A FAMILY has launched a new restaurant in memory of a beloved son who died at the age of 15.

Benjamin's bar and bistro is at 36-38 High Street, Shanklin, and is named after Ben Boon, who lost his life to a congenital heart defect last December.

Isle of Wight County Press: Ben Boon, who died at 15.Ben Boon, who died at 15.

Ben died after his fifth open heart surgery.

His mother Amber said: "The restaurant is in memory of my son who sadly lost his battle with a congenital heart defect.

"Ben always knew it was my dream to open a restaurant and was always saying he couldn't wait and was keen to start working."

Isle of Wight County Press: Amber Boon at her new restaurant.Amber Boon at her new restaurant.

The restaurant, in a prime position in Shanklin, has a Facebook page, and is open ready for the festive season.

Isle of Wight County Press: Benjamin's Bar and Bistro in Shanklin.Benjamin's Bar and Bistro in Shanklin.

It is offering a pre-Christmas menu, and a Christmas Day menu.

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