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“Terrible! Rip off!”

Geranium Restaurant - The Royal Hotel
Ranked #12 of 55 Restaurants in Ventnor
Price range: £8 - £55
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Geranium is The Royal Hotel's award-winning restaurant which has achieved 2 AA Rosettes for excellent food for over 25 consecutive years. Our evening menu created by our head chef Matt Egan, is sure to delight and surprise any seasoned gourmet. A delicious traditional lunch is also available in Geranium every Sunday. Afternoon tea and lunches Monday-Saturday are served in our beautiful, Colonial-style conservatory and brasserie. In the summer, we offer outdoor dining in our beautiful gardens with its backdrop of rare, pink, climbing mountain geraniums.
Reviewed 6 April 2024 via mobile

I’m still shocked at the appalling food we were served here last night. Shockingly terrible! Guys please don’t waste your money, go and find somewhere better to eat that is worth it! Because this, you may think is a treat but let me tell you, it’s not! At least for us it wasn’t! They market this place as an award winning restaurant, which is so hard to believe.
I had the Pork Chop, it was literally a dry pork chop thrown on a plate with a few scattered mushrooms and a sprig of spring onion with a dot of mustard, not sure what happened to the mustard cress that was meant to come with it. I’m sorry but the kind of food that was served to us is not what you’d expect from a restaurant like this. Maybe we were just unlucky. The food here is not as smart as you’re made to believe through their website. So disappointed. I have been to pubs that serve much better food and are spot on with their presentation than the rubbish we were given yesterday.
The waitress was miserable. Service was rubbish. Food and drinks took ages to come. Dessert on the other hand was good! Breakfast in the morning was good too but then again it doesn’t take a super chef to cook some sausages and eggs.
The hummus that was meant to come with the kids starter wasn’t even hummus it was some weird looking stale cheese and when queried the waitress said they had run out of hummus and apparently the weird tasting cheese was cream cheese, really? It didn’t taste anything like cream cheese, at least my child hasn’t got a dairy allergy eh! Or maybe tell us before we order that you’ve run out!
Anyway the point I’m trying to make is..don’t eat here. £29.50 for a dry pork chop? No thank you! I’ll take my money somewhere else. Rip off!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 25 March 2024 via mobile

After researching places to go, we popped in here hoping for lunch. The menus looked good and we were looking forward to the experience. On arrival it was clear this was a very well established and elegant place, right up our street! However what we walked into was a sterile, unfriendly and cold establishment. We headed to the bar nevertheless to seek life. We ordered drinks and asked to see the menu. No lunch today except sandwiches, despite their website offering lunch and all day bar food. We enjoyed our drinks and the 3 staff who were walking around didn’t even acknowledge us. It was comical. We thought wow what an arrogant bunch! OK, it was a Monday but there’s no excuse for poor service!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 23 March 2024 via mobile

We had enjoyed a very nice Dinner here when we last visited the Isle of Wight 7 or 8 years ago. Unfortunately this experience was not in the same league at all.
We didn’t find it to two AA rosette standard and the plaice main course had to be sent back as it was overcooked to the point where there was barely any fish to be taken off the bone. In fairness the staff tried to recover the situation as best they could by taking the other main away and returning two fresh main courses later - and not charging for one of the mains - but unfortunately the evening had been spoilt.
The Soufflé starters were ok but the sauce they came in was congealed and gloopy which detracted. The dessert range seemed all quite similar and not offering much diversity at all. Service was good but all to no avail if they are let down by the kitchen.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 18 September 2023 via mobile

Saturday evening we had an amazing expectation the Hotel. 1st time eating here and it won’t be out last. From the splendid facade and gardens on arrival to the Maitr D greeting us, it was superb. The restaurant took you back in time, lovely striped wallpaper and huge paintings, the ceilings were huge a d chandeliers twinkly 🤣
The waiting staff were attentive and very polite. As each course arrived, they explained why the meal was as the array of components was to die for. The starters, Cheese soufflé, was amazing, Gallybagger cheese is now my go to, crispy melted cheese and the lightest lightest soufflé I have ever tasted and the sauce tangy and rich was a dream. But my favourite was the slow cooked egg, curried hollandaise on brioche with bacon jam. I’m defo gonna try to replicate this dish. Mains a beautiful lamb rump and rich jus perfectly cooked whilst the sea bass was fish of the day was soft and creamy yet crispy skin, amazing. Desserts were a great end to a super meal, chocolate delice and mango sorbet, how the hell was the sorbet so soft on the tongue, a sort of sherbet effect when eaten all together. Head chef is going places, that’s definate and his team are amazing. Thanks for a great experience Guys….We will be back.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 9 August 2023 via mobile

Delicious Royal tea this afternoon. Fantastic combination of sandwiches, fresh scones and mini desserts. Particular favourites were the passion fruit tarte and pineapple eclair. Worth the money; beautiful surroundings along with great service and a quiet, calm atmosphere.

Date of visit: August 2023
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