You know that summer is well on its way when The Hut opens its doors (and snazzy new roof) to the masses. The opening of the restaurant, nestled right on the shore at Colwell Bay, heralds the start of warmer days enjoying lazy lunches in the sun, and the lighter, longer nights watching the sunset over the Channel sipping on cocktails….bliss.
Thankfully, summer can’t be too far around the corner as The Hut is now open and raring to go. Fresh from its winter makeover, The Hut, always famous for its floor to ceiling windows, has gone a step above (literally) with a new ‘top deck’ dining room where the roof simply disappears at the press of a button! If the sun is out, then the roof comes down. Expect to be wowed by the view across to Hurst Castle at Hurst Spit, and you would be hard pressed to find a better place to enjoy a legendary Isle of Wight sunset. If you have a special occasion to celebrate, then the addition of a brand new top floor private dining room seating up to 30 people, could be perfect.
The vibe continues to be relaxed and welcoming and beach cafe-esque, although the food continues to be top-notch. Fresh seafood plays a central role, with lobster caught straight off the beach and bought in for customers to choose from. Dishes change monthly with a focus on the season. Think crab gnocchi, piri-piri chicken, crispy duck salad and surf and turf. If it is more of a liquid diet you are after, then The Hut has got you covered. Their cocktails are legendary, with some new additions for summer 2017. Bestsellers Rumspresso Martini and Wight Island Iced Tea sit alongside newbies Beefai and The Kings Coconut (summer in a glass) or try a loaded milkshake, either for kids or add a dash of something naughty for the adults. For wine connoisseurs, choose from their array of fine wines and if you are feeling thirsty – try the Saint Mitre rosé. Available in four sizes from a standard bottle, a Magnum (two bottles) Jeroboam (four bottles) and the whopping Methuselum, the equivalent of eight bottles (you best take a couple of friends!)
Part of the charm is the ability to arrive in style. Colwell Bay is a mecca for boats during the summer, with many moored up for the day. The Hut runs a service to ferry visitors who are moored offshore back and forth in one of their ribs, which, in the height of the season, is as much as 200 times a day. Passing helicopters can’t fail to notice the place either thanks to their name emblazoned on top of the roof. Helicopters are directed to the field nearby, three have been already so far this year.
The Hut first opened it doors in 2013 and is now in its 5th season. Owned by two brothers and one brother-in-law (a true family business) they have run restaurants and nightclubs before in London, Oxford and Verbier, before settling in for the long haul on the Isle of Wight.
So, make hay whilst the sun in shining and get yourself over to The Hut. Whether by land, sea or air, you can’t fail to enjoy dining there this summer.