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, who is found behind the range, produces excellent, unfussy dishes in an open kitchen within the simple, glass-encased dining room (don’t miss the home-cured gravadlax served with Danish style caviar). 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 ‘Uffa Pasta’ for their family-friendly, three-course Pasta Wednesdays menu, for just £20 per person. Scandinavian elegance defines the bedrooms and all three – including the stunning Garden Suite with private terrace, huge bathroom and separate sitting room – have wonderful sea views.
Doubles from £130
+44 (0)1983 298776; thelittlegloster.com
Queen Victoria’s private beach at Osbourne House or enjoy the many sailing events the island has to offer, with an ice cream in hand.
Local Ventnor lobster cooked on the BBQ in the summer at The Little Gloster.
Island artists display their work at The Little Gloster, one of their works would make the perfect souvenir.
CLAIM TO FAME
Jay Rayner held the launch for his book A Greedy Man in a Hungry World here, in association with Bestival.
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