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The Royal Hotel

Belgrave Road, VENTNOR, Isle of Wight, PO38 1JJ

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The Royal is a stone-built pile nestling amid sub-tropical gardens on the Isle of Wight's south-eastern coast, a spot that unblushingly styles itself 'the Madeira of England'. It's a formal seaside hotel in the classic manner, with beautifully turned-out interiors and a thoroughgoing professionalism in the service style, best seen in the Appuldurcombe Restaurant, where tied drapes, crisp table linen and little flower vases compose a picture of reassuring civility. The menus are distinctly in the contemporary vein, though, with seafood a particular forte. There is as much intuitive precision in balancing flavours and seasonings in a classical fish soup with rouille as there is in the succeeding dish of roast sea bass accompanied by a portion of moules marinière, saffron potatoes and samphire. Meats are given more traditional treatments, as when roast loin and braised neck of local lamb arrive with baby artichokes and some of the island's celebrated wild garlic, while desserts aim to cosset with the likes of baked almond ricotta cheesecake with roasted peach and nectarine, and raspberry sorbet.

Further information

Tel: 01983 852186
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Dates closed: 2 wks Jan or 2 wks Dec
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for lunch: Mon-Sat

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Steven Harris
Number of seats: 140
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 2
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children's portions.
No children under 3 yrs.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

Sunday lunch: £24.00-£30.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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On A3055 (coast road) into Ventnor. Follow one-way system, left at lights into Church St. At top of hill left into Belgrave Rd, hotel on right
Nearest station: Shanklin

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