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Each island prides itself on the quality and variety of its locally produced food and drink - from freshly caught seafood, to succulent meat and specially brewed ales and ciders. Whether you want to dine in style, enjoy a cosy pub atmosphere, laid-back beach sundowners, al fresco dining, or a snack on the go, there are plenty of places to tuck in and tantalise your tastebuds.
Whichever island you visit, you’ll discover that food is a passion and local produce, particularly seafood, features prominently on many menus. There are so many specialities to try, including:- The Channel Islands are renowned for dairy treats including Sark butter, Jersey Royal potatoes and Jersey black butter (a unique autumnal concoction of harvested apples, sugar, spices, liquorice and lemons). Visit La Mare Wine Estate in Jersey where excellent wine, cider and even vodka is produced!
On the Isles of Scilly you can indulge in tender island beef, squidgy tatty cake and divine ice cream along with their own wine and beer. The Isle of Wight’s mellow climate ensures an abundance of organic fruit and vegetables, locally produced beer, wine and cider and delicious ice creams and desserts.
When in the Isle of Man be sure to try some traditional Manx kippers or Queenies (Manx Queen Scallops), while those with a sweet tooth won’t be able to resist the Manx ice cream, handmade confectionary and Manx Bonnag (cake).
Finding great places to eat is one of the highlights of any holiday and each island within this brochure has a fabulous array for all budgets and appetites.
If you’re weary after hours of sightseeing or walking, visit an island tearoom for the perfect pick me up. Indulge with freshly made crab sandwiches and homemade cakes or scones laden with local jam and cream.
What could be better than enjoying a feast of seafood or tasty local produce while the sun sets over the sea, washed down with a glass of wine.
Country and coastal pubs can be found scattered across each island. Many are family friendly, feature a variety of cuisines and offer great value for money.
Whether you wish to celebrate a special occasion or simply treat yourself, you’ll find a variety of excellent Michelin-starred or AA rosette awarded restaurants.