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Enjoy a jazzy Christmas dinner on the IOW

Wed 11 Dec 2013

Enjoy a jazzy Christmas dinner on the IOW

This coming weekend, catch a ferry to the Isle of Wight to experience an evening of delicious warm food and cool music at the Dimbola Museum in Freshwater Bay. 

Its Christmas Jazz Supper on Saturday (December 14th) will feature a two or three-course set menu, depending on your preference, accompanied by live music from jazz duo 'The Cool Connection'. There will also be a fully licensed bar, allowing you to enjoy a drop or two.

Sittings are available between 7pm and 9pm, with the music continuing until 10.30pm, and can be booked by calling 01983 756814. The menu is priced at £16.50 for two courses and £19.95 for three.

Starters include tiger prawn skewers and sweet chilli sauce followed by a main of chicken and asparagus pie, served with new potatoes and roasted vegetables. For dessert, those with a sweet tooth can finish off the evening with a boozy chocolate pot and then a traditional mince pie and coffee. Those hoping to celebrate in style can request Champagne in advance and raise a toast to the festive period. 

For those unfamiliar with the history of the museum and galleries, where the event is being held, Dimbola Lodge is the former home of one of the island's most famous residents: 19th century photography pioneer Julia Margaret Cameron. 

Cameron is credited with creating the first photographic close-up portraits and helped to develop photography as an art form, using soft focus in her shots.

Much of her wonderful work is now on display at Dimbola, so even if you can't make the Christmas supper, it's well worth stopping by to take a look and learning more about this Isle of Wight legend. Between November and March, Dimbola is open from Tuesday to Sunday, as well as bank holidays, between 10am and 4pm. Entry costs £4 for adults, while students can get in for £3.50 with a valid ID card. Those under 16 go free.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801671428-ADNFCR

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