09 Dec A Solent view stay at the George Hotel
It’s been a busy year. In need of some relaxation and time away, but not wanting to travel, we booked a November break at the George Hotel on the Isle of Wight.
There’s something about the short ferry crossing across the Solent that makes you feel like you’re properly away. Staying for two nights, we chose to take the car, but the hotel is so close to the Wightlink ferry terminal that you could easily just pop over as foot passengers for a stay or just for lunch. You can even book a luxury transfer on board the hotel’s own power boat.
A 17th Century townhouse, The George has a heritage feel with modern twists, is relaxed and unfussy. It sits right on the waterfront at the pretty harbour town of Yarmouth, with its deli, pubs, restaurants and boutique shopping all just outside the door, and traditional Island views of the marina, the pier, the lifeboat and the ferry lumbering in and out.
Our room had a terrace looking out over the Solent which would be spectacular in the warmer months – and we did brave coffee out there on both days. It was super-comfortable with stylish design and luxury touches although maybe suffering from a weeny bit of end-of-season tiredness for a £320-a-night room.
We started our break, as the evening drew in with our coats on and a large glass of red at the bottom of the beachfront garden listening to the waves lapping the shoreline. This spot really is lovely and in the summer months is always packed with visitors enjoying great food and an Italian vibe, with its olive trees and driftwood beach bar.
We ate in The Conservatory and although the menu was fairly limited, the dinner was exceptional, the restaurant warm, and the staff a delight.
My Butternut Squash Velouté with Pumpkin Satay and Chive Oil was rich, deep and velvety and was followed by delicate Cornish Cod à La Grenobloise with Saffron Potatoes and Vichyssoise, cooked to perfection.
My husband went for Partridge and Duck Terrine with Piccalilli Gel and Williams Pear, followed (much to my dismay) by The George Burger which he declared was a 9.5/10 – a rare compliment from Mr Burger Man.
If breakfast with a view, even in November, is your thing then you won’t be disappointed! We will be back to spend a morning on the waterfront reading the papers over breakfast when the sun returns.