Without doubt one of the islands top restaurant. The hotel is set in what was a 17th century water-front town house, next to the little castle, and the town has grown around it. The wood-panelled dining room has heavy curtains giving it an air of opulence.
A set Tasting Menu is the name of the game here, with à la carte option offered in The Conservatory Restaurant.
A Spring snapshot of their frequently-changing men listed ‘Cod, Fennel, Shrimp & Cucumber’; ‘Duck, Rhubarb & Leek Cannelloni’; ‘Chicken with Spring Greens, Shitake & Foie Gras Sauce’; ‘Rib of Beef with Potato Cake & Cauliflower Cheese’ and White Chocolate Parfait & Soil with Raspberry Sorbet & Purée’.
The cooking is ambitious, and flavours and combinations generally work well.
The dining room has splendid views over the Solent.
The less ambitious brasserie-style restaurant The Conservatory, keeps longer hours.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: The Conservatory Brasserie is open all week12.00-14.30
- Dinner: Weds-Sat 18.39-21.30; Tasting Menu £45 (5 courses) - plus a la carte in Conservatory, mains about £15 to £18
- Seats: 65, plus 100 outside
- Wine: A carefully-chosen wine list has fair mark-ups
- Children's portions: No, and children under 10, in main restaurant
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Directions: Near to the fort - see the map on this page
- Parking: Pay & Display
- Air conditioned
- Rooms available