Never has the appetite for high quality food been so high. Consumers are increasingly interested in the provenance of what they eat and its presentation – and above all they want their meals to be delicious. From the outside it’s not always easy to tell if a restaurant is going to deliver the goods, which is why various institutions have established awards for foods. It’s no small achievement to win an award and the Isle of Wight is proud of its fair share of accolades.
The highly praised Royal Hotel resides in the coastal town of Ventnor. The Royal has been listed in every Michelin Guide since it was first published in 1911 and has held two AA rosettes for over fifteen years. The two-rosette Lakeside Park Hotel in Wootton is a much more modern establishment where you can expect up-to-the- minute cooking techniques.
In the east Wight, the historic Priory Bay Hotel, with its estate of gardens, woodlands and even its own beach, has an AA rosette for its fine dining menu based around local seafood and game. The nearby Seaview Hotel is well known for its local produce; it even has its own farm. In St Helens is Dan’s Kitchen, this smart neighbourhood eatery boasts fine dining without the fuss and and also caters well for vegetarians.
Visit Tasteofthewight.co.uk to find out more about Fine Dining on the Isle of Wight.