Matt and Cat\'s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide
You know those winter Sundays, the ones where, after months of hiding coyly behind grey clouds, the sun decides to play peek-a-boo? In that brief moment everyone who has spent the last few months watching old war films and clearing out their cupboards throws on their warmest anorak and... Read more
It comes to something when the first frost of the winter is in the second week of the new year. But it was on a cold January morning that Matt and Cat first had to scrape the ice off the car before setting off to work. Still, a year... Read more
Matt and Cat were flattered to be invited to try the Oyster Grill and Bar, a pop-up restaurant at Cowes Yacht Haven for Cowes Week 2011. At the same time last year they had a delightful experience at Robert Thompson’s pop-up at Northwood House – would this year’s temporary... Read more
Little Gloster
There’s definitely some kind of social pecking order out in Cowes, but being from Ryde, Matt and Cat really don’t get it. Take Gurnard, for example. Is it a wannabe suburb of the cosmopolitan hub that is Cowes; or is it actually the exclusive enclave that everyone in Cowes... Read more
Mojac’s, Cowes
The southerly approach to Cowes always puts Matt and Cat in mind of the Midlands, with row upon terraced row of red brick houses punctuated by the occasional corner shop or takeaway. By the time one gets to the High Street, the town reveals its historic heart; Georgian buildings... Read more
It’s grand, it’s old, it’s the Duke of York. And it’s even half way up a hill. Cowes has a rich variety of eating-houses spread along its wandering High Street, but if one continues southwards into the territory of boatyards and terraced houses stuffed with glamorous young digital professionals,... Read more
England is a country simply dripping with history. Colonials, when visiting, just can’t get enough of it – understandably, maybe, as they have so little at home. The Isle of Wight is no different. Famous as the last place in England to convert to Christianity, later history is equally... Read more
What a difference a week makes! As visitors to Cowes on the penultimate day of 2010, Matt and Cat were thrilled and delighted by the ‘Not New Year’s Eve’ event at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club. The place was positively buzzing with peacocks and party princesses, jollied along by... Read more
The world of the private club is, to Cat and Matt, epitomised by the Drones Club – Bertie Wooster‘s London gentlemen’s club. A fictional place where chinless hoorays lob bread rolls at each other, drink cocktails and hide from indomitable aunts. An alternative view of the private club is... Read more
When Matt and Cat visited the Michelin-starred Hambrough in Ventnor back in 2009, they were stunned by the superb food, describing it as “alchemical… outstanding and clever”. The venue and service, though, they found “a bit soulless”. So your reviewers were excited this year when they read chef-patron Robert... Read more