Having just missed the ferry to Southampton by a whisker, Matt and Cat found themselves with a hour to kill in East Cowes. And it was lunchtime.
In its prime, East Cowes must have been a very busy place with the Columbine Works, Westlands, and Trinity House at full capacity. These days East Cowes is more than a little tired and is, statistically, a very deprived town.
However, a visit to the Seabreeze Café will dispel the myth that East Cowes is a miserable place. On entering the bright, clean establishment, Matt and Cat were greeted by the very friendly proprietor. As they were in a bit of a hurry, he was able to assure your reviewers that they would certainly be fed and watered in time to catch the next ferry.
Matt and Cat sat at a table by one of the vast picture windows (offering a ringside view of Somerfield) and scanned the menu. There is plenty of choice at the Seabreeze and, as the venue is also a takeaway, the menu proclaims mostly traditional café/chip shop favourites such as mouthwatering all-day breakfasts, sandwiches and hot meals including lasagne, burgers and fish and chips. There was even a Christmas menu and a specials board. However, as time was of the essence, M and C did not have time to give the menu their usual consideration; Matt chose cheeseburger with bacon and Cat selected one of the three all-day breakfast options. The lady at the counter was very accommodating and was happy for Cat to swap the breakfast’s sausage for fried mushrooms.
M and C had barely had time to glance around the welcoming interior of the restaurant with its many relaxed-looking punters before their food arrived. What speed of service! It was possibly the quickest delivery of all the establishments reviewed on this website.
Matt’s delicious juicy burger came in a huge, soft bap with a lean piece of bacon, plenty of cheese and salad and a generous portion of chips. The chips were not quite up to chip-shop standard but were certainly most palatable. Cat’s breakfast was equally generous; all items were in place – two meaty rashers of bacon, a fried egg, some small but delicious mushrooms, beans and a half tomato, presented on two rounds of hot buttered toast. Both meals were served with a tasty mug of steaming tea.
Whilst Matt and Cat tucked into their food, an elderly lady and gentleman came through the door of the café and were enthusiastically greeted by the proprietor, and with a kiss no less! With a couple of estate agent types, an old man and some young couples, all East Cowes life visited the café during the brief time your reviewers were there.
M and C had to rush off and catch their ferry but certainly enjoyed their visit to what seems like the hub of the town. Simple good food, quickly served, in a remarkably cheery atmosphere – just what was required.