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Bluebell Café, Briddlesford Lodge Farm (Wootton)

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Briddlesford Road / Wootton / Isle of Wight / England / PO33 4RY / Tel: 01983 884650

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      16.03.2010 22:03
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      a great little gem of a place!

      Bluebells restaurant is a very small country cafe situated near Arreton on the Isle of Wight. The farm prides itself on selling and making the best of Island goods and uses them widely in its dishes. Its menu isn't the most varied, but you will certainly get quality food for what you pay for. Most main meals come in the £6-£8 bracket, with some sandwiches costing a little less. The actual restaurant isn't huge, but tastefully decorated. It doesn't feel like a farm when you are in there and it certainly hasn't gone down the route of decorating the place with horse brasses or olde worlde wood effect. Instead it feels fresh, bright and surprisingly modern. The great thing about the cafe is that all of the produce is locally sourced or made on site. This certainly adds to the quality of the meal as well as the overall dining experience. The food that I have had there has been fantastic and very tasty. On one occasion I had a steak sandwich that was both very tasty, as well as being large enough to fill you up. On one morning a couple of weeks ago we had one of their buy one get one free cooked breakfasts. It was noticeably different o your usual run of the mill cooked breakfast. You could tell the difference between the homemade bread, the large freshly prepared mushroom, the light and fluffy hash browns and the thick cut bacon. Bluebells Farm also has a small country farm shop which sells the majority of the produce that you eat in the restaurant. Whilst not cheap, the food is quality goods - so no mass produced super noodles will be found in here. Instead there are fresh veg, jams, meat, as well as a wide variety of fresh dairy produce. I certainly recommend booking your table at Bluebells as it isn't a huge place and you may be disappointed if you go there and don't get a table. It was busy on all the times I have been there which shows its year round popularity with Islanders. For a place like this, you really have to have good word of mouth as the place isn't in the middle of a town and you might not think of stopping there if you were driving by. I know quite a number of people who visit the farm on a regular basis and have always said how good the food is there. A place well worth a look in if you come to the Island!

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