Matt and Cat\'s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide
So, just how far south do you have to go before you can sense the North African influence of Morocco? As far as Ventnor? For four days only, this is apparently the case. Chef Mourad Sahnoune has opened his first ever pop-up restaurant, Chez Mourad, in Ocean Blue Quay,... Read more
St Helens is a delightful-looking village, arranged around a series of greens to facilitate perfectly the curtain-twitching neighbourliness which village life demands. Rather carelessly, St Helens has managed to mislay two churches – one is almost entirely fallen into the sea, whilst the other is located in the countryside... Read more
England is a country simply dripping with history. Colonials, when visiting, just can’t get enough of it – understandably, maybe, as they have so little at home. The Isle of Wight is no different. Famous as the last place in England to convert to Christianity, later history is equally... Read more
The Isle of Wight is great in the summer; there’s so much to do and many places to do it. Matt and Cat like nothing more than to sit in a sunny tea garden feeding scone crumbs to squabbling sparrows while indulging in the food of the gods. The... Read more
What a difference a week makes! As visitors to Cowes on the penultimate day of 2010, Matt and Cat were thrilled and delighted by the ‘Not New Year’s Eve’ event at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club. The place was positively buzzing with peacocks and party princesses, jollied along by... Read more
Matt and Cat have eaten some excellent food in all of the far-flung corners of the Isle of Wight. From windswept tea rooms to the most northerly restaurant, they’ve pretty much tried them all. However, sometimes the best things are on your doorstep – as Matt and Cat discovered... Read more
The world of the private club is, to Cat and Matt, epitomised by the Drones Club – Bertie Wooster‘s London gentlemen’s club. A fictional place where chinless hoorays lob bread rolls at each other, drink cocktails and hide from indomitable aunts. An alternative view of the private club is... Read more
It would be a cruel trick, wouldn’t you think, for Matt and Cat to review a restaurant that you couldn’t actually go to? Crueller still, maybe, if they raved over it, explaining with the merest hint of embarrassment how they obtained the very last seats in the house for... Read more
Didn’t somebody once say that Stotesbury’s fish and chip shop, in Upper St James’ Street Newport, was the oldest on the Island? Or in England? Or something? Matt’s got a vague memory of something about the antiquity of this shop being of note. But no matter. Somebody will doubtless... Read more
Oh, the excitement. The whisper went up and down Union Street that Domino’s was on its way. Where would it be? The old off-licence, maybe? One of the grand places with Victorian statues on it? It turned out to be a little unit next to the bank, in pole... Read more