Award Winning Cuisine
In May, the Michelin-starred chef Alexis Gauthier, of our Chelsea restaurant Roussillon took over our kitchens and menus. He has installed his sous-chef, Carlos Garcia Rodriguez as head chef at Priory Bay.
At the age of just 26, Alexis gained his first Michelin-star at Roussillon. Alexis' main passion focuses on the use of quality ingredients sourced from their immediate environs and from across the British Isles. He is also committed to the training and nurturing of young talent.
Alexis first worked with Andrew Palmer (the joint owner of Priory Bay and founder of The New Covent Garden Soup Company) when the hotel opened 10 years ago. Both are passionate about the use of fresh produce and the extensive use of vegetables within the menu's repertoire. The hotel provides Alexis with access to the developing herb and vegetable gardens and the landings of fresh fish, crustacean and shellfish from the local fishermans' daily catch.
The Isle of Wight is the UK's most southerly island with a unique climate and typography which has always made it one of the UK's earliest producers of top-quality fruit and vegetables, as well as providing excellent grazing for the sheep and cattle traditionally sent over by barge for a fattening-up exercise during the summer months, prior to slaughter.
More recently the Isle of Wight has become famous for the production of garlic (over 12 varieties), asparagus, new potatoes and organic cherry and plum tomatoes.
This autumn sees the introduction of cookery courses, led by Alexis, at the hotel. These will focus predominately on seafood, local game and ingredients sourced from the estate's gardens and woodland.
Address: The Priory Bay Hotel, Priory Drive, Seaview, Isle of Wight, PO34 5BU
We do a good, varied lunch and snack menu ranging from all day breakfasts, sandwiches and baguettes, jacket potatoes and Ploughmans. Lunches are served with chips and salad. We also do a daily homemade specials board.
All are prepared to order.
Our delicious range of homemade cakes baked on the premises are a real treat.
From the front windows of the cafe you have stunning views of the countryside leading down to the bay where you can see St-Helens fort.
From the rear windows the paddocks and fields are visible through a cluster of beautiful flowers.
Address: Cock-a-Doodle Cafe, Eddington Road, St Helens, Ryde Isle of Wight, PO33 1XS
THE COMMODORE AND FLAG OFFICERS OF BEMBRIDGE SAILING CLUB INVITE YOU TO VISIT THEIR CLUBHOUSE. Founded in 1886, Bembridge Sailing Club has grown steadily over the years and now has some 1,300 members. It is designated as a Royal Yachting Association training centre, with the Club Secretary as the Chief Instructor, and also a Volvo Champion Club. Numerous courses are held throughout the year covering many other aspects of sailing including safety and power boats, Race Officer, Radio & basic First Aid. A new building was opened in 2002 which has transformed the on-shore facilities and the Club now has an excellent and spacious Dining Room, which comfortably seats 100, new kitchens, showers and changing rooms as well as a separate multi-purpose room for the cadets. The Club has been licensed for Civil Marriages since 2005 and hosts a number of non-member events throughout the year.
The emphasis at the Club is on a happy family atmosphere where all ages can partake in all facets of seafaring activities, as well as the enjoying the excellent position and style of the renovated clubhouse.
WHAT IS AVAILABLE? Not only are we able to provide you with excellent catering from our dedicated contract caterers 'All About Catering' (www.allaboutcatering.co.uk) in unique surroundings, but we can also offer sailing visitors the opportunity to arrive on an evening tide, race the following day in some of the best waters around the south coast, dine at the Club that evening and race home the following day. For Motor Cruisers we can offer a range of challenging competitions. Alternatively, just come for Dinner; or if you only have one tide to play with, why not come for lunch? We have a dedicated House Team on hand to discuss your individual requirements, email: email@example.com or visit our website.
CATERING FOR VISITING YACHTSMEN: Our Dining Room enjoys stunning panoramic views over the harbour and beyond. From here you are perfectly placed to soak up the maritime atmosphere, whilst enjoying one of our Chef's first-class menus making best use of local Island produce available. Our 'winter' catering hours (through to end of March '09) are currently: Saturday and Sunday lunches - 12:00 to 2:30pm and Friday and Saturday evenings – 7:00 to 9:30pm. Our Bar is also open during these times, as well as Thursday and Friday lunch time.
NON-MEMBER / NON-SAILING EVENTS: Subject to our licensing conditions, we are happy to accommodate private parties, corporate training days, charity events, civil weddings and wedding receptions whenever the Club is not in use for sailing-related or member activities. Please contact Jo (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.