Just above the bridge, and within earshot of the little railway that runs from Ryde to Shanklin, The Yarbridge Inn has been recently refurbished and now offers a great variety of food. Receiving rave reviews on Trip Advisor, you do need to book as it only has a few tables.
Now sporting a pale green/neutral colour scheme the pine tables have upholstered pews and banquettes and wooden and leatherette chairs. A comfy sofa and seating area is around the wood burner that is lit in winter months, and there are a few stools at the bar. The main dining area has floral garlands and wallpaper featuring postcards and flowers – a cosy home from home.
Kids can measure and weigh sweeties from jars by the bar where the draft beers are Doom Bar, Wadsworth 6X, Goddard’s Fuggle-Dee-Dum and Ale of Wight. Guinness is on tap as are Carlsberg and San Miguel and there’s a good wine list. Now owned by mother and son, Jane and Richard Fox, front of house is daughter Becky.
The menu has a map of the Island showing where the ingredients are sourced and ‘Mama Foxy’s Good Old Fashioned Home Cookery’ features dishes such as beer battered fish and beef and stilton pie, with ‘Something Different’ dishes including beef stroganoff or chicken and goat’s cheese roulade. ‘No Meat’ dishes, ‘Foxy’s Steaks’, ‘Other grills’ and ‘Our Butcher’s Own Burgers’ also feature and there’s a big specials board featuring seasonal and popular dishes. Desserts get special mentions in reviews.
Selections from the menu:
- Prawn & Mango Cup (GF on Request) £7.25
Topped with Lemon Mayonnaise. Served with a Wedge of Granary Bread
- Seared Scallops and Clapshot £7.75
With Crispy Bacon, Black Pudding and Creamy Leek Sauce
- Mamma Foxy’s Signature Dish Beef & Stilton Pie £11.50
Served with Lashings of Rich Gravy, Seasonal Vegetables and your choice of either Chunky Chips, Mashed Potato or New Potatoes
- Grilled Chicken with Banana Polpettes (GF on Request) £11.95
Supreme of Chicken Topped with Bacon, Pineapple and Cheddar Cheese Served with Banana Polpettes, BBQ Sauce, Chunky Chips and Crisp Mixed Salad
- Monstrous Mountainous Mammouth Mixed Grill..... Not For The Faint Hearted £22.95
10oz Rump steak, 8oz Gammon Steak, 8oz Chicken Breast, Pork Steak, Minty Lamb Cutlet, Sausage, Black Pudding, Two Fried Eggs and Onion Rings.
- Wilted Spinach and Roasted Sweet Potato Lasagne (V) £10.95
With Tomato Stall Cherry Tomatoes. Served with Mixed Salad and Crusty Bread
- Strawberry, Raspberry and Pistachio Pavlova (GF) £5.75
- Pear, Plum and Honey Oat Crumble £5.75
- Sticky Toffee Pudd £5.75
- The Yarbridge Deli Board £10.95
I.O.W Gallybagger, Hand Carved Ham, Pate, Rustic Colesaw, Baby Beetroot, Pickle, Crisp Salad & Warm Cottage Roll
- All Day Breakfast £8.50
Two Rashers Bacon, Two Sausages, Grilled Tomato, Mushrooms, Baked Beans, with Bread & Butter or Toast
- Pear and Stilton Open Toastie £8.50
With Salad and Crunchy Roasted New Potatoes.