Like most of England’s tourist destinations, the Isle of Wight is famous for its cream teas and cakes with a wealth of cafes and tea rooms. Find a wealth of places across the Isle of Wight, perfect to pick up a slice of cake and grab a cuppa. We’ve put together some of our favourites from across the Island, be sure to also check out Taste of the Wight for even more fantastic places to get your slice of high-tea on the Isle of Wight.
Coffee Room at Skin Trade
Accessed by a spiral staircase straight out of a Charles Dickens novel, the Coffee Room at Skin Trade is a small but perfectly formed treasure trove of baked goodness. Tucked away above the shop with a near pigeon’s eye view of Newport Minster, expect towering layered sponges such as caramel latte cake and lemon meringue cake, a choice of rocky roads and brownies, as well as a diverse and interesting selection of vegan and gluten-free cakes. After all that cake, quench your thirst with a freshly ground Jasper’s coffee roasted in Brading or pot of tea.
Julia’s Tea Room at Dimbola Museum and Galleries is a real hidden gem. Situated in the former home of the pioneering Victorian photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron, it’s full of eclectic charm. Expect tea to be served in mismatched vintage china, whilst an array of delicious homemade cakes, including the incredibly pretty gluten-free pistachio rose cake, are displayed temptingly on a long table. Take your tea in the pretty, sunny garden with views to Freshwater Bay and the sea.
The Forum Café is based at Brading Roman Villa. Set in rolling countryside, overlooking Sandown Bay, it is one of the ﬁnest Roman sites in the whole of the UK. Boasting stunning panoramic views of Sandown Bay, the café has a relaxed feeling, and you don’t have to enter the Villa to experience this. Enjoy a range of hot and cold food plus there’s a fully licensed bar in operation offering locally produced cider and ales. Choose from daily homemade specials that make the most of the Island’s local produce.
For a peaceful and tranquil setting, head to the tea shop at Quarr Abbey. Situated in the beautifully maintained garden of this working Benedictine monastery, the chefs work closely with the gardening team to best utilise the produce grown in the vegetable plot – including eggs provided by the rescued ex-commercial hens and honey from their own bees! Enjoy a cream tea or slice of cake with the Abbey providing a picture-perfect backdrop, there’s plenty to choose from including gluten-free options and you’ll find a great selection of Island-made products to take home with you in the farm shop.
Named after their treasured Dachshund, Richmonds in Cowes is a dog-friendly bakery with all locally-sourced ingredients. You can expect a lot from this dog-lovers retreat, like Jammy Dodger cupcakes and raspberry and white chocolate blondies and milkshakes. They even run cupcake classes, make cakes to order for those special occasions, and can host events like hen parties. However, if you’re looking for something more savoury, they also stock bread, quiche and baguettes – a fantastic spot for some lunch and to treat yourself to an indulgent slice of cake.
Plantation Room Café at Ventnor Botanic Garden
Situated at the top level of Ventnor Botanic Garden, the Plantation Room Café is a calm oasis below the Undercliff. Take a seat on the sheltered outdoor terrace which overlooks the historical Palm Garden, and enjoy a tea or coffee with a generous slice of something sweet. Designed to resemble a library, why not while away a quiet hour with your favorite book? There’s plenty of parking and it’s free to enter without needing a ticket to the gardens.
Taking the vegan scene on the Island by storm, Peach has a scrumptious collection of vegan cakes that are hard to resist for anyone, vegan or not! Tucked away in Newport, this little vegan haven changes their cake display daily, meaning there’s always a surprise every time you visit. Their cakes range from delectable date brownies to a classic Victoria Sponge, all 100% plant-based and all 100% vegan. Next time you pass, be sure to pop in into this delightful cafe for your vegan cake fix.
The clue really is in the name with Island Bakers! You’ll find them at Newport Farmer’s Market on a Friday, and at Ryde on Saturday, serving not only a tempting array of artisan breads, pastries and pies which make the most of the ingredients the Island has to offer (think house-made, hand-raised pastrami hotpot pie), but also cakes, giant biscuits and doughnuts to sink your teeth into! Honeycomb creme diplomat doughnut or salted rye and chocolate sourdough cookie anyone?