The Isle of Wight is a treasure trove of culinary delights

ByAndrea Thompson

May 9, 2024
From cosy pubs to elegant fine dining, the Isle of Wight offers a unique blend of traditional English fare with fresh, local produce.

From cosy pubs to elegant fine dining, the Isle of Wight offers a unique blend of traditional English fare with fresh, local produce.

Here are some of our favourites you must try when visiting this charming island:

Garlic Dishes:

  • Why: The island hosts a famous Garlic Farm and an annual garlic festival
  • Try: Black Garlic, known for it sweet syrupy flavour with hints of tamarind and balsamic vinegar.  For a unique experience try the black garlic ice-cream – yummy.

Gallybagger Cheese:

  • Why: This local cheese aged on Lawson Cypress shelves, adds a distinctive flavour
  • Try: Twice baked Gallybagger cheese souffle

Honey:

  • Why: The island is traditionally known for its honey production.
  • Try: Honeycomb doughnuts with a salty honeycomb cream filling.

Isle of Wight Tomatoes:

  • Why: Homegrown in the sunny Arreton Valley, bursting with favour and in abundance across the island

Fresh Seafood:

  • Why: The island’s location provides an abundance of fresh fish and shellfish
  • Try: Crab, sweet and succulent, in a fresh sandwich, or  a creative filled pasty.

Local Meats:

  • Why: The Isle of Wight is known for its high-quality, locally-reared meat

These foods not only reflect the Isle of Wight’s rich gastronomic culture but also its commitment to local produce and traditional techniques. Be sure to indulge in these culinary highlights for a true taste of the island!