Thursday, 15 July 2010

Folly Inn, Whippingham, IOW

A couple of weeks ago I took my mum to the Isle of Wight for her birthday (we love the Isle of Wight, and it's surprisingly easy just to hop across for the day from where I live). Whilst there we went for a meal at The Folly Inn as it was quite close to the ferry port and we didn't want to miss our ferry (it was Sunday so the evening ones were an hour and a half apart). We'd eaten quite well during the day (ploughmans, ice cream, cake) so we opted for just a main - I went for the duck, which came with dauphinoise potato, wilted spinach and a blueberry and balsamic sauce. My mum ordered the scampi. The food came quite quickly and was decent portions, and mine was very tasty, lovely potatoes, great spinach and the sauce went really well with the duck (which wasn't overcooked but nice and juicy as it should be). Mum's scampi was nice and moist, yet the breadcrumbs crisp and the chips were good. As the mains were so good, and we still had time before our ferry, we ordered two helpings of the sticky toffee pudding - and it was really gooey and rich and the sauce perfectly toffeeey! I think we probably should have shared though as it was too much to eat comfortably (we still both finished them though!).

The pub was a good size, and had free stickerbooks and colouring for children, and was right on the waterfront so you could watch boats go by. They were also featured in the RedFunnel magazine because they have table dancing on Saturday nights which definitely sounds interesting. The only thing I'd watch out for is the terrible number of pot holes (really crators) on the road down to the pub (but I spotted a petition at the bar about them so sounds like they're working on getting them fixed).

It was a good end to a great day and I heartily recommend the Isle of Wight for a day out or a week long holiday and this is one of the many great places to eat whilst there.

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