I have spoken about the Northbank before, the evening Dinner on Burns night.
I have returned to Seaview over the summer and so thought I would have Dinner on a gloriously sunny evening, overlooking the Solent, at the Northbank Hotel. The garden is now blooming with plants and flowers, and I sat by the sea wall at the end of the garden watching the small boats bobbing up and down at their moorings, the ferries arriving and departing, and longingly awaited the "Queen Mary 2" as she made her way, past Cowes, Ryde Pier, and on to "No Man's Land Fort", just off the Northbank Hotel. Ideal! Check if your favourite liner is to pass that night!
Dinner tonight listed "Fillet Steak" as the main course. I could not miss this! After the "Queen Mary 2" passed, in all her glory I ajourned from the "Nautical" bar with all it's pictures of the ships that had passed the Northbank over the last 120 years, to the cosy restaurant which looks out over the Solent. I started with "Seafood au gratin" served in a piping hot dish with the most incredible cheese sauce. Well, I had to apologise to the waitress for mopping up the sauce with the delicious bread provided. I would not normaly be so "un-English" but the sauce was simply far too good to waste by leaving it on the dish. I accompanied the first course with Pinot Grigio (£3 for a large glass) and ordered a large glass of Chillean Red (the same price) The wonderful fillet arrived (Isle of Wight meat) with a delicious gravy. The chips were absolutely perfect - large thick cut - and three vegetables - as much as one wanted. An absolute delight, and what a taste. I did not think I would taste such a perfect piece of fillet ever again. One can so often order a fillet steak for £20 or so and it is a lump of tasteless meat. Here, it is obviously "organic" and lovingly cooked to one's particular taste. I had to have a rest now, and watched the boats to and fro outside while the prospect of "pudding" loomed. I chose home made profiteroles - two - with chocolate sauce, again home made. No need for cream; absolutely delicious. I was tempted by the lovely cheese board on offer, but resisted; the lovely chocolate taste pervading in my mouth. Coffee and mints in the spacious lounge with views over the Solent, as the light faded and the blue sky darkened. What a way to end a sunny day. The Dinner was at the standard price of £25 and the drinks were, of course, extra.
They do not do dinner every night, only when ordered by the guests present - there were 10 that night, plus myself. If you are accompanied by children they do a child portion or a child menu, as well as earlier "teas" for the children. For the family, this is the perfect place on the Island. The wonderful gardens down to the sea, the beach and rocks beyond are ideal for "Crabbing" at low tide. The bar is perfectly stocked, the lounge comfortable and spacious, and the food - well I can only say that to dine at the Northbank is an experience of delight and pleasure that you will remember for a long time. This is a village of "times past" and this perfect "Hotel and Restaurant" will remind you of wonderful times spent in your youth. People have been coming here for generations time and again - they always come back to re-live the experience and it never fails to delight and please. I would not choose to dine anywhere else when on the Isle of Wight - and remember - they do not do dinner every night so it is best to ring and check if it is on when you are visiting, as well as check what ships are passing that evening. This is England proper; as it used to be.
- Also Known As:
- Northbank Hotel Isle Of Wight/Seaview