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The Hambrough

Hambrough Road, VENTNOR, PO38 1SQ

The Rosette award for this establishment has been suspended due to a change of chef. Reassessment will take place in due course under the new chef. The Hambrough is a classy boutique hotel which feels as natural and organic as the gentle sea breeze. It's as if the old Victorian villa was built for such a role in life. The location above the esplanade gives views across the harbour to the open sea, and the decor maintains the seaside-feel with neutral tones and arty touches here and there. The restaurant is made up of two rooms, with sea views to the max and bags of style. The cooking of head chef Darren Beevers is thoroughly contemporary, with a tasting menu and carte to choose from, each packed with a good showing of seafood from local boats. Things get off to a strong start with amuse-bouche such as wild garlic soup with asparagus and Ventor crab with wild garlic flowers, plus excellent breads flavoured with lovage or wild garlic. Pollock is smoked on the island and arrives in a first course with roasted mussels, curry spices and coconut, while a perfectly timed slow-cooked duck egg comes with shredded ham hock and celeriac velouté. Main courses are equally rooted in the environment, with the day boats out of Ventnor providing sea bass, served with roasted cauliflower and chicken wings, or a super-fresh piece of skate partnered with wild rice, crispy kale, a subtle korma sauce and coconut foam. There are good meat options too, with the island's farmers also doing their bit - beef fillet, for example, with braised oxtail, sweet onion, potato fondants and blueberries. The craft and creativity continues into the dessert stage, where custard tart comes with lime and Earl Grey ice cream, and a chocolate tart is topped with imperial mint jelly and comes with an excellent blood orange sorbet. There's a good value lunch menu and even the option of afternoon tea with that sea view.

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Tel: 01983 856333
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Days closed: Sun-Mon

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Darren Beevers
Number of seats: 32
Steps for wheelchair: 8
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £15.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

The Hambrough, Ventnor


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From A3055 follow signs to Ventnor & St Catherine's Church, turn right into Hambrough Rd, restaurant on left
Nearest station: Shanklin

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