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When visiting England’s gorgeous Isle of Wight, which is located in the English Channel just a brief ferry ride off the sunny south coast, you’ll be overwhelmed by the sheer number of lovely spots to eat and drink. As a hearty pub lunch and a refreshing local cider or real ale are both vital ingredients for any UK holiday, make sure you pay a visit to a few of the island’s watering holes.
Here’s our guide to the best pubs and bars on this beautiful island.
Located in a charming old English thatched cottage is where you’ll find this cosy pub. In the heart of the lovely village of Shanklin, The Crab is not only gorgeous from the outside, but has a super comfy interior too. Steeped in history with its pretty Tudor windows to transport you back in time, the atmosphere here is jolly and welcoming.
Aside from the brilliant name, the Buddle Smuggler’s also has a gorgeous floral garden and quaint old-fashioned lamps to complete its olde-worlde look. With a charming interior thanks to its antique furniture and cheerful collection of art and artefacts, tuck into some delicious wines and beers or choose the scampi for the ultimate seaside pub snack.
This delightful 17th-century pub has a blossoming garden complete with winding stream, which makes for an excellent spot to sip your pint after a day of exploring the glorious Isle of Wight. Nestled cosily in the pleasant village of Shorwell, the Crown also has a colourful children’s play area if you’ve got little’uns to occupy. With a tasty menu prepared fresh on the premises including some delicious pizza options, this is a surefire hit with every generation of the family.
It’s a pub. And it’s on the beach. What could be more perfect? Fisherman’s Cottage is a lovely little building with a thatched roof, tucked just under the cliffs in the Isle of Wight’s picturesque Shanklin Chine. The building dates back to 1817 and the pub’s menu is packed with tasty and colourful treats to choose from including Bembridge crab and lobster, should it take your fancy.
Another pub adorned with a thatcher’s fine handiwork, King Harry’s is, obviously, a place dedicated to the six-wived sovereign himself, Henry VIII. With full-on Tudor style décor inside, this place is a joyful trip back down the centuries. Proud of its lively social calendar, the King Harry boasts an events list bursting with live music, casino nights, quizzes and charity fundraisers. Pop in for delicious fare and thirst-quenching local ales.
With blissful views out across the water, this chic seaside pub has a truly laid back vibe. Once home to Sir Robert Holmes, one of the most notable governors of the Isle of Wight, the majestic 17th-century town house is situated conveniently between Yarmouth castle and its charming pier. King Charles II is said to have spent many an evening here too, which is surely just another bonus.
The Arreton Barns are an ancient collection of buildings with artists’ studios, a village church and lots of adorable shops to browse in. It’s worth a visit for the old-school community vibe alone, and once you’re there, head along to the Dairyman’s Daughter. It’s got a tasty menuful of home made treats and guests are invited to bring their muddy boots, well-behaved dogs and their own instruments to join in with the live folk and jazz evenings held weekly.
This cheerful gastropub is just as much a favourite with islanders as it is with tourists on their holidays. With an open fire to warm yourself by and super generous portion sizes, this pub is another great option if you’re into live music. Choose from an affordable selection of wines and locally sourced real ales as you soak up the toasty fireside warmth and lively atmosphere.