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Quarr Abbey tea garden 'well worth a visit'

Fri 18 Nov 2011

Quarr Abbey tea garden 'well worth a visit'

Quarr Abbey has been recommended as a good place to visit for those on Isle of Wight holidays by a pair of island-based food critics.

Matt and Cat of the Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide headed to the monastery in order to sample its tea garden and were impressed with their trip to the location.

Much of the produce on offer at the cafe is locally-produced, the pair were pleased to note, with islanders and those on Isle of Wight holidays able to sample fruit and vegetable from the abbey itself, as well as chutneys from the Isle of Wight Garlic Farm.

Matt chose the sandwich of the day for his meal, which was prawn cocktail and salad with skinny fries, while Cat opted to try the Quarr Abbey luxury cream tea.

Of the former, the couple wrote: "The prawny mixture was of reasonable quality, encased in sliced bread and unexpectedly decorated by an ostentatious doodle of balsamic reduction."

Cat was also happy with her choice of the cream tea, noting the consistency of the scone provided was so delicate it threatened to fall apart in her hands and she had to eat it with a knife and fork in order to avoid getting jam and cream all over herself.

The pair noted there is a cosy atmosphere at the Quarr Abbey tea garden and explained its interior is similar to that which would be found in other farm shops.

They added it is well worth a visit for both islanders and those on Isle of Wight holidays and explained they will look to return in the summer when the weather is warm enough to take a seat outdoors and enjoy the more appealing climate.

Father Luke Bell recently told BBC News that the monks at Quarr Abbey are delighted the location has been selected on a prestigious list by the World Monuments Fund (WMF).

Posted by Carla WinterADNFCR-3083-ID-801214824-ADNFCR

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