The Hambrough

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Situated above Ventnor Bay on the southern reaches of the Isle of Wight, The Hambrough looks every inch the imposing Victorian stone villa, but the interior is bang up to date with boutique stylings and tremendous sea views from the windows of the dining room. Following the departure of chef/proprietor Robert Thompson, the hotel is now in new hands and the owners have brought in Darren Beevers (ex-Club Gascon) to head up the kitchen. Expect high-end contemporary cooking inspired by produce from the island and beyond: to start you might go for white and green asparagus with pork crackling, black garlic and sorrel Chantilly, before sampling seared loin of lamb with seaweed carrots, confit lemon, cauliflower and oyster ice cream or a plate of roasted turbot, broccoli, quinoa, sea herbs and pickled cockles dressed with crab bisque. Well-chosen wines too.

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The Hambrough

Hambrough Road ,Ventnor PO38 1SQ

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by   platinum reviewer (122)

Sep 2009

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Ventnor is not the most beautiful resort, but up and away from the brash seafront, in contrast sits the Hambrough where the cooking goes hand in hand with the elevated position. Highly pleasant muted designer surroundings are harmonised from exterior through to well appointed rooms, where an Espresso machine could be the highlight for some. Aside from Square Meal, Good Food Guide and Michelin accolades, upon sampling, it is easy to understand why the food has to be the most exciting on the island....

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 10

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The Hambrough

Hambrough Road ,Ventnor PO38 1SQ

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by   platinum reviewer (65)

Sep 2009

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Now comfortably offering the best food on the island, Michelin starred and deservedly so. Down the road from the much more established Royal Hotel, The Hanborough has arguablydone more than any other establishment to put the Isle of Wight well and truely on the hospitality map, boutique contemporary hotel, that I havent stayed in only because I have a house no more than five miles down the road, it looks like it caters for a demanding crowd. The current Head Chef, whose name escapes me, has been...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 9

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  • Address: Hambrough Road, Ventnor PO38 1SQ
  • Telephone: 01983 856333
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  • Opening Times: Wed-Sun 12N-1.30 Tues-Sat 6.30-9.30pm

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