Michelin-starred chef, Robert Thompson, has been made Chef Patron and partner of the Grade II listed North House restaurant and hotel, in Cowes.
The business was bought by media executives, Sara Curran and Peter Sussman, at the beginning of the month and they immediately contacted Robert who, in 2007, became the youngest British chef to be awarded a Michelin star, aged 23.
Sara explained: “We moved to Fishbourne 15 years ago and were regular customers of Robert’s when he worked at the Hambrough in Ventnor, and later at his restaurant in Newport.
“During lockdown we moved to Cowes and dined regularly at North House when restrictions were lifted. When we came by the restaurant in November, it was closed for refurbishment but later we found out it was for sale and we made an offer.
“When we walked through the front door again, it was just absolutely beautiful – ‘Un coup de foudre’ – stunning!”
Robert continued: “I knew about North House and its reputation and had eaten there a couple of times. When Sara contacted me, we had a quick conversation and, basically, that was it!
“We both want top quality dining where local people will eat with us, as well as people from further afield. We want to be proud of what we serve.”
“I will be full-time at North House and Thompson’s Restaurant is no longer. However, the ‘You Be Chef’ business, which started in lockdown, will carry on with my own chefs.”
Fine dining at North House is not immediately available, but will be started shortly. There will be a brasserie menu and tapas for light bites and an a la carte breakfast available for non-residents.
Robert added: “We want to open up the whole ground floor and make it buzzy for guests, locals and people from all over the Island and further.”