A recommendation we had while on the Isle of Wight was to go to The Three Buoys in Ryde for lunch and enjoy the view across the Solent.
Mr C’s lovely Godmother ‘M’ lives in Ryde so we thought that would be a perfect venue for a lunchtime treat and a long overdue catch up.
We booked a couple of days before and perused the menu online. Now most of you won’t realise how fussy an eater I can be but I usually find something I’ll like and occasionally there might be a few things I’ll fancy. The problem I had on this menu was that I liked and wanted to try nearly everything! Probably a good job I looked at the menu before we set off so I could try narrow it down… and yes I was still deciding as Mr C and ‘M’ were ordering!
We’d woken up to a lovely sunny morning on the Island, but then low clouds rolled in and it started raining, getting heavier as we drove through Newport towards the coast and Ryde. Yes I did fancy lots of things on the menu but we were also looking forward to the view… my love of hovercrafts partly came into this and due to the weather we thought we’d have a layer of mist and not much else to see.
As we arrived on the edge of Ryde the rain stopped, the cloud cleared and the wonderful view across to Portsmouth appeared.
We drove past the hovercraft terminal just as one was leaving for the mainland, what a wonderful noise they make and they’re always great to watch as they fly across the Solent as a fast shuttle to the mainland.
On arrival we were taken to our table in the window of the first floor restaurant and what a wonderful view we had!
So what did we all decide on?
Mr C ordered a bottle of Island Brewery Yachtsman’s Ale.
Rosemary polenta calamari, salad cream
Crab brushetta, brown crab mayo, smashed avocado
Lamb polpette with pistachio pesto, rocket salad
Chicken, chorizo meatball and sunblushed tomato sauce
Fish burger, salad cream, baby gem
Open fish pie, chunky fish in a leek and chive sauce, sliced saute potatoes, braised pea and broad beans
We also ordered Red onion rings
We ordered coffees and a hot chocolate.
We then ordered desserts, well it would be rude not to!
Lime pie, lemonade gel, coconut meringue
Flourless saffron and chocolate brownie, salted peanut ganache
Movenpick ice cream, 3 scoops
Oh my… I can’t fault anything at all about today’s lunch. The location was amazing and the decor had been well thought out plus the view was wonderful! The staff were lovely offering advice about dishes trying to help me shorten my choice of dish. The dishes were served with an explanation of the ingredients as you would get in a Michelin star restaurant. The ingredients were fantastic quality and the dishes were very well thought out with flavours to blow your eyes and your taste buds in a good way. A huge amount of talent in the kitchen had put together some amazing flavours in each dish and they all looked picture perfect too. Definitely a team who enjoy food and designing dishes using fresh local produce . I loved all the attention to detail and highly recommend this restaurant if you’re in the area. Whilst we were there a couple came in and they’d come over from the mainland especially to eat at The Three Buoys and from the response from the staff on their arrival this was a regular occurence.
The only downside was there was no disabled parking outside and due to the restaurant being on the first floor it was only accessible by stairs, it isn’t accessible for people with severe mobility problems. I do struggle with stairs and use a walking stick, I had to park quite a way down the front as the car park at the back was uphill and therefore I’d have struggled walking back to my car after our meal.
The Three Buoys Restaurant
Isle of Wight
Telephone: 01983 811 212
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