Isle of Wight set for ‘Europe first’ Tequila hotelBy Kristiane Sherry
The duo behind London’s El Patron restaurant and bar are set to open a Tequila-themed hotel on the Isle of Wight, thought to be the first of its kind in Europe.
El Patron Isle of Wight will open in the Grade II listed Charter House in St. Thomas Square. Comprising a bar, restaurant and hotel, the venue is due to open this summer offering guests “an authentic South American experience”.
Each room in the six-bed boutique hotel is themed around a different drink from El Patron’s Tequila menu and has its own signature cocktail serve.
The restaurant will serve Mexican street food, including spinach and feta quesadillas, slow-cooked pork burritos, fish tacos and traditional chunky salsas, all presented on large sharing plates.
There will be live music and DJs in the bar section from Wednesday to Saturday evenings and Sunday during the day, playing a mix of Latin-inspired tunes.
The venue’s exterior features classic architectural structures with a large outdoor area. Inside, exposed brick walls, Latin-inspired artwork, a corrugated iron bar and reclaimed material from former warships create an eclectic setting.
To celebrate the launch, El Patron has created a new cocktail menu available at the inaugural London venue. Serves include Luchador, a mango margarita with jalapeno-infused Arette Blanco, mango, chillies and lime, and 100 Years of Lychee, mixed with Patron Silver, pear liquor, lychee, guava and peach.
Aiste Bart and Andrew Taylor opened El Patron London in Putney in February 2015. The couple is planning to open a third venue later this year.