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A Brief History of Isle of Wight Desserts

A Brief History of Isle of Wight Desserts 1000 1000 The Editor

Though lost today, it seems the Isle of Wight used to have a strong tradition of making pies, puddings and desserts. Fruits were often a key component, with plums being baked into cakes, gooseberries made into tarts and apples turned into ‘apple pudden’. It’s possible that other parts of the country recognised the Isle of Wight’s skill with all things…

How to Forage like a 19th Century Islander

How to Forage like a 19th Century Islander 1000 1000 The Editor

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Islanders were a dab hand at foraging, with an incredibly detailed knowledge of local wild plants, where they grew and what to do with them. Even in the making of drinks alone, numerous wild plants were put to numerous different uses, with cowslips from the Downs being made into wine, hedgerow sloes used to…

Words cannot espresso how much we love coffee!

Words cannot espresso how much we love coffee! 2000 1333 The Editor

We cannot start our day without a cup of coffee… I mean who can? This week is quite possibly one of our favourites, it’s UK coffee week. We’re showing our appreciation of this glorious drink by letting you know where you can pick up a cuppa on our beautiful Island home. Island Roasted / Caffe Isola Roasting Freshly brewed coffee,…

Cheers to reopening!

Cheers to reopening! 2000 1333 The Editor

I think the last time many of us stepped into one of the Island’s pubs was Christmas Eve 2020. It’s been a long ‘dry’ winter, but spring has sprung (even though it’s a little on the chilly side) and from 12th April pubs, restaurants and cafes are allowed to open any outside seating space they have. Woo hoo we hear…

The Island’s Secret – Adgestone Vineyard’s Blue Sparkling Wine Recipe

The Island’s Secret – Adgestone Vineyard’s Blue Sparkling Wine Recipe 1709 2048 Claire Kennard

Adgestone Vineyard are the first winery to create a vibrant blue sparkling wine and the closely guarded secret technique is one that is causing a ripples in the world of wine as other vineyards in Europe follow suit. The details of the process that Vigneron,  Russ Broughton has used to pull the blue colour out of Rondo grapes is coveted…

Local Meat is great and no mis-Steak!

Local Meat is great and no mis-Steak! 1000 667 Claire Kennard

When it comes to putting a menu together, can locally sourced meat really make much of a difference? We think there are so many benefits for you, your family and your local farmers. One of the biggest benefits of using meat from a nearby farm is that you can guarantee the freshness of the meat. Your know that local meat…

Cool Comes to Sandown – meet the Brewster from Boojum&Snark

Cool Comes to Sandown – meet the Brewster from Boojum&Snark 2048 1363 Claire Kennard

A touch of cool has come to Sandown with the Island’s first-ever solely craft beer taproom on the Isle of Wight. Boojum&Snark is sending out the Hackney vibe with an interior that is laidback, quirky and chic with an original art installation. On each table there is a glass bell and when you want a drink you ring for service!…

Have-yourself-a-local-little-Christmas

Have yourself a local little Christmas

Have yourself a local little Christmas 1800 1201 The Editor

Food is never too far from our minds (and bellies) at this time of year and comfort food and festive treats are top of the list. Thankfully, the Island is home to an array of local producers, makers, farmers and fishermen, all stocking our farm shops to the rafters with their seasonal goods. Here’s our festive guide to some of the…

Shop-Local

Support your community, shop local

Support your community, shop local 1000 1000 The Editor

We all love a bargain and a good deal. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, why not invest in a local business instead and do your Christmas shopping with them. Buy someone a gift as unique and special as they are while helping support a member of your community.  Even when in lockdown we can still…

Thanksgiving-2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! 1920 1280 The Editor

A shout out to our friends across the pond, or maybe you’re an American living right here on the beautiful Isle of Wight. Whichever it is, Happy Thanksgiving for Thursday 26th November! Here in the UK we don’t really grasp this holiday but with the year we have all had, it wouldn’t hurt to take a few moments to realise…

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