About Harbour Kitchen - HK

Harbour Kitchen re-opened its doors on 28th July 2017 with Brian and Caroline Hicks taking the reins after a long period of closure.

Their vision was to create a unique and fun venue which served great tasting food supported by an awesome selection of drinks, all at sensible prices whilst aspiring to buying local produce wherever possible.  They chose to go for the bistro theme, as the word bistro in the dictionary means 'a small, inexpensive restaurant'.  They also wanted to share their enthusiasm and love of the hospitality trade, to the 'next generation' to help keep this industry alive with young and talented individuals.

Since opening the doors, Brian and Caroline have been busy with their new family and developing this business, here's what has happened to date:

  • January 2017 - Baby Cheese Burger was born

  • July 2017 - Doors open for HK - Cowes (and yes we opened a few days before the start of Cowes' week with a 6 month old baby)

  • Winter 2017/18 - HK ON THE ROAD designed by Caroline and built by Brian

  • Spring 2018 - HK takes on its first apprentice for cookery

  • Early Summer 2018 - HK takes on its second apprentice for cookery

  • July 2018 - HK ON THE ROAD launches with Round the Island Race being its first event.

  • November 2018 - refurbishment of the 1st floor for HK Cowes was completed.  Designed by Caroline and built by Brian

  • August 2019 - Baby Mini Milkshake was born

  • Winter 2019 - first two apprentices completed and passed their qualification 

  • Early 2020 - HK is awarded 'Best of the Wight - The Top 5' by the Wight Good Food Guide!

  • February 2020 - HK designs and starts the building for two more (maybe three) HK ON THE ROAD units

  • March 2020 - HK takes on its third apprentice for cookery

  • March 2020 - HK forced to close due to COVID-19

  • June 2020 - HK launches a home delivery service for Cowes, Gunard and Northwood areas

From the Press

“If you want a good burger go to somewhere that specialises in them.”

Voted best Cafe in Cowes for 2019

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