Newtown – Isle of Wight

Newtown church.

Newtown is a fascinating little village that has been settled since before the Norman conquest. It is now overseen by the National Trust and is definitely worth a visit.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newtown%2C_Isle_of_Wight

Looking out over the marshes to the natural harbour at Newtown

Samphire in it’s natural habitat!  Samphire (also known as glasswort) is a succulent plant that grows in salty estuary areas. It is lovely eaten raw (although salty!) or cooked in a stir fry or steamed.

Newtown harbour

Cashew nut and vegetable paella at the New Inn, Shalfleet. An old favourite of ours and only a few minutes drive from Newtown. The perfect watering hole for lunch.

Roast beef and gravy.

Children’s serve of fresh cod and chips. This was so tender!

Shalfleet

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Shalfleet is one of our favourite villages on the Island, and The New Inn,  it’s pub is one of our favourite pubs. We went there this week just for a lazy mid-week treat.

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Shared a smoked mackerel pate starter with homemade piccalilli.

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Then steak with red peppercorn sauce and a wild mushroom risotto

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Then a wander around the church and churchyard. On a foggy and wintry day it was very atmospheric and I hoped there might be ghosts…… it certainly felt very ghosty!!

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The inside of the church is austere and lovely.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shalfleet

http://thenew-inn.co.uk/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_St_Michael_the_Archangel,_Shalfleet