Top Autumn Eats
As the leaves start to fall and the smell of bonfires pervade the air, we all know that Autumn is upon us. Chilly mornings, warm days and even chillier evenings lead us to slow down, take stock and enjoy our surroundings at a gentler pace. Move over Denmark with your Hygge - to help decide what to do on a blustery Autumn day on the Island, here are our Top Autumn Eats – with some hints on ways to spend the day when the weather becomes oh so British.
North: The Grill, Cowes
Newly opened this year the Grill is the sister ship to the highly successful The Hut in Colwell Bay. But whereas The Hut is all about the sea – The Grill is all about the land with some serious cuts of meat on the menu. If you like chargrilled steaks and ribs of beef this is a must visit.
Best Bit: Centrally located on the main pedestrian area of Cowes High Street, not only is The Grill near the ferry it’s also slap bang in the middle of a myriad of fabulous shops perfect to find that something special to take home with you or just to enjoy some serious window shopping.
The Grill, 46-47 High Street, Cowes, PO31 7RR, 01983 200666
South: The Bandstand, Sandown
Situated in the old bandstand on Sandown seafront, this modern architectural renovation allows 360 views out along the beach all the way towards Culver Down. The menu has lots of old favourites as well as some world flavours and great choices for families.
Best Bit: It’s the perfect spot to take in the blustery views – and is right on the beach, this is great dinosaur fossil hunting territory.
The Bandstand Café Restaurant, 39 Culver Parade, Sandown PO36 8AT, 01983 406875 www.thebandstandsandown.co.uk
East: Shed, Bembridge
For a unique chilled out vibe and some seriously tasty tapas – head to Shed in the centre of Bembridge. Don’t be put off by how snug it looks – there’s gorgeous courtyard seating out the back and comfy seating in the front. It serves an amazing selection of tapas style dishes showcasing an array of world flavours. They also do great cakes and coffee. This is the perfect picky food – where you get to try lots of different dishes, and the beauty is you can just keep ordering and ordering.
Best Bit: Comfy sofas, mismatched vintage crockery and a great varied menu.
Shed, 4 High Street, Bembridge, PO35 5SD, 01983 873555
West: The Cow Co., Freshwater
The Cow Co at Tapnell Park Farm in the West Wight is an eatery that has one massive focus – that’s right - the cow! Serving burgers, steaks and daily beefy specials this is a great place for lunch or on Friday and Saturdays for dinner. Housed in a massive converted agricultural barn with far reaching views across the rolling countryside to Tennyson Down, the décor is worth a visit alone. Most of the furniture is converted from chunky farm equipment.
Best bit: Once you’ve grabbed a bite to eat feel free to go check out the on site gallery, animal park, amazing kids play area and if you want to make a night of it some of the award winning accommodation.
The Cow Co. Tapnell Farm, Newport Road, PO41 0YJ, 01983 758725 www.thecowco.com
Central: The Taverners, Godshill
An Isle of Wight food hero – The Taverners has been consistently serving amazing seasonal food in a gorgeous traditional pub setting for the past 8 years. The Sunday roasts are spot on, the specials varied and locally sourced and the puds heavenly (the lemon meringue pie is a must try!). Situated in the heart of Godshill, it’s the perfect place to park the men folk when a spot of browsing in the local shops is required. Customers are also encouraged to swap homegrown produce for beer! A really useful seasonal produce board inside show exactly what is in season too.
Best bit: The perfect spot for some nearby wonderful autumn walks through the multi-coloured trees and a proper pint waiting for you at the end of it.
The Taverners, High Street, Godshill, PO38 3HZ, 01983 840707 www.thetavernersgodshill.co.uk
20 September 2016