Royal Revival to celebrate historic hotel

By Richard Wright

Monday, October 8, 2012

 

Royal Revival to celebrate historic hotel

Royal Revival at the Royal Hotel in Ventnor, Isle of Wight. From left Philip Wilson, Prince Charles impersonator Charles Haslett and Simon Avery. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

A PRESTIGIOUS Isle of Wight hotel turned back the clock to a golden age of entertainment to celebrate its 180th anniversary.

Guests entered the Royal Revival spirit in vintage dress code and were entertained on Friday with quirky songs from Lili la Scala.

On Saturday night the Radio Soop theatrical troupe recreated the golden age of steam radio with quick-fire scripts.

Both evenings featured fine dining with menus put together by head chef Alan Staley and his team.

Entertainment included actor Charles Haslett performing as Prince Charles and Fawlty Towers waiter, Manuel.

The latest Royal Revival followed that of last year when the hotel celebrated being in the Michelin Guide for the guide’s entire 100 years.

Guests were welcomed to this weekend’s celebrations by Royal owner William Bailey, who bought the then run-down hotel nearly 20 years ago.

He has transformed its fortunes, leading the hotel to win a string of awards for its cuisine and entertainment.

Since it opened as an inn, guests have included royalty and, in latter years, celebrities.

"I think the revival was a brilliant way to celebrate the hotel’s history," said Mr Bailey, who now employs 70 people there in peak season.

"This was a tribute to all the staff who make the hotel what it is today — and who will play a part in what will be a very exciting future."

For more pictures, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, October 12.

Royal Revival

From left Teresa Grimaldi, Jo Macaulay, Michelle Martin, Gemma Martin, Tracy Mikich and Keri Highland.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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