Category: Restaurant

Feast like a Roman

The Romans were renowned for their love of fine food and feasting so there is nowhere more perfect to sate a hungry stomach than in the ancient Roman Villa at Brading. Their Forum Café is privy to some stunning panoramic views over Sandown Bay and serves up a great range of lunches, snacks, cakes and drinks.

Once you’ve had your fill of Roman mosaics, ancient ruins and beautiful rolling countryside, head to the cafe where you’ll be tempted by a plethora of home-made cakes and slices, speciality teas and coffees, locally produced cider and ales and a range of freshly filled baguettes and sandwiches. A daily specials board of hearty favourites and children’s options including a Wicked Roman lunch bag are also available.

The café can be hired for private functions and is popular for wedding and birthday celebrations. With its relaxed style and informality the Forum Café provides the ideal setting to take it easy and enjoy well-priced appetising local food and friendly, efficient service. With all profits from the café going towards the Oglander Roman Trust (reg. charity 1128326) you can be comfortable in the knowledge that your lunch has contributed to the preservation of this important heritage site.

Brading Roman Villa, Morton Old Road, Brading, PO36 0PH

Tel: 01983 406223

Enjoying the excellent Muzza’s

For fabulous cafe food you must pay a visit to Muzza’s on Sandown High Street where there’s a great selection of dishes on offer and they’re all home- made using local produce whenever possible.

If you’re a soup lover then you’ll be in heaven as they have up to eight different home-made soups on the menu with flavours such as Moroccan vegetable, spiced parsnip and apple and sweet potato with butternut squash and a hint of black garlic. All soups are gluten free too.

Ice-cream fans are also in for a treat as they make their own gelato Italian style ice-cream using milk from nearby Queen Bower Farm. Great to have on their marmalade and whisky flavoured bread and butter pudding – yum!

Drop in for a warming white hot chocolate or a Lavazza barista coffee, flavoured with a seasonal spicy syrup if you wish.Then add a slice of their coffee, carrot or lemon drizzle home-made cakes. Plus there are delicious patisseries – again all made in house.

Hearty traditional breakfasts are on the menu all day, and there are a dozen or so special lunch options daily that include dishes such as salmon in a creamy herb sauce, lamb korma or goats cheese and cherry tomato quiche.

Loads of great vegetarian options are offered such as a real vegetable lasagne, paneer and spinach curry and hallumi and spinach pie and of course many of their soups are vegetarian too.

Wondering about the name? Muzza is short for Murray and Phillip and Karen Murray have run this popular cafe for almost five years. Drop in for a warm welcome.

26 High Street, Sandown, PO36 8DE
Tel: 01983 407595

New chef Sam’s classic pub menu – Wheatsheaf, Newport

Newport’s historic Wheatsheaf Hotel has appointed a new head chef, Sam Bonner, who completed his apprenticeship at The Royal Hotel and more recently worked at The Pig Hotel chain on the mainland.

In what is his first outing as Head Chef, Sam is now enjoying creating an exciting new classic pub menu for the Wheatsheaf.

He explains: “I wanted to get back to traditional pub food as I feel that’s what pubs ideally should be offering.  Customers are familiar with this type of food, and so long as it’s great quality and is served with a smile, it is bound to prove popular. We are going back to classics such as local beer-battered fish and chips, pork belly, bangers and mash, sea bass along with the ever-popular steaks and burgers.

“My passion is using local produce, which I will always use whereve I can. Every dish I produce has to be fresh and made from scratch.”

The Wheatsheaf will be open from 7am-10am for breakfast, 12 noon – 3pm for lunch and 6pm – 9pm for dinner, seven days a week. There will also be a traditional roast on offer every Sunday between 12-3pm.

Food will be served in the Brasserie, as Sam believes in keeping the pub strictly for drinking.

“It’s not ideal when customers have to eat next to people drinking, which is why we will be using our brasserie exclusively for dining.  It will provide a much more relaxing experience for our diners.”

In a further offering from the Wheatsheaf, it’s now possible to hire the dining room for parties, functions, birthdays, wakes and weddings. The space can cater for up to 100 people as a buffet, or up to 40 diners for a sit-down meal.

We’re very flexible” says Sam, “and will happily work out a menu price per head, whether it’s for a buffet or a full blown menu.  We will aim to cater for all budgets.”

The Wheatsheaf also has 12 letting rooms, so if you are organising a function the hotel can offer the full package, including accommodation and delicious food for your guests. Click the logo for details.