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.

Dim Sum

Newly opened this year Prawn & Co, Prosecco & Dim Sum does exactly what is says on the tin! Offering a tasty selection of steamed and fried dim sum and wonton accompanied by a nice glass of bubbles seems a very civilised combination. You can go for Omakase (Japanese for ‘I’ll leave it up to you’) and get a selection from the whole menu for just £20 per head.

Prawn & Co, 62 High Street, Cowes, 01983 242144, 

Locals' Choice

Niton Post Office & Joe’s Bar opened 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, Murder on the Orient Express and new this year The Vicar (think Dibley) 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. Booking essential.

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

Sharing Menu

ADA Meze Kitchen is located on the high street in Carisbrooke and offers a truly authentic meze experience with a wide selection of delicious Mediterranean dishes. With classic Turkish mains and starters as well as pizzas, steaks and pasta, their specialty is their meze. Offering a selection of both hot and cold meze, there is a plethora of exciting new flavour sensations to discover. Tuesday night is Meze night with unlimited meze for £13 per person.

ADA Meze Kitchen, 44 Carisbrooke High Street, Carisbrooke, 01983 717220,

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. Each dish is like a work of art!                  

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:

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

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,

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

Alix Robinson

4 October 2018

By Alix Robinson in Articles