Thursday 18 May 2017

Travel: candy coated Shanklin

What's that saying? "If travel was free you'd never see me again." Last summer you saw Graham and I travel to Portugal and I thought it was about time I posted some (candy coated) snapshots from our trip to the Isle of Wight which occurred a few months later. We've frequented the island a few times now and always stay in Shanklin, a picturesque little place with lots of adorable shops, pubs, cafes, amusements and the promise of sandy beaches close by. We like a chilled out peaceful place when vacationing (we prefer countryside breaks and beach escapes to city life) so the IOW is ideal for us. Not gonna lie to ya, the candy coated colours in Shanklin make for a pastel pretty backdrop, and what blogger in their right mind doesn't want that when strolling along on vacay? THAT SWEETSHOP THO. I honestly fell in love. The perfect pink punchy hue, the beaut balloons. God, my heart. Isle of Sweets? Isle of Paradise I say.
One of Shankin's most loved sweet shops, The Rock shop, is one of our favourite haunts. It takes me back to being a kid too, when I used to go on family holidays to the IOW with my mum + dad. Last year I picked up a stack of retro sweet bracelets which have come in handy to rock as chokers; the perfect ironic 90s accessory when shooting a candylicious look for Instagram. Who says candy is for eating? So 1989 darling (hair flick). The array of sweets inside are pretty impressive and the retro vibe certainly makes for the lack of Starbucks branches on the island (one, hear me cry!) Am I alone in thinking the decor looks good enough to eat? Because it truly does. And that's before you even get indoors.... 
We indulged in a slab of angel cake with cups of tea and hot chocolate at The Strawberry Thatch, a cutesy tea room brimming over with flowers surrounding their outdoor seats. We loved it so much that we ventured there several more times before we left the island. Armed with our reading material (Graham with his Marvel comics, me with my Adele Parks novel), we sat down and whiled away several hours in the sunshine. I've been trying to hunt down an angel cake slice that's as good as this ever since, but alas. 
One of the lovely things about Shanklin is that the shops often stay open a little later during the summer. After an evening game of mini golf or a majestic walk along The Chine, gift shops like Pencil Cottage are great to browse in. Pencil Cottage also had a tea room and gardens but we ran out of time to try out their range of tea and cakes. Because we are the cake connoisseurs to end all cake connoisseurs. 
Last but not least, The Old Thatch Teashop was somewhere we sought shelter in a few years back from torrential rain and for some lovely home cooked food. The eye catching old worldly theme was welcoming and after chatting to the owner we discovered he was from Rochester, the place Graham and I first met and had our first date at (and is fairly local to both of us). Obviously we didn't ask him what had attracted him to move so away from Kent in the first place (the pink sweet shop, what else?!) 

Have you ever been to the Isle of Wight?
What do you make of Shanklin? 



  1. Oh my goodness Sophie, this place looks adorable! I've never been but would love to take my little girl. All the pretty pinks and pastels are perfect. Sounds like you had a brilliant time, and your photos are beautiful.


  2. This looks like a real life candy land! xx

  3. Oh wow, Shanklin looks stunning! That thatched roof though! Also, how delicious does that angel cake look, I really want to go to Shanklin now.
    Also, you mentioned Adele Parks, I love her books :)

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  4. What a cute little place! All of those buildings are so picturesque and quaint! I'm glad you had a lovely time there :) That cake looks amazing too! xxx

  5. can always trust you to fill my screen with beautiful colour! such a lovely bright post xxx

    Liz | LotsofLoveLiz

  6. Aw this post floods me with memories, I used to go here every year as a child on family holidays and it's just as I remember it. The buildings are so pretty and cute but I have to admit that most of my memories are mostly of Blackgang Chine and the endless amount of soft toys that my uncle used to win us in the arcades. I've always wanted to go back as an adult but my anxiety has always stopped me from stepping foot on a ferry but I'm hoping one day soon I'll be able to again :) xx

  7. I lived on the Isle of Wight (in Shanklin) for 14 years. Seeing your photos brought back some really happy memories :) xx

  8. Such a fantastic place! These pastel buildings look so cute!
    I would like to visit this place:)


  9. It almost look like a magical place.. I would love to go there! :)


  10. This place is so pink! I'm digging it! Haha!

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  11. That cake is so cute and now I'm craving cake ahaha. The pink tea shop is adorable.


  12. The Old Thatch Teashop is quite possibly THE cutest thing I'm going to see all week - the perfect spot for a home-cooked meal, by the sound of it :) I love your attachment to the colour pink Sophie, always love reading/seeing your posts!!

  13. I have never been to the Isle of Wight, and had no idea it was so pretty! No wonder you love it there. The angel cake looks incredible! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  14. For me even just seeing thatched roofs would be a sight in itself, as far as I know we have nothing like that in Aus. This place looks so damn picturesque, like a little town out of a fairytale book or something. That Angel cake looks bloody amazing as well!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  15. Everything is so deliciously sweet looking! Those cottages are the cutest shops I've even seen. This place looks magical! Such a perfect vacay getaway, babe!!

  16. I was lucky enough to have a few holidays there when I was a small child in flares (70's) I wish I had seen this side of the IOW rather than the more scary dinosaurs in Blackgang Chine!

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