LOCAL FOOD HEROES

LOCAL FOOD HEROES

With long hours of sunshine, rich and fertile soils and its southerly location, the Isle of Wight is a foodie paradise! Around our shores you will find foraged, seasonal and home-made delicacies, crab shacks, farm shops and roadside produce stands – all providing food fresh from our soil and seas.

THE GARLIC FARM

The Garlic Farm is a firm Island favourite. Visit the farm shop and restaurant to discover a huge array of garlic inspired products and hearty dishes (we love the mezze board), learn about the history of the farm in the Heritage Centre, or take a tour in a tractor trailer. thegarlicfarm.co.uk

THE TAVERNERS

The Taverners pub in Godshill is a firm favourite with both locals and tourists. Serving wholesome pub staples such as a ‘proper’ beef, ale and suet crust pie, this family-friendly pub is ideal for a fuss-free, hearty meal. Dishes are cooked using local produce, which is bought daily from the surrounding markets and farms. The use of so many natural, unprocessed ingredients gives food at the Taverners a distinctive, fresh and delicious taste. If your experience leaves you feeling inspired to knock up a few dishes of your own, there’s also a small shop selling fresh ingredients and Island-made products. thetavernersgodshill.co.uk

OFF THE RAILS

In the historic village of Yarmouth, where we are based, is Off the Rails, a popular bistro housed in the former Yarmouth Train Station serving a fresh array of traditional favourites with a modern twist. With quirky railway memorabilia for a touch of fun, it’s a lively venue for relaxed dining. Situated just off from one of our cycle paths, it’s the perfect pit stop on a day out. offtherailsyarmouth.co.uk

NORTH HOUSE

Flooded with light and with local chatter, let first-rate seafood do the talking. The team of chefs create dishes focused on fish and seafood from the South Coast with a respectful nod to the seasons. With flagstone flooring, tongue and groove walls and a peaceful terrace, The Restaurant at Horth House is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The beautiful terrace is the perfect space to enjoy seafood and wine, bathed in sunshine until late evening, when they like to light their fire pit for guests to enjoy. northhousecowes.co.uk/eatdrink

THE VENTNOR HAVEN FISHERY

Situated on the esplanade at Ventnor, the Ventnor Haven Fishery is a fantastic spot to grab a Great British classic: fish and chips. You can choose from a variety of freshly-caught fish, which is lightly battered and served with a generous helping of hand-cut, chunky chips. With a menu that changes according to that day’s catch, it doesn’t get much fresher, and is a sure-fire Island favourite.

THE COW CO

The Cow Restaurant & Bar is a relaxed, family friendly eatery serving delicious home-cooked burgers seven days a week. The restaurant is situated at the heart of Tapnell Farm in a converted Swiss barn. The menu features the finest home-grown and locally sourced produce and is renowned for its delicious award-winning burgers - including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan choices. The views across the Isle of Wight from the mezzanine level and terrace are hard to beat (especially the sunsets!). With great service and regular events too it’s easy to see why it’s known as one of the most unique places to dine on the island! Tapnellfarm.com

THOMPSON’S RESTAURANT

At the heart of the Island’s culinary map is Thompson’s Restaurant owned by Robert Thompson - the youngest Chef in the UK to be awarded a Michelin Star. Thompson’s opened in 2015 serving contemporary British cuisine in an open kitchen concept. His style of cooking is respectful of the old classics, yet mindful of a modern dining trend that values, above all, lightness and freshness. robertthompson.co.uk

SMOKING LOBSTER

Delicious seafood restaurant and grill with a great cocktail menu too. If you love seafood and steak – you will be hard pushed to choose from the menu! Located right on the seafront, the views are also fantastic. smokinglobster.co.uk

ON THE ROCKS

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway will charm, engage and captivate, leaving you with some lasting memories of a special day out. Settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and discover an idyllic view of the Island’s unspoilt countryside.

THE COAST

Set in the heart of Cowes, they serve locally sourced, seasonal food in a relaxed and welcoming setting – all day, every day. You can drop in for breakfast or a cake with a morning cappuccino, enjoy a hearty lunch or a three course dinner, as the relaxed informal style of our Bar & Dining Room is designed for every day eating. thecoastbar.co.uk

STEEPHILL COVE

Hidden beneath the Ventnor cliffs, Steephill Cove is a peaceful and secluded beach accessible only by foot. Here you will find a small bay full of character, surrounded by colourful beach huts, fishermen’s cottages, deckchairs and lobster pots, and a couple of our favourite spots for fish and chips!

THE HUT

The Hut is an easy-going beach restaurant that combines an unrivalled passion for simple yet delicious food, with a desire to create a relaxed but stylish environment for all to enjoy and offers a more exciting approach to seaside dining on the Isle of Wight. thehutcolwell.co.uk

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