Matt and Cat\'s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide
Archive: The Hungry Bear, St Helens
Archive review: The Hungry Bear at St Helens has moved and is no longer open at this location.   Where do you need to go to find an rhea’s egg on the Isle of Wight? A long time ago it was Fakenham Farm, in St Helen’s. The rheas are no... Read more
ARCHIVE REVIEW: Pizza Express, Newport
This is an archive review. Pizza Express is now closed.  One drizzly Newport afternoon, post-cinema, we wandered into town with dinner in mind. Passing Thompson’s we paused, as ever, and pondered the alluring bill of fare outside. Was this the day that the £24 two-course set menu was going... Read more
Archive review: Courtside Cafe, Ryde
This is an archive review. Courtside Cafe is currently closed.  Anyone who keeps an eye on the Isle of Wight County Press will note that, following our favourable review of the Woodman’s Arms, Gordon Pollard from Sandown was compelled to put pen to paper. He complained about our analogy... Read more
Archive: Waxworks, Brading
Archive review: The Waxworks has now closed Where could you have found George Bernard Shaw on his trusty tricycle, Queen Victoria forever tapping her toe and an angelic cat with wings? No, not Alfred Lord Tennyson’s Freshwater salon, but Osborne-Smith’s waxworks in Brading. The candy-coloured museum was quite literally... Read more
Archive: Nomad, Pyle Street, Newport
This is an archive review of the previous Nomad restaurant. It has now reopened at Charter House and it’s better than ever.   Every now and then some pop culture phenomenon bursts onto the scene and takes everyone’s breath away. Ask your nan about the impact Elvis ‘The Pelvis’ had... Read more
Archive: Hogs Street Food
This is an archive review. Hogs Street Food is no more.  In the afternoon, with a nice cup of tea, there’s nothing Cat likes better than a fig roll. Matt, by contrast can take them or leave them. In fact he usually leaves them. Which is why Cat was... Read more
Archive review: Lockslane, Bembridge
As 2016 gets into its stride, flamboyant kitchen revolutionaries are feted for their third wave burgers, dirty French cuisine, and haute dogs – served with Champagne, natch. We hear that hybrid is the new fusion and that chicken is making a comeback. While trendspotters report about the coming ‘gastronomic... Read more
ARCHIVE REVIEW: Olivo, Newport
This is an archive review: Olivo is now closed.  We’ve all got one of those mates; the one who insists on calling satirical 1980s puppet show Spitting Image ‘Spitting Images’. Or the relative who every Christmas makes us want to scream as they suggest a game of ‘Trivial Pursuits’.... Read more
Archive: Kynges Well, Brading
This is an archive review; Kynge’s Well is now closed. Brading was once an essential destination on the clockwise coach tour. For a while, although the town is not quite suffering from the malaise that has hit neighbouring Sandown, its attractions have been somewhat diminished. The twenty mile an... Read more
Archive: Fine Nammet, Shanklin
This is an archive review. Fine Nammet is now closed Remember when Britney Spears was new on the scene? Young and saucy, with a hot routine and worth her weight in column inches, she owned the news and pop charts alike with her undeniable talent. Over time, even if... Read more