The Hambrough, on the Isle of Wight for Cowes week

Summer’s winding down to an end but what a summer it was! One of the hightlights had to be my visit to the Isle of Wight for Cowes Week. Myself and Eatlikeagirl were invited down to Isle of Wight to visit chef Robert Thompson’s 1 Michelin starred restaurant at The Hambrough in Ventor and his Hambrough pop-up restaurant at the historic Northwood House in Cowes for the racing week. The Hambrough is a cute little hotel perched on a cliff overlooking the English Channel way down at the bottom of the Isle of Wight. Chef/Patron Robert Thompson and his partner Diana took over in 2008 and in 5 short months Robert¬† gained 1 Michelin star and they have transformed the hotel into an idyllic retreat.¬† It is a bit of a trek to get there. We had to go from the top of the island to the bottom down winding country roads but well worth it. I think I felt more seasick on the bus then I did on the ferry coming over. We eventually arrived and due to the fact that the hotel only has 7 rooms in the main house, were directed to a one of the villas that also make up The Hambrough, a short 5 minutes walk down the road. A lovely Victorian townhouse, 3 floors, 5 bedrooms, 2 and half baths with a fantastic kitchen/ dining area and spacious living room, it was hard to believe we had the whole house to ourselves! That night we partook of the set menu which consisted of 6 courses including a cheese plate and dessert. I have developed a taste for cheese plates and I now feel a bit ripped off if I don’t get one. The meal was matched with a wine for each course and the sommelier, Marc Stievenard, did a great job of pairing wines with our meal. He even managed to find a delightful wine to go with our asparagus starter, the Rolly Gassman 2004 pinot blanc from...

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