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Taste of the Wight's Top Food and Drink Picks on the Isle of Wight

Summer on the Isle of Wight is magical – golden sandy beaches, stunning scenery and our extra hours of sunshine mean barbecues, G&Ts on the balcony, picnics in the park and every opportunity to get out and explore some of the excellent places to eat and drink around the Island.

Here, Taste of the Wight tells us its top picks of what not to miss this summer…

Sunset by Deborah Powell

In this heat, you are going to need a refreshing ‘sundowner’. Couple this with a Instagram-worthy sunset setting, and you have all the makings of a perfect evening. If you find yourself on the north of the Island on a Friday night, try The Little Gloster Restaurant where you will be treated to a tasty barbecue and a DJ set from none other than Rich Hodgson, of Isle of Wight Cheese Company fame. Beats and cheese – who knew?

West-side folk should check out Tapnell Farm as its Summer Shindigs return for 2018. Set on the green outside the restaurant, you could be treated to some of the best sunset views on the whole Island. Running every Thursday during the summer from 5pm-9pm, each evening will kick off with a magic show for all the family followed by live music from local bands, barbecue food, campfire marshmallows, face painting and games. On the last shindig, guests will have an outdoor cinema screening of the new Peter Rabbit! Make an evening of it and book a table in The Cow restaurant.

Isle of Wight Distillery's Mermaid Gin and Victory Rum piña colada

If sitting in the garden of your holiday cottage with a tipple as the evening draws in sounds more appealing, then make it a local one. Thankfully, we have more than our fair share when it comes to choosing a local summer drink. Try the Isle of Wight Distillery’s Mermaid Gin in your tonic, or treat yourself the brand new Victory Rum and make a piña colada that Del Boy would be proud of.

For wine buffs, Adgestone Vineyard do a lovely blush, or try their award-winning dry white, lovely with fresh fish. If you are a beer-lover, Goddards Brewery release its summer ale, Inspiration, until August, or have a pint of Yates’ Isle of Wight Lager – a pale golden refreshing lager, brewed with Saaz hops for a crisp and light finish.

The Best Dressed Crab - Bembridge Harbour, Isle of Wight

Seafood abounds on the Island during the warmer months, with the freshest of catches adorning many a specials board. Do as the locals do and head to the towns where the fish are caught and landed. In Bembridge you will find the Island’s only floating café. The Best Dressed Crab is on a houseboat in Bembridge Harbour and the fish are landed literally right outside. Specialising in local lobster and crab, the seafood platters are legendary.

The Crab Shed - Steephill Cove, Isle of Wight

Take a stroll (or even a boat) to Steephill Cove, the veritable jewel in the crown of the Island’s seafood. The Crab Shed receives visitors from far and wide, all beating a path to the door for the crab pasties, made with fresh crab, caught each morning in the waters right opposite.

This is just a taster of the amazing food and drink our Island has to offer this summer, visit tasteofthewight.co.uk for more, or pick up your printed guide at supermarkets and venues across the Island.

By Lindsay Becker, Editor of Taste of the Wight

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