One of the Island’s best kept secrets, Burrs in Lugley Street, Newport has been owned by Matt Burr for 19 years and has a loyal local following. Visitors to the Isle of Wight also rave about his food, which has an English/European theme but it is best to book as it is fairly small.
Large mirrors to the rear of the restaurant make it feel larger than it is, and there’s a warm crimson colour on the walls with crisp white tablecloths, dark leather upholstered chairs and a log fire in winter. A small porch brings you into the restaurant, which has a bar at one end.
Framed posters advertising exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts give a bohemian feel to the restaurant, which is in the old tap to the former Bugle Hotel – dated on the outside 1878.
There’s a set menu and a la carte with a specials board that features mainly fish in season. Signature dishes include their famous Ventnor crab and spinach brulee, served in a ramekin with herbed crust and mixed leaves – Matt made a few as an experiment and they’ve been flying out ever since.
The comprehensive wine list offers a few new world wines and many classics and there are bottled ales and lagers. Lunch is served on Wednesdays and Thursdays only and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday with the restaurant closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Round the back of Newport High Street, Burrs is well worth finding if you like good food.