Summer foodie breaks on the Isle of Wight with Wightlink

Foodies can feast their eyes on the incredible culinary options available on the Isle of Wight from the moment they step off a Wightlink ferry this summer

The Island has become a rather popular gastronomic destination, with many new restaurants and dining concepts appearing that are guaranteed to tickle everyone’s taste buds. Visitors to the Island can enjoy fresh seafood, locally sourced products, creative cocktails and more, all while surrounded by rolling hills, beachfront views and picturesque landscapes.

Chef Robert Thompson and Great British Chefs bring a different foodie perspective to the Island with their Taste of Wight guide. This new food map is designed to showcase the incredible mix of producers, chefs and artisans who help to make the Isle of Wight at top dining destination. Chef Robert Thompson of the contemporary British restaurant, Thompson’s, has worked alongside several Island experts – including Wightlink and The Tomato Stall – to bring visitors his top picks when searching for their next meal. He recommends visiting the Isle of Wight Cheese to get the best variety of handmade, award winning cheeses on the Island. Looking to pair the cheese with a selection of fresh bread? Look no further than the award winning artisan bakery, The Island Bakers. They offer a selection of breads and baked goods made of only the freshest local ingredients. After a small snack, Robert recommends washing it down with a visit to the Isle of Wight Distillery, where visitors can try and purchase island-inspired spirits made from local botanicals. It’s Mermaid Gin and Rock Sea Vodka offer the ultimate local taste, made with various ingredients from the land, including rock samphire foraged from the island’s cliffs, sea salt for smoothness and Isle of Wight spring water for even more local flavour. Finally, those looking to truly wine and dine will enjoy unique tastes and menu options at both Thompson’s and Smoking Lobster. These two eateries are constantly pushing the boundaries with their taste and presentation, ultimately helping to put the Isle of Wight on the map as a must-visit foodie destination.

Another popular stop on the Island for an afternoon of food and fun is The Garlic Farm, which offers countless events throughout the entire summer. Spend the day touring, learning and dining on site and don’t forget to check out their events calendar which promises an action packed August with movie nights, a barbecue & rodeo night, family suppers with live music & entertainment and the famous Garlic Festival, set to take place on 18 August. The festival will offer a range of delicious menu items, cookery demos, arts & crafts, music, animals, a giant fun fair and more – so visitors are sure to be entertained from dusk ‘til dawn and are guaranteed to leave very well fed.

For those travelling over with the entire family, there are many exciting options that over a range of choices for all ages. The Cow at Tapnell Farm is the perfect place to spend the afternoon or evening for those looking to keep the little ones entertained. This July, the ever-popular Summer Shindigs return to The Cow at Tapnell Farm, every Thursday evening from 26 July – 30 August. Each week, families can enjoy live music, outdoor inflatables, games and a delicious BBQ out on the lawn. There will even be a hosted outdoor cinema screening of the new Peter Rabbit movie on 30 August so be sure to book ahead in order to not miss out on the fun.

With all of this and more, the Isle of Wight should be top of everyone’s lists for a foodie-break this summer. And with more ferries on more routes going more often*, Wightlink is the perfect link to this unique foodie destination.

Routes and crossing times:
  • Portsmouth Harbour Railway Station – Ryde Pier Head: FastCat from 22 minutes
  • Portsmouth Car Ferry Port – Fishbourne Car Ferry Port: ferry from 45 minutes
  • Lymington Car Ferry Port – Yarmouth Car Ferry Port: ferry from 40 minutes

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