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From fine dining to boutique beach cafes, the Isle of Wight has a lot to offer. Taste some of the freshest seafood and fish in the United Kingdom with our guide to eating on the Isle of Wight.
The prestigious Priory Bay Hotel has two restaurants for diners to choose from, both of which have achieved an incredible reputation. The informal Priory Oyster concentrates mainly on seafood caught and prepared on nearby beaches. Paired with local, often organic wines and beers, these dishes were described ecstatically by Rick Stein in his Seafood Lover’s Guide. The Island Room is designed for a truly exclusive, luxury experience. In its intimate setting, diners can enjoy seafood, game, mushrooms and vegetables foraged on the Hotel’s estate, along with little known wines and other exciting local produce. The Hotel also offers one of the Island’s most famous and lavish afternoon teas.
Priory Bay Hotel, Priory Drive, Seaview, Isle of Wight, UK, +44 1983 613146
Since it opened in 2010, the family run Little Gloster has caused a stir among diners, receiving spectacular reviews from publications including the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail. Both the menu and décor of this hotel restaurant have a nautical theme. Deliciously simple, seasonal British and Scandinavian dishes shine in a wooden, Danish style seaside house adorned with nautical artworks. Chef Ben Cooke frequently draws on his Danish ancestry for inspiration and both vegetarians and carnivores are excellently catered for, with options as appetising as courgette pakora, red pepper coulis, charred aubergine & chickpeas, and fresh Danish style caviar & buttered Danish spelt bread. The restaurant is ideally located for sailors and sea lovers in the coastal village of Gurnard, just three kilometres away from Cowes.
The Little Gloster, 31 Marsh Rd, Gurnard, Isle of Wight, UK, +44 1983 298776