The Woolridge Group, which already runs the respected Seasons Kitchen in Surrey, welcomed local businesses and the media to a special launch event on Tuesday night where the exciting plans were put on display.
Known simply as ‘The Pier by Seasons’, the new restaurant will serve up seasonally inspired dishes created using the best of the Island’s produce. Upstairs, guests will be able to enjoy world-class cocktails, wines and champagnes in The Pier’s cocktail lounge. As well as casual diners, the venue will be able to host weddings, parties and brand takeovers.
The quality of the food and drink available is expected to be exceptional – if the offering on Tuesday night is anything to go by.
With planning permission already in place, work to transform the building at the wet end of the historic pier is set to begin in November, with works expected to be completed by April next year. All being well, diners are to be welcomed from the May bank holiday weekend.
It is hoped that the business will open year-round resulting in approximately 60 new jobs being created.
At the dry end of the pier, plans are afoot to transform the former Bay Café into a number of accommodation rooms but Island Echo is told there is no rush for this to take place. Neither holiday lets nor a hotel, the accommodation suite will simply offer a place for guests to stay overnight during their visit to the West Wight.
The arrival of The Pier could make a real, positive impact on the local economy, particularly for hoteliers and taxi drivers. Guests are expected to flock to Totland from across the Island and the South Coast, but the team behind the ambitious plans want to ensure that locals remain a core part of the business.
Totland Pier was built in 1880 but was almost lost to the sea in 2017, before being restored. The Woolridge Group have owned the pier since 2022.
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