Matt and Cat\'s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide
  • Alma Knack on Bonchurch InnBereft that the Bonchurch Inn is for sale. So many unforgettable visits, via Ventnor or the Devil's Chimney or the 101 steps, or even Wroxall and Boniface Down. After a couple of litres of wine just flew up to the A3055 for the No 3 bus back to Newport (1/2 hourly) and the No 7 back to Yarmouth Harbour. Usually slept most of the way. Thank you Bonchurch Inn, won't be visiting Swinburne's grave with its red squirrels, or the highland cattle on Boniface Down again.
  • Richard on Number 3, CowesWe love this place....glad to see Trevor and Gill getting the recognition...they've been this for years! Sticky toffee pudding to die for if it's ever on the menu!!
  • Mel on Castle Inn, NewportWell worth a visit whether having a relaxing lunch, evening meal, celebration night out or live music. I go here quite often and the atmosphere is great. Particular thanks to the owners and staff who look out for and look after my Dad when he comes in for his lunch. He has dementia and can get confused but both staff and locals are always willing to lend a hand if he needs it. Well done all - a great first year!
  • Mrs Carole Foster on Suggest a venueJust had lunch at a wild catering van on the industrial estate outside Newport opposite jewson builders Had sausage bap £2 50. Proper sausages no cheap ones tomatoes brown sauce gorgeous ingredients and a mug of tea whilst waiting in a real mug! My hubby had a breakfast baguette £5.stuffed with everything.lovely couple lovely food and brilliant prices. With a visit. Regards Mrs Carole foster ventnor.
  • Matt and Cat on Suggest a venueNot been yet but you bet we will!
  • Tom Aikens on Suggest a venueWhat do you think of the new Burger King? It's hot stuff in Newport I've heard. I'm truly holding out for what Jay Rayner says about it's opening, but word about town you two are hottest shit. Specialising on Coppins Bridge fast food outlets. Mat and Catt, oh do tell...
  • patrick on Merrie Garden, LakeNot sure I was quite as impressed as you on a recent visit - but good that the historic farmhouse has been rescued. Not that anyone is that aware of it, when sitting inside the pub area....
  • Coleman on Smoking LobsterHaving spent 50 years travelling to the Island and now having a home in Bembridge I have to say the Crab and Lobster scores -5 (minus 5) for it s food. It was not so long ago that on a website, maybe yours, a retired colonel wrote that he would not eat there ever again even if he was starving! Even though it has changed hands and managers it is still awful. I love the the place as I have many good memories of being there so I still go but will not eat.
  • SI'd morton on Blacksmith’s, CarisbrookeGreat food friendly staff great value would definatly go back again
  • patrick on Cowes TandooriIf you're after an Indian restaurant which stands out from the crowd, I suggest you try Akbar the Great in Darlington...
  • patrick on Watersedge, GurnardSadly it looks like this ambiguously-named venue is finished in its present form. A notice has appeared on the door thanking customers and informing them of impending closure. However, a new cafe looks set to emerge from the ashes, so all may not be lost...!
  • Matt and Cat on Suggest a venueWe've tried it, liked it. Haven't reviewed it yet but thanks for the nudge, it's on the (long) list.
  • patrick on Suggest a venueI'm wondering if North House hotel in Cowes is on your radar? The former Rawlings hotel has had a major makeover and looks incredibly swish. They do breakfasts, mostly featuring eggs and salmon it seems, as well as lunches and evening meals. Worth a look, I'd say...
  • Alexander Richardson on Muzza’s Kitchen, SandownI and friends are locals at this cafe having used it for the last few years. Phil, Karen and all the staff are very dedicated, efficient and friendly. The food is above your normal cafe standard, they offer main meals, a varied menu, ice cream made on the premises and great coffee etc. Like any business you only get out what you put in. I would highly recommend the cafe to locals and tourists. It’s how a cafe should be, nice atmosphere, value for money and great food. Job done. Keep up the good work! Alex and the “OAP” gang...
  • Mel Brady on On The Rocksyou'll smell of delicious meat for days... love it! great review!
  • patrick on Suggest a venueAJ's Diner is the new reincarnation of the café in Royal Victoria Arcade, Ryde, A lot friendlier and more welcoming now, with a gentle revamp towards a more themed approach. Guaranteed all-day fry-ups....
  • Mary Adams on Ritchie’s Diner, LakeThey do lovely roasts on Sundays too. Delicious food, served by very kind staff, in a special atmosphere.
  • Mr N A Jackson on Coffee Pot, RydeDear Matt and Cat, as a regular at the Coffee Pot in Ryde I read your article with some concern,then I burst out laughing. You see you have completely missed the point of TCP. We go there to get away from the kind of people who demand Barrista coffee. The Pot is not a retro caAfe, it is not stuck in the past it is a real cafe with the best service and food on the Island and very much in the modern world, I often do my emails using their wifi.When I was in the New York Hilton do...
  • A Kelly on Suggest a venueTotland Bay Pier Cafe. The meals are amazing and always freshly cooked rather than pre-prepared and re-heated products so you may have to wait a couple of minutes, but when you have views like they have from the Pier Cafe overlooking the Solent towards Bournemouth, Pool, Hurst Castle, The Needles Light house etc waiting for your freshly cooked meal is a pleasure. Cath and Mike do the usual cafe style meals (Fish and Chips are to die for) they more than not have some daily specials on as well. One of my personal favourites is their “Sunday Roast” (Re-starting October...
  • IA&HG on Baywatch on the Beach3/5. Overall, we found the view sublime and the service reasonable on this glorious September evening. We enjoyed the starters of crab bake and grilled sardines, but felt the main courses were disappointing: the Thai style mussels had an overly sweet Thai sauce ruining otherwise perfectly good mussels and the Burger looked to be good quality, but the meat was surprisingly dry. On providing feedback on the Thai dish, we were told the main chef was away, so it seems good to phone up and check this aspect in advance and not settle for anything less than the main chef!...
  • Cherie Baxter on Smoking LobsterI agree, imaginative menu and use of local produce, and the chefs are not bad looking either!
  • Islander on Horse and Groom, NingwoodAte here last night. Had a table for 7 and the food arrived quickly. Best hunters chicken we've had on the island (and we've tried many!). Very nice chips, big portion size and good service.
  • brian peters on Cappuccino’s Burger Van, Dodnor Industrial Estate, NewportGot to be the best burgers on the isle of wight never been disappointed and you don't need sauce to improve the taste beautiful on their own
  • Tracy Mikich on Cycling Gourmand electric bike adventureGreat review and what a way to see our fab Island 🙂
  • Roy on Tollgate Cafe, BembridgeI live on the mainland and have used the tollgate cafe quite a lot over the last ten to twelve years when I bring my boat up onto the beech or into the marina at bembridge. Always found the food good and hospitality pleasent. The cafe is always clean. and quite offten busy. I'm Hoping to get back there today 7 September 2019
  • patrick on Blacksmith’s, CarisbrookeGlad you have been, and found it satisfactory!
  • Roselyn on Django’s, NewportAn absolutely lovely venue with the chef being as friendly as the food he cooks, and the amazing Poppy Dee singing Jazz, if you're fortunate enough to catch her there!
  • Shorwell local on Crown Inn, ShorwellTotally agree with Matt & Cat, the place has a lot going for it but they're missing the mark. They big themselves up but just can't live up to expectations consistently. How can reviews vary so much, something is wrong and I fear it comes from the Managers who can't take criticism and turn it into 5 stars. I find it strange so many people have taken offence at Matt & Cats review, are these friends of the managers!
  • Kathleen Carabine on Django’s, NewportThe varied, talented, friendly musicians add another ‘string to its bow ‘. As well as the wonderful food and fragrant roses. Could go 2/3 week and totally different talent and something new . Very impressed !
  • GJ on Crown Inn, ShorwellMy wife and I, daughter and her husband, two grandsons and dogs had lunch at The Crown today and our experience was entirely different to your review: 1. Drinks were served promptly and the beer was in good heart. My son in law is a fan of Timothy Taylor bitter and often finds it has not been kept well. Not so at the Crown. 2. Three of us had goat curry and none found it too hot, including my wife who does not like fierce curry. 3. We also had enjoyable deserts and the boys enjoyed their children’s meals. 4....