Quarr Road, Ryde, PO33 4ES
There has been an Abbey at Quarr on the Isle of Wight since 1132 and it played a central part in the life of the Island until its dissolution by Henry VIII. The Quarr Abbey that stands alongside the ruins of the former building today belongs to the Solesmes Congregation group of monasteries. The first monks came to the present site in 1907.
There are guided visits every first Tuesday of the month, and every Tuesday through July and August. Just turn up at the Monastery Shop next to the Visitors Centre at 11.00 am – no need to book. The visits take in the pilgrim chapel and the church, and tell you about Saint Benedict, the history of the community, the architecture of the church and the daily life of the monks. Donations are invited at the end of the tour.
Quarr Abbey Tea & Farm Shop is part of the ministry of welcome by the monastic community to our many visitors. As life is so hectic for most people, it is important to provide an oasis of peace where people can relax and have time for themselves and for God. Everyone who comes here enjoys the peace of our gardens and church; we wish to preserve the character of our monastic home, while extending our welcome to more people of all ages and abilities, so as to express our Christian commitment to serve Christ in all we meet.
We purchase our tea and coffee principally from fair trade sources. Most of our cakes are made locally or in our own kitchen. Our menu consists of light lunches, including sandwiches, Panini, soup and daily specials. All our food is freshly prepared, making the most of the organically grown allotment produce which is grown on site.
The farm shop offers a variety of local island products along with Quarr Abbeys own unique range of products which include ale, eggs, honey, jams and chutneys, all made with Quarr Abbeys own allotment – grown produce which is also available to buy.
The Tea & Farm Shop is open daily (except on Good Friday and from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve inclusive) Weekdays 10.00 to 5.00 and Sundays 11.15 to 5.00 Summer time and 10.00 to 4.00 Weekdays and 11.15 to 4.00 Winter time.