Tequila makes Isle of Wight hotel happy


Europe’s first tequila hotel is set to launch on the Isle of Wight this summer.

El Patron is the brainchild of dynamic couple Aiste Bart and Andrew Taylor, who opened their first venue in London earlier this year and now plan to roll out the brand nationwide.

The six-bed boutique hotel, complete with a Mexican-themed bar and restaurant will take its home in the historic Charter House on the island, a Grade-II listed building located in St Thomas’s Square.

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The exterior will be transformed into a ‘Mexican playground’ with exposed brick walls, Latino inspired artwork, colourful Mediterranean-style shutters, a corrugated iron bar, and reclaimed material from former warships.

Each of the six bedrooms will be themed around a different drink from El Patron’s extensive tequila menu and will also have its own individual cocktail set for guests to make their own tequila tipples to enjoy.

In the restaurant, the menu will be street-food inspired, with offerings such as spinach and feta quesadillas, slow cooked pork burritos and fish tacos, all served on sharing plates to give an authentic South American experience.

The bar, which will boast a new summer cocktail menu, will also play host to live music and DJs from Wednesday to Saturday.