Autumn Eats: Dine with a Difference

The Island comes into its own in autumn with fantastic walks, pubs for that perfect pint and cosy eateries to hide away from the bracing weather. Here’s our dining guide to what’s new and a little bit different this season.

Sharing Menu

Three Buoys restaurant located above the beach at Appley has just launched their new menu and with sharing dishes being its central focus. Gone are the days when you order your meal and wish you could sample more than one dish. Now you order a selection of dishes that are served in the middle of the table so that you can all enjoy a range of taste sensations. We particularly loved the scallops with sharp rhubarb and lovage, and the tangy pickled turnip, beetroot and goats curd salad.

Three Buoys, Appley Lane, Ryde, PO33 1ND, 01983 811212,

Locals' Choice

Niton Post Office & Joe’s Bar opened in December 2016 after the village pub closed down and the locals needed somewhere else to meet and enjoy a drink together. Answering their prayers the Post Office opened its own bar onsite and now you can go in for a cream tea, pint of ale, Friday supper nights or just a book of stamps!

Niton Post Office & Joe’s Bar, High Street, Niton, 01983 730280,

Food Theatre

As we move into autumn, Off the Rails comes into its own as the cosy place to hunker down for some amazing food and roaring log fire. This is also the time they start their food theatre events again with dramatic dining experiences such as Allo, Allo, Faulty Towers and Murder on the Orient Express all taking place around you while you eat. The evening costs £40 per person for a 3 course meal and drink on arrival, including all entertainment.

Off the Rails, Station Road, Yarmouth, PO41 0QT, 01983 761600,

Sit Down & Eat What You Deserve

Formerly known as Nomad, Karma is the new venture from Nomad executive chef Nick Foster who brings a new twist to his Asian inspired fusion street food. Totally unique, Karma has no menu, you get served what you deserve, a series of sensational dishes created daily from the freshest ingredients. You just sit and they bring you dish after dish of the most mouth watering taste sensations. Our fave the Vietnamese crispy chicken Bao buns and pork belly carnitas with a pineapple gastric – lush!

Karma, 115 Pyle Street, Newport, 01983 525833,         

Fully Foraged

Meaning ‘At Home’ in Icelandic, Heima’s Scandinavian inspired menus and décor make it the perfect spot for getting Hygge this autumn. Serving locally hand foraged and sourced produce, it’s all about seasonal super fresh ingredients with international influences, set in scandi style rustic décor.       

Heima, 46-48 High St, Brading, Sandown, PO36 0DQ, 01983 404090,


Don’t fancy going out? Well why not stay in and spoil yourself with some locally caught, totally in season shellfish? Everyone thinks fresh crab and lobster are just for eating in  summer – but the lobster season runs from April right through until November, while crabs are in season from April until December. So pop long to a local supplier and buy yourself a top treat for that perfect supper at home – and remember they are fabulous on the BBQ all year round! Our top suppliers:

We’ve Got Crabs, Tapnell, Yarmouth, PO41 0YJ, 01983 754199,

Best Dressed Crab in Town,  Fisherman’s Wharf, Embankment Road, Bembridge, PO35 5NS, 01983 874758,

J&B Fisheries, Avenue Rd, Freshwater PO40 9UT, UK 01983 752269

Ventnor Haven Fishery, East St, Ventnor PO38 1JR, 01983 852176

Alix Robinson

2 October 2017

By Alix Robinson in Articles