New Isle of Wight restaurant to open next month

A new, seasonal restaurant is set to open in Ryde on the Isle of Wight next month. 

RTCaféGrill will open its doors on Thursday 7 March, with its seasonally-led menu set to be revealed in the coming weeks. 

Led by chef Robert Thompson MBE, RTCaféGrill will open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the ground floor of Royal Maritime House. 

The bar will offer views over the Solent, leading into a restaurant area with clothed tables, bistro-style chairs and oversized rattan lights hanging from high ceilings. There will also be a snug area with upholstered banquette seating.

Chef Thompson has been well-known on the Isle of Wight's culinary scene for 16 years. His offering at RTCaféGrill is set to include signature dishes such as the house grass-fed beef burger, linguini carbonara and yellow-fin tuna salad niçoise. 

With its open-kitchen concept, guests of the new restaurant will be able to soak up the atmosphere as they watch the chefs in action. Separately, on the lower ground floor will be the eponymous Thompson's. Moving from its Newport location this month, the restaurant will open in its new surroundings in autumn. The venue will be operated by the same team as RTCaféGrill, allowing every member of staff to develop their skills across both concepts. The same area will also be used for Thompson's cooking school, as well as other private meetings and events. 

"I am thrilled to bring some great news to Ryde by introducing a new dining venue with RTCaféGrill," says Thompson. "We are also looking forward to bringing our Newport restaurant Thompson's to life in the same space, creating two genuine neighbourhood venues. On moving to Ryde, we wanted to give locals, visitors and international travellers the chance to experience a new dining destination, whether they want to enjoy a bottle of wine at the bar, a family lunch with the kids, or a relaxed evening meal, discovering some of the very best ingredients from across the Isle of Wight."

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