Have you ever wanted to learn how to whip up a Christmas miracle in the kitchen? Look no further than Thompson’s fantastic cook schools, or sample a festive afternoon tea at The George.
The Isle of Wight is a beautiful place to kick back and indulge in the fun of the Christmas period. With delicious culinary treats at every corner, there is no excuse not to head over and get away from it all.
If you’re more interested in someone cooking up a storm for you, then sit back and relax at one of the Island’s many cosy pubs.
You deserve to escape to a secluded spot on the Island and sit by a fire while someone pours you a glass of warm mulled wine and passes you a mince pie.
Wightlink has come up with some top culinary Christmas recommendations that will get you in the festive foodie spirit. Here’s a selection of some of the best Island offerings.
The finest festive food at Thompson’s
He has also run an incredibly popular Christmas cookery school – giving budding cooks a chance to emulate his prowess in the kitchen over the festive period. Keep an eye out next year for more of the same.
For more information, visit the Thompson’s website or call 01983 526 118 to book.
Festive afternoon tea at The George
The George Hotel is a magnificent 17th Century townhouse with a rich history, and in the past it’s been the home of some of the Island’s most noble individuals.
Sit by the open fire with a mulled wine or enjoy a festive afternoon tea in the stylish surroundings.
The George also has special menus for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and even a New Year’s Day brunch, so there are a host of options for those looking to visit this beautiful hotel over the holidays.
For more information about all of their Christmas events or to book, call 01983 760331 or visit the The George website.
Christmas activities at The Garlic Farm
For unique foodie hotspots, The Garlic Farm is one of the Island’s best destinations. It’s won multiple awards and continually sought after by top food establishments on the mainland.
The farm’s focus is garlic, including everything from garlic chutney to garlic beer and ice cream. There are some truly unique and delicious products available and it regularly appears on TripAdvisor’s top things to do on the Island.
This Christmas, the farm has a busy seasonal programme and has hosted a wreath making workshop and supper club, among other festive offerings.
Visit the The Garlic Farm website to view upcoming events or call 01983 865 378.
Christmas cheer at traditional Island pubs
After all that hard work, it’s time to sit back and indulge in the warmth of the Island’s beautiful traditional pubs.
Visitors heading to The Bugle Coaching Inn will find the Island’s old world charm and a range of Christmas menus, or guests can enjoy a glass of mulled wine in a cosy corner.
Another great find is The Taverners, which is the perfect spot to settle in for a winter’s afternoon, with its roaring fire and legendary Christmas pudding cheesecake.
With all of this and more, there are plenty of treats to enjoy on the Isle of Wight this Christmas, and this doesn’t stop on the journey home.
Wightlink’s onboard Wight Taste shops stock a range of the Island’s best local produce including goodies such as Island produced spirits, ales, biscuits and cake.
Head to the Island for a relaxing break, indulge in some tasty treats, and take memories as well as some local produce home with you – we recommend the Island’s Mermaid Gin to crack open on Christmas Day!
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