Whilst pubs up and down the country are chopping and changing, the Isle of Wight boasts many that have stayed delightfully the same for a number of years.
Character Inns are celebrating a big birthday this September. The family-owned pubs are amongst some of the best-loved on the Island, by locals and visitors alike.
There is much to celebrate as the group turns 20 on the 22nd of September even more to reflect on. Back in 1998, the group started with The Bugle Coaching Inn Yarmouth and has now grown to include a whopping 8 premises in stunning locations around the Isle of Wight:
The Bugle Coaching Inn is a charming 16th century inn situated in the heart of Yarmouth’s market square and a stone’s throw from thesea, harbour and Wightlink ferry terminal. Step inside the historic building for great hospitality, seasonal food and real ales. A real must visit when visiting the West Wight.
The Yachtsman in Cowes has an enviable terrace with views over the Solent and beyond. An ideal venue for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner; or maybe just a glass of wine or real ale whilst watching the world go by.
The Crab and Lobster is an Island pub institution. Tucked away on Bembridge Ledge, the garden overlooks the sea and you can dine with some breathtaking views. As the name suggests, seafood is the speciality – caught locally everyday and served fresh to your table. Extend your stay with five en-suite bedrooms.
Voted in the Top 10 most cosy pubs in the UK by the Sunday telegraph for 2018, The Sun Inn, Hulverstone is a stunning thatched 16th century pub. Set in beautiful countryside near the popular Compton Bay on the south-west coast, it has a huge beer garden and dining area with outstanding views of the English Channel, rolling countryside and Tennyson Down. Island. The Sun is a perfect stop-off point for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers.
The Bugle Family Inn, Brading boasts a fully refurbished pub, complete with kids play areas. Renowned for their carvery, it is a great place for all the family.
Having recently won the Sunday Telegraph’s ‘Top 10 UK Gardens with a Sea View’, The Buddle Inn really is the place to explore the Island’s most southerly point and explore the smuggling heritage.
The Caulkheads Family Inn is located just off the beach in Sandown. Specialising in looking after the younger members of the family, expect large gardens with pirate boat, a bouncy castle and indoor ball park. Serving popular homemade stone-baked pizzas, alongside traditional dishes and well kept ales. Kids will enjoy the silent cinema ,where you can leave your little ones in safety to watch the film whilst you do some much-needed relaxing!
Set in the heart of one of the most beautiful villages on the Island, The Crown in Shorwell boasts possibly the best pub garden on the Island, with its famous fresh water trout stream and duck sanctuary. Recently awarded a ‘Cask Marque Accreditation’ for the quality of their 6 real ale beers, which include an Island brew.