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Isle of Wight's Winter Gardens to undergo refurbishment

Fri 12 Aug 2011

Isle of Wight's Winter Gardens to undergo refurbishment

People heading off on Isle of Wight holidays in the near future are likely to have the chance to visit an attraction in Ventnor that is being brought back to life.

The Isle of Wight Council has told Isle of Wight Radio that the Winter Gardens is being sold to Michelin-starred chef Robert Thompson's Hambrough Group for just £1, as the organisation is looking to plough more than £1 million into the facility as part of a refurbishment project.

Officials explained the venue is being sold at such a cheap price because of the costs involved to bring it into a reasonable condition.

As part of the renovation, two high-quality dining outlets and an upgraded auditorium will be constructed at the site.

The work will also see two new wings added to the structure to create hotel accommodation, while exhibition and spa facilities are also under consideration.

Overall investment in the building could therefore climb to a total of £3 million.

Councillor George Brown, the Isle of Wight council cabinet member for the economy and the environment, said the deal will prove advantageous for the local community.

The representative stated: "Where now we have a building that, because of the pressures on public finances has become frankly, run-down and closed to the public we will have a thriving dining, leisure and entertainment complex that can be enjoyed by the community and that will be a real asset to Ventnor and to the island"

An exciting chapter for the Winter Gardens is being opened thanks to the new investment by Robert Thompson's Hambrough Group, which is bringing in a great deal of imagination in its efforts to transform the facility, Cllr Brown added.

Mr Thompson's The Hambrough restaurant is also located in Ventnor and is the island's only three Rosette Michelin star eatery with five AA Star rooms.

Posted by Louise Parkes
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