Matt and Cat\'s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide
  • Katy on The Hungry Bear, St HelensAbsolutely love this venue and while the main menu is tasty and satisfying it's the puddings that really hit you in the comfort food zone. The bread and butter pudding may be the best in existence!
  • Vivien on The Hungry Bear, St HelensI love mushrooms but not with the green stuff strange idea I expect That’s spinach not to every ones liking and I expect you can ask for It without. The breakfast looks much the same as everyone’s does good price
  • Daisy on Pulse Vegan Restaurant, VentnorI am a vegan and live in Ventnor. I was so excited when the news of a vegan eaterie was announced and on my door step. I ate there once with my daughter, we had the breakfast. On a separate occasion My son and his partner had an evening meal. We have none of us .returned. I think Matt and Cat have really been too kind. To be the only such establishment of its kind in a popular town and in a prim e position. What a missed opportunity. Very, very disappointing.
  • patrick on Pulse Vegan Restaurant, VentnorVery useful public service performed by this review - I had been considering going here, but certainly will not do so after reading this! At least it has achieved one more star than MacDonalds, which at least serves tea at tea-time, unlike most tea-shops in our delightful capital town...
  • patrick on The Cheese Society, LincolnTempted by the vivid word-pictures of Lincoln on this site, finally got round to visiting. This place is still going strong, and thriving - but unforunately, the opening hours were not ideal for anyone visiting over New Year weekend and Holiday. Maybe another time....!
  • Paula pierson on The best cream teas on the Isle of WightHave you not tried our afternoon teas? We are getting some really good reviews about ours. Come and give us a try at vintage rose tearoom Pyle Street newport
  • patrick on Suggest a venueMay I be so bold as to suggest a visit to "The Lounge" - the estwhile Madeira café in Monkton Village? It's kept all the best features, pre-eminently the custard tarts and the special welcomig atmosphere, but now has more predictable and longer opening hours. The soup is especially to be recommended. Just to right balance of texture between stiff and runny - what better to warm the heart on any day of the week...?!
  • patrick on Suggest a venueWell, well - I heard that Scarrots Lane Bakery in Neport once upon a time used to back the fabled Isle of Wight Doughnut, but when I swung by a while back and asked, I was met with blank looks! Now then, yesterday wandered into their Ryde shop in Union Street and.... lo and behold.... there they were ready for the eating! Beloved by a small but loyal band of followers, I followed suit and tucked in! Why more is not made of these by the business I cannot think - isn't that the classic marketting opportunity.... especially during events...
  • patrick on Suggest a venueA great trip to Daisy's Bakery and Tearoom in Sandown. Spacious, a friendly welcome and an array of tasty, fresh items! I had tea and a very good apple doughnut. Unfortunately that culinary Holy Grail the genuine "Isle of Wight Doughnut" is no longer routinely available, as apparently "no-one" had bought them! However, the good news is that a special order of a dozen or so may be considered. Thoroughly recommended!
  • Andy on Valentino’s, CarisbrookeIt’s several years later and STILL the same. With the exception of the delicious sweet trolly being banned by health and safety. I have been quite a few times and NEVER had bad service or a bad meal. One of my favourite restaurants
  • Andy on McDonald’s, NewportDid you wash your hands after using those “funky” faeces ridden screens ? A recent survey by the metro produced 100% of all the screens tested had enough matter on then to cause a problem. Compounded as you then use you your fingers to eat. Yuk not for me thanks
  • patrick on No 64, RydeIn fairness it is not "literally" an outside toilet, though the process of requesting a key, marching up George Street and back, then handing back the key, is rather a fiddle. Shouldn't be necessary on a short trip to the café, though...
  • patrick on McDonald’s, NewportGiven a three-star score counts as outstanding under this system, I'm surprised this place even managed to scrape a "one"....?
  • David on McDonald’s, NewportI’m with Matt! Sounds a terrible experience. At least there is a pub next door.
  • Turnbulls on The Bandstand, SandownWe love it there.......best fish and chips....And best coffee on IOW,
  • patrick on The Freshwater Coffee HouseHow strange - I wonder why they made such a big point of telling me about the Freshwater tradition of not opening on Mondays, and how they were faithfully following it!
  • Matt and Cat on The Freshwater Coffee HouseWe were there on a Monday, and as far as we know, it's still open then.
  • Lesley on The Freshwater Coffee HouseSorry Patrick but it's not closed on Mondays - but we do let them have most Sundays off!!
  • Hazel Garlick on The Freshwater Coffee HouseI'm sorry but you're wrong about that - the only day that they are closed is Sunday! The review starts by saying that they WERE open on a Monday.
  • Jo on The Freshwater Coffee HouseIt is open on Mondays!!! It only closes on sundays, everyone needs a break!!
  • patrick on The Freshwater Coffee HouseYes, it's great - being in Freshwater it's closed on Mondays, though - so don't go all the way across on that day...!
  • Matt and Cat on Black Cat Restaurant, ShanklinIf you're looking for precision, we can't help you. The two ratings are not the same thing, really, so there is no equivalence. The review itself is the definitive appraisal.
  • Howard Johnson on The Folly, Whippingham18th November 2019 / Having supported The Folly many times over the years and recommended to our guests as an eating venue . Had a table for four for Sunday lunch. Without a doubt by far the worst ever been served up . Roast beef sliced much to thick (very meagre portion ) Tough & job to cut , Not young beef animal but possibly old animal (well over 30 months ) roast potatoes (not properly roasted) over the top Y pudding to big & over cooked &cold & all this swimming in not very hot gravey which was very...
  • patrick on Black Cat Restaurant, ShanklinSo how many stars does "we like" equate to...? (Quite happy with the old syatem myself, but that would help to compare against more recent reviews of neighbouring venues...)
  • patrick on Suggest a venueI do strongly recommend doing a review of Coffee Nut of Ryde. In perpetual search for a decent soup venue I had more or less given up hope - Ryde may do Pride very well, but "hot dinners" have long remained the territory of another place down the road. Last week's trip to a nearby place of a similar name had nearly led me to give up my quest, but as ever the darkest hour preceded a glowing soup dawn in Union Street. The venue has an unpretentiious but smart and mellow air - even by 2.30 p..m. there was...
  • patrick on Chocolate Apothecary, RydeNo longer in the former chemist, but a few doors further along. Beautiful decor, thought the floor is in sore need of sprucing up. It's a mixed picture here - whilst no-one could fault the exquisite fayre on offer, the service tends to be quite variable, from warm and welcoming through reserved and chilly to sullen and tetchy. So it's always a voyage of discovery, but don't expect all visits to be the same...
  • patrick on The Koffee Bar, RydeTried this place as my usual option was full of noisy children. Koffee Bar was anything but - and lovely to see how older people were being welcomed and cared for, with nurturing, good plain food. Beautifully and meticulously prepared sandwiches were being taken to other tables. I think I may have go the sort end of the straw due to my particular choices, Coffee - despite name of the cafe was of the instant variety, and soup - despite home-cooked options for other dishes - appeared resolutely of the packet variety, plus was served in a narrow, deep cup...
  • Sandra Rowe on Consort Restaurant, Albert Cottage Hotel, East Cowes21st October 2018.. Sunday Lunch at the Consort Restaurant . Elegant surroundings beautiful warm Sunny day , sat outside initially with drinks ( a little confusion ordering those ) . Called to our table . Sunday Roast at £15 a head was a huge disappointment the meats were lovely , I chose Pork for the CRISPY crackling , my weakness, it was soft and rubbery , vegetables /potatoes were undercooked and hard , therefore flavourless and flat Yorkshire , I left over half of the meal to me it was inedible . We asked for the Wine menu , this...
  • Jim on Blacksmith’s, CarisbrookeWe used to live on the island and knew The Pointer. The Blacksmiths keeps up the it's high standard of food menu and decor. However, on the night we visited, our waitress had obviously had a ' bad day'. Ignored us waiting to order ( thou'the food came quickly when we did). Slung the food down without comment. No forks for pudding, no sugar for coffee, not a smile or a grunt throughout. A great shame that one waitress marred a pleasant evening
  • patrick on Stripped, VentnorDidn't appeal when I toddled along after finding Cantina now closes at teatime. I think I shall develop a similar lifelong aversion to it to the one some people have for MacDonalds...