During our lovely weekend break to the Isle of Wight (a small island just off the south coast of England), we were treated to some of the best local dishes of the island. Thompson’s was one of the best!
Robert Thompson was the youngest British chef to earn a Michelin star, which he got in 2007 when he was just 23 years old! After that, he won two more stars at different restaurants, before he opened his first solo restaurant on the Isle of Wight in 2015.
Thompson’s Restaurant in Newport, Isle of Wight
Thompson’s restaurant can be found in the Isle of Wight’s principal town Newport. As soon as you walk in the adorable brick building, you’re welcomed into a cozy, eclectic bar area to the left an open kitchen to the right.
You can sit either downstairs (which we did), or move upstairs. While I liked sitting downstairs because you get to look into the kitchen, our table wasn’t really suited for the 6 people we arrived with, so I ended up in the middle with the table’s legs between mine. Not great for the amount of money you would spend here on a meal!
The menu offers ‘contemporary British food inspired by the flavours of the island and Robert’s own experiences’ and everything we got served simply looked like a piece of art.
We went for the special of the house: an eight (!) course tasting menu. Make sure that when you pick this, you have plenty of time as this can take a while. The menu is a mix of influences from Robert’s cooking career to date and is a fusion of classical and contemporary cuisine, all working really well together.
I’m just going to show you the courses, as I’m not a great food writer myself. The photos speak for themselves, really:
This is cuttlefish ink bread sticks, how cool?!
Some of the best bread I have eaten in my entire life. Seriously.
Sorry, forgot what this was!
Roasted Local Squash and Miso Soup with Coriander & Ginger Spiced Dumplings – some people found it too salty, I LOVED it
Roasted Orkney Scallop with Glazed Chicken Wings, Chestnut Puree, Living Larder Brussel Sprouts and Smoked Bacon Vinaigrette
Pan Roasted Fillet of Stone Bass, Cauliflower Cheese Croquettes, Mustard Greens and Truffle Sauce
The staff were all super friendly and explained what we got each time
Slow Cooked Dingley Dell Pork Belly & Roasted Loin with Crispy Braised Octopus, Pickled Squash and Paprika Roast Potatoes
Glazed Gypsy Tart with Orange, Clove & Anise & Cranberry Ice Cream
If you make your way over to the Isle of Wight, eating at Thompson’s is an experience you almost don’t want to miss. The tasting menu was a feast for both the eyes as our tummies and I can’t possibly tell you what I liked best (ok, the bread and the soup were amazing!). The setting of the restaurant is pretty informal, which I liked and there was just a super nice atmosphere around. Definitely would recommend sitting close to the kitchen, as watching these guys working their magic definitely added to the experience. Would love to come back here one day!!
Name: Thompson’s Restaurant
Address: 11 Town Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1JU
Phone: +44 7 (0)1983 526118
Order: The tasting menu! (Don’t eat before you arrive :))
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Disclaimer: We were kindly invited to visit the Isle of Wight and experience this restaurant as part of the #RedFunnelIslandFoodie campaign by Red Funnel. All photos and opinions are our own, as always.