Matt and Cat\'s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide
Matt and Cat are always grateful for your suggestions for places to try next. If there’s a food venue you want them to visit,...

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  • patrick says:

    The Crossing Café, Ryde – visited after seeing the glowing review in the IWCP. Breakfast here was more than sensational – simply outstanding! All elements combined in perfect unity – and what delicious coffee. Look no further for a mouthwatering munch in Union Street…

  • patrick says:

    The View – latest iteration of the café at Fakenham Farm, St Helens. A sensational cooked breakfast, praised to the skies by a visiting friend, who is an aficionado of the full breakfast! Black pudding available on request, and flexibility offered over the 11.00 am cut-off. Open seven days per week at present – what is not to like?!

  • patrick says:

    I was surprised not to find anything on “End of the Line” (Freshwater) on your site! I’d not been impressed with their teas in the past, but today went for lunch and was blown away! Excellent prawn jacket potato with a huge and crispy salad “garnish”. To top if off a superb segment of shortbread. Recommended when looking for unspectacular but good quality food. Tea still a let-down though, sadly…

  • Denz says:

    You have to try the homemade pies at The Vine Inn Freshwater! Huge burgers and the Tuscan pasta is yummy!

  • patrick says:

    I would like to suggest Marsek’s Coffee House in Cowes High Street. Quite a transformation from a previous iteration on the same site. A cream and brown relaxing theme, even extending to the baubles on the seasonal tree! A kind and attrentive welcome, and fresh tasty snacks to delight the palate…

  • Max says:

    Why not try out the Driftwood in Sandown. The place ruins so many holiday makers time here. Check out Tripadvisor it has the worst reviews of anywhere!

    • Matt and Cat says:

      You are tempting us Max!

      • Simon says:

        Just visited MJ’s cafe in Niton, open for 5 months i am told. Great welcome, outstanding coffee and decor. Bang opposite the pub, just along from Tregear pottery. We didnt eat, but others were and were very complimentary. Small independent venue, worthy of your review and our support!

  • patrick says:

    MJ’s cafe and tea-room, Niton. Not the most extensive menu, but everything good quality and with a good welcome. Well worth sampling. A good atmosphere – arty!

  • Lewis Scott says:

    Thai hom Mali in Cowes is delicious and reasonably priced, definitely worth a go

  • Vanessa says:

    Hi, there is a new place open in Newport on Whitepit Lane called Misiu – it does takeaway German and Polish foods, a first for the Island! It would be great to read your thoughts on the new flavours introduced to the Island.

  • Chip Riley says:

    Went to Yarmouth for the first time in YEARS…what a place! Salty’s was by far the best food in the West Wight, and such great atmosphere. I’m taking my family there next month when we’re back down again from London). You should review them!

  • Nancy says:

    We had the most amazing food at Salty’s in Yarmouth for our 5 year anniversary, such a lovely team of people, great drinks mixed by the very friendly bartender & the food was outstanding! A really lovely special evening out

  • patrick says:

    Betty’s Door in Clarence Road seems to be the “place of the moment” in East Cowes. It would be good to read your assessment at some point…

    • Bill Callow says:

      Matt & Kat, you might like to try the new Thai Journey restaurant in Godshill. We had a takeaway from there recently and was awful and expensive. The sweet and sour sauce was like sugar water. And in Chicken Ginger and Spring onion there was the smallest amount of ginger possible. We are local but will not be back. Will continue to travel to Shanklin for a decent takeaway. Thank you Bill.

  • Katy says:

    Salty’s in Yarmouth are making huge strides with their fine food! The chef is just exquisite and they have an atmosphere to match. They’ve just launched a new menu which changes seasonally it looks just divine!

  • patrick says:

    The Birdham , Bembridge – back to the name it always used to be, and always should have been! A memorable visit today, for all the right reasons! Excellent service and distinctive, mouthwatering food. Crisp, bright decor totally in keeping,. A very far cry from what you experienced in 2012 under a different name. I don’t think this venue’s new-found quality is well-known; not many diners there, sadly…

  • patrick says:

    I suggest an early visit to the Garden Café at Island Sheds – just past the Blacksmiths Arms. Specialising in cream teas, they also do magnificent breakfasts and lunches, soon to include homecooked curries! Thoroughly recommended, with great views towards Newtown and the New Forest…

  • glyn mills says:

    Can I suggest Brighstone newsagents and Cafe – they do great breakfast and do lunch but not tried that yet

    • Lorraine says:

      Hi Mat and Cat Please will you try The Heron on Castle St Ryde. The food is top notch the chef works with Michel Roux on events so food as you expect excellent. Thank you

        • Stuart says:

          I came across a lovely pizza and taproom in bembridge. There pizzas were fantastic and they apparently brew all there ales onsight.i spoke to a waitress who said they hadn’t been open long and it used to be called the pilot boat? But is now called wightknuckle brewery and pizza. Worth a look and very cheap for what you get.

        • Carol says:

          Have you tried the cream tea at Briddlesford Farm? It is gorgeous, tried it when I was over last year and have just been back . The scones are home made, the butter and the clotted cream are made from the milk from their Guernsey cows and the jam is made locally ! OK there is no sea view but the cafe is lovely, service very good everything including toilet facilities is spotless. I will be back again next time I am on the island

  • patrick says:

    Got it! Tried navigating via the map, and selecting Bembridge and St Helens, and found a 2016 review. All sorted…

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