A filthy day at the beginning, thrashing with rain, blowing a gale, to step into the reception today was definitely joyous! There was a warm quiet about the place, unhurried, relaxed, calm and very delightful.
We had come to the Priory for a celebration lunch, we wanted something special, we were looking forward to it and WOW! how it delivered!
The chef's lunch menu of the day featured a number of locally sourced or foraged items. The staff went to great lengths to explain what everything was, which is very helpful to non-Island folk in particular who might be worrying if Gallybagger was catching! (Its a type of pure local cheese).
The first thing to appear was some complimentary home-baked toasted bread, complete with locally made butter. What an epicurean experience that is!
Our starters involved a medley of fresh vegetables and Island truffle plus for me some aged ham which was exquisite. Mains with the tenderest, rarest duck, triple fried chips, crisp greens and a whole plaice garnished with tender mussels, provided a total gourmet experience in itself.
There was more - much more. Possibly one of the best apple crumbles around and for me, a burnt custard, well that's what it was called. It was actually a crème Brule style custard, definitely made by angels, with a huge quenelle of the most intense chocolate mousse I have ever encountered.
Relaxing afterwards with beautiful teas, impeccably served in crisp white china, the sun had come out, we could see the angry sea and proceeded down the hill to walk off the excess of this wonderful meal.
Mike Drinkwater (from Ryde)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Priory Bay is the Isle of Wight's leading country house hotel. Set within a 60-acre estate, it's period buildings have spectacular views out to sea, with gardens and woodland running down to the bay. It inspires our chefs to use the finest seasonal ingredients, whether foraged, farmed or fished we are passionate about local produce. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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