On the coast of a small island famous for its food, the Isle of Wight’s Royal Hotel restaurant constantly changes its menu to reflect the diversity of food on its doorstep. This hearty, seasonal and utterly delicious fare ranges from rich, creamy cheese to a rainbow of seafood, straight from the island’s clear waters.
Local fisherman Justin provides the kitchens with fresh fish and lobster from Ventnor seafront. The morning’s catch makes its way straight from Justin’s boat to the kitchens, where the menu is written accordingly.
The Ventnor Haven Fishery supplies super-fresh crabs to the kitchen, the likes of which you’ll be hard pushed to find elsewhere in the British Isles! The Blake family have been fishing the seas off Ventnor Bay for decades and their fishery is a much loved destination for fish-lovers.
You may have heard of The Tomato Stall, or seen their award-winning products on your shop shelves. The company grows a huge range of sustainable tomatoes – which are all vine-ripened and picked by hand. As well as fresh toms, they make a fantastic range of juices, sauces and roasted tomatoes.
At the last count, the team at Living Larder is growing 52 different types of fruit and vegetables, some of them family favourites and others at the far end of diverse! Everything is grown outdoors and makes the most of the fantastic Isle of Wight climate – you’ll taste the difference in many of the hotel’s dishes.
The Boswell family has been growing garlic on the Isle of Wight ever since their Granny Norah planted the first few cloves in her garden over 40 years ago. Since then, The Garlic Farm has grown into one of the best known garlic suppliers in the UK. The Royal Hotel restaurant’s kitchens use the first-class bulbs wherever it can – they really are delicious!
"Everything is grown outdoors and makes the most of the fantastic Isle of Wight climate – you’ll taste the difference in many of the hotel’s dishes."
The Mushroom Farmer grows a selection of exotic, gourmet mushrooms on the Isle of Wight. Their main varieties include Shiitake, Pink, Yellow and Grey Oysters, King Trumpet and Beech Mushroom. With occasional ‘guest’ mushrooms for people to try. So look out for some exciting fungus varieties on the hotel’s seasonal menus!
Finally, you can enjoy wonderful cheeses from the Isle of Wight Cheese Co. at the hotel. The dairy is based in converted barns, just inland of the south-eastern coast. They make Isle of Wight Blue and Isle of Wight Soft, as well as an unpasteurised cheddar type of cheese called Gallybagger.