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New restaurant opens on Isle of Wight

Thu 10 May 2012

New restaurant opens on Isle of Wight

Food lovers on Isle of Wight holidays this summer might wish to check out a restaurant that has recently opened in Cowes.

The owner of tapas bar Brawns has faced a long battle over the licence for the premises, as well as planning permission for the building, but has finally thrown open its doors.

Matthew Parker told the Isle of Wight County Press that it has been a "struggle" to reach a point when the restaurant could be opened.

"When I bought the place in July last year, I thought we might be open by Cowes Week," he said, noting it has taken several months to get the venue ready after that deadline.

Residents had originally opposed the plans to open the tapas bar by Mr Parker, who also runs the nearby Union Inn.

But he told the news provider that following plans being brought in front of the town council and the Isle of Wight Council, both gave the green light to the location.

"We have jumped through so many hoops to get this far," said Mr Parker, who added it has taken him ten months to reach this point, although the decision to approve the restaurant was made unanimously in the end.

He said feedback from diners has been good so far and it has been busy for the first weekend it has been open, while a birthday party has already been hosted at the venue.

The tapas bar is in the former Brawn and Company butchers building and the original tiles and butchers hooks have been kept as a feature of the design, while former Lugley's chef Sam Jolliffe is in charge of the kitchen at the restaurant.

Plans were recently approved for a new restaurant and hotel to be created in the Ventnor Winter Garden site, with Michelin-starred chef Robert Thompson part of the group that has taken over the running of the location.

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