Matt and Cat\'s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide
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
For generations, rooks have cawed and squabbled over twigs in the high trees at the crossroads at the top of Wootton’s High Street. It’s hard not to imagine this spot as it must have been 150 years ago; a busy thoroughfare in a pretty rural village, with the graceful... Read more
Are Matt and Cat up for a culinary challenge? Well, is the Isle of Wight the sunniest place in Britain? Obviously! And this Bank Holiday Monday your reviewers were invited to an unprecedented event: the Bay Grill at Appley offered to feed M&C for a whole day, and take... Read more
Little Gloster
There’s definitely some kind of social pecking order out in Cowes, but being from Ryde, Matt and Cat really don’t get it. Take Gurnard, for example. Is it a wannabe suburb of the cosmopolitan hub that is Cowes; or is it actually the exclusive enclave that everyone in Cowes... Read more
Wanna know a secret? Matt and Cat don’t have one but, like many Island folks, they have been privy to all sorts of open speculation about the next occupant of the suddenly vacated Ocean Blue Quay. From Michelin hopefuls to Mediterranean transients and maybe even One of the World’s... Read more
Matt and Cat have sometimes had their attention drawn to alleged lapses of hygiene in the kitchen of this, that or the other establishment. It’s not generally something which makes its way into reviews, and for good reason: hearsay isn’t a reliable way to form an opinion on anything... Read more