For a laid-back, casual meal with friends, try a sharing platter. From a simple sharing board with meats and cheeses, to tapas-style nibbles and everything else in between, there is a smorgasbord of choice (see what we did there!).
And, if sharing is not your style, then you can still order one to yourself – we won’t judge you!
No.64 in Shanklin have a menu based around sharing platters. Busy with people heading to the theatre, sharing platters enable a quick pick before the show starts. Choose from Grand, Vegetarian, Vegan, Ploughman’s and Avocado Deli boards.
The Bargeman’s Rest in Newport offers a range of platters including Baked Camembert, Italian Antipasto and a meat based or seafood platter depending on what you fancy. Expect tasty nibbles such as beer battered halloumi, blanchbait and Gordal olives and enjoy whilst looking out over the river.
If you are in Ventnor, head to The Winter Gardens for stunning views and yummy food. Pick at a selection of cheeses, cured meats or seafood, caught fresh from Ventnor Haven Fishery just down the hill.
For fans of garlic, then The Garlic Farm Mezze Sharing Platter has your name on it. With garlic olives, garlic bread, IW Cheese fondue and sweet potato wedges, you won’t go away hungry.
For tapas-style sharing bits, The Basque Kitchen in Cowes is the place to go. As the name suggests, dishes are heavily influenced by the Basque country in Northern Spain, and they do an excellent gluten free and vegan range too.