With the sunny days of summer now moving behind us, it’s time to stop thinking about picnics on the shores and start pulling up a chair by the fire, and enjoying some fine Isle of Wight brews and produce.
With plenty of options to choose from, we thought we’d help this week by recommending a handful of great spots to enjoy this Autumn and Winter season.
The Sun Inn
It wouldn’t be a list of the best pubs on the Isle of Wight if we didn’t add in our local favourite, The Sun Inn!
The Sun Inn is a brilliant pub local to Brook House, set in beautiful countryside with fantastic sea views near Brook Chine on the South-West coast of the Isle of Wight – which means that it’s perfectly placed for Brook House guests to enjoy being within an easy walk. It’s known for having a huge, well stocked beer bar and a menu of beautiful pub grub.
The Sun Inn has a varied history over the past 600 years – with some whispers suggesting that it was once used many years ago to hide smugglers loot, and then it became a true inn and continues serving happy customers to this day.
The Spyglass Inn
One of Ventnor’s best known pubs is The Spyglass Inn, located at the end of the esplanade with fantastic views back across the seafront and out to sea. Inside the pub is decorated with a splendid array of maritime memorabilia, with an open fire adding to the atmosphere of an already warm welcome.
Drop in for lunch and you may find the pub’s piano in full swing, with well-presented and heavily loaded plates of food available to order from the extensive menu of English favourites. You will also find a range of local musicians providing live entertainment most evenings, with a variety of folk, blues, jazz and more. The Spyglass is the perfect place to enjoy a cosy drink and see the sea through the window panes.
The Castle is Newport’s oldest pub, with a license dating as far back as 1550. Amongst its many patrons across the years it is rumoured King Charles I visited the pub several times under armed guard during his imprisonment at Carisbrooke Castle. This leads onto a well-known Isle of Wight “urban myth” that a secret tunnel still runs from the pub all the way into the castle keep (in truth a hidden staircase once led into the grounds, but mile-long tunnels are far more glamourous!)
Whilst you are unlikely to find any Royal prisoners out on a “jolly” these days, you will find a cosy old-English pub atmosphere, with a range of real ales, fine food and plenty of live music and entertainment to enjoy in the evenings.