Island Life Magazine Ltd December 2008/January 2009 - Page 96

life FOOD & DRINK Food News Update The St Helen's is awarded two rosettes The St Helens has just been awarded its second AA rosette. Mark owner/chef said, “Since the restaurant opened in 2005, we have stuck to our principles of sourcing the best Island produce available for our menus and providing excellent service in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Therefore to be recognised with this award is a massive achievement. We were awarded our first AA rosette in July 2007 and the entire St Helens teams have worked extremely hard to increase the standards to what is required at this level. We will definitely be celebrating for some time”. Well done Mark. The St Helens Tel: 01983 872303 or 07717 175444. Great offers for January 09 09 is turning out to be a good year for Island diners. As times are getting tough some restaurants are adapting their prices to accommodate the current climate. Morgans are running a two for one offer, buy two courses get the least expensive free (see page 98 for details) whilst The St Helens 96 who have just achieved two rosettes have decided to offer 3 courses for only £18.99 p/h and two courses for £15.50 p/h. (see page 103). If you fancy something different for January 09 then China China, Cowes and Bembridge are offering a 50% discount on all food for Monday nights, restaurant only. On Tuesday/ Wednesday/Thursday nights they are offering two courses (including £1.00 p/h crispy duck) for only £12.50 p/h or for £17.80 per person 3 courses, (platter, duck and a choice of 4 main dishes between two and if you finish your first four dishes you can ask for more.) Cowes 01983 200800, Bembridge 01983 875559. Big fish for a small Pond Michelin starred chef Robert Thompson has appointed his new head chef for the Pond Cafe , Bonchurch - Andrew Beaumont who brings with him a Mediterranean flavour to his menus. To start, Seared Mackerel, Buffalo Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes, Baby Spinach and Olive oil, main dishes such as Gnocchi of Wild rabbit, Wild Mushrooms, Rocket and Shaved Parmesan and for dessert Chocolate and Chestnut Torte, Vanilla Ice Cream. The Pond Cafe is open throughout the festive season for bookings call Mario on 01983 855666. The Island's new funky radio station www.wightfm.com