The Little Gloster – Gurnard, Isle of Wight
On a small bay overlooking the Solent is an outstanding restaurant-with-rooms run with verve and passion by islander Ben Cooke and his wife Holly. Its name harks back to the prestigious, now closed, Gloster Hotel in nearby Cowes, owned by Ben’s British grandfather and Danish grandmother, fondly known to all as Mormor. Head chef/owner Ben produces excellent, unfussy dishes in an open kitchen within the simple, glass-encased dining room (don’t miss the fresh fish and seafood specials including local crab and lobster). Holly, energetic and warm, is in charge of the front of house team and the many events held in this beautiful spot, as well as the office and three bedrooms. She also makes the fresh ‘Uffa Pasta’ for their family-friendly, two- or three-course Pasta Thursdays menu and Menu of the Day for just £16.95/£20 per person (excludes Saturday evening). Scandinavian elegance defines the bedrooms and all three – including the stunning Garden Suite with private terrace, huge bathroom and sitting room – have wonderful sea views.
Try and see the island by water, where you’ll find beautiful secluded bays and idyllic views of inaccessible parts of the island. If you can’t get out on a boat or paddle board, head to Steephill Cove for the afternoon & treat yourself to one of their delicious crab pasties and a glass of rose.
Everything! If they can get it on the island or in neighbouring Hampshire they have it, from the infamous Isle of Wight Lobster & Crab to some of the islands delicious cheese’, locally caught fish, hand grown veggies & foraged seaside goodies. The Island offers a wealth of beautiful produce, small producers and is fast becoming a wonderful foodie destination.
Holly’s Homemade Marmalade which you can buy to take home with you!