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Looking out over a pretty lily pond in the village of Bonchurch, this bijou sibling of The Hambrough in Ventnor has heaps of charm and an
alfresco terrace for long sunny lunches. Following a change of ownership, the kitchen has moved away from its familiar Mediterranean themes and now majors on more creative contemporary dishes –
from an on-trend starter of cured mackerel with salted peanuts and cucumber kimchi bursting with bittersweet flavours to a rich dish of presa ibérica with Swiss chard and pastrami oats invigorated
with freshly shaved pear. Foraged ingredients (including the ubiquitous local wild garlic) are also put to good use – witness plaice with samphire, or roast chicken with sea kale. Isle of Wight
cheeses and spot-on desserts such as a huge peanut butter macaroon are also worth exploring.
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