Matt and Cat\'s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide
  • 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....
  • Stuart and Kathryn on Three Buoys, AppleyHaving made our annual return to the island, I felt the need to update on last year’s review. We have had a fabulous meal at the Three Buoys this year – the food as inventive and high quality as ever, and now with portion sizes that leave you well fed. I can’t speak highly enough of the Moroccan lamb starter, Asian duck salad main course and basil pannacotta pudding. The staff were, as ever, delightful. There were six in our party and no-one had a bad word to say about anything.
  • Stuart and Kathryn on Three Buoys, AppleyHaving made our annual return to the island, I felt the need to update on last year's review. We have had a fabulous meal at the Three Buoys this year - the food as inventive and high quality as ever, and now with portion sizes that leave you well fed. I can't speak highly enough of the Moroccan lamb starter, Asian duck salad main course and basil pannacotta pudding. The staff were, as ever, delightful. There were six in our party and no-one had a bad word to say about anything.
  • Katy on Crown Inn, ShorwellCompletely agree, went there in May and it was not great, everything was a bit overcooked abd oversalted, dry burger, dry chips etc the menu looked lush but didnt deliver on freshness. It honestly all felt a bit reheated! Wonded what the AA team actually ate, perhaps there are some really good dishes, just don't order the burger... or the chorizo fries
  • Andy Robbins on The Star Inn, WroxallI always find it slightly nauseating to see dishes containing liquor. I’m a midwife. Liquor is amniotic fluid. I’ll drink liqueurs all day. I’ve only tasted liquor once (don’t ask).
  • patrick on Prezzo, NewportYou were lucky to have got there on one of their better days. I was there on a day with robotic service and food the tasted like cardboard...
  • Gemma Caudle on Prezzo, NewportWe've had the same problem with redeeming vouchers, it seems the fine print is a little too fine. At least you had more luck with the service than us, the three times I've been there the staff have been rude
  • Adrian Flitcroft on Crave, VentnorActually, it's the only way they can find the time to make enough ice-cream to keep up with demand: (It's also why they are now shut on Tuesdays).
  • Daryl Thorne on Cruising on a Ventura AdventureWill be going on a Cruise on Ventura Next Year August 2020 with my partner its our first ever cruise! 🙂
  • patrick on The Hungry Bear, St HelensThanks for clarifiying 🙂