Taste of the Wight https://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk Isle of Wight Food and Drink Guide Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:13:53 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 https://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/cropped-TOTW-logo_Black-32x32.png Taste of the Wight https://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk 32 32 Quick Guide to some of the best coffee on the Island… https://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk/features/2019/03/quick-guide-to-some-of-the-best-coffee-on-the-island/ https://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk/features/2019/03/quick-guide-to-some-of-the-best-coffee-on-the-island/#respond Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:04:40 +0000 https://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk/?p=12244 Here at Taste HQ, we love a cup of coffee to get us through the day. It comes in many […]

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Here at Taste HQ, we love a cup of coffee to get us through the day. It comes in many guises, from classic black to soya lattes and iced to espresso, plus everything in between! So yes, you could probably call us a bunch of coffee nerds and we wouldn’t argue. In fact, we would agree and urge you to read this guide to some of the best coffee shops on the Isle of Wight…

Caffe Isola
Can you even call yourself a coffee drinker if you haven’t visited here yet? This artisan cafe and roastery serves speciality coffee and freshly prepared food, plus a wide range of coffee and tea equipment. Home to Island Roasted Coffee this family business has been running for over 20 years. The staff are happy to share their expert knowledge and you can even sign up for some of their in-house training course including Homebrew and Barista training.

PO41
This small but perfectly formed café sits in the former post office building in the heart of Yarmouth. Serving Union Hand-Roasted Coffee, the team behind the café get as hands-on as possible, flying out to meet farmers and growers to ensure a high standard of ethical trading and quality taste. The team are also proud to be completely palm oil free and still offer some of the tastiest cakes around!

House of Zabre
Who would have thought you could get a decent cuppa when browsing in a shop? Well, at House of Zabre, that’s exactly what you can do. This secret little café is tucked away at the back of the shop on Union Street in Ryde. In the warmer months, take your coffee outside in the pretty little courtyard garden, but sshhh, don’t tell everyone.

Chessell Pottery Café
Set in the heart of the beautiful West Wight, Chessell Pottery Café provides a homely, friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy a fantastic cup of coffee with some delicious homemade cakes and scones. Its the perfect place to start (or finish) a walk or cycle ride and if you have the kids in tow, they will love the chance to get messy and paint some pottery at the same time too!

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Where to go on the Isle of Wight this Mothers Day… https://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk/features/2019/03/where-to-go-on-the-isle-of-wight-this-mothers-day/ https://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk/features/2019/03/where-to-go-on-the-isle-of-wight-this-mothers-day/#respond Wed, 13 Mar 2019 11:50:59 +0000 https://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk/?p=12235 It’s time to celebrate that special person in your life – yes, we mean your good old mum! There have […]

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It’s time to celebrate that special person in your life – yes, we mean your good old mum!

There have been festivals celebrating mothers in many cultures for years, but the clearest precedent for how to celebrate today is the Christian festival of Mothering Sunday. This celebration historically fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was considered a time when the faithful would return to the ‘mother church’. Today, it has become a way to show your The Crown Inn, Shorwell, Taste of the Wightappreciation and a good excuse to go out for dinner! Here is our guide to where to take mum this Mother’s Day on the Isle of Wight…

Head to The Crown Inn, Shorwell where Paul and Jenna will offer you a warm welcome. Gaining an excellent reputation for food and use of local produce, there is a special menu for the day. Try dishes such as Brownrigg’s Slow Roast Beef or Wild Mushroom Risotto. Best of all, mums eat for free after 6pm!

 

Dine with a view at The Hambrough. Overlooking Ventnor Bay, mum can enjoy a top-notch lunch from the recently appointed chef Ashely Randle. He was among the top chefs under 30 in the country after placing as a regional finalist in the highly acclaimed Roux Scholarship. Choose from a two or three-course set menu, or for an alternative, a traditional afternoon tea will be served between 2pm-5pm. The Hambrough, Isle of Wight

For a collaborative meal, Gastronomy, Cowes has teamed up with Baked, a home-based bakery in Totland. Known for amazing cake-jars and packed tray bakes, mum will enjoy a treat of an afternoon tea. Savoury and sweet choices are on offer, including Mermaid Gin cured salmon sandwich and Birthday Cake cheesecake.

If you have little ones in tow, why not try Mother’s Day at Tapnell Farm Park. Buy a delicious cream tea for your Mum (or Nan) to enjoy in the café and then have a go at making a card or gift for them in a free Mother’s Day themed Artisan Ryde, Taste of the Wightcafé craft session. As an extra treat Mums and Nans also get half-price farm park entry for the day.

Artisan in Ryde is well known amongst foodies for their use of local produce, carefully crafted into some of the tastiest dishes. A special mother’s day menu is on offer featuring dishes such as herb-crusted sirloin of beef, grilled Briddlesford halloumi and almond frangipane.

 

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Mermaid Gin launches rebranded bottle… https://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk/news/2019/03/mermaid-gin-launches-rebranded-bottle/ https://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk/news/2019/03/mermaid-gin-launches-rebranded-bottle/#respond Wed, 06 Mar 2019 11:21:14 +0000 https://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk/?p=12216 Your favourite gin has got a new look!  Mermaid Gin will appear on shelfs and bars near you with a stylish […]

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Your favourite gin has got a new look!  Mermaid Gin will appear on shelfs and bars near you with a stylish new bottle from mid-March. The most popular spirit from The Isle of Wight Distillery, Mermaid Gin first launched three and half years ago. It has gone from strength to (Navy!) strength since, picking up several awards along the way.

MERMAID GIN_GIN & TONICThe stunning sculpted bottle is the result of a year-long redesign project headed up by Distillery founders Xavier Baker and Conrad Gauntlett. The rebranded bottle represents the sea, mermaids and the marine environment on the Isle of Wight – it is also 100% plastic free, something that was hard to achieve but important to the creators, where many manufacturers still use single use plastic in the process. The team at the Distillery will also be running a refill scheme soon too, with more details to follow.

Inside the bottle is still the delicious Mermaid Gin we know and love , distilled and bottled here on the Isle of Wight. As always, it is the same small batch gin, hand-crafted using 10 ethically sourced botanicals, including rock samphire foraged from Island cliffs.

 

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Pancake Day is upon us, so dust off your frying pan and get your flip on with these fun facts we bet you didn’t know about Shrove Tuesday…

#Pancake races. Thought to have originated in Olney during the 15th Century, these races take place up and down the country including here on the Island. Head to Brading Youth Centre for 5pm start.

#Egg-streme egg use. It is estimated that around 52 million eggs are cracked on Pankcake Day in the UK, a whopping 20 million more than an average day!

#Get continental. If you are celebrating in France, it is traditional to touch the handle of the frying pan and make a wish while the pancake is flipped, whilst holding a coin in your hand.

#Unusual fillings. In days gone by, cooks were said to use snow in their pancakes to make them soft and fluffy.

#Mix it up. The first ready-made mix was was created in St Joseph, Missouri way back in 1889.

So get flipping and make the most of this celebration!

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Check out the best Vegan spots from local Jane Gardner:

Plant-based eating is one of the biggest food trends of 2018 and according to the Vegan Society, there are now over three million vegans in the UK. This number is set to rise thanks to the popularity of vegan content on social media platforms such as Instagram and YouTube providing information and inspiration for anyone curious about this lifestyle.

Here, local ‘Just Jane Vegan’ gives the lowdown on where to go for your vegan and veggie fix…

A vibrant summer salad from The Piano Café in Freshwater.“When I first became vegan in 2016, it was evident that there weren’t many options at all for eating out on the Island. Visiting friends of mine were horrified to learn that there was actually more on offer back in our little North East hometown of Hartlepool! Which was surprising and disappointing, especially as many Island eateries pride themselves on serving good, locally sourced food (which I had always previously bragged about) and Hartlepool is well, Hartlepool. My 4 year old enthusiastically beamed “I know where you can get vegan food!! McDonalds!! They have chips!!” #facepalm. This is gradually changing however, as restaurants and pubs across the Island are slowly, but surely, beginning to adapt menus. In other words, I no longer have to settle for salad and chips (which are fine, but come on).

So, whether you’re a full blown ethical vegan who has chosen to eliminate all animal products from your lifestyle, a plant-based eater, vegetarian or curious flexitarian, there are now more and more places on the Island offering meat, dairy and egg free options.

Off the rails smoke box chilliLiving in the West Wight, I’ve never been short of good places to eat. Personal favourites of mine include The Piano Café, The Red Lion and The Hut. All of which have always been happy to accommodate me, even at short notice, showing how easily you can ‘veganise’ a non-vegan dish and turn it into something enjoyable, delicious and even a bit healthier. Off The Rails in Yarmouth now have a few offerings on its menu including the Vegan Burger, Black Garlic Pesto Pasta, and more recently, Smokebox Chilli which I’m still yet to try, but I swear I could almost taste it just by ogling the picture on Instagram.

Just before Christmas, I ventured out to the Wight Mouse Inn in Chale, where a full vegan Christmas menu was on offer. It was a fantastic offering with three courses, each having THREE different dishes to choose from. I found it really difficult to decide what to have as it all looked so tempting. It was great value for money with hearty portions (I had to bring leftovers home in a box) and you could tell the chefs had really gone to an effort to research the ingredients. The staff were even clued up on which booze was suitable for vegans (yes, a lot of alcoholic drinks are not actually vegan, but that’s another story).

It’s not just the pubs and restaurants that have been cottoning on. Being a mother of three, I spend a fair bit of time at Tapnell Farm Park. Ok too much time. Particularly in the café. This is because I know that whilst the kids are getting a good run around, I have the bonus of treating myself to a selection of vegan cakes, flapjacks, energy balls, chocolate bars, Hippeas snacks, dairy free yogurts and dairy free hot chocolate. They have just added a vegan burger to their menu and plenty of vegetarian options too. In fact, there are three plant-based milks to choose from for your Latte including oat, soya and almond, which is just fantastic.

Vegan Boys curry by Lilly Louise AllenLately I’m hearing of ‘Vegan Nights’ popping up in places all across the Island and you’ll find sellers such as The Vegan Boys, Souporium, Slab Fudge and DumplingDumpling at the ILOVEWIGHT food market in Brading.

Do vegan and the vegans will come. I dare say this movement is steadily gaining momentum. And I love it.”

There are plenty of places to try that cater for vegans and vegetarians, try:

  • The Garlic Farm
  • The White Hart, Havenstreet
  • The Sun Inn, Calbourne
  • Three Buoys
  • Ventnor Botanic Garden
  • The Basque Kitchen
  • Vegan Boys supper clubs begin Wednesday 23rd May at Vintage Vacations

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Whether it’s a bloomer, bap or crusty granary roll, everyone loves bread! As you may or may not know ‘National Real Bread’ week will shortly be upon us. So all in the name of Taste,  we’ve sampled the best the Island has to offer and bring you our top five Island bakeries…

 

Island Bakers

 

Founders of Island Bakers, John and Helen first met in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace as part of a team of Royal chefs. The couples credentials don’t stop there, with Helen working under the likes of Marcus Wareing and Gordon Ramsay while John previously worked at Michel Roux’s, The Waterside Inn. Since founding Island Bakers in 2010 the business has grown. Winning a total 8 Great Taste awards. The Island Bakers are great supporters of the real bread campaign and use local ingredients wherever possible.  

 

Scarrots Lane Bakery

 

Originally established in Scarrots Lane, Newport, last year, Scarrots Lane Bakery opened another shop in Union Street, Ryde. The sausage rolls are second to none, and the staple of many a ‘caulkhead’ childhood, the ‘Mr Blobby Biscuit’, is still a firm favourite. The bakery also offers a wide variety of breads and rolls all freshly baked that morning.  –  Not forgetting all the fresh, handmade sandwiches also on offer daily.  

 

Richmonds Bakery

 

This little known artisanal bakery is located on Bath Road, Cowes and has just one baker on the premises. Everything is handmade and baked on site. We suggest trying the fresh NYC style bagels. Choose from sesame seed topped or raisin and cinnamon filled – a real taste-y treat!

Graces Bakery

 

Established in Ryde’s old flour mill in 1997, Grace’s family bakers has grown to a five-store business. Supplying many shops and restaurants across the Island. With traditional baking methods being of the utmost importance, along with sourcing many of their ingredients locally. You can see why they have the accolade of ‘Island’s Best Bakery’ as voted for by locals.

 

Cantina

 

Cantina isn’t your traditional bakery but actually a café restaurant which features its own bakery. As bread plays such an important part in their menu the team decided to produce their own bread and pastries in house.

Our top pick is; Avocado, tomato, feta, chilli and poached egg on Cantina’s own baked sourdough toast.

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With it’s unique microclimate, the Isle of Wight is the perfect place to grow produce that wouldn’t grow in many other parts of the UK.

Along with some of the Islands more famous exports. For example; garlic, asparagus and tomatoes. The produce grown, farmed and made on the Isle of Wight is endless…

Here are our top 5 things you didn’t realise were grown on the Isle of Wight!

 

 

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Rapeseed

The good folks at Oil of Wight not only grow, but also cold press and bottle, rapeseed oil. Therefore providing a healthy, flavoursome and local alternative to olive oil for cooking. Studies show that using rapeseed oil could help to significantly reduce cholesterol.

 

 

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Apricots

Godshill Orchards grow fruit such as Cherries, Apricots, Green Guages and Plums with love, on the southern slopes of the Isle of Wight. The fruit is all handpicked to ensure you only get the very best produce. Apricot’s are notoriously difficult to grow and require certain temperatures and soil levels that not many areas in the UK can achieve.

 

 

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Boadicea Hops & Eucalyptus

Ventnor Botanic Garden teamed up with Goddards Brewery for a match made in heaven. Using, hand-picked Boadicea hops, grown exclusively at Ventnor Botanic Gardens, paired with Eucalyptus Globulus. As a result, they’ve created a delicious Botanic lager. Available to purchase through Goddards and in the Garden’s shop.

 

 

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Apples

The dedicated farmers of Quarr Abbey produce a vast range of fruits and vegetables in their gardens. The apples are grown in the orchard of over 120 trees. You can sample the apples in the form of Quarr Abbey Apple Juice, or Quarr Abbey cider!

 

 

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Sweetcorn

The sweetcorn sold in Farmer Jacks is grown exclusively at A.E Brown Farms. In addition, they supply the Islands well supported Sweetcorn Fayre held annually at Arreton Barns. Try your corn smothered in hot garlic butter – delicious!

Find out where to buy all of the produce mentioned and more, take a look at our local produce page.

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The Hambrough announces appointment of new Head Chef https://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk/news/2019/02/the-hambrough-announces-appointment-of-new-head-chef/ https://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk/news/2019/02/the-hambrough-announces-appointment-of-new-head-chef/#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:29:51 +0000 https://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk/?p=12191 The Hambrough, the award-winning boutique bed & breakfast in Ventnor has announced the appointment of Ashley Randle as the Head […]

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The Hambrough, the award-winning boutique bed & breakfast in Ventnor has announced the appointment of Ashley Randle as the Head Chef of its reopening restaurant.

Ashley’s experience of working with some of the country’s culinary masters together with ideas from different cultures and styles has been the inspiration behind his modern European menu on to which he will put his twist, using local Isle of Wight suppliers. Ashley said of his appointment: “I am honoured to be re- opening a restaurant which has such a reputation and can’t wait to get it re-established on the culinary map of The Island.”

Ashley’s career has taken him to work in a number of prestigious hotels and kitchens starting as a kitchen porter at renowned Cornish Michelin Chef Kevin Viner before moving on to work as sous chef at the Hotel Endsleigh, the small luxury private hotel of the renowned Pollizi family, part of the Rocco Forte group. He then progressed to senior sous chef at Calcot Manor, one of the UK’s leading hotels covering all aspects of this very busy kitchen. In 2017 Ashley was among the top young chefs in the country after placing as a regional finalist in the highly acclaimed Roux Scholarship. Throughout his career he has also worked stages at various 1, 2 and 3 Michelin starred restaurants including Gidleigh Park under Michael Caines. He has also worked alongside the great Anton Mosimann cooking at events within Buckingham Palace and the Great British Chefs Dinner 2017.
A short stint working at The George in Yarmouth originally brought Ashley to the Island but he left to continue his career in London. However, he is now settled back on the Island with his soon to be expanded family, ready to begin the next phase of his career.

The Hambrough is open daily to residents and non-residents alike for Breakfast with the Bar open for Teas, Coffees, Cakes and Cocktails. The Restaurant will be re-opening from 15th February serving Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner, and will be open from Tuesday to Saturday and also for Lunch on Sundays, closing on Sunday evenings and Mondays.

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Pizza, it can come in many forms… from your perfectly rounded standard pepperoni, right through to malformed handmade beauties. Over the last decade pizza has come a long way, with most restaurants throwing their twist on the classic into the mix.

It’s one of those foods that just hits the spot whatever the mood or occasion, and even though it’s easy enough to jump straight on that delivery app – are you really happy with those run-of-the-mill stuffed-crust delights? No… we didn’t think so either! Sometimes it really is worth getting out there and finding a restaurant with handmade pizza which is both healthier, more flavoursome and often featuring locally sourced ingredients.

To celebrate National Pizza Day, we’ve combed through all the best places to get pizza on the Isle of Wight to give you our top five places to pick-up the perfect slice.

Ada Mediterranean Kitchen

With locations in Ryde and Carisbrooke, Ada Mediterranean Kitchen brings a taste of the Med to the shores of the Isle of Wight, the authentic cuisine provides an unusual mix of flavours with their pizzas handmade to order. Coupled with extensive sharing and tapas menus, this throws a spanner into your standard Italian pizza experience.

Stripped

A recent edition to the ever-growing foodie scene in Ventnor, Stripped is the next venture from the people behind popular bakery and bistro, Cantina.  We think their pizza bases are second to none, with a wide range of toppings including vegan mozzarella and gluten-free options. Plus the new children’s pizza parties are perfect for kids to get stuck in and make their own pizza, along with the quirky surroundings of this former-bank, Stripped in Ventnor is one not to be missed.

Olivos

A staple Isle of Wight Italian restaurant, Olivos is one of those perfect places to visit whether it’s to grab a quick lunch, or a full on feast!  Famed for thin and crispy pizza bases, Olivos reasonable pricing and friendly staff make this the perfect place to visit whatever the occasion. Their welcoming and contemporary restaurants can be found in Ryde and Newport (currently under refurbishment).

Michelangelo

A seriously authentic Italian, overlooking the Solent and Portsmouth on Ryde seafront.  With a warm, welcoming staff and service to complement their menu of authentic Italian dishes.  Pizzas with exceptionally thin crusts, and toppings are not scrimped on – as well as their pizzas, many of their best combinations can also be ordered as a calzone.

Wightwoods Pizza

Ok, we’re making things a little more difficult with this one – but it’s worth it!  This traveling pizza van makes its way around the Isle of Wight hand-making pizzas with locally sourced quality ingredients. Cooked on a wood-fired clay oven in their vintage Citroen van, you’ll need to make sure you follow these guys on Facebook or Twitter to find out where they’ll be on the island next!

Have we missed somewhere? Share your favourite pizza spots with us on Instagram, just tag @tasteofthewight next time you’re out exploring the Isle of Wight on your next italian-inspired adventure.

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Happy 1st Birthday to Gastronomy in Cowes https://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk/news/2019/02/happy-1st-birthday-to-gastronomy-in-cowes/ https://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk/news/2019/02/happy-1st-birthday-to-gastronomy-in-cowes/#respond Fri, 08 Feb 2019 14:32:30 +0000 https://www.tasteofthewight.co.uk/?p=12162 Bringing the party to Cowes, the team behind Gastronomy will be celebrating the success of their busy bar and restaurant […]

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Bringing the party to Cowes, the team behind Gastronomy will be celebrating the success of their busy bar and restaurant with a big first birthday bash on Saturday 16th February.

Director and Head Chef Charles Ford will be firing out a full menu from the kitchen, with plenty of small plate specials centred around the restaurant’s ethos of ‘sociable eating’, lending itself well to the party vibe. Resident mixologists Sean Phillips and Sarah Whitehouse will be stirring up a storm on the bar, with an array of birthday themed cocktails making a cameo appearance on the restaurant’s already impressive drinks list for the evening. The venue’s popular ‘Happy Hour’ of two cocktails for £10 will run all night.

After dinner service, DJ Jacob Wood will be getting the party started properly at 21:30 until midnight, blasting house remixes of well known hits, old and new.

It’s been a busy 12 months for the buzzing restaurant and bar that opened on Cowes High Street in February last year. The venue has achieved a sterling reputation, scoring 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor, 4.9 stars on Facebook and a 5 star Food Hygiene rating.

Specialising in globally influenced food that lends itself to sharing with friends, the restaurant is well suited to a multitude of diners – from big parties to couples wanting to share an intimate meal together. The Gastronomy team has big plans for 2019. Building their brand further, they have plans to expand with a food truck and to develop an external catering business for weddings and corporate events.

Booking for dinner at Gastronomy on Saturday 16th is essential. Reservations can be made by emailing bookings@gastronomycowes.co.uk or by calling 01983 200666.

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