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Taste of the Wight bring us their February "Foodies Guide" for the Isle of Wight with a tasty round-up of everything happening in Food & Drink over the next few weeks:

February is the month to wage war on the cold with hearty stews, casseroles and one pot cooking. Spring is not quite in sight so cosy up by the fire and warm up with your pick of comfort food.  Taste of the Wight found that February actually has a surprising number of seasonal goodies from rhubarb and Bramley apples for your home cooked pies, to cauliflower and leeks for your roasted gobi curry.

Fresh from the sea this month you should find mussels, cockles and clams as well as seabass. Head down to Ventnor Haven Fishery to see the boats coming in with their load and then try the catch of the day fried on site at Ventnor Haven Fried Fish. If you can't get over to Ventnor then their shop, Seafood Corner in Newport, stocks the days catches as well as the famous crab on chips, dubbed the Island's national dish!

Ventnor Haven Fishery

February is also arguably the years most romantic month with Valentines Day on the 14th. You can take your pick from the many special nights on offer from a top of the range 5 course tasting meal in in the Island Room Restaurant at The Priory Bay or a three course dinner at The Seaview Hotel with a bottle of pink fizz. Guests at Helens Bistro at The Bayhouse Hotel will be treated to a three course meal as well as truffles and live music. Over at The Reef in Sandown you can watch the sun set over the bay as you enjoy their famous surf and turf. Or if the mood strikes you, why not cook at home? Oysters, asparagus, chilli and chocolate are well known for their aphrodisiac properties, and would make a great meal (although not all at once!)

Cakes

This is the perfect month to check out some of the Isle of Wight's cosy waterside inns, town bars and other intimate venues, and enjoy some "unplugged" musical talent. Taking place across the Island from the 26th February to the 8th March, Acoustic Isle gives you the best excuse to spend your evenings at the pub (and various other venues). A huge supporter of local talent, pubs such as The Dairyman’s Daughter, The Bargeman’s Rest ,The Steamer Inn and The Kind Lud regularly host live music on most nights of the week.

With some great home cooked local produce on offer, you really have the best reason to visit. Spend your days exploring the beautiful Island at a time of year when it is quieter, and your evenings tucked up next to the fire with some "pub grub" and a pint of local ale!

Breaking news this month:

Robert Thompson has left The George Hotel in Yarmouth after less than a year in the role of Head Chef. Where he is going to is still (currently) a mystery, but we are all hoping its staying on the Island. The George have appointed a new Head Chef, but we know little about him yet other than his name is Dan. We cant wait to meet him, and more importantly, taste his food!

Foodies walk:

Why not combine a trip to your local with a stroll. Taste of the Wight brings you another foodie favourite. Its a tough job but some has to do it.....

For a gentle walk through Isle of Wight countryside, with stunning river views, woodland paths and an abundance of wildlife, plus The Red Lion (an award-winning pub) to provide refreshment along the way, it’s hard to beat a stroll around Yarmouth’s estuary, in the North West of the Island.

The Red Lion Freshwater

Starting in the historic port town of Yarmouth, the Yar Estuary Walk takes you alongside the winding banks of the River Yar, conveniently leading to an Isle of Wight Dining Pub of the Year for a welcome pit-stop. You can then choose to retrace your steps, or continue on the circular route, through Freshwater’s wooded countryside, back to Yarmouth. The whole walk takes a leisurely two hours, not including time spent at The Red Lion! Read the full story here

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