Little Gems





A  seven day eating holiday on the Isle of Wight

2013/14 reviews

2012/13 reviews


PC means proprietor/chef


A  seven day eating holiday on the Isle of Wight

PC = Chef/Proprietor led

Day 1

Spend a day around Cowes

Breakfast         - Well Bread PC

Lunch              - The :Little Gloster Gurnard  PC

Dinner              - Mojacs – Cowes PC


Start the day in the town with wonderful in house baked bread. Do-it-your-self and be part of the big family. Love it.

Take a long walk to Gurnard and enjoy a light lunch amongst the beach cabins at The Little Gloster,

Then walk back to Cowes and explore the world of sailing.  Enjoy Dinner at Mojac's don't forget their marvellous raspberry meringue dessert

Day 2

Early Lunch    - Beach Shack- Sandown PC

Afternoon tea     - Chessell Pottery – Chessell

Dinner            - White Mouse Inn - Chale

Take a walk along Sandown revetment and partake in an early lunch of the best Crab Cakes on the Island - on sunny winter days they do good soups too.

Travel to the west wight to Chessell where you will find  Chessell Pottery and enjoy the best Cream tea on the Island.  You might even be able to decorate a pot. Why the best cream tea? answer -home made everything including the jam by a local jam maker

Cut across country to the south coats road and travel back towards  Ventnor. When you reach Chale you will find the Little White Mouse. They offer simple pub grub nicely cooked.


 Day 3

Spend a day on the Beach  at Steephill Cove

Morning Coffee -       Cove

Lunch  -                  Crab Shack PC


Afternoon Tea -       Botanic Gardens


Dinner  -               The Bistro PC


Time for a lazy day of seafood indulgence.

Start the day with good coffee and cake at Cove.

Drag yourself off the rocks/beach and stroll along (a few metres to the Crab Shack where a wonderful light lunch is to be had. Particularly the crab pasty and the Grilled mackerel Ciabatta.

Go back to Cove for an ice-cream and more laziness.

Tine for some exercise. Climb the Steps to the Botanical gardens, enjoy the planting schemes and partake in afternoon tea on the cafe


Small menu comprising of thoughtful dishes

Day 4

Lunch -             Quarr Cafe - Binstead


Afternoon tea -  Old Smithy- Godshill


Dinner -           Taverners - Godshill PC


Take a trip to Quarr Abbey. Look at the art exhibition and the history museum. Enjoy a light lunch.

Head towards Godshill village for shopping and explore the old village including the Church on the hill. Enjoy a cream cake at the Old Smithy. Great meringues. There are also some public footpaths around the village and across farm land.

After a good walk  make your way to the Taverner's Pub which is on the main road (It also has a Man Crèche for our hero's who prefer not to shop). What I like about the Taverner's is you never know what will be on the menu. It is often creative with little experimental gems slotted in.

Day 5

Lunch -            Beach Hut –Bembridge PC

Dinner -           Locks Lane - Bembridge PC


After pottering around the area, perhaps a visit to the Lifeboat which takes you down to the beach stroll along the beach heading South west until you come to the Beach Hut.

After a lazy lunch explore the coastal rout towards Ryde, via St Helens, and Seaview, perhaps a visit to the Wild Life Park and Island Made. Make your way back to Bembridge for a Bistro meal at Locks Lane

Day 6

Lunch -       Thompson's - Newport PC

Dinner -        Dan’s Kitchen  - St Helen’s PC


Mooch around Newport, perhaps visit the Quay art centre, and the Visitors centre in the Guildhall. Then enjoy a Fine Dining lunch at Thompsons.

Make your way back through the middle of the Island to St Helens for one of Dan's special dinners. Enjoy the drive and the dinner

Day 7

Lunch -          Bonchurch Inn – Bonchurch PC

Dinner -          Royal Hotel - Ventnor


Have a lazy mooch around the coast and village of  Bonchurch then enjoy an imaginary trip into another world at the Bonchurch Inn

Treat yourself to a little luxury with dinner at the Royal Hotel. My favourite place to eat is in the conservatory.



Why do some eateries refuse to take credit/debit cards if a customer spends less than £5 in some cases £10. It's is a kind of punishment for not spending enough. In some cases they even make a profit on this customer by making a surcharge of £1.00. When all cards are based on around 1.5 %- 2% interest The charge say on a cup of coffee of £2.25 of a pound is a bit steep. I very rarely have cash on me so often where I eat lunch is dependent upon who will fine me for not spending enough. With an increasing number of solo diners it's about time these places reassessed their customer service policy.

NB. I have frequently walked out of a place after ordering soup and being told that instead of £4.25 it will cost me £5.25 if I pay by card - so, they lost a customer

Padmore Lodge, Beatrice Avenue, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6LP