The Island’s only country house hotel, The Priory Bay boasts its own beach, 60 acres of grounds and the building dates from the 14th century when a Priory stood here. The ornate stone carved doorway dates from this time, and the hotel looks down through woodland to the bay below.
The feel of the hotel is that of a rather grand home from home, with helicopters taking off and landing on the helipad below the house. There’s a comfortable drawing room with an eclectic selection of seating and an unusual octagonal window in the chimney breast. It’s here that you can take afternoon cream or high tea (24 hrs notice) or finish your evening meal with coffee and liqueurs.
Next to this room is the Island Room, named for its nineteenth century mural of Bembridge Harbour on three of its four walls. Dinner is served here in the winter months and it is used for small parties or weddings.
During the summer the light and airy Priory Oyster down the stairs from here is the main restaurant with three huge arched windows to the terrace, where you can dine al fresco on summer days and warm evenings.
“Whether farmed, fished or foraged, we are passionate about our ingredients,” says the menu with fresh whole grilled fish of the day, local lobster and crab on sourdough toast just a few of the summer dishes on offer. Sharing platters of beef or seafood are popular and there’s a carefully selected wine list.
Selections from the menu:
- Ham Hock Terrine £6.95
Apple, Beer Pickles
- Bembridge Crab £8.75
Pickled Cucumber, Grilled Sourdough
- Isle of Wight Tomato Salad £5.95
Garden Basil, Herb Emulsion
- Grilled Bembridge Lobster £38.50
Skinny Fries, Herb Mayonnaise
- Roast Breast of Duck £19.00
Fondant Beets, Spinach Puree, BBQ Spring onions
- 8oz Sirloin of Beef £26.00
Skinny Fries, Herbs, Béarnaise Sauce
- Gallybagger Risotto £11.00
Our local handmade Island Cheese, Parsley Oil, Herbs