Brading Roman Villa
Brading Roman Villa has an award-winning visitor centre and museum, perfect for whiling away the hours of a relaxed afternoon, discovering our Roman heritage and enjoying beautiful and ancient exhibition pieces. The Forum café has captured the Roman love of food with a tempting range of freshly prepared food and homemade cakes. From inside and from the peaceful outdoor seating area, the large and spacious café has commanding and uninterrupted views across the stunning Isle of Wight countryside towards Sandown Bay. It can be accessed on foot if you are a keen walker, or by bicycle, and there is also a large car park.
The menu is varied and utilises Isle of Wight produce where possible. I chose the delicious Roman-themed tabula convivia, a selection of cured meats, cheese, olives, roasted vegetables and tomato bread. My dining partner enjoyed creamy garlic mushrooms, also served with sundried tomato bread. Other choices included sandwiches, baguettes, jacket potatoes, freshly made soup and macaroni cheese. A full range of coffee and tea is available, as is Isle of Wight cider and Goddards beer if you prefer something stronger.
We sated our craving for something sweet with Bakewell tart and carrot cake before leaving, but flapjacks, coffee and walnut cake, and many more tempting treats were also there for the nibbling. For those looking to organise an event, the café can be booked for private functions including birthdays and weddings.