Little Gems




A  seven day eating holiday on the Isle of Wight

2012/13 reviews



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Former award winning Isle of Wight Chef Angela Hewitt has visited some 80 eateries on the Island. The rest will not be tested due to disappointing menus at the offset

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Why do some eateries refuse to take credit/debit cards if a customer spends less than 5 in some cases 10. It's is a kind of punishment for not spending enough. In some cases they even make a profit on this customer by making a surcharge of 1.00. When all cards are based on around 1.5 %- 2% interest The charge say on a cup of coffee of 2.25 of a pound is a bit steep. I very rarely have cash on me so often where I eat lunch is dependent upon who will fine me for not spending enough. With an increasing number of solo diners it's about time these places reassessed their customer service policy.

NB. I have frequently walked out of a place after ordering soup and being told that instead of 4.25 it will cost me 5.25 if I pay by card - so, they lost a customer

Padmore Lodge, Beatrice Avenue, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6LP