Following my review of the Spa and Afternoon Tea at the Lakeside Park Hotel, I decided to make the most of a lunch time visit to Three Buoys Restaurant and make it the focus of my second post in the Isle of Wight section of my blog.
Situated above the Appley Beach Café, Three Buoys restaurant in Ryde is in the enviable position of overlooking Appley Bay and I recently visited for a spot of lunch with my friend, Nikki. Arriving at about 12:50 pm, it was mildly busy with about half of the inside tables occupied by small groups and families, and a bigger group celebrating a birthday. Not having booked, a quick check on availability led to us being seated inside at a table for two. Inside, attractive wooden décor is enriched with hues of cream, white, blue and green. However, with the sunshine breaking through the clouds, we opted to sit outside on the balcony.
Although not bathed in the April sunshine, it was a pleasantly warm day with little breeze and a beautifully clear view of Portsmouth. Families, couples, and horses and riders were out and about, making the most of the warmer day and low tide. In addition, customers of the Appley Beach Café, enjoying burgers, fries and drinks, populated the tables below.
The menu, although not overly extensive, offers a tempting choice of nibbles, starters, mains, sides and desserts. With no car, I opted for a glass of rose at £6.50 per large 250ml measure. Chilled, subtle and delicious, an order was then placed for a further glass to sit back and enjoy in the sunshine.
Three Buoys - Mussels
With a relatively light lunch in mind, Nikki opted for a starter of mussels in a tomato and chorizo sauce with garlic croute (£7.50) and a side of skinny fries (£3.50). I, unusually, opted for a vegetarian choice of gin battered halloumi with lemon salted fries, tarragon pea puree, and caper and gherkin mayonnaise (£13.50).
Nikki thoroughly enjoyed her meal, as did I. However, I have to admit that, as per my usual style, I ended up with food envy. This was purely down personal taste and preference on the day. Attractive presentation and beautifully cooked, the food was a delight. Nikki was particularly pleased with having relished mussels in a sauce differing from the more familiar cream based varieties.
Three Buoys - Gin battered halloumi
In terms of service, the staff were attentive but not overbearing, checking occasionally that all was well with our visit. Polite and quick to attend to anything requested, the ladies serving were smiley and the food delivery time was perfect.
With just a couple of menu items sampled on this occasion, I am keen to revisit to try more.
Have you ever visited Three Buoys and witnessed the stunning view? I would absolutely recommend it based on my experience, particularly on a sunny day or calm, balmy evening. For more information, Three Buoys' website has up to date information on their opening hours and menu.