Real Ale Guide to the Isle of Wight
6 Island Real Ale pubs:
Many of the Island’s pubs will have a couple of real ales on offer, but there are some that really aim to please with their choices:
- The Bargeman’s Rest is one such place. Situated on the quay in Newport, it is famed for its real ale offering. Here, you will find a traditional pub, home to an ever-changing selection of beers and local ales.
- The Buddle is a 16th-century freehouse (and reportedly a smugglers inn at one point) complete with ancient flagstones and beams. It has a strong following for the real ale connoisseurs, with six available.
- In Sandown, The Castle Inn has six real ales, including the best from local breweries. They love their ale so much that they hold a couple of beer festivals each year and have an extended happy hour most evenings.
- Ye Olde Village Inn, Bembridge has reputedly been pulling pints since 1787 and shows no sign of stopping. Sourcing real ales from across the country, there are always four real ales on pump and a selection on rotation.
- Sip a pint of real ale overlooking the Solent at The Boathouse in Seaview. In the winter, take a seat by the roaring fire, but when the summer is here, it has to be a seat outside looking across to the mainland.
- The Anchor Inn, Cowes is extremely popular during the summer months when the pub spills out onto the pavement (especially during Cowes Week). There are usually four real ales on in rotation.
Real Ale Events:
Lots of our pubs will hold their own real events throughout the year, but the star of the calendar has got to be the annual Beer, Busses and Walks Weekend.
Taking place on the 12-13 October 2019, nearly 100 pubs are set to take part with at least 80 restored classic buses dating from 1940 to 2000 servicing the routes, including one coming from Belgium! What better way to tour the Island’s idyllic landscape than in true style, atop an old Routemaster. Many of these fine establishments do a little extra on this special weekend, whether that’s a few additional guest ales on tap for travellers to enjoy, a special food menu to line those stomachs or even some local live entertainment to get the party started.
Routes start from either the IW Bus museum in Ryde – ideal for those arriving by Wightlink FastCat or at Newport Quay in the centre of the Island. There are more routes than ever this year, running more regularly, plus a route that includes East Cowes for the first time.