It's lovely to see the Castle restored and back in business, the interiors have been extremely well done. We just had a meal there in the evening, and our experiences match Kevin F where he correctly identifies the biggest issues of lack of staff and lack of experience. The first clue for me was a beautifully set table for four but only one menu, where the one alongside had three menus plus the specials clipboard. Yes, I know it's only a small point but it shows they haven't quite got there yet. Although the waiting staff were struggling they were friendly and helpful and made some excellent recommendations including the best chocolate brownie I have ever eaten! The menu had ample choice and our meals were excellent.
Like Kevin F we sat in the main dining hall (on your left as you enter the building) which was fine for larger parties but lacked any intimacy. As this room is waitress-served I wonder if the staffing problems are confined to this room. Next time I will turn right and dine in the bar area which looks cosier and where you take your food order to the bar.
Don't be put off by these teething problems, the interior is lovely and the food is fine. I suspect by the time the staff have survived the Christmas madness all will be well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The majestic Ryde Castle is a former Victorian manor ideally located on Ryde seafront overlooking the picturesque marina. The newly refurbished bedrooms are all en-suite with flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. Some of the bedrooms benefit from spectacular sea views across the Solent and beyond. The Hotel also features a lift, fully accessible rooms and external ramps.The Ryde Castle has a beautiful restaurant and bar patio area so you can enjoy a relaxing drink and a meal whilst taking in the wonderful views and sea air. Ryde Castle is accessible from all major transport links, both the hovercraft and catamaran services that link the Isle of Wight with Portsmouth and Southsea are only a short walk from the hotel and with ample parking available free of charge it makes Ryde Castle hotel the perfect choice whilst visiting the Isle of Wight ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Hotel Ryde
- Ryde Castle Hotel
- Castle Ryde
- Hotel Ryde Castle Isle Of Wight