As you travel along the Taste Round the Island Route, just off it or right on the route, you will find numerous food and drink locations. Many of these locations supply or serve local produce. Isle of Wight provenance food and drink has blossomed in the last ten years with a large number of boutique and specialist suppliers investing in their particular food passion.
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The Islands unique climate helps. In a maritime climate off Southern England, parts of the island receive more sunshine hours than anywhere else in the UK. Britain’s holiday makers are voting with their feet with over 70% of them wanting to try local food when on holiday (Visit England data 2013). By sampling the best the Island has to offer on the Taste Round the Island Cycle Route you are helping to support the rural economy and in turn, the beautiful rural landscapes you roll through.
Taste Round the Island Itinerary
With a bike repair and hire shop right on the route, Yarmouth is the ideal launching point for your tour. Starting easy and level on the estuary lined rail trail you then climb those famous chalk hills and descend into the “back of the Wight”. These country lanes with close access to wild and natural beaches will lead you to your fist night stop at Chale Bay Farm. The large rooms are set around a relaxing courtyard. Sit back and soak up the view of your day route with a panoramic view of the coast.
With your legs rested, it’s time to climb the routes highest hills. From these downs you gain wonderful views over the island coast and southern tip. Rolling down into the fertile Arreton Valley, reward yourself with afternoon tea at the Garlic Farm where food hero Colin Boswells family have grown garlic since the 1940’s. Award winning B&B Rosemary Cottage in Newchurch is your haven for the night. With large gardens and an extensive guest wing to relax in.
Day three reconnects you with the coast at Bembridge where you can enjoy a seafood lunch at the Crab and Lobster pub. Through the Island’s northern woodlands to your third night at the regal Albert Cottage Hotel. Step back in time and imagine yourself a royal guest of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria.
The last day of wooded country lanes leads you through historic Newtown village and its stunning estuary. From here it’s a relaxing wind down in preparation for a last night of luxury in the George Hotel, a 17th century town house in the heart of Yarmouth.