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Little Gems

 

Gluten Free - Little Quiche, cakes, scones and lots more. Not only looking after your diet but making it all taste good too. Twins Gluten Free. farmers markets in Newport on Friday and Ryde on Saturday.

Scotch Eggs - Deli on the Green, Chale

Cream Tea - Chessell Pottery, Chessell - attention to detail, quality scone, home made jam, local clotted cream

Crab Cakes -  Beach Shack, Sandown - The best ever,

Fresh Crab Meat - Ventnor Haven Fisheries - has been established since 1830. The simple hut has gone and has been replaced with a splendid wet fish shop on the harbour wall. They sell freshly caught fish, freshly prepared crab and lobster and the seasonally short and rare

Crab Pasties - Crab Shed, Steephill Cove

Doughnuts -  Daisy's Bakery, Sandown

Ice Cream - Minghellas, particularly the ginger

Clotted Cream, natural yoghurt and ginger pudding - from Calbourne Classics

Raspberry Meringue - Mojac's at Cowes -Still a top dessert 

Tiramisu - Bonchurch Inn - another top dessert  - recipe has recently changed and is not quite so moreish

Bembridge Prawns - a short and magical season, look out for them

Cream Cakes - The Old Smithy, Godshill - traditional meringues, choux buns great bonoffi pie at

Bronze Turkey- Brownriggs Poultry, Godshill. Superb quality

Calbourne Classics - Natural Yogurt

Speciality Sausages - Hamilton Butcher's - good range and very tasty

Cheese Omelette - Waters Edge, Gurnard - Light and fluffy,

Isle of Wight Cherries - fat and tasty. I particularly like the pale golden ones. At various places when in season

Fish and Chips -

Junes Fish Bar - Shanklin,

Corries Cabin  Cowes, (They offer gluten free on Tuesday)

Wootton Fish Bar - Wootton

Apple Fritters - Ventnor Pier - they are v.good

Sparkle Cake - End of the Line cafe - Freshwater

Famous Five food, ham sandwiches etc - Warren Farm, Alum Bay. 

Homemade cakes with a cup of tea - Thompson's Garden Centre

 

 

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

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