Us Isle of Wighters, or caulkheads as we are historically known, are pretty proud of our beautiful Island. Home to a vast array of original local producers, who create a range of products and treats. We’ve got the latest on where to dine, whether that’s a sit down meal with the kids or a woodfired pizza enjoyed on the sea wall – whatever you’re hankering – we’ve got you covered.
We’ve had tons of fun cooking up the latest edition of Taste of the Wight for you guys to enjoy. It’s packed to the rafters with the latest on what our wonderful Island has to offer in the way of food and drink for you lovely lot this summer.
In each edition we try to sum up the best that the Island has to offer as a snapshot on our cover. So this time we wanted to share with you what has made the cut!
The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor
Boasting arguably one of the best locations in the country, let alone the Island, The Spyglass Inn is perched at the end of Ventnor Esplanade and has been going strong for over 30 years. This world famous freehouse serves locally caught seafood from the neighbouring Ventnor Haven Fishery alongside a regularly changing specials board and a menu packed full of pub classics. Enjoy live local music as you dine or even stay in one of the four self-contained apartments each with its own unique view out over the bay.
Pub favourites at The Character Inns
What says summer by the seaside more than a plate of Fish and Chips? Any self respecting pub on the Island will serve up a version of this. For more traditional and characterful pub experiences check out the Island’s Coastal Inns: The Bugle Coaching Inn, The Crab & Lobster Tap and The Yachtsman – three of the Island’s most beautiful waterside locations. Specialising in seafood alongside pub classics, each chef lovingly creates their own menu using the best seasonal local produce the Island has to offer. For further inspiration of where to sample some of the best seafood being dished up read our Fruit de Mer feature.
Isle of Wight Tomatoes
The Isle of Wight has been growing tomatoes in the rich soils of the Arreton Valley for over 30 years. These award-winning, multicoloured gems are known nationwide for their sweetness year round and you’ll find them on the menus of some of the UK’s top chefs as well as locally. If you want to know more see The Tomato Stall Tomato Trail in the printed guide for where to try and buy these colourful delights.
Yates’ Brewery, one of three Island breweries, have won many awards for its beers over the years – including the Champion Beer of Britain Finalist at the Great British Beer Festival 2017 for Islander, which you’ll find pictured on this edition’s cover. A very easy drinking Isle of Wight amber coloured ale, brewed with Goldings & Chinook hops to give a full bodied taste, it’s a perfect session ale for those summer evenings. Follow our Real Ale Guide to find out more about where to drink the Island’s best beers.
We all scream for…
It wouldn’t be summer without ice cream would it? I mean we pretty much eat it all year round here by the sea. With over five Island artisan ice cream and gelato makers, we are a little spoilt for choice! Check out ‘We all scream for’ – our round up of the Island in ice cream. This Mr Whippy was from Plaza Ices snapped at the IW Royal Agricultural Show. For more tasty events check out our events calendar.
The Garlic Farm
A great day for all the family, The Garlic Farm in Newchurch has a whole host of activities to keep you busy during your visit – from tractor ride farm tours and tasting sessions, to learning everything there is to know about garlic in the education centre. There is an abundantly stocked shop chock full of amazing Garlic Farm products, with garlic hanging from the ceiling and vast varieties to choose from such as the impressively giant elephant bulbs to oak smoked ones. They also have a varied selection from other local artisans, producers and even local artists. Don’t leave without having something to eat in the restaurant where (you guessed it) almost everything has a garlicky twist. If you visit towards the early summer you may see the beautiful wildflower meadow in bloom, sown to encourage butterflies and bees, this year it has been quite the ‘Insta-sensation’ and pictured on the cover.
Food with a view
When on the Island you are never too far from a great view, whether it’s looking out across the sea or over rolling fields, there are idyllic spots to enjoy a tipple or a bite to eat. Try Isle of Wight Pearl for a cream tea and gaze out over the wild west Wight coastline. Watch the sunset from The Blacksmith’s or The Waterfront, Totland – both renowned as a couple of the Island’s best spots to watch the sun go down. Why not sit out on the balcony at Three Buoys perched on the edge of the golden Appley sands? Expect to be wowed by their fresh dishes, as this beach-front is a dedicated champion of local produce. For more ideas check out the article.