Review on The Hambrough
Overlooking Ventnor Bay on the southern reaches of the Isle of Wight, the Hambrough Hotel is reaping the benefits of a thorough and extensive refit. At first glance it still looks like an imposing Victorian stone villa, but inside it now has all the pizzazz and style of a contemporary boutique hotel.
There are spectacular sea views from the windows of the aptly named Ocean Restaurant – a minimalist dining room dominated by a fine marble fireplace. New chef Darren Beevers is now at the stoves having honed his culinary skills at a number of Michelin restaurants including Chez Bruce, The Capital, Le Poussin at Whitley Ridge, Pollen Street Social and more recently as Head Chef at one-Michelin starred Club Gasgon.
Menus reflect the seasons and draw the best out of the local larder as in mackerel and octopus escabeche, Isle of Wight tomatoes, radish, avocado tempura and squid ink amongst the starters, following on with a main course of seared loin of lamb, seaweed carrots, confit lemon, cauliflower and oyster ice cream. Desserts also put on a breathtaking show, whether it's a strawberry and basil caramelised puff pastry with basil meringue, compressed strawberries and strawberry sorbet or Manjari chocolate ganache, sweetcorn sorbet, sherry raisins and white coffee ice cream. Imaginatively chosen French wines dominate the concise, fairly priced list.
The Hambrough is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA Guide
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Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 1.30pm Tue-Sun
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.30pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card