It’s time for lunch
A much-loved Island hot spot. Known for roasting its own coffee beans and having some of the freshest coffee on the Isle of Wight, Caffe Isola also has a cracking food menu. If you’re catching up with friends, the comfy window seats are perfect for a relaxing chat or why not browse the upstairs local produce section. Choose from chutneys, of course coffee and also bags. In a rush and feeling hungry? The doorstep sandwiches are not to be missed, with tasty flavours such as chicken and avocado. The vegetarian offering is pretty good too and there’s always a salad on the specials to tempt those taste buds.
A favourite hot spot in Ryde, Newport and Cowes. French Franks has some of the best sandwich selections around and if the combination you are looking for is not on the menu they’ll always try and concoct whatever you fancy. There are regular specials including a rare beef and stilton baguette. For hungry appetites, you can have a large baguette, fully loaded bagel or maybe a cake for dessert. The frozen yoghurt drinks, or FroYos, are a great accompaniment – choose from fresh fruits like strawberries or bananas, vanilla syrup or go for a caffeine hit with a shot of coffee.
When in Cowes and looking for a quick lunch stop, a visit to Sails Café is a must. A charming little cafe set at the top of the high street, near The Coast Bar. Everything is freshly prepared and the cafe is a firm favourite with the local yachtsman, residents and visitors. Stop by for a satisfying sandwich or a baguette bursting with filling. On those chillier days, the team also serve up homemade soup and jacket potatoes with various fillings. If you have a little longer to spare, be tempted by one of the sweet treats or a fantastic cream teas. Service with a smile is always guaranteed when you visit this quaint little cafe.
When in Newport on a sunny afternoon, you will have seen people soaking up the sunshine in St James Square at The Blue Door Cafe, enjoying fresh sandwiches, hearty baked potatoes or the bunny chow, a traditional South African dish which is essentially a choice of curries served in a hollowed out bloomer loaf… tasty! If you’re on the run or on a busy lunch break they have a takeaway service – try one of the freshly prepared wraps, they are bursting with filling. A licensed cafe, if you find yourself having a spare moment and sitting down, enjoy a cold beer with your lunch.
What if you are preparing your lunch at home for a day at work? Visit Brighstone Village Shop This local, family-run shop has been part of the village for around 30 years. The shelves are bursting with local produce to pull together a tasty lunch. Fresh salad, cold meats and Isle of Wight Cheese make perfect sandwich fillings, whereas pies and quiches make a great hearty lunch or a quick snack for nammet. The shop also stocks Briddlesford milk, so why not make yourself a coffee at home in a reusable cup?