When visiting the Isle of Wight, there are a whole host of things to see and do – but sometimes, it’s nice to while away a few hours at a local pub and watch the world go by. With so many to choose from on the Island, where do you head first?
The Sun Inn
If you’re staying with us, The Sun Inn is a nearby favourite and an excellent spot come rain or come shine at which to enjoy real ales, a selection of wine and gins, as well as homemade food. 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 Sun Inn is the perfect option throughout summer and winter, however, if travelling slightly further afield for a day trip around the rest of the Island, below are some options for you to try out!
The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor
Overlooking Ventnor beach and the English Channel, this world-famous inn offers breathtaking views. The family-run inn, with four en-suite double bedrooms, is ranked by The Times as one of Britain’s 20 best pubs by the sea. A freehouse, the Spyglass specialises in seafood, with fresh crab and lobster delivered straight to the door from the Ventnor Haven fishery.
The Taverners, Godshill
This 17th century country pub is a friendly place, frequented by families which most often make use of the garden and the outside play area. The Taverners serves good food, cooked by the landlord and made from fresh local produce, some of it home-grown. Ales are by Sharps and Yates. There are a number of wines by the glass, plus home-made liqueurs.
The Bugle, Yarmouth
This old coaching inn is near to the Yarmouth Terminal, so you can eat as soon as you arrive or just before you leave – creating great memories to start or finish your Isle of Wight trip. Good pub food is available all day in the summer, and all day at the weekends in the winter, including fresh fish dishes. Ales are from Goddards, Island and Yates and so they have a wide selection from which to enjoy, as well as a courtyard garden in which both children and dogs are welcome.
White Hart Inn, Havenstreet
A traditional, red-brick village pub, the White Hart has a cosy log-fire bar, a carpeted dining room and, at the back, a garden with tables. Ales are by Ringwood and Goddards, and there’s a wide range of dishes; many are homemade, including vegetarian options and desserts. Children and dogs are welcome.