The Royal IW Agricultural Society’s Food Provenance Scheme Wight Marque is delighted to welcome a new member to the scheme with the presentation this week of their Gold Marque to The Royal Hotel in Ventnor. Steve Harris, head chef, accepted the Gold Marque certificate on behalf of the hotel, which is well known for its use of the freshest seasonal ingredients, sourcing locally-grown vegetables, award-winning cheeses, locally reared meats, game and seafood from the Island’s farmers and fishermen.
The Wight Marque scheme aims to support the Island’s food producers by accrediting genuinely local producers and all other businesses right through the food chain, which sell or serve Wight Marque products and promote the Isle of Wight as a great food destination. It also provides an easy way for customers to recognise and seek out hospitality businesses supporting local producers. At The Royal Hotel, which has appeared in every Michelin guide since 1911 you can be sure these local ingredients are prepared to the highest standards and reflect the very best of British cuisine and demonstrate the high quality food products available here on the Isle of Wight.
The Gold Marque certificate was presented by a member of the Wight Marque managing group, John Heather, who represents the IW NFU Mutual, which has strong links to food and farming; but also works with a large number of hospitality businesses across the Island, commented,
“The team at The Royal should be applauded for the support they give local growers and producers, and for them to be the first hotel on the Island with a Gold Wight Marque is testament to this. I would encourage other businesses to investigate how they can use the diverse products available from the Isle of Wight.”
The Royal Hotel said “There is nothing like fostering a good relationship with local producers to strengthen and support the local market, and to be awarded the Wight Marque Gold Award is a bonus!
We celebrate the Island’s superb local produce as best as we can. No doubt that locally grown food tastes and looks better. The crops are picked at their peak, are hand-crafted for best flavour.
We might be a small island, but when it comes to food, we’ve got big culinary ambitions.”
For more information on the Wight Marque Isle of Wight food provenance scheme please see www.wightmarque.co.uk or give us a call on 0845 226 9098