Maybe it’s the sea (we’re surrounded by it.) Or the sunshine (we regularly top the list of the sunniest place in Britain). Or all that fresh air.
There’s something about the Isle of Wight that results in food and drink of the highest quality– whether it’s from our farms, in our restaurants or in the kitchens, breweries and distilleries of the award-winning producers that pepper this Island.
The Isle of Wight foodie scene has exploded in recent years – you’re rarely ten minutes from somewhere selling fabulous food and because we’re just 40 minutes by car ferry from Lymington and 45 minutes from Portsmouth, (22 if you take the FastCat), that means your next tasty moment is closer than you think.
Love fine dining? We’ve got that covered.
Just round the corner from Wightlink’s FastCat port in Ryde is the Seaview Hotel. Described by The Times newspaper as ‘a class act’, and proud possessor of a Bib Gourmand, you won’t go wrong with the celeriac risotto, duck yolk, parmesan, and black truffle from their celebrated, three-course menu.
Heading west? Then make time to visit The George Hotel & Beach Club in Yarmouth – a stone’s throw from our Yarmouth port.
Bang on the beach, the 17th century George is tucked between a castle and a little pier and offers a restaurant and beach club, both of which serve local produce. The Conservatory, a brasserie style restaurant with a light airy interior and uninterrupted views of the Solent serves unfussy food created from the Isle of Wight’s natural larder. Try the Grilled Monkfish, Baba Ganoush, Prosciutto, Piquillo Peppers or IOW Tomatoes, Feta & Pistachio Puree with Pickled Red Onion.
Travel to the Island’s south coast and you’ll come to an Island legend. The Michelin Guide has recommended The Royal Hotel in Ventnor every year since 1911. Its dining room can be relied upon for dishes of exquisiteness but why not treat yourself to their Royal afternoon tea, an extravaganza of delectable finger sandwiches, warm scones and miniature pastries and cakes?
If you’re staying in a self-catering property, try You Be Chef – a fine dining experience that you can create for yourselves. Headed up by Robert Thompson, once the youngest UK chef to be awarded a Michelin Star, the service offers weekly changing menus prepared on the Island from the freshest local ingredients (and a little Michelin-style magic!).
With more ferries on more routes going more often, we’re your link to experiencing the foodie delights of the Isle of Wight.
Book your ferry – and your table – today.