RTCaféGrill : A New Restaurant for the Isle of Wight Opening in Spring


Chef Robert Thompson MBE Introduces RTCaféGrill

This Spring, RTCaféGrill will launch in Ryde, Isle of Wight, opening its doors officially on Thursday the 7th of March 2024.

Led by Chef Robert Thompson MBE, RTCaféGrill will open on the ground floor of Royal Maritime House, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will have a laid-back vibe, with a long bar flanked with bar stools and bar tables looking out over the Solent.

The menu will offer dishes such as the house grass-fed beef burger, linguini carbonara and yellow-fin tuna salad niçoise.

Separately, on the lower ground floor will be Thompson’s, moving from its Newport location this February.  The restaurant will open in its new surroundings in Autumn 2024 and is ideal for those seeking to enjoy a more formal drink or fine dining meal.


Chef Robert comments: “I am thrilled to bring some great news to Ryde by introducing a new dining venue with RTCaféGrill. We are also looking forward to bringing our Newport restaurant Thompson’s to life in the same space, creating two genuine neighbourhood venues. On moving to Ryde, we wanted to give locals, visitors and international travellers the chance to experience a new dining destination, whether they want to enjoy a bottle of wine at the bar, a family lunch with the kids, or a relaxed evening meal, discovering some of the very best ingredients from across the Isle of Wight. My first-class team is ready to lead my new restaurant concept that puts local talent, local suppliers, and local produce centre-stage and this next chapter is a really exciting one for our entire team and also for the Isle. We’re looking forward to opening the doors and welcoming everyone this March.”





I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

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