Fine dining on the Isle of Wight

We all know that the Isle of Wight is one of the nation’s favourite locations for a bucket and spade holiday. But did you know that the Island also boasts some serious luxury destinations? From hotels to restaurants and tucked away self-catering gems, come and indulge…

Fabulous Hideaways

Get some friends together and head for The Hermitage, a beautiful rural country house in 11 acres of private grounds. From the moment you arrive in the elegant entrance hall with its sweeping staircase you won’t be disappointed. There’s a games room, a separate gym, ten en suite bedrooms and a terrace for al fresco lunches. Dating from the 17th century, historic Northcourt Manor is the perfect setting for a family gathering, a celebration or even a wedding. There’s a paddock for games, fifteen acres of gardens to wander and the wonderful Manor itself – close your eyes and think Jane Austen…

Enjoy amazing sunsets, panoramic sea views and all that Ventnor has to offer from your base at Isle of Wight Luxury Apartments. Elegant, contemporary, with a large balcony and only a stone's throw away from the beach and harbour, you can enjoy a sundowner before venturing out. Overlooking the sea in Bonchurch is Sea Shells by the Beach which is the wing of Sea Shell House and has been renovated to an excellent standard with great sensitivity and a wonderful use of light and colour. It has a beautiful outside space almost on the beach ideal for bird spotting, wave watching or enjoying a cocktail!

If you love to walk, then Yafford Mill Barn is a good starting point. Awarded a Gold 5 star rating, it  provides light and spacious accommodation to the highest standards with Travertine tiled bathrooms and Egyptian cotton bed linen and bath towels.  Much of this beautiful coastal region is protected by the National Trust and is a wonderful walking area and the quiet and unspoilt beaches of Brighstone and Brook are within a 5-minute drive. For those with an interest in bygone ages, the Art Deco House, Marine Villa  will tick lots of boxes. Apart from the stunning views over Sandown Bay, there are stained glass windows, an oak panelled hallway and a galleried landing as well as an upstairs sunroom to enjoy the views.

Fine Dining

Here on the isle of Wight we have some amazing places to eat which make the very best use of our local Island produce, breweries and views. If you want to treat yourself to some fabulous food, then read on…

Robert Thompson and his band of chefs provide fine dining at its finest at his eponymous restaurant in Newport. From a very reasonably priced set lunch menu to a la carte and tasting menus, you will come away feeling that you have had a truly memorable experience. The Bistro in Ventnor may be small, but it is perfectly formed with an open kitchen serving traditional bistro style dishes. All ingredients are sourced locally and many of the vegetables come from the restaurant’s own garden. Add home baked bread and Ventnor Springs water and you’ll almost be a local! Tucked away in a corner of Cowes and ideal for an intimate dinner, Number Three has a delicious, well curated menu and an even lovelier ambiance and it’s one of Cowes’ best kept secrets.

For spectacular sea views and sunsets, you can zig zig the Island. The Little Gloster can not only provide the scenery, but an award-winning menu with shellfish, Island produce and a special pasta day with a selection of freshly made pastas. The Three Buoys overlooking the beach at Appley is a wonderful spot on summer evenings when you can sit out on their balcony and watch the world go by whilst enjoying some amazing food. They also do an excellent Sunday lunch. And for the ultimate in seaside eating, head to the Hut at Colwell Bay. You can be taxied by RIB in from your mooring to the restaurant and back again for that film star vibe and enjoy seafood and fine wines before repairing back to your yacht.

Luxury Hotels

For some of us the ultimate luxury is staying in a fantastic hotel where you don’t have to make the bed, there are spa treatments on tap and a restaurant just downstairs and here on the Isle of Wight we’re spoiled for choice.

Boutique hotel, North House is beautifully decorated and has got not just wonderful service, a log fire in winter, a terrace in summer and a swimming pool but also a fabulous restaurant for lunch and dinner. Hidden away at the back of Cowes, it’s a brilliantly thought out space with delicious food, wellies for walks, and books and magazines to while away the hours. The Seaview Hotel offers you just that – sea views with the beach and sea just a hop away down the road. The Restaurant, under Head Chef Bruce Theobald, has won a Michelin Bib Gourmand for exceptional food at affordable prices for five consecutive years and also holds 2 AA Rosettes so you won’t need to go anywhere else for dinner.

For old fashioned elegance and luxury with a modern twist, both the Royal Hotel in Ventnor and The George in Yarmouth fit the bill beautifully. The Royal’s Wellbeing weekend retreats are the ultimate way to chill out and unwind if decompression is what is required and with their sumptuous afternoon teas and fine dinners, you won’t want to leave. The George has undergone a programme of renovation and now has a romantic Italian garden overlooking the water as well as bedrooms which have been designed with comfort completely in mind. There’s also the Conservatory Restaurant which allows you to dine indoors in more inclement weather in style and the Garden Bar for sunnier days.

Channel your inner Peter Crouch and stay at Haven Hall, a luxurious country house hotel overlooking the sea with fourteen en-suite bedrooms including six suites with attached living rooms. Built in 1908, it has just completed a multi- million- pound renovation project to restore it to its Edwardian splendour and you can arrive by helicopter should you wish to. You could get your hygge on at Hillside in its harmonious interior with Scandinavian influences in this 18th century thatched country house which backs onto National Trust land  and overlooks Ventnor with panoramic views providing dramatic yet understated elegance.

Getting Here

However you’re travelling, it couldn’t be easier to get to the Isle of Wight via Lymington, Southampton, Southsea or Portsmouth. There are regular rail connections to the south coast via SWR.

Travelling as a foot passenger is simple due to our excellent transport links with trains, buses, foot passenger ferries and our hovercraft service.

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