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Welcome to The Darwin, new Bistro in Shanklin

The newly opened bistro, The Darwin, is now welcoming visitors to their fine dining experience.   The Darwin is a newly launched fine-dining option, provided by the team at the already popular Waterfront Inn, in Shanklin. Located on the seafront with stunning coastal views, The Darwin offers a paired menu of delicious dishes and fine wine. The Waterfront Inn is a well established local pub/restaurant, with a great selection of traditional pub food and a happy atmosphere for all of their visitors. In February 2024 the team have launched this new dining option as part of their brand. As a contrast to The

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Isle of Wight Festival 2024 Line-up Announced!

The Isle of Wight Festival 2024 line-up has been officially announced today! We can’t wait for next years festival, and now we know the acts we’re even more excited. Did you know the Isle of Wight Festival has been shortlisted for an award? This year the festival has been nominated as “Best Large Festival” in the UK Festival Awards 2023. We expect they’ll be coming back next year with a bang after this years success! General ticket sale is Monday 6th November from 9am, but for now you can enjoy finding out about the line-up and ticket sales below. We’ll see you

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Brush & Bubbles at The Bay

The Bay are so excited to be the first to offer the Bubbles and Brush experience to The Isle of Wight. If you're looking for something new, unique and fun to fill your afternoons or evenings, look no further - we're excited about this one! The Bay Vegan Cafe & Coffee House is introducing the first Brush & Bubbles experience to the Isle of Wight, and you won't want to miss it! This is a two hour activity, led by a local artist. All equipment needed is provided, to teach you brushstrokes on a practice board before transferring your newly acquired skills

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The Great Wight Bite! THE new food and drink festival for the Isle of Wight!

This is a special episode of the podcast which is bringing the exciting news of the first Great Wight Bite Festival! This is taking place on the 9th and 10th September 2023 at Northwood House in Cowes! I was so excited when I heard about this festival earlier this year. So I contacted Richard to find out more about the plans. I have watched as the festival has come together. That it is only weeks away now, I am getting so excited! At the beginning of 2023 I started planning the podcast based on my research into the food and drink

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Recipe of the Month: Chicken Breast with Baby Spinach, Rocket, Tomato, and Strawberry Salad

    This is a simple recipe, and there is not much preparation required. A chicken breast flattened, pan fried or grilled on a BBQ, served with a simple salad and dressing. Perfect for summer days as a lunch or early dinner. Most of the Isle of Wight farm shops will have the chicken and IOW Tomatoes as well as local salad crops during the summer. The combination of young spinach leaves and rocket make a great tasting base to the salad, peppery and sharp. If you cannot find spinach or rocket, then use your favourite salad leaves. Sumac is a lovely spice

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Blueberry’s Cafe – most definitely a happy place!

  Episode Three of the Food and Music IOW Podcast A huge welcome to the third episode of the Food and Music IOW podcast! This episode is about a business with so much to offer the discerning cake lover and great freshly prepared homemade food! With fresh coffee and teas, plus milkshakes, beer and wine. What more could you want? Plus the view is amazing, so there is something for everyone! Claire and Liam Eede took on the Blueberry Cafe in Shanklin, in 2017. This conversation covers why they bought it, building a team and a wonderful hospitality business. Built on good recipes

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Food and Music IOW Podcast – Episode 2

The second full episode of the podcast FoodandMusicIOW is now available on Spotify, Apple, Google and Amazon… You can listen to the voice only version on all of them and the voice and music version on Spotify only. Episode 2 - Get the Wight Meat! The Isle of Wight Meat Company The Isle of Wight is a UNESCO Biosphere which enjoys a wealth of natural, historical, culture, and art which is available to the local inhabitants & the millions of visitors to the island over the years. Nammet means a light meal; originally a farm worker's lunch to be eaten in the

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Tipsy Wight

  Whilst I normally use fresh produce as the highlight ingredient for the isleofwight.com flavours blog, this time I’ve taken a slightly different route. My partner first discovered Medham Farm when she was searching for some local honey to improve her hay fever symptoms. We soon realised that the owners of the farm; Ruth and Michael not only produced Medham Farm Honey, but were also the creators of Tipsy Wight, specialising in a range of flavoured vodka and vodka liqueur.     Medham Farm estate is made up of acres of fields, woodlands and hedgerows, so naturally there is an abundance of produce, ranging from

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