Isle of Wight Restaurant gains two AA Rosettes

Image: (L-R) Tom Bull, Alex Woodward-Parker, Adam Hayden, Bryn Edwards

The Restaurant at the Seaview Hotel has received 2 AA Rosettes joining Thompsons, The Royal and The George Hotel as a top Isle of Wight eatery.

Sous Chef Bryn Edwards has been heading up the kitchen until the recent appointment of Lee Burden as head chef.

The Inspector’s meal consisted of chicken terrine with hazelnut mayonnaise to start with followed by Hake with mussels and bacon crumb. For dessert he had passion fruit soufflé, mango sorbet with passion fruit caramel.

The dessert recipe was created by HTP apprentice chef Alex Woodward-Parker who is responsible for making the soufflé on a daily basis. The Inspector commented how skilled it was to serve a hot soufflé and the flavour combinations especially with the caramel twist worked beautifully.

Owner, Martin Gardener, praised the team for pushing standards and making the hotel one of the best places to eat on the Isle of Wight.

“This is an incredible accomplishment for our team. There’s so much hard work involved and to receive 2 AA Rosettes is just brilliant. It also shows what a food destination the Island has become. The quality of ingredients available here is just getting better and better, much of our menu features local producers like Green Barn Farm, Living Larder, the Tomato Stall and Wight Milk.”

The AA Rosette rating goes from 1 to 5, achieving 2 rosettes indicates a good range of innovation, greater technical skill and more consistency and judgement in combining and balancing ingredients. There are just over 900 restaurants in the UK with a 2 AA Rosette rating. The Restaurant also holds a Michelin Bib Gourmand award.