Country & Town House – March 2017

“An outstanding restaurant with rooms on a small bay overlooking the Solent, owned and run by islander Ben Cooke and his wife Holly, both passionate about their enterprise. The name harks back to the prestigious, now closed, Gloster Hotel in nearby Cowes, owned by Ben’s British grandfather and Danish grandmother, fondly known to all as Mormor. Ben can be found managing all areas of the restaurant, kitchen and notable wine list. Head chef Jay Santiago, who has been with The Little Gloster since launching, produces excellent, unfussy dishes, in an open kitchen within the simple, glass-encased dining room. Don’t miss the home-cured gravadlax, served with crème fraiche, caviar, sprouted spelt bread and a shot of ice-cold, house-made aquavit. Holly, energetic and warm, is in charge of the many events held in this beautiful spot, as well as the office and bedrooms. There’s more Scandinavian elegance in the three bedrooms. All rooms – including the stunning Garden Suite with private terrace, huge bathroom and separate sitting room – have wonderful sea views. Doubles from £125.”

Country & Town House – Great British Hotels – The Little Gloster Tips:

Do: Enjoy the seaside and try your hand at some watersports.

Eat: An Isle of Wight lobster or crab picnic prepared by Ben and his team.

Buy: A boat trip around the Isle of Wight.

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