Shopping on the Island
Whether you’re on a self-catering holiday, or are staying in a hotel, you will need to do a little shopping at some time during your stay on the Isle of Wight. Even if it’s just for sun-tan lotion or a gift for your mum. Here is our guide to shopping on the Island.
The Island has more than its fair share of supermarkets with most of the major chains: Morrisons in Newport and Lake; Sainsbury in Newport, Sandown and Freshwater; a large Tesco in Ryde, and Tesco Expresses in Wootton and Ventnor; Co-Ops in Freshwater, Ventnor, Ryde, Sandown and Shanklin; Aldi in Cowes and Lake; and Lidl in Newport and Lake.
We have a large M&S in Newport for food and clothing and an M&S Food Hall in Cowes. There’s even have a Waitrose in East Cowes for something a little more upmarket – fresh oysters Madam? No problem.
For all local produce you can’t beat the Island’s farm shops, which are dotted around the landscape, often in idyllic surroundings. Briddlesford Lodge Farm, just outside Wootton has its own butcher, and makes their own cheeses; Farmer Jacks at Arreton Barns, in Arreton, also have their own butcher and specialise in their home-grown vegetables and strawberries. The Garlic Farm has all things garlic and more; Delysia in Brading is extremely cute and they sell meat, veg, eggs and even plants; and Brownriggs, between Rookley and Godshill, has a large selection of home grown fayre.
We have some major chains, such as H&M, New Look, Peacocks, Matalan and M & Co, but it is the little local shops that often have the nicer and more unusual pieces. Newport, Ryde and Cowes are best for chains, with Cowes having Fat Face and White Stuff. Yarmouth has bijou boutiques such as Blue By The Sea Ryde has some classy clothes shops such as The Italian Touch, featuring upmarket brands, and Godshill’s Old Smithy gift shop and café has a good ladies’ fashion shop with brands such as Masai and Seasalt. Seek out the local shops, who will often have the better brands and one-to-one service.
Sailing and Country
Need some deck shoes and a proper sailing jacket? Cowes is unsurprisingly your best bet for all things sailing, with sailing brands such as Musto, Henry Lloyd, Quba and Helly Hanson and yacht chandlers such as Joliffes’. Bembridge has SC Marine for all your boat bits and you could even buy a canoe or a stand up paddleboard here. The ancient Harwoods yacht chandlers in Yarmouth, with its well-worn stone entranceway, also sell upmarket ‘apres sail’ gear along with all things boaty.
If you want to go the Full Monty and tog yourself out in wellies, Barbour and tweeds, then all can be supplied. Mole in Blackwater have all things farming and livestock related, including all the apparel and animal food in bulk. Froghill Tack at Sandford have all the horsey stuff you require from boots and hats to bridles and rugs. Need a gun or ammo for your weekend shoot? Arnold Heals The Gun Shop in Newport have all you’ll need, as long as you have a licence of course.
Local produce from one of the farm shops are always make a good gift but failing that you could try one of our local gift shop or galleries. Try and buy something made on the Island, or a piece of local art. Quarr Abbey have a selection of local items in their well-stocked shop and a gallery featuring local artists. Shanklin Old Village has a host of gift shops, not necessarily local, but the shops are an attraction in themselves. Bembridge has a gaggle of rather nice gift and interiors shops – for those lobster forks you forgot to pack.