Enjoying a roast in the winter time has got to be one of life’s little pleasures – especially if you have not got to cook it or do any of the washing up after! There are many places on the Island that offer a roast – whether it the traditional Sunday fair with all the trimmings, or a more casual mid-week affair, you are bound to find a roast that warms you from the inside out…
For the classic picture-perfect pub roast setting, complete with roaring fire and a sleeping dog, try The Sun Inn, Hulverstone, or The Buddle Inn Niton. Owned by the same family, you are guaranteed a warm welcome. Using local produce in the majority of their dishes, expect a plentiful amount but we bet you will still find room for one of their homemade puddings. Thankfully both pubs are located on a walking route – from The Buddle head down to St Catherine’s Lighthouse and from The Sun, take a scenic walk across the fields to Compton Bay.
For a roast with a view, try the Isle of Wight Pearl Cafe with their stunning panoramic views across the English Channel. Roasts are available from 5th November and the cafe is a popular stop for walkers and just those out enjoying a leisurely drive along the Military Road.
The setting of The Winter Gardens in Ventnor, offers a touch of decadence to your roast setting. Housed in an art deco building originally built in 1936, you can tuck in whilst staring out across the English Channel to one of the most instagram-worthy views on the Island.
With the kids in tow, a great place to try is The Breeze at Island Harbour. A pleasant walk from Newport (and not too far for little legs) where you will find not only an excellent play area but also a very fine roast. Choose from a rib-eye of beef, turkey or pork loin with kiddie-sized portions on offer.
For a special occasion, or just because you deserve it, try sunday lunch at The Royal. This menu stars some of their best-loved dishes, including Gallybagger cheese soufflé or crab & brown shrimp gratin to start, shoulder of lamb and roast sirloin of beef as a main, with a mouth-watering selection of traditional British puddings to follow.
Ye Olde Village Inn in the heart of Bembridge Village uses locally renowned butchers W.W Woodford for their great selection of Sunday Roasts. Choose from beef, pork, leg of lamb, chicken or even their pie of the day as your selection. And if you can’t make your mind up, their mixed roast option is the best of both worlds.
Combine food and art with a trip to Quay Arts in the heart of Newport. Enjoy the walls adorned with works from local artists whilst you stock up on your roast. Well-known for their vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food on the Island – sourced from local growers and suppliers of organic and free range produce wherever possible.
The Dairyman’s Daughter is the quintessential traditional pub, serving real ales, fine wines and of course, excellent food, especially where the roast dinners are concerned. Four-legged friends are well catered for too. Combine a visit with a walk along Arreton Downs where you are certain to work up an appetite.
For a roast with a difference, try the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s Christmas Carvery Night. On Saturday 16th December, experience the magic of steam at night and enjoy a festive carvery dinner. After a glass of mulled wine on arrival, board the ‘Festive Flyer’ for a relaxing trip through the night time countryside. Adjourn to the Calbourne Room for a special three course candlelit Christmas carvery supper, accompanied by seasonal music and carols.
If this doesn’t get you in the festive spirit, then perhaps you might be related to the Grinch?!