This is a well placed B & B for travelling around the Isle of Wight. Our room was excellent although the stairs are challenging and there is no lift.Somebody will, however, carry up your cases. It was well maintained, serviced and the hospitality tray was well stocked.
The short times for breakfast (8.30 - 9am) and evening meal (6.30 - 7pm) is a little regimented and inflexible. The food was, however, very disappointing. The menus look impressive with 5 courses and a choice. However, we felt much of it was frozen or some products even from a packet. The smoked haddock for breakfast was dry when cooked and obviously frozen - what a crime when the sea is so near. The quality of the produce we didn't find particularly inspiring or tasty. The sauces and gravy were unpalitable. The gravy was so 'gloopy' I had to scrape it off my meal because I couldn't eat it. Perhaps learning a basic gravy recipe using the juices of your roast and plain flour would be a much better option than cornflour which gives it the consistencey of jelly. I didn't venture to try the parsley sauce with the fish. Also the yorkshire puddings were undercooked and very greasy.
The other thing we found uncomfortable were the cackling waitresses - I am not used to listening to peoples' personal affairs being discussed with clients whilst eating my breakfast and discussing management with clients I find an absolute 'no, no'.
I notice from previous reviews that this B & B appears to be 'one of two halves' If you like cheap produced food and noisy waitresses who call you 'darling' then you will find it OK. If like us you enjoy quality food and a relaxing ambience in the dining room this is not for you. It is a pity because there are good features about this place. A separate bar with an honesty box and an excellent selection of drinks is nice as are the rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a quiet, peaceful location St Maur is ideally situated for exploring the Isle of Wight whether walking, using public transport or by car. On our doorstep are many cliff and downland walks and the famous botanical gardens. We offer a relaxed atmosphere with friendly and attentive staff to look after you when you return from your days activities. Local food according to season is used within our menus cooked by owner/chef ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St Maur Ventnor, Isle Of Wight