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Home is where the heart is

Home is where the heart is 900 506 The Editor

Home is where the heart is

Sometimes there is nothing better than having dinner at home. Cooking with fresh local ingredients, wine (sometimes adding it to the food), and condiments – to give your meal that little extra flavour. There are so many amazing local producers and farm shops selling their wares, you can make a whole dinner just using locally produced and sourced ingredients.

Brighstone Village Shop

Perfect for stocking up on fresh and locally sourced ingredients, visit Brighstone Village Shop This local, family run shop has been part of the west wight for around 30 years. The shelves are full of local produce to rustle up a scrumptious dinner. Choose from a selection of fresh veg, with seasonal locally sourced specials from Asparagus to Zucchinis (well, courgettes but for A-Z purposes). You’ll be able to get your main meat or fish dish here too or if it’s bangers and mash for tea there are locally sourced Mottistone sausages. For those summer months when you’re looking to pull together a ploughman’s, there’s plenty of cold meats and Isle of Wight Cheese to choose from. Wash it all down with one of the many local drinks on offer, a Mermaid Gin & Tonic in the garden sounds about right!

The Garlic Farm Shop

Good for all things garlicky, the Garlic Farm Shop does exactly what it says on the tin. 

As soon as you walk through the doors, the smell of roasted and fresh garlic hits you. Wander round with your wicker basket and stock up on any condiment you could wish for, but with a garlic twist. The award-winning garlic mayo is on most people’s list but if you like your chips dipped in ketchup you have to pick up the stores own variety. It takes the humble spud to a whole new level! Fresh bulbs of garlic are also on offer from the enormous (aptly named) elephant garlic to nutty roasted garlic. If you’re not a complete garlic convert the shop also stocks sweet treats such as Island made biscuits and fudge for those all important after dinner snacks (we won’t tell!)

Farmer Jack’s

Sat at the heart of Arreton is Arreton Barns, the Island’s largest arts and crafts centre and within this you will find Farmer Jacks Farm Shop. This traditional farm shop has everything for night in. The deli counter offers up a wide variety of cheeses, from, blues and softs to some great cheddars. Perfect for after dinner nibbles instead of dessert. The inhouse butchery has pretty much everything you could want, if they don’t ask, they will probably be able to source it for you. Speak to head butcher Paul about the different cuts of meat and any cooking tips. The shelves are awash with vegetables, all seasonal and most locally grown in the fields around the Arreton Valley. If you’re looking for a tipple to accompany your meal choose from local gin, rum and vodka as well as wine and beer from local breweries including Goddards and Yates’.

Brownrigg’s Farm Shop

As you drive from Godshill towards Rookley you will stumble across Brownriggs Farm Shop and Butchery. If you’re after seasonal meat from partridge, duck or maybe pheasant you’d be hard pressed to find a better selection. Coupled with a wide variety of veg you’ve got a roast dinner ready to go. If the weather is hotting-up and a salad is on the menu, choose from an array of fresh items including tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions, lettuce and more. Visit the on site deli to give your dinner a lift with a selection of cold meats and cheeses. Stock up on local eggs too, perfect for a snack or ready for the morning after. 

Tempted by a cake? The farm shop also has some sweet treats including a doorstop size millionaires shortbread. Go on treat yourself!

Delysia Farm

Tucked away next to Oasis in Brading, you will find Delysia Farm. A pretty wooden farm shop, this quaint little hideaway something a little more different and unique compared to others. The owner catches, grows, smokes and prepares most of the offerings. Here you’ll find your usual chicken and duck eggs, but why not pick up some from rare breeds such as Araucana eggs, making a hard boiled egg a prettier affair with its blue shell. You’ll be popular at dinner time with freshly caught crab and lobster, usually landed that day from Bembridge Ledge. Plan ahead and ask about the seafood platter, perfect for summer BBQ mealtimes. Meat eaters will rejoice with wild boar and venison offerings, all locally sourced from the Forest of Dean in Hampshire. There’s plenty of seasonal produce to choose from salmon in the summer to pheasant in the cooler months. 

The Editor

Taste of the Wight is the Isle of Wight’s free local guide to food and drink. Now in its fifth year, it has cemented itself as the number one, independent companion for eating out on the Island.

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Taste of the Wight is the Isle of Wight’s free local guide to food and drink. Now in its sixth year, it has cemented itself as the number one, independent companion for eating out on the Island.