Food, glorious food
The Island has an fabulous array of locally grown and raised produce. Whether it’s bread and milk, fresh fruit and veg, meat, cakes or cream the Island has it in stock somewhere near you; many of the town shops will sell it, or you can try one of our local produce and farm shops such as:
Briddlesford Farm Shop, Wootton Bridge, PO33 4RY
Made on the Isle of Wight, Ryde, PO33 1QE
Farmer Jacks, Arreton, PO30 3AA
Godshill Organics, Godshill, PO38 3LY
Farmhouse Fayre, Newport, PO30 1LG
Dairy Deli, Shalfleet, PO30 4ND
Mottistone Manor Farm Shop, Mottistione, PO30 4ED
Kings Manor Farm, Freshwater, PO40 9TL
The Garlic Farm Shop, Newchurch, PO36 0NR
Farmers’ markets are held in Newport every Friday and Ryde every Saturday). The majority of these businesses have received funding through LEADER to help them start up or expand. LEADER on the Isle of Wight is managed by Natural Enterprise, click here for more information.
Look out for “Oil of Wight” the Island’s own rapeseed oil. If you fancy a tipple, all of Rosemary Vineyard’s wines, ciders and juices are made from fruit grown on-site. Afton Park in Freshwater offers a farm shop, plant nursery, cafe, and even eco-friendly yurts available for hire amongst the apple trees. Most good pubs will stock a range of local beers from brewers such as Goddards….. a pint of Fuggle Dee Dum is highly recommended!
If you’d rather avoid any washing-up, then the Island has no end of choice when it comes to cafes, restaurants and bars it’s worth checking out who’s using locally-sourced food and making the most of the tasty seasonal produce around.
Garlic Farm Cafe in Newchurch has some unusual garlic-flavoured delights and you can even watch red squirrels whilst you dine.
Godshill’s Taverners is a popular gastro-pub with an enthusiasm for very local ingredients and a modern take on traditional cooking.
Newchurch, the Pointer Inn, so local that local gardeners bring their produce into the kitchen and you can read their names on the blackboard outside.
The recently reopened Boathouse in Springvale is serving a local menu, with great sea views too.
There’s plenty of room at the Chequers Inn, Rookley, a big family pub that serves beef from its own Aberdeen Angus herd which can be seen grazing contentedly in the adjacent field.
Eating out suggestions come from our friends Matt and Cat, check out their website for totally independent Isle of Wight food reviews mattandcat.co.uk