Six foodie favourites on the Isle of Wight
Mile after mile of arable rural landscape meet a coastal island climate to make the Isle of Wight one of the best places for food and produce in the whole of the UK — it’s a must-visit place for foodies.
Sail across the Solent in comfort aboard a Wightlink ferry before exploring the excitingly diverse food culture the Isle of Wight has to offer.
1: Ice of the isle from the Minghella family
Since master galetiere Edward Minghella and his wife Gloria established their family business over six decades ago in 1950, their ice creams and sorbets have become the best-loved and most-celebrated on the island.
Edward was one of the first to bring exciting ice cream flavours to the UK, using espresso, strawberries, nuts, and liqueurs back in the day when Brits only ever ate vanilla.
80 Great Taste Awards presented by the Guild of Fine Food certainly can’t be wrong!
2: Decades of dairy farming at The Cow Co
At its peak, Tapnell Farms milked 800 cows and produced 24,000 litres of fresh wholesome milk 365 days each year. The farm, and the family behind it, have decades of history, so it’s no surprise that they launched The Cow Co, a restaurant with a focus on the best local beef, cheeses, and dairy products.
The Cow Co offers a wide choice of meat dishes and vegetarian options for lunch and evening meals, and have a beautifully rustic bar serving coffee, cake, and cocktails.
3: Sunshine on a plate at The Tomato Stall
The passion The Tomato Stall put into what they grow shows through the fine flavours that burst from each bite of their 40+ tomato varieties, and the work they put into trialling over 200 varieties each year to find the freshest, juiciest tastes.
Since 2007, they’ve been showcasing the island’s rich, fertile land and maritime climate as the perfect environment for growing tomatoes, all the while maintaining a strong focus on sustainability.
4: Please your sweet tooth at Ryde’s Chocolate Apothecary
A highlight of Ryde is the Chocolate Apothecary, which draws you in with an interior of antique shelves stacked with all manner of eclectic trinkets, glass tables filled with coffee beans, and wide sunlight-luring windows.
Run by family and friends, this seafront business make their own chocolates and desserts, including a delectable choice of gluten-free cakes.
5: Keep away the vampires at The Garlic Farm
Garlic chutneys, garlic pickles, garlic hampers, garlic purée — even garlic beer! The Garlic Farm are based on the Isle of Wight, but are the national leaders in all things garlic, supplying all across the UK.
The farm features a restaurant with natural wood interiors, a log fire, and idyllic views across the valley, plus a shop. After visiting, pay a visit to The Garlic Farm’s website for loads of garlicky recipe inspiration.
6: Everyone-friendly local food at Quay Arts
Once a hidden treasure, now a venue at the forefront of every islander’s mind, Quay Arts is a widely-loved harbourside gallery with a welcoming café and bar at its heart, where the brunch, lunch, and afternoon tea menus boast some of the best healthy homemade vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food on the Isle of Wight, all freshly-made using ingredients sourced from local growers and suppliers.
Sit on the terrace overlooking the harbour, or inside on the sofas beside the book exchange shelves, and enjoy the art-laden walls, use the free WiFi, and chat to the friendly staff, before exploring the wider gallery spaces and checking out the crafts shop.