Island Producers - Gastronomic Weekend
Our Gastronomic Weekend promises a unique insight into the Island’s food scene.
Less than an hour’s sailing on the ferry from Southampton, the Isle of Wight makes an ideal weekend getaway. Just a few miles off the Hampshire coastline, but a world away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland, visitors are transported across the Solent to a twenty-three mile wide slice of sunshine and laid-back charm. With its stunning beaches, legendary music festivals and world-class sailing, it’s no surprise that the Island has been a favourite holiday destination for decades.
On the Island’s south-eastern shores, Ventnor has been home to the historic Royal Hotel since 1832. Once frequented by Queen Victoria, the hotel’s restaurant has featured in the Michelin dining guide ever since its inception, and has held two rosettes from the Automobile Association for over eighteen consecutive years. Owner William Bailey says of the hotel’s gourmet reputation
“Dining at The Royal is always a highlight for our guests, and we are proud to support local farmers and food producers. Thanks to the Isle of Wight’s mild climate, there is a wealth of superb homegrown produce, including locally caught fish, crab and lobster, award-winning cheeses, free-range meats, and game, when in season”.
To celebrate the Island’s fantastic food scene, The Royal has organised a Gastronomic Weekend on 22nd April, introducing guests to some of its favourite suppliers. Tours of The Garlic Farm and
Goddards Brewery are followed by a cookery demonstration in the hotel kitchens, and tasting sessions with The Tomato Stall and Isle of Wight Distillery. There is also the chance to meet fruit and vegetable growers from nearby family-run farm Living Larder, and enjoy three-course gourmet dining in the sumptuous setting of the hotel restaurant.
As the first event of its kind on the Island, April’s event was an instant sell out, but there are already plans for a similar foodie event to be held in the Autumn.