Our guide to the best restaurants on the Island
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.
If you’re looking for the kind of food you can blog (or boast) about having eaten, book yourself into Thompson’s in Newport. Robert Thompson was the youngest UK chef to be awarded a Michelin Star and once you’ve parked yourself on the bench seating, savoured the contemporary décor and sunk your teeth into his agnolotti of local Green Barn goat’s cheese or day boat mackerel pate, or his aged Chart Farm sirloin in Curious Porter and treacle, you’ll understand why.
Robert is reckoned to be one of the reasons the Island’s reputation as a foodie destination has rocketed. A visit to his restaurant will explain everything.
Heading west? Then make time to visit The George Hotel in Yarmouth – a stone’s throw from Wightlink’s Yarmouth port.
Bang on the beach, the 17th century George is tucked between a castle and a little pier and offers two restaurants, both of which serve local produce.
The Conservatory is open daily for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Sample their smoked haddock, mussel and clam chowder with chives and parsley. Or go foodier still at Isla’s, where the five-course tasting menu includes lemon sole, caramelised cauliflower and Romesco.
Travel to the Island’s south coast and you’ll come to an Island legend. The Michelin Guide has recommended The Royal 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?
With more ferries on more routes going more often, we’re your link to experiencing the foodie delights of the Isle of Wight.
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