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“Excellent stay - would definitely recommend.”
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The Hambrough
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Ventnor
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 February 2011

We really loved this hotel and our stay. We were upgraded to room 4 which had a beautiful sea view from the huge bath tub. The hotel was to a very high standard, very clean room, comfy bed, nice furnishings.
We also enjoyed a superb meal. We chose the tasting menu with recommended wines. We couldn't fault anything. We were totally stuffed and a bit drunk, but very happy when we went to bed.
Breakfast was to the same high standard as you would expect.
We will definitely be returning!
Thank you Robert and Diane.

  • Stayed: February 2011
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Reviewed 21 November 2010

What a treat this was....we arrived on spec on a cold Saturday afternoon....the front of house person was a joy..we managed to get the last room (a suite) and we booked for a late dinner.

The food well deserved its one Michelin star, the French maitre'D was superb as was our waitress.....but the shining star was Laura-Jo as front of house.....why can we never find people like that in London hotels ??...Our suite (No. 3) was excellent and we had a good sleep followed by an exceptionally good quality breakfast.

Driving around the IOW was a pleasure too....not a camera or a yellow box, to be seen anywhere !

We must mention also the SPYGLASS INN nearby...we had the best fish chowder we've had anywhere including the USA.....and the bar staff could not do enough for you...

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2010

Stayed for two nights at the hamborough in october and had a fantastic time. The hotel has 7 rooms and ours was beautiful with sea views, great beds, sofa and tv. We had breakfast in our rooms on both days which was cooked to order - the boiled eggs were cooked perfectly and despite the hike up the stairs it was still hot on arrival!

We had evening dinner in the restaurant and were thoroughly impressed. I had venison for main course which was perfectly pink and my husband had lamb which was the best he said he has ever had. The cheese selection was huge and was a great end to the dinner.

There is no parking but parking is available on the street outside or there is a car park nearby. My only criticism is the area for drinks was a bit cold and that the grout in the bathroom tiles were slightly grubby. This is nit picking for what was a fantastic break away with good food and good sevice.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2010

When we arrived at this charming small hotel, (stunning views!) I discovered I forgot my toothbrush and coffee-mate (I'm dairy intolerant). I explained this to reception, and they immediately sent someone out to get me these things. From then on, the chef (without my asking) accommodated my dairy intolerance for all my meals. Although I don't think there was room service per se, you have the option of breakfast in your room, which was excellent. No parking lot, but staff are willing to move their own cars around to accommodate you.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2010

Staying at The Hamborough wqas a very enjoyable experience, with the highlight being the restaurant, we would expect no less from a Michelin Star establishment and could not ask for anymore. Both dinner and breakfast were wonderful and have to be tried. The hotel we found very comfortable and more a boutique style of hotel, very trendy and modern.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2010

My wife and I have been top the Hamborough before for lunch and this year back on the Isle of Wight decided to head back. Food was great, perfect flavours in each dish. Service was good, although the waiter became preoccupied with another couple as they were asking about Hungarian wines; he proceeded to not leave them alone for the next ten minutes whilst talking about the wines. The fact my wife was celiac then dropped off the radar. To start with she got gluten free fresh bread but as the meal rolled on he brought out standard food for the both of us; although the very attentive lady soon corrected this.

I cannot fault the food, very fresh, simple but elegant flavours. Three course lunch at £26 pp is not cheap but you would easily pay double tat in London for the same quality.

A couple of minus points, the ginger beer I had was just a standard ginger ale mixer, there are local breweries that produce ginger beer! Parking is a mare, we went around twice, parked in the local car park, had to get change from a shop, had to move the car after two hours. Then three spaces came up on the road.

Plus points, amazing food, good service, great sea views, relatively good value for the quality of the food.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2010

We have just returned from a long bank holiday weekend at the Hambrough The break at the hotel came bundled as a ‘package’ and included three nights accommodation and breakfast at the hotel, two evening dinners, and a lunch at the hotel’s ‘cafe’, which is located a mile away in lovely Bonchurch.
We loved the whole experience. The food was just excellent (including the cooked breakfast); in particular I loved the smoked salmon starter, which comes to the table under a glass cloche, filled with a smoke. When the cloche is removed you realise the smoke is ‘oak’ smoke, which infuses the salmon– yum, yum! We ate from the a la carte on both nights, and I could have easily eaten there a third night and not had to repeat any dishes, as the menu has plenty of variety (as it was I was so over indulged, on the third night we stayed in our room and the kitchen did us some lovely sandwiches and a bottle of wine).
The staff at the Hambrough were very friendly and very helpful and that made our stay even more enjoyable. We also met Robert Thompson, the chef/patron, who is a really lovely and unassuming fellow and again this added to our warm feelings for the Hambrough.
Our bedroom was lovely, we stayed in room 7 at the top of the house (there are only 7 bedrooms, so you need to book well in advance). The room is contemporary in style and very comfortable, with a great view of the sea. There are other rooms on the front with balconies – we will book one of these next time. Perched on the hilltop, the views are spectacular.
Part of our package included lunch in the cafe at Bonchurch. Not a cafe but a bistro, the food there was not only excellent but amazing value - £5 for a starter!
Negatives? - The Hambrough is really a large upmarket B&B with a Michelin restaurant – there isn’t really a bar, but a garden room at the back of the hotel. The wine list is slightly eye-watering, though there are some reasonably priced wines on the list (£35 ish). There is no parking, you have to try and find a space in the street outside, but that wasn’t too difficult. So all in all, no real negatives if you manage your expectations before you get there.
Ventnor itself is a quaint little town and totally different to the ‘Benidormness’ of Sandown and Shanklin. The little beach is charming and not packed. On the front there are a couple of places to sit, eat and have some drinks as you watch the sea and take in the sun. It feels slightly undiscovered, so maybe the Hambrough may start a trend that will see the town go more upmarket.
We will return and recommend the Hambrough to our friends.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Hambrough

Address: Hambrough Road, Ventnor PO38 1SQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Ventnor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Ventnor
Price Range: £121 - £187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Hambrough 5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sitting high above the fishing harbour in Ventnor, The Hambrough (AA 5 Star Accommodation) offers accommodation by the sea on the southern tip of the Isle of Wight. All but one of our seven spacious bedrooms has magnificent views of the sea and our award winning breakfasts are legendary. Although our restaurant is closed for the time being our bar is open where we are serving delicious afternoon and cream teas. ... more   less 
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