Have you got your ticket to Ryde? (sorry!) but once you have seen the array of restaurants, pubs and beachfront cafés, you certainly won’t be in any rush to leave.
Much of the places to go are centred around the vibrant Union Street. Here, try one of the latest offerings, Alternative Bar & Restaurant. Drawing on a variety of inspirations, the team have created a menu that showcases local produce served up in seasonal, unique and exciting ways. You will also find specials that change monthly and celebrate different dining experiences from around the world.
Ada Mediterranean Kitchen consistently gets great reviews and has loyal following. Try dishes from around the Med with hot and cold mezze, plus pizza, seafood and salads. Try the Mezze Night every Wednesday for £12 per person and all you can eat mezze.
For authentic and traditional Italian food or even just a damn good coffee, Michelangelo on the bottom on Union Street should be on your hit list. Family owned and run, the owners originate from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, well known for its culinary art that has been passed down through the generations. The deli-cafe section also works also as a shop where customers can buy typical, proper Italian products.
Sitting opposite the pretty boating lake, The Duck is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Serving up contemporary British food the menus change regularly to reflect the Islands micro-seasons.
Three Buoys has one of the most enviable locations in Ryde. Overlooking the sandy beach at Appley, sipping cocktails on the balcony here is an evening well spent. The chef sources local produce and serves it up in exciting and imaginative ways. They do an excellent vegetarian and vegan menu too.
On the outskirts of Ryde, Quarr Abbey is well worth a trip. Here, much of the produce used in the teashop is grown on site, and is also available to buy and take home. As well as heritage vegetables, the abbey makes its own honey and a special Quarr Abbey Ale with local brewery, Goddards.
The Fishbourne is a great option if you fancy a pretty coastal walk from Ryde. A gastro-pub, it offers a variety of dishes, much made using the best local produce. There are often fun events taking place here such as Mussel Night, Cream Tea and much more.