Matt and Cat\'s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide
  • 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...
  • patrick on The White Hart, HavenstreetReally cannot imagine a better country pub from a food and service point of view. The team knew we were there for a special but sad family gathering, and really looked after us most attentively. Relatives from the mainland most impressed with the quality of the food and the cleanliness of every corner, not forgetting the pictures around the walls. Perfectly done - time for another review, M&C...?
  • patrick on Suggest a venueI'd be interested in your views on the Gladys May Cakery in bijou speciality Cross Street in Ryde. The cakes are fabulous, and the decor quirky, but the initial charming service has been replaced by a surliness which threatens to relegate it to the "historical re-enactment" category....
  • Jane Winter on Top five places for vegetarian and vegan dining on the Isle of WightWe ate at the Waterfront in Totland where they have a complete vegan menu on request! We found the bean casoulet followed by chocolate torte to be vegan heaven .We would recommend this place highly both for the delicious food and for the lovely view over the sea.
  • Jacqui Adams on Beefeater, NewportSame experience we had saturday evening. 45 min wait. Difficulty catching the waiting staff's attention. One cook down so manager covering in the kitchen. My salmon was dry and without the teriyaki flavour promised and the hardest broccoli ever
  • Paula on Sloop Inn, WoottonI think since your last visit it has gone down hill some what... Everything you touch is sticky. Worse place in the world.
  • Neil on No 64, RydeThe shatshuka is lovely – I had it yesterday. We only go here once a month or so, but without fail get a warm welcome from the ladies. It's up there as one of our favourite cafés on the island.
  • SallyG on Ship Shape and Bristol FashionGreat reviews, Matt and Cat, thanks! I grew up in Bristol ?? years ago and there have always been great places eat and to see.
  • Pete Johnstone on ADA Meze Kitchen, CarisbrookeIt is a great place, lovely food and very good service.
  • Matt and Cat on Suggest a venueNo problem, there are many options! For a high-end experience try the Three Buoys, Appley. That is right on the park and beach so plenty for the family to do nearby. Or for more classic pub grub the Chequers or the Blacksmiths both have nice gardens with a view, and for pasta/Mediterranean Olivo in both Newport and Ryde is a safe option.
  • Rebecca Dwyer on Farmers Market, RydeCan anyone open up a stool does it have to be about food?
  • Ivana Moravcikova on Suggest a venueHi all, this is more of a question /challenge to cat&matt and the community rather than a review recommendation but it maybe worth a try ... We are coming to visit our friend on Isle of Wight en famille, there's 7 of us ranging in age from 5 to 75 and we'd like to take our friend and his family for dinner that's as impressive as his hospitality, but casual enough to deal with the children and elderly. We'd love great food, served simply, nice decor, a view would be a bonus and hopefully friendly service - so quite a...
  • A W on Top five places for vegetarian and vegan dining on the Isle of WightGreat list, but strange that Pulse, the only purely vegan restaurant on the island isn’t mentioned here.
  • SallyG on Island Bakers, Newport5* all the way for me. The only place for real IW made sourdough as far as I'm concerned (particularly the 50% rye) and the coffee is delicious. Thank you Island Bakers x
  • Stuart and Kathryn on Three Buoys, AppleyWe first went to the Three Buoys in 2014 (see the review below!) and have been back every year since, generally twice per holiday. This year’s visit was the first time we’ve come away disappointed. The food was good quality, and very Instagram friendly, but the prices have gone up and the portions down. I’m less bothered about price (good food justifies the cost) but there’s no excuse for plates so small that you are scared to have a satisfying mouthful because it would consume a quarter of the dish. It was reminiscent of the oft-maligned nouvelle cuisine movement in...
  • Muriel on Plant-based Dining at Ventnor Botanic GardenWow that all sounds so delicious and totaly unique! I see there is going to be more of these vegan events coming up and a fantastic new menu is on the botanic website right now featuring tequila marinated watermelon, that's me in!
  • Gimme cake on Blacksmith’s, CarisbrookeFour of us went this weekend (we also hadn't booked) and everything about our experience was what you would want it to be. The food was beautiful and plentiful and the atmosphere buzzy, but at the same time chilled. This pub is on our list of favourites when we want great food that is of a consistent quality on each visit.
  • debra on New Inn, Shalfleetsuperb, had the best fish pie i have ever eaten, sadly i chose the smaller size, next time i wont for sure!
  • sarah battling on Blacksmith’s, Carisbrookethe pointer is also great however the pavlova these days is a disappointment , it used to be huge, a two person size really now its just well, very normal
  • Lisa Murray on Suggest a venueI agree with you food is amazing there
  • Ros on Long John Eater, RydeMy husband and myself along with two friends missed the train to end of Ryde pier last week. We couldn't walk in the terrific heat and noticed this cafe on the corner. At the bottom of the menu advertised Cream Tea Happy Hour. This should have been more prominent. It was the best Cream Tea we have had any where and we are partial to Cream Teas. The Scones were fresh and hot and large. Two per person and tasted delicious. We have paid nearly double in posh restaurants and received one small scone. It is a shame it is...
  • Lu Groves on Island Bakers, NewportI’m dumbfounded. You give the island Bakers 4/5* the same as pizza expresss?! Unbelievable Groundbreaking IOW sour dough. Amazing IOW coffee. IOW Patisserie to delight any sweet lover, plus home made soup and you say the ambiance is pleasant? More like sublime. IOW delicacies at their best. Highly recommend and defiantly 5*s
  • Mike Howard on Suggest a venueHi there there is an amazing little cafe / restaurant in shanklin been open 5 months called hunger stop on the high street they use fresh local produce and do amazing food from pizza burgers to dirty fries local steaks and a lot more I take my kids there 4 times a week and they love it
  • Doris and Brian on No 64, RydeIt’s a wonderful place to eat, great food, have coffee and Rooibos Tea. Lovely people, always chatty and welcoming. They also give us lots of fun and laughs.