Top chef back in new kitchen

By Richard Wright

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Top chef back in new kitchen

TOP chef Robert Thompson has become head chef of another high-class Isle of Wight hotel.

His appointment was confirmed amid increasing rumours that The George Hotel at Yarmouth is in the process of being sold to National Lottery boss Dianne Thompson.

Michelin starred chef Thompson said: "I’m honoured to be working on a new project at The George and to be able to continue my career on the Isle of Wight.

"There are exciting plans underway for both The George’s dining, and the hotel itself, which will be announced in more detail over the coming months."

It was nearly a year ago that Thompson, 31, left Ventnor’s Hambrough Hotel after being credited with playing a lead role in transforming the Island into a foodie destination during his five years there.

He now heads the kitchen of an hotel owned since the early 1990s by Jeremy Willcock and Dire Straits’ bassist John Illsley and their wives.

It was originally built in the 17th century as the home of Sir Robert Holmes, the Island’s governor.

Ms Thompson, 63, is due to retire next year after 15 years with the lottery. She already owns property in Yarmouth and has a portfolio of business interests.



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7th March 2014, at 11:45:53

...if only you could get into Yarmouth these days ?

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by Victoria Bassill

6th March 2014, at 23:37:29

Any chance he might be able to bring a couple of GPs with him? Now that would be really useful to the good folk of WW........

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by rodney burt

6th March 2014, at 19:38:51

Yes the winter gardens now that is a fishy storey

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by Russell Palin

6th March 2014, at 18:58:41

Yarmouth is a rising out of the East Yar quite nicely.
My one great hope here is that the town gets some Michelin stars.
I am sure this sort of thing will benefit the West wight. I think it will make it more exclusive for a start and hopefully, before it is too late make the open rural nature of the place more precious to the people who count in life.... more guarded from silly political"relentless development" is the thing here folks.
Having a destination where money goes is the true meaning of growth, not bricks and mortar. Or car parking charge rises on already poor people for that matter.
Raise the standard of living..
Start with a good chef.

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by lulu arnold

6th March 2014, at 17:58:09

sounds like a fishy dish ..............

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by Paul Youngman

6th March 2014, at 15:59:41

Robert Thompson - Ventnor Winter Gardens??

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