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.
- Also Known As:
- Northbank Hotel Isle Of Wight/Seaview