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Investment announced for iconic Isle of Wight venue

Thu 21 Apr 2011

Investment announced for iconic Isle of Wight venue

Isle of Wight tourist destination the Ventnor Winter Gardens is to be developed by award-winning chef Robert Thompson after he was given the green light to move forward with plans.

Thompson has been named the preferred bidder for the seafront building and will add it to his portfolio on the island, which already includes the nearby Michelin star restaurant Hambrough Hotel and the critically-acclaimed Pond Cafe in Bonchurch.

He stated he wants to put quality at the heart of what the regeneration project looks to achieve.

"We look forward to sharing more about our proposals with the local community - and hearing community views - in the months ahead," added the chef.

A state of the art multi-use theatre, cinema, leisure and entertainment venue are included in the plans for the Ventnor Winter Gardens, which were drawn up by architects at the Manser Practice.

Thompson also has accommodation on the island, the five-bedroom property Villa Lavinia, which he hails as being ideal for families on Isle of Wight holidays.

Posted by Louise Parkes ADNFCR-3083-ID-800508664-ADNFCR

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