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23 August 2014
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The Island Room at Priory Bay Hotel

Priory Bay Hotel, Priory Drive, Seaview, Isle of Wight PO34 5BU

Modern European Isle of Wight
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  • Wine: £22.00
  • Champagne: £42.00
  • Dinner: £55/£65/£85 (5/7/12 courses)
  • Opening Hours: Wed-Sat 7-9.30pm

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Helicopter-loads of wealthy weekenders attest to the pulling power of this swanky hotel – a magnet for fans of luxurious accommodation and stunning food. The intimate Island Room restaurant is prettily adorned with frescoes depicting the region, while local boy Oliver Stephens eschews gastro-wizardry in favour of a tight focus on ingredients. Just about everything is sourced from the island, and the constantly evolving 12-course ‘blind tasting’ menu reflects Stephens’ time in cutting-edge kitchens including Noma. Tantalising trailers such as ‘raw bass’ give little away, but the results are spectacular: blackened baby onions with rich truffled butter; a limpid rose-pink broth of home-cured ham poured over pungent pickled wild garlic, and the pièce de résistance – a thick, juicy rib of prime beef, finished to smoky perfection on the barbecue. Stephens modestly serves the dishes himself, while childhood buddie James Trevaskis matches them with interesting tipples.

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    Essential Details for The Island Room at Priory Bay Hotel

    • Address: Priory Bay Hotel, Priory Drive, Seaview, Isle of Wight PO34 5BU
    • Telephone: 01983 613146
    • Website:
    • Opening Hours: Wed-Sat 7-9.30pm

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