By Sara Bryce
Sunday, March 10, 2013
A WEST Wight beach-side restaurant has closed its doors for the last time.
Barefoot on the Beach in Colwell Bay, which opened in the summer of 2011, closed permanently at the end of the season in November last year.
Owner Fraser Lloyd Jones said: "As busy as we were, with it just being a summer venue, it wasn’t enough.
"We’re now moving to the mainland at the end of this month. We have to go where the work is, which unfortunately is not on the Island."
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by Julian Fry
11th March 2013, at 12:30:50
I have some old black & white fotos, from the days we used to stay in old 'holiday' railway carriage. Nr a place called Brambles, I seem to recall.Yes it was fun....Must have been the late 50s.
by Claire Bennett
11th March 2013, at 10:56:24
This is such a shame, great food, great company wil be sorely missed. Good luck guys
by Richard Walker
11th March 2013, at 10:04:09
I used to make an effort to go to Crusoe's for the £5 winter warmers. Good value, good view. This was the wrong place for posh nosh. Making the car park payable all year round did not help either. Why charge when virtually no one is about? It must cost more than the takings to pay a machine-emptying person.
by ? ?
11th March 2013, at 09:59:19
I once had a friend ask for a bag of chips and they told them to basically "jog on " and go up the cabin ...over priced food to be honest . It has nothing to do with the landslide quiet alot of people know why they closed but would not like to say on her !!!!!
by Jim Buchanan
11th March 2013, at 09:47:33
It's a shame its gone as there are plenty of 'bucket and spade' greasy spoon sandwich affairs around. Quality food is needed on this Island and if it was too expensive for some then there are plenty of establishments which aren't. We need diversity of choice, and people DO travel for quality and generally the money will filter through the community, via suppliers, etc so please don't knock places for trying to be better than many of the others around.
by b ward
11th March 2013, at 08:51:02
the name says it all for me. Sure its quieter in the winter, but that means usislanders can get in places and enjoy them with less crowds. Why publishthis as a put down for the island, we have fantastic eateries that manageall year round.
by Mike Crowe
10th March 2013, at 17:53:47
"" they piled up your tray with a pot of tea, sandwiches, fizzy pop etc and off you went ""With a 2/6d deposit .... or was it a pricey 5/0d deposit? (Feel certain it was Half a Crown) ...... foreign money to today's nippers ;-)
by Richard Taylor
10th March 2013, at 16:47:53
No Lee, I think it shut before the landslide although it won't help the new owners. When I was a kid down at Colwell the cafes used to offer a beach tray service, they piled up your tray with a pot of tea, sandwiches, fizzy pop etc and off you went ! Bring it back I say!
by DAVE SCOTT
10th March 2013, at 16:20:26
Richard's right - wrong food aimed at the wrong people !! Too many places on the Island think that 'normal' Islanders are likely to pay top whack for a small lump of something, with a few colourful leaves and a drizzle of sauce!Apparently the 'new' owners will continue this tradition - no chance.....
by Lee Majors
10th March 2013, at 15:53:32
So,, nothing to do with the sea wall footpath being closed? I would have said that, sued the council or at least get them to fix the dang thing!What can I say Fraser, We're doomed!!!!
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