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The Orrery

15 Union Street, Ryde PO33 2DU, England
01983 568 555
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Ranked #42 of 67 Restaurants in Ryde
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Vegetarian
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Description: The cafe has one of the finest planetariums within, which is operated by a coin in a slot! The artwork features characters from Lewis Carroll's two books, 'Alice in Wonderland' and ''Through the Looking Glass'. The tables are mirrored, to reflect the stars, sun and earth. Through the cafe is the Don McGill museum, featuring hundreds of postcards, some of which were banned in the 1950's, for lewdness!! But, very tame by today's standards!! A fantastic, inexpensive eatery!
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English first
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We stopped here for lunch - we had issues finding it at first as they've changed the name (but have forgotten the new one!!) The staff were very welcoming - we had two dogs with us and they allowed us to sit near the entrance as long as the mutts behaved! The food was lovely but unfortunately although the sandwiches... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Found this place by chance on a rainy afternoon. Just looking for somewhere to have hot drinks and had walked past a couple of cafes as they didn't look up to much. Stopped at the Orrery because it had a saucy postcard museum, didn't particularly intend having anything to eat or drink there, certainly glad we did. We ordered the... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

The place is lovely, we had a really nice cream tea with fresh strawberry, the scones where freshly made and the clothed was really god! The surrounding is amazing! Alice in Wonderland-themed, with ceiling and walls all covered with the famous illustration from the book and weird mirrors. The tables too were mirrored. The place was lovely, and all the... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Having ordered two cream teas, my girlfriend and I sat at one of the mirrored tables and enjoyed the fascinating wallpaper and "solar system". An unusual and interesting cafe, although our cream teas took a little longer than expected...wow, they were worth the wait. I'm an affecionado of cream teas and was amazed by them! We couldn't believe or eyes... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We just wanted something light for lunch and this cafe seemed nice when we looked through the door. As there was only 1 other couple in the place, we thought we could be in and out within 45 mins. We were wrong. We ordered 2 gourmet haloumi burgers, a miso soup, one glass of wine and 1 bottle of beer.... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

I was there with my family, during my one-day trip to Ryde. The bar is well decorated with a lot of small globes around and a universe scenery on the ceiling. We had a cream tea and some juices. Freshly prepared and served. The price was reasonable.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Five of us just off the boat and desperate for coffee. This place looked interesting with all the globes and mirrors. I much prefer to frequent individual coffee houses, and drink from proper cups. We just had coffee, but the waiter was attentive and the coffee lovely & strong.The couple next to us were tucking into scones with fresh strawberries,... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We are veggies and when I saw this place I had to go in - menu looked simple with only a few choices on it. However, it was empty when we arrived and 3 other people came after us. We ordered and waited, and waited, and waited. We have two kids and they were going crazy waiting for their food... More

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012 via mobile

I can't really find the words to describe this place. The coffee and cake are fine and a toasted sandwich will be ok too. But where else are you greeted by a faux mirror globe where you might be forgiven for looking for your own reflection in it only to see a dinosaur running down the street behind you. Take... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

If you are in Ryde then visit this place. A little gem tucked away behind pillars. We had very fresh panini's accompanied with salad and tasty dressing plus a variety of crisps. Shop is also entertaning in its own right with a display on the ceiling of an orrery plus a little museum at the back on historical postcards.

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Additional Information about The Orrery

Address: 15 Union Street, Ryde PO33 2DU, England
Phone Number: 01983 568 555
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  Ryde
Open Hours:
Monday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm  7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisine: Vegetarian

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