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“It might be old-fashioned, but the food and service was great”
Review of Tollgate Cafe

Tollgate Cafe
Ranked #14 of 24 Restaurants in Bembridge
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed November 11, 2013

I was visiting family on the Isle of Wight and after doing some jobs during the morning we were hungry. This old fashioned café offered exactly what we wanted.
You can sit outside - I am sure these tables are busy in the summer with people watching the passing boats. But we chose a table indoors next to a window
I had a cheese and ham toastie which was freshly cooked and served with a lovely salad garnish. The chips were great too.
We were saying that you can't beat a cup of tea from a big teapot - you can really taste the difference to what modern chains offer.
Tollgate Café also sells holiday souvenirs - rock, mugs etc. It also has a table of second hand books for sale with profits going to a local hospice.
I would love to go back on a hot, sunny day - though I am not so sure I would get a seat so easily!

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1  Thank trefoil9
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

The Tollgate is located in a great position in Bembridge, right on the edge of the harbour. You can while away the time and watch the boats come in and out, or look at the swans who beg for crumbs by the back door. It's like stepping back into childhood - a genuine old fashioned cafe run by a lovely family. There is nothing pretentious bout the Tollgate; if you want a big mug of tea and some freshly made sandwiches, this is where to come. But they also have a very wide range of choice on the blackboard behind the counter and on the menu, everything from fish and chips, full breakfast, toasted tea cakes or even a lunchtime curry. Everything is fresh and made with care. A great place to stop for a bite to eat. They also sell very good second hand books, souvenirs, sweets, ice-cream, little gifts and hand-made items. There is a poster displaying the bus times, and lots of notices showing local events. I love everything about this place.

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1  Thank Georgina M
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

If you are looking for a genuine cafe, where you can get a decent mug of tea and a toasted tea cake at a reasonable price, then this the place. It has been family run for donkeys years, the service is personal and engaging, the old style cafe food is cooked fresh, it tastes good and the wait is never that long, the location is lovely and if you need to pick up a quick present there is a reasonable selection of souvenirs to choose from including of course and Isle of Wight tea towel.

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1  Thank Peter_wiwi
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Enjoyed our lunch. People were lovely. The chips were lovely. Nice to watch the boats go by. The food is traditional cafe grub and we really received a personal service.

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2  Thank sarahwright76
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

A small café in a superb location, the tollgate café has all of the classic café meals at really affordable prices. We visited several times during our holiday and the meals were consistently good. The food was really tasty and the service was quick and friendly. We will be back!

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3  Thank Catcor76
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