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: 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: 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
Archive review: Ponda Rosa, Ryde
This is an archive review. The Ponda Rosa is now closed.  A pensioner, a teenager and a toddler walk into a pub and demand lunch. As much as this may sound like the beginning of a joke it is, in fact, a scenario played out every Sunday at Ryde’s... Read more
Archive Review: Burrgrills, Seaview
Archive review: this pop-up is now closed. Street food, the sort of nosh that you buy from a hatch in a wagon, is so popular that now they’re opening restaurants dedicated to it. No, seriously. And, to prove that it’s not all fuddy-duddies in faded red trews, the poshest... Read more
Archive review: Blaze, Ryde
Archive review: Blaze has now closed For many years Matt and Cat took advantage of generous offers punted under what was, until recently, “Orange Wednesday”. The buy-one-get-one-free tickets at the cinema and BOGOF pizza at Pizza Express made for a cheap date night. However, also until recently, Pizza Express... Read more
Archive: Mess Canteen, Cowes
This is an archive review. The Mess Canteen is closed.  It’s not as though they don’t warn you. Were you imagining a stuffy private club, where silent staff obsequiously bring gin and tonic on a silver tray to an harrumphing old commodore? There may be such places in Cowes,... Read more