Matt and Cat\'s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide
  • Matt and Cat on Something Yummy ‘Yummy Box’Hi Mike, Thanks for your comment. We've enjoyed Something Yummy food a couple of times and it really is... something yummy! As for the app, yes, we have both downloaded it onto our phones. It goes about its business, while we go about ours - nothing much else to report! We hope it helps everyone stay safe, M&C
  • Mike E on Something Yummy ‘Yummy Box’We are only three miles from Yarmouth but across the water near Lym. But regular readers! We wish we had this over here. Sounds wonderful. Hmmm. Off piste question if I may? Are you both on the new I of W NHS app pilot scheme? Any reaction or feedback? Stay well! Mike
  • patrick on A visit to Godshill Orchards apricot orchardThankyou, M& C....
  • patrick on Ristorante Michelangelo, RydeThankyou for a very useful review...
  • Matt and Cat on A visit to Godshill Orchards apricot orchardDifferent vineyard, not far off though.
  • patrick on A visit to Godshill Orchards apricot orchardInteresting - so part of Adgestone Vineyard is now given over to apricots...?
  • Natascha Nelson on Craft Vegan PizzaAbsolutely love their pizzas! Five Saturdays in a row now. So happy to have good quality vegan pizza with a range of toppings. Char is lovely and so accommodating. Really friendly service.
  • Howard HHoward Johnson hojo2@btinternet.com on Tony’s RydeAs good as you will get on the Island / or probably any where ////am aware that the place is spotlessly clean which is comforting to know and cleaning of tops & surfaces takes place all the time .Not into star ratings but this establishment has to be pretty near the top .Didnt realise that half portions were available to order . thats good as the big portions just a bit to much for us oldies / sometimes (resident on IW 50yrs) so pretty experienced at fish & chips
  • John Wrench on Hare and Hounds, ArretonWe were very disappointed with our meals at the Hare & Hounds, (Friday 21st February 2020) Downend Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2NU Our order: IPA Greene King Pale Ale Peroni CRISPY CHICKEN IN A BASKET £9.49 Salmon Florentin £8.79 Total just below £25 The issues: We ordered our food at 6:55pm and was advised that there was a 35 to 40 minute delay with food orders. At 7:45 our food had still not arrived so I asked the passing waitress (who appeared to be on her own this Friday evening) if she could check how long our order...
  • James Wheeler on Suggest a venueYou need to try the food at Farmhouse Pantry, thier breakfast is probably the best on the island, as so is thier Special Roast Dinner on a Sunday. The whole menu including the specials are fantastic...and I had a Australian Rump steak which is second to none. Food, drinks, staff and place are brilliant. Even dogs are looked after!!
  • patrick on Cibo, Wootton BridgeNice review, though I'm not too sure how anyone would go about making "home-made beans"..... My assessment would be that the place is excellent for brunches but only reasonable for evening meals. Great atmosphere though, providing you don't trip going down a step at the entrance, only to have one going up straight after...
  • 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...