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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Homely cooking overlooking the Channel

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Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

On the south-facing side of the Isle of Wight, the picture-perfect Leconfield hotel is covered with climbing foliage. It sits above the village of Bonchurch looking out over the Channel, with inspiring views from the Seascape dining room and the conservatory. With service nicely pitched between formal and relaxed, and glass-topped tables on wicker supports, it's the setting for carefully wrought cooking that has a reassuring touch of the homely to it. A bowl of broccoli and Stilton soup delivers the right savoury, salty hit, or there may be mushrooms sautéed in smoked garlic and served on toasted brioche, followed by poached salmon in caper and lemon butter with puréed spinach, or slow-cooked leg of lamb on parsnip mash with redcurrant gravy. A rum-laced chocolate pot comes with matching ice cream and a sweet-and-sour berry compôte to make a satisfying array of flavours. Home-made breads add to the welcome sense of being looked after.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 24–26 December and 3 weeks in January
  • Closed for lunch: all week (ex by prior arrangement)
  • Closed for dinner: Wednesday and Saturday to Sunday
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10.30


  • Chef: Cheryl Judge

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Traditional British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 15
  • Wines over £30: 1
  • Wines by the glass: 3

Price guide

  • Starter from 5.50
  • Main course from16.50
  • Dessert from4.50
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 26
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 26

Getting here

Upper Bonchurch on A3055, 1 mile from Ventnor, 2 miles from Shanklin opposite turning, Bonchurch Shute

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