It was touch and go whether we’d actually make it to the Isle of Wight for the weekend. Our highly organised plans had been thrown into complete chaos the night before we were due to travel when Tom Jones (who we’d been planning to see on a R family weekend away) contracted bronchitis and cancelled his show at Osbourne House. After much discussion, we went (minus one R) and consoled our missed opportunity to sing Delilah with Tom over Sunday lunch at The Royal Hotel, Ventnor.
The weather was wonderful and we opted to have lunch outside in the beautiful sub-tropical gardens. Somewhere off in the distance a band was playing traditional Irish music and the occasional snatched line of a familiar song had us trying to guess what they were playing and where they were.
However, the best was yet to come. I chose the pan fried sea bass, with fennel and a citrus quinoa.
As we were driving out of Ventnor, we stumbled upon the source of the music we’d heard. A band was playing Irish songs and sea shanties in the band stand in Ventnor’s beautifully maintained small park near to the Royal Hotel. We sat and joined the picnic-ing crowd, some with flasks of tea and others with bottles of wine, to listen to the music and sang along to The Irish Rover. Who needs Tom Jones after all?
Details: The Royal Hotel, Belgrave Road, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1JJ
Rating: 5/5 – delicious food, gluten free bread in beautiful surroundings makes the perfect Sunday lunch.