Lugley's Restaurant was opened by Angela Hewitt in 1980. It was a life long dream come true. Previously she had operated catering concessions at The Castle Inn, Sandown, Seaview Yacht Club and Brading Haven Yacht Club.
She opened the restaurant in a disused petrol station in Lugley Street, Newport and right from the beginning determined
it was going to be the type of establishment that served fine food. Within a year of opening she had won an accolade in the nationally famous Egon Ronay Good Food
Guide. A year later she was in the Good Food Guide and the AA Good Food Guide where she obtained 2 rosettes.
In 1987 Angela moved Lugley's into the country and re-opened in Staplers Road, Wootton - next to Butterfly World. During her time at Lugleys Angela cooked for the Royal
family including all the Royal Princes, Philip, Edward, Andrew, Michael and Princess Alexander. She also catered regularly for Wight Link and for the Royal Ballet when
they came to Osborne House. She also produced a small range of flower scented luxury ice-creams for the retail market.
Due to nothing more than sheer exhaustion Angela decided to close the restaurant in 1993. She decided not to sell the restaurant as she had built up masses of good
will and always believed that one day she would use the name again.
Numerous phone calls from her old customers asking for her recipes led her to write several cookery books. Isle of Wight Cookery published by Dove Cote Press. What's
Cooking on the Isle of Wight, followed by Four more books called What's Cooking in Oxford, New Forest, Cotswolds, and Brighton. The were published by her own publishing
company Travelling Gourmet Publications. She also wrote Cooking on the Move and Herb Growers Cook Book. She has sold some 11,000 cookery books. She spent a year giving
talks and cookery demonstrations to WI's and Towns Women's Guilds on the Island.
While an elected councillor for the Isle of Wight Council she was regularly recognised as the chef/proprietor of Lugley's restaurant and she was able to offer her
knowledge as a restaurateur during council business meetings.
Angela now writes the Wight Good Food Guide.
"Lugley's" is a registered trade mark and cannot be used by anyone without the express
permission of Angela Hewitt. No one has been given such permissions to date. Anyone wishing to use the name to promote their business or products should contact Angela on
NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT
Angela hewitt has no
connection and never have had any connection with this restaurant. The Owners
claimed in the Isle of Wight County Press that they called it Hewitt's as a nod
to her and the fact that she
writes the Wight Good Food Guide. Angela did not give them permission to use her name
to promote their business. In fact she is very upset. SheI spent 17 years
building up her reputation as a top island chef. It is known for a fact that
people have gone to this restaurant thinking it is something to do with her.
Had they asked she would not have allowed them to use her name
because she has her own reputation as a former top island chef to consider. They
have claimed that the County Press wrote the story in error and that it was not
named after he. However, when she ask them why they called it Hewitt's they
could not give her an answer.
These days it is the tradition for most chefs confident with their cooking to
name their restaurant after themselves.