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“Not the best cheese sandwich....”
Review of The New Inn

The New Inn
Ranked #2 of 2 Restaurants in Shalfleet
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
SOUTHAMPTON
Level 6 Contributor
152 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Not the best cheese sandwich....”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

What the New Inn at Shalfleet has in its favour are a pleasant garden, an authentic old-pub ambience, very friendly and obliging staff and a very wide menu selection in which what is offered changes by the time of day you wish to eat. We visited just after lunchtime when the "afternoon" menu was in operation and each ordered what, despite the more fancy name on the menu, was essentially a cheese sandwich with salad garnish. For all the extensive menu listed in menu books and on a blackboard, the kitchen had run out of brown bread. The sandwich was very generous with its locally baked crusty white bread, but the cheese - almost certainly not of a mature strength - was overwhelmed by a very nice apricot relish. I am surely not alone in believing that a cheese sandwich should taste of cheese. The cheapest white wine by- the- glass was very good. We overheard another customer being told that the pub had run out of rose wine. Very strange!

  • Visited April 2014
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Not as good as it was”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

We try to visit at least once when we come across from the mainland and on this occasion were somewhat disappointed, compared to previous visits. Echoing a previous reviewer, portion sizes definately smaller. Chips overcooked. Bar service terrible. One person only serving at the restaurant end. Waiting staff very friendly. Pork belly soft and not really crispy. Waited nearly 15 minutes for our bill and had to ask for it 3 times! Potted crab really tasty but accompanying crisp bread broke up in my hands.It was so thin I could hardly spread it on it. Will read recent reviews before visiting again.2

  • Visited April 2014
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Exceptionally delicious seafood - a night to remember”
Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

7 of us had dinner here tonight. We are friends and business associates and all of us have travelled extensively internationally both with work and pleasure - and we've eaten seafood in some of the best places in the world.

We all agreed that what we ate tonight was as good, if not better, than we have even had anywhere in the world. A true thumbs up. The evening was 'peppered' with one or the other of us excaliming a delight "this is fantastic", or ''try that it's fabulous", or "that's the best sea bass I've ever tasted". This is no exaggeration - it's what happened.

It was a special night so we splashed out a little and ordered the seafood royale platter for 2 costing £60. It was a sight to behold and was simply magnificent and a massive bounty of all kinds of seafood - all cooked to perfection and presented beautifully. Before it arrived I must say I had some reservations about paying £60 for a platter for 2, and so we decided to share between all of us and add a few other dishes to bulk things up. The other dishes were not neccessary. The platter size was incredibly generous and included : a whole large crab, half a lobster, 3 seasonal cooked fish fillets (all large and easily a meal in themselves), a pot of whitebait (fantastic), a pot of cold shell on prawns plus a pot of hot shell on prawns, a massive portion of cold 'cocktail' style small peeled prawns, salad and a large basket of doorstop bread slices, a ramekin of seafood sauce and a ramekin of tartar sauce, a generous amount of smoked salmon slices.

It was so good we felt that we should order some Sancere to do it justice.

The whole meal was a fabulous feast of delights and a real night to remember. 10/10 for the chef who I have to say really knows how to deal with seafood.

One tip I think is useful is that we always make it very clear that we are happy for dishes to be brought to the table when they are ready - we don't insist on everything arriving at once. This gives massive benefits especially on busy bank holidays in small rural pubs where kitchen resources can come under pressure. It's a great idea to give the chef the freedom to send food out when it is ready and when it is at it's very best - rather than it sitting there under lights until everything is ready to go at once. We often take this approach wherever we go and our meals are always fresher, jucier and better as a result.

This is a place for fine dining and exceptional seafood - but at pub style prices. This place punches well above its weight and easily rivals the best seafood restaurants I have eaten in. If you're looking for a good selection of cheap kids meals, or if you're a fussy eater, or if you want a selection of processed largers - then maybe consider going somewhere else for a defrosted meat pie and chips at bargain prices because this place is not set up for that.

If you love fantastic seafood in a mature environment of a beautiful and quaint old pub, then this place is for you.

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Thank woodielisa
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Nice food, but poor atmosphere”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

I took my family who were visiting the IOW for Sunday lunch, and left disappointed. The food itself was nice, if the portions were a little small. What let the occasion down was the middle aged barman, who hardly me and my party feel welcome, with his slightly sneering service, and poor customer service.

I will be visiting other pubs on the IOW who make more of an effort to make all their guest welcome.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank ruwaylander
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Ham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Easter Breakaway to the IOW”
Reviewed 9 April 2014

This most certainly is NOT the best pub on the Island. The service was awful the food was awful & the ambience was awful. The food came out cold, The Pork Loin was like rubber, the Rump Steak was so chewy I had to spit it out, The chicken & Mushroom was appalling. The staff were nowhere to be seen and to top it all they plonked a sackfull of new potatoes on a side plate to feed at least 20 people that did not look apertizing at all!!!! and after all that we were hit with a bill of £95.00 for an absoloute disgrace of a meal!!!!

Please do not go here and waste your money when there are some wonderful places to eat on the Island.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Lynda J
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