thick on the ground in Cambridge, and come from all nations. So... Read more
For those that don’t know, Cambridge is a beautiful city, all pinnacled colleges and cobbled roads along which sit-up-and-beg bicycles trundle under the power of earnest undergraduates. Unlike the thigh-challenging undulations of the Isle of Wight, there is no need for a multi-geared road hybrid bike for this historic... Read more
You don’t need Matt and Cat to tell you, but they will anyway – the Isle of Wight is a really great place. They love living here and particularly enjoy the varied scenery and disparate local cultures. From the chalky downs and county set to the twiddly coastline with... Read more
By our Festival reporter, Wendy Varley Since 2008 I’ve guest-blogged for Matt and Cat about food at the Isle of Wight Festival. My gripe last year was that, in contrast to previous years, there was no sign of local Isle of Wight food. The Farmers’ Market had disappeared, along... Read more
Archive review: the Dark Horse closed in February 2014. A while ago, Brading’s former Red Lion Inn looked as though it was going to follow so many small rural pubs, and turn into housing. But it didn’t – quite the contrary. After a sojourn as the Smart Fox, the... Read more
Matt and Cat pride themselves on leaving no type of eatery unreviewed. They have shared their opinions on the Island’s only Michelin-starred restaurant and also enjoyed food at Dodnor’s Cappuccino wagon. Basically, if the public are invited to eat there, M&C will give it a punt. It may come... Read more