Shopping on The Isle of Wight
Over the years the products sourced, made or grown on the Isle of Wight has hugely increased. Whether it’s delicious locally reared meat, fresh locally grown produce, a painting by a local artist, or even some garlic beer it can all be found here.
Farmer Jack’s Farm Shop
Farmer Jacks is located in the heart of the Island at Arreton Old Village, near Newport which makes the Isle of Wight farm shop a convenient stop for you to experience one of the best selections of local and speciality foods.
The Farm Shop now has their own in house butcher, the fresh meat is all hand cut and the butchers welcome the chance to provide advice on selecting the perfect cut for your meal. The delicatessen and food hall offers the widest variety of fresh quality local seasonal produce so you can enjoy the ‘just picked’ flavours of cherries, strawberries, apricots, asparagus, and even a variety of squashes.
If you fancy something ready to eat you can try a selection of traditional artisan and continental breads that are delivered fresh every day, as well as a delectable range of melt-in-the-mouth pastries.
Farmer Jack’s was recently awarded Highly Recommended in the national ‘New Cheese Retailer of the Year’ award, run by Speciality Food magazine, and with over 30 different types of cheese, including family favourites and less well-known cheeses from across the UK and the Continent, you will be spoilt for choice.
Busy Bee Garden Centre
A garden centre that not only offers products for the garden and outside areas but also great crafts and gift ideas through to lovely products for the home. A good range of outside furniture, bird feeders, pet supplies and aquatic products are available.
At Christmas time at Busy Bee, there is one of the largest Christmas displays on the South Coast with its ‘Christmas World’. Unusual and beautiful decorations are sourced from around the world. Tinsel from Finland, candles from Germany, glass from Poland and lights from Sweden. With over one hundred types of festive lighting you are able to find a suitable light for any aspect indoors or out.
The “Olive Tree” coffee shop menu ranges from breakfasts, daily specials, jacket potatoes, sandwiches and Panini’s, salads and cream teas. A selection of homemade cakes are also available to compliment the fresh bean to cup coffee.
A place selling great gift ideas and tasteful items to make a focal point in the home, as well as a selection of unique natural wood furniture, with lots of items originating from Bali and all around the world, Oasis is an Aladdin’s cave of delight.
They have a great selection of scented candles, glassware, jewellery, dried flowers and art and much more meaning. There is such a variety of items to choose from in all shapes and sizes that they offer delivery services to the mainland.
There is a café to relax after browsing the aisles, offering homemade, sausage rolls, pasties, cakes and scones all baked on site. Fresh locally produced bread makes their sandwiches a great choice.
The Old Smithy
The Old Smithy stock an extensive range of selected clothing and accessories from fashion houses around the UK and Europe. Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens and browse the pretty shops. There’s a wide range of gifts to choose from, whether it’s cards, collectables, books, pictures, candles, pens, pottery or even glassware, meaning that it is the ideal place to find that unusual gift or lovely treat for yourself.
Also there is a café offering, a wide selection of cakes with some delicious homemade cakes among the mouth-watering delights available. On the menu there are light lunches, all day breakfasts, roasts on a Sunday of course their famous cream teas that are not to be missed.
A large free carpark is available.
The Garlic Farm
Visit the Garlic Farm and learn all about garlic, where it comes from, how to grow your own and how to cook with it.
Taste the unique and delicious products from garlic chutneys to garlic beer and ice cream in the onsite taste experience before picking up a few garlic goodies from the farm shop.
Walk freely around the farm and see the highland cattle, pigs, horses, peacocks and red squirrels darting back and forth. See the different garlic varieties growing in the fields. At weekends and in the holidays you can jump on board the tractor trailer for tours around the farm.
Try a mouth-watering meal in the onsite restaurant and savour some of the incredible creations from the kitchen or try the Allium café and enjoy home-made cakes and tea and coffee.
The Garlic Farm’s renowned shop and restaurant make for a unique and memorable visit. Learn about the history and origins of the farm in the Heritage centre. Taste the amazing range of garlic inspired products in the Taste Experience and enjoy exceptional gourmet food in the restaurant before picking up a few garlic goodies from the farm shop.
Briddlesford Farm and Bluebells Cafe
The farm shop is like stepping straight into the Island’s very own larder. They stock products from over 50 local producers, along with the full range of their own dairy products as well as specialist products from around the UK and beyond.
Top of the bill is their delicious and much sought after milk, straight from their award-winning Guernsey herd, alongside their luxurious clotted cream and butter made on site in the farm kitchen. The milk is available pasteurised as Whole, Semi-Skimmed, Skimmed as well as our delicious cream and new range of farmhouse cheeses. They have their own butchery at the back of the shop where you can stock up on a full range of specialist Isle of Wight meats. These include Briddlesford Veal, award-winning sausages, their own pies and casseroles as well as local favourites Cheverton Farm beef and lamb, Idlecombe Farm lamb and Brownrigg poultry.
Bluebells Café is the place to eat and drink at Briddlesford Lodge Farm
Bluebells at Briddlesford, named after the favourite family in their Guernsey herd, is the farm cafe and education facility and the hub of much of the Briddlesford farm activity.
They are open 7 days a week with hearty breakfasts and coffee and cake served from 9:00 am, farmhouse lunches from midday until 4:00pm, and afternoon tea until 5:00pm. On select Saturday evenings they open for supper from 6:30pm.
The menu is focused on quality fresh seasonal food from the Island’s farmers and growers, expertly prepared by our team of talented chefs. Briddlesford rose veal and dairy products feature in a number of signature dishes including their house schnitzel, homemade pies, halloumi burgers and Briddlesford mess dessert.
Located near to Yarmouth in West Wight, and offers visitors a fantastic range of options to Eat, Shop, and Play. Adventures and fun await visitors to Tapnell Farm, with Isle of Wight Adventure Activities offering a range of exciting activities like archery, rolling downhill in a zorb, or climb your way to the top of a mobile climbing wall and enjoys the amazing views from the top.
In the Playbarn children will find zip wires, a climbing wall, imagination playground, and a very special member of the Wight Herd they can decorate. The “Mooseum” is next to the Wight Herd and contains an engaging journey through the history of cow, covering everything from the golden arches of McDonalds to comic book star Desperate Dan!
THE COW CO:
The Cow Co is the on-site restaurant, shop and museum at Tapnell Farm. The restaurant, which is set in a beautifully converted Swiss barn, serves the finest in beef and dairy, with a delicious range of burgers, steaks, cheeses, ice creams and milkshakes. At the side of barn the well-stocked shop sells a variety of The Cow Co’s products along with other cow-related items, local produce and unique gifts.
The Tomato Stall
The sunshine and warmer climate on the Isle of Wight allows tomatoes to be grown for longer on the vine, making Britain’s sweetest and tastiest tomatoes. The Tomato Stall specialises in vine ripened organic non-organic tomatoes, all grown in the fertile Arreton Valley. The award winning company makes a range of 100% natural, additive free tomato products.
You will find a range of goodies including tomato juice, pure tomato sauce, Great Taste 2009 Gold winning oak-roasted cherry tomatoes, and Great Taste 2010 Gold winning Tomato Ketchup. Visit the Tomato Stall at the Isle of Wight Farmers Markets.
Offering a range of tomato inspired products made using only the finest Isle of Wight Tomatoes that are all additive and preservative free. From classic condiments like the Green Tomato Chutney to tomato innovations such as the delicious Tomato Cordial there is something to suit all tastes.
Isle of Wight Lavender Farm
The Lavender at Staplehurst Grange is grown on their own farm and the Lavender oil is distilled to produce Lavender products and is open to the public all year round.
Lavender has long been associated with natural healing properties. Isle of Wight Lavender produces high quality lavender oil that is then added to a large range of cosmetics and toiletries.
They pride themselves on producing the highest quality Lavender cultivars and are a National Collection holder for Lavendula with over 230 cultivars of Lavender, Isle of Wight Lavender are traditional distillers and blenders of fine English fragrances extracting a highly prized floral Lavender Oil from their own Lavender Farm at Staplehurst Grange.
Offering daily use products such as bath salts and shower gels, lavender massage oils, bottles of essential oils, a Lavender water, cologne, toiletries, lavender candles and accessories of linen sachets, lavender bags and pillows. An onsite shop provides a full range of products available
You can enjoy the Old Dairy Tearoom with its famous lavender ice-cream and cakes, as well as visit the shop with cosmetics that are produced from the lavender grown in the farm owned lavender fields.