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Chef Robert Thompson MBE to open RTCaféGrill

Separately, Thompson’s other restaurant will be on the lower ground floor moving from its Newport location this February, opening in Autumn 2024

Chef Robert Thompson MBE has announced that he is set to open RTCaféGrill in Ryde on the Isle of Wight in March.

RTCaféGrill will open on the ground floor of Royal Maritime House, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The restaurant features a long bar flanked with bar stools and bar tables looking out over the Solent.

In the design, the bar will lead into the restaurant area, with clothed tables, bistro-style chairs, and oversized rattan lights hanging from the high ceilings.

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Separately, Thompson’s other restaurant will be on the lower ground floor moving from its Newport location this February, opening in Autumn 2024.

The restaurant will be operated by the same team as the RTCaféGrill, allowing every staff member to develop their skills across both offerings.

Thompson said: “I am thrilled to bring some great news to Ryde by introducing a new dining venue with RTCaféGrill. 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.”

He added: “My first-class team is ready to lead my new restaurant concept that puts local talent, local suppliers, and local produce centre-stage and this next chapter is a really exciting one for our entire team and also for the Isle. We’re looking forward to opening the doors and welcoming everyone this March.”

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