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“Quaint, quirky and delicious”

Dimbola Museum & Galleries
Ranked #5 of 13 things to do in Freshwater
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Home and workplace of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Visit for: - Year round exhibits celebrating Julia's life and work - Vintage cameras - Programme of changing exhibitions - Victorian dressing-up room - Isle of Wight Festival displays - FREE entry to the award-winning Tea Room and Museum Gift Shop Lively programme of talks and events, check website for further information. Coach parties and large groups welcome, please book in advance. Group and tour rates available.
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Visited Dimbola Gallery at the weekend and it really is quite a gem. Not only the former home of the truly trailblazing photographer Julia Margaret Cameron - imagine taking up photography at 48 in the Victorian era she must have been quite the character - it also holds contemporary exhibitions. Currently hosting Silent Portraits by Honza Sakar, a remarkable photographer who uses the same processes at Cameron to create sublime portraits. Then to our delight the cafe was serving Homity Pie, a Cranks staple. Service was a little slow but we weren't in a rush.

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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

We stopped here for tea and cake as we were staying in an apartment across the road. All the cake is homemade and everything fresh so be prepared to wait a while. We were not in a hurry and were quite chilled out with time to spare so didn’t mind too much but there were people complaining about the wait time. We had freshly made scones with jam and cream and the carrot cake, which was amazing! Would definitely recommend and will be returning but be prepared to be patient, this is not a fast food restaurant and everything is done with love and care.

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Reviewed 26 May 2018

Having decided to have a birthday lunch at Dimbola, it was a great disappointment. Having ordered two sandwiches and two drinks, one solitary drink arrived at the table. The waitress seemed most surprised. Both drinks appeared after a few more minutes. We were then surprised to see a member of staff arrive with three loaves of bread as it turned out they'd run out. Sandwiches then started to slowly appear for the other tables but no sign of ours.

After a further wait, whilst we finished our drinks, my husband went to enquire where our lunch was - the kitchen could not find the order (perhaps this is why we didn't get the correct drinks to begin with??) and promised to make them immediately. However, after almost 10 minutes there was still no sign of them and we decided we'd had enough so he went to ask for a refund. It turned out they'd run out of salad and would we like to take our sandwiches with us?? Incredulous!

So a 45 minute wait for nothing. How can a cafe be surprised on a pleasant spring day that people would like to eat lunch at lunchtime? Very disappointing, we won't return.

Thank 381rjw
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Dimbola Lodge Museum tells the story of Julia Margaret Cameron and her photography well. The other exhibitions on when we visited were really interesting - Jan Ramscar "Plants in a Different Light" (stunningly beautiful botanical photograms created without camera) and Pete Johnstone "West Wight People and Place" (folk who live and work in the area).
The best bit for me was the cafe - no entry charge - tempting and tasty home made cakes and coffee/tea served by happy, friendly ladies.

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Reviewed 26 April 2018

We had afternoon tea in the cafe next door and you get a ticket to the museum .
Very interesting and even more fun as you can try on costumes .
Thank you for a great time

Thank carolestrawson
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