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“You either get this family owned & run hotel or you don't. I get it and rate it.”
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Northbank Hotel
Ranked #3 of 4 Seaview B&B and Inns
Sonning-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 320 helpful votes
“You either get this family owned & run hotel or you don't. I get it and rate it.”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Now admittedly I have never stayed at the Northbank but we have put friends and rellies up there, over the last decade, and all of them "get it" too. People come, year-on-year, and none moreso than yachting folk. It is quirky, unpretentious and from its gardens, commands outstanding views across the Solent. Its little bar features a variety of 'boaty' objects, interspersed with an eclectic collection of other things.

I remember only too well, a couple of summers ago, thoroughly enjoying, in the garden, particularly well made (all of the expected trimmings were there - the mint was gorgeous) jugs of Pimms. I was with a bunch of chums who were over for sailing out of the nearby Sea View Yacht Club. (Note, in this instance, Seaview correctly rendered as two words). In fact, the Northbank acted as the temporary SVYC base for some time whilst its club house was undergoing extensive refurbishment.

Fast forwarding to today (16 July) when my wife and I took advantage of the hotel's more recent offerings of light luncheons. We got down there at 12.30, into the bar and were well greeted by the young barman. As it turned out, he had only been at the Northbank for a matter of days: he is doing a great job.

He led us to a garden table, right up by a waist-high wall, of local stone, which separates the hotel from a public walkway by the sea.

It's the perfect little menu for a light luncheon. That morning's Bembridge dressed crab was as fresh as a daisy - as was the mixed salad, separately served home-made coleslaw and decent, seeded, bread. So much for a very contended wife. My spinach, mushrooms and ricotta tartlet was truly excellent ... the filling was ace ... the pastry
thin: a remake being a potential winner if entered at a future "Great British Bake-off" . This was, by no means, a bought-in tartlet. It too came with a fresh mixed salad and coleslaw.
Both of us ordered a side each of sweet potato chips. Of the handcut, but bigger than matchstick variety, they were, quite frankly, superb.

What a terrific time we had, sipping on our ginger beer and diet Pepsi respectively, as we watched the boats go by and the swimmers giving them a wide berth.

The Northbank is also doing cream teas throughout the summer season.

Good on the Northbank.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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portsmouth, un
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Family lunch one Sunday. Lovely position on the seafront and I can understand the comments about the Northbank being a lot like Fawlty Towers, in thats its from the same era. However lunch was a disaster. Ran out of key components (Like roast potatoes!) and the staff didn't really seem to have a grasp on what was happening. Wine was undrinkable. What food we were served was awful. Service poor and certainly not a cheap meal out at £135 for 4 of us, for sunday lunch?!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2014

I have been coming every year for 10 years along with about 30 to 40 of my wife's family who have been coming every year for 30 years, we all absolutely love it.
Yes it is in a timewarp then so is most of the Island, not it doesn't have mod cons which is a relief in an identikit world where most places believe that this is enough. Yes the food could be better, but if you see the kitchen and tools that Mary works with the end results are pretty special. The beer is pretty dreadful but other drinks and the wine are well priced and not undrinkable.

The Location is second to none on the Island and worth it alone, it overlook's the Solent with a fantastic view to Portsmouth and all the activity on the Solent menas there is always something happening. You can swim 50 yds from the door, it is a 10min walk (at low tide) to a fantastic sandy beach at Priory Bay.

it is special and yes you will either love it or hate it, just be sure to manage your expectations.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Lyndhurst, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2013

This truly is an epic hotel. My parents stay here for 3 weeks every year, and I stayed here for a week in the summer. If you like shiny snazzy boutique hotels then this is not for you. If you like a hotel that is so seeped with character and eccentric charm it would be 100% impossible to imitate, then this is your destination. My favourite hotel of all time, you just need to relax in to it and step back in time.

Room Tip: chose a room with a view... although that is slightly obvious.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Newport, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2013

Heard mixed reviews about this place and wish we'd listened to the warnings. Very little choice, ran out of key ingredients, wine was undrinkable, staff had no clue what menu items were, sloe to serve, honestly a truly horrific lunch which wont be repeated!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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977billyates, Manager at Northbank Hotel, responded to this review, 14 February 2016
We have been serving Sunday Lunches for nearly 10 years now. I find this review hard to believe as we have had the same loyal staff and they are very good at what they do. To say it was a horrific lunch is very hurtful and I am glad you will be not repeating it!!
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

This hotel is undoubtedly quirky but in no sense did that alter our enjoyment of the stay. We stayed for just one night and were part of a choir party of about 15 guests. All of our colleagues were charmed by the hotel which has been carefully preserved to replicate how it might have looked in the 40's,50's and 60's and some respects much earlier. When we spoke to the owner over the phone to check out our arrangements we were warned to watch out for u-boats in the Solent - we knew then that we were not going to any ordinary hotel!

The lack of en-suite facilities is clearly stated in the hotel particulars and in reality the place is peppered with bathrooms of all shapes and sizes. No-one had to wait to use the facilities. Radiograms, a snooker table, a table tennis table, a one armed bandit (with a real mechanical arm) dispensing sixpences and other interesting collectables abound and it is clear that the owners feel very strongly about the importance of maintaining the traditional structure and contents of the hotel.

The position of this hotel is excellent with super views across the Solent from all public rooms and most of the bedrooms. At high tide the sea is no more than a few feet from the edge of the garden which is a lovely place to sit. When we were there the garden was a huge mass of michaelmas daisy that was not particularly orderly but just allowed to form huge drifts in a most natural manner. In some way this was symbolic of the hotel.

It is a pity that some trip advisor guests have chosen to have a dig at the hotel and I cannot obviously vouch for their experiences or otherwise but I would say that our room was spotless, bed very comfortable, spacious, and provided with an electric fire for chilly evenings. We were lucky to get the best room (Room 2) but if there had been a problem with the other rooms I am sure we would have heard about it.

If you are someone who loves Ibis or Premium Hotels then this is probably not the place for you. But if you want somewhere that scores full marks on all of the basics and provides so much interest within its walls then this is the place for you. Whilst you are staying have a close look at Seaview village/town as well - it is so well preserved as a traditional resort without in any sense being chocolate boxey!

May the traditions of this hotel continue to delight future holidaymakers.

Room Tip: Sea view is really worth having, Room 2 is the best.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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England
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

We have just enjoyed 3 delightful days at the Northbank Hotel which is superbly situated overlooking the Sea.
The rooms are spacious and practical with lovely views and a reminder of what it used to be like staying at Hotels in a time gone by before ensuite facilities and all mod cons.

The family who run it are very friendly and extremly accomodating.
The breakfasts are the highlight of the morning and after a brief stroll through the gardens you are on the beach which was excellent for crabbing. Hours of funs for both adults and children.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Northbank Hotel
Address: Circular Road, Seaview PO34 5ET, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Seaview
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Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Seaview
Number of rooms: 18
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Northbank Hotel Isle Of Wight/Seaview

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