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Gourmet evening at The Royal Hotel

I recently had the pleasure of attending the first Gourmet Evening at The Royal Hotel, Ventnor under the talented tenure of new Head Chef Steven Harris. Unsure of quite what to expect, what unfolded was an evening of clever concoctions, delectable flavours and convivial company, describes Cath Ouston.   This...

December treats from the garden and beyond

As winter approaches, we are less inclined to spend time outdoors, choosing the cosy warmth of our homes over the increasingly chilly countryside. But for those willing to brave the elements, there are still treats to be found, finds Anna Pocock. This year’s wild harvest is the most abundant in...

The Wine Lover’s Guide to Christmas

Finding the perfect wines to accompany your Christmas feast, by Matt Whishaw at The Island Wine Company. At Christmas many of us splash out on drinks which we tend not to buy during the rest of the year. Spice up your Christmas celebrations with my seasonal recommendations. Fizz:  Prosecco is all...

New shoes at The Hambrough

Darren Beevers has had an illustrious career, but what he relishes about coming to the Island is the immediate connection between product and plate. He talks to Roz Whistance. If there is any suspicion that the Hambrough might be reeling a little from the departure of the chef who put...