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Michelin star success for Isle of Wight venue

Mon 15 Oct 2012

Michelin star success for Isle of Wight venue

The Hambrough has held on to its Michelin star for another year, making it one of the must-try venues for those on Isle of Wight holidays.

Chef and proprietor at the Ventnor restaurant and hotel Robert Thompson told the Isle of Wight County Press that he is delighted to have retained the award for a fourth year in a row.

"It's a real boost for everyone involved. Thank you to our valued guests, who made it possible," he was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Mr Thompson is also in charge of a bid to transform Ventnor Winter Gardens into a new hotel and restaurant complex and the plans for the venue are gathering pace quickly.

The Hambrough is one of only 18 locations in the UK to have a solitary Michelin star, showing the levels of excellence achieved in the cooking and the presentation at the site.

Editor of the 2013 Michelin Guide Rebecca Burr told IW Radio that the Isle of Wight is strongly represented in the publication this year.

"I'm pleased to say that we've filled some of the gaps around the Island. We've added restaurant Justin Brown over in Freshwater, a very ambitious restaurant over in Farringford House. And we also have a new pub addition, the New Inn at Shalfleet," she said.

Ms Burr added that the Isle of Wight used to only have "one or two" places that warranted a mention in the guide, but this number has increased over the course of recent years.

She also singled out the Taverners, which is located in Godshill, as well as the Pond Cafe in Bonchurch, as locations worth visiting for those who are on Isle of Wight holidays.

Some 346 restaurants and 138 hotels have been added to the guide this year, making the publication a must-buy for foodies all over the country.

Posted by Carla WinterADNFCR-3083-ID-801469659-ADNFCR

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