As lockdown restrictions are eased, unfortunately, it looks like it may be a little longer before we’ll be able to enjoy a refreshing pint down the local. However, planning rules have been relaxed so pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways during the coronavirus outbreak, allowing an increasing number of Isle of Wight pubs to find innovative ways to keep their businesses afloat.
Recent weeks have seen more and more pubs and restaurants opening their doors to offer a diverse range of tasty takeaway treats and pub grub home delivery services – some have even gone the extra mile by opening community shops while others are offering your favourite freshly-pulled pint in a takeaway carton!
In these tough times, supporting local businesses is essential for their survival, so the message is simple – use them or lose them. Here’s our top pick of some of the more interesting options available from local pubs across the Island…
The Spyglass Inn
Whilst the pub itself remains closed, the Spyglass Inn team have borrowed a catering unit from nearby Ventnor Haven Fishery and are making novel use of the space at the entrance to the pub to provide the public with some of their famous seafood dishes. Serving Ventnor Bay ‘crab on chips’, beer-battered locally caught fish, breaded scampi and plaice as well as some meat and vegetarian options, frying starts at 12noon and continues until 6pm. There are also cold drinks including prosecco, beer and cider to quench your thirst, plus coffee, tea and ice cream available – and a children’s menu to keep the little ones happy. Keep your eyes peeled on the blackboards for the ‘catch of the day’. What could be better than local crab, chips and a glass of fizz in the sunshine on picturesque Ventnor esplanade?
Boojum & Snark
Micro-brewery and bar Boojum & Snark in Sandown are offering freshly pulled two-pint cartons of craft beer and ciders to takeaway. Open Saturdays 12pm–6pm, they also offer beer boxes plus selected cans and bottles available for collection to enjoy at home. Staying in? If you can’t make it to the bar, they’ll even deliver to the door in the local area on their way home! See Facebook page for this week’s selection and message to order.
The Sun Inn
Not only have the Sun Inn at Calbourne launched their ‘Sun Out’ takeaway and delivery service, but they’ve also opened a community shop within the pub. The shop is open daily from 11am–2pm and then 4.30pm–7.30pm selling a range of essential food items and cleaning products. Either call 01983 531231 to place your order ready for collection, or simply park at the pub and pop in. The Sun Out menu features a range of classic pub meals – including their roast dinners, burgers, curries and a range of vegetarian and vegan options – which are available to order for collection or for free delivery to Calbourne, Brighstone, Limerstone, Newbridge, Shalfleet, Cranmore, Ningwood, Porchfield, Thorley and Wellow. Call or order online at suncalbourne.touchtakeaway.net/menu.
The Sportsmans Rest
Similarly, the Sportsman’s Rest in Porchfield have also opened a community shop open from offering essential items such as bread, butter and milk as well as a wide range of takeaway meals. If you fancy a pint, they’ll even supply a pint for you to enjoy in your own home for only £3. Simply bring your own mug or container and they’ll fill them up for you, and can even provide a takeaway mug with a lid if you don’t have your own! With regularly changing special offers – including roast dinners, a massive mixed grill and delicious desserts – keep your eyes peeled on their Facebook page for the latest news and opening times.
Inns of Distinction
If you’ve been following the Inns of Distinction Facebook page, you’ll have no doubt been utilising your lockdown time to expand your cooking repertoire with the mouthwatering recipes they’ve been sharing. Now you can let someone else do the hard work as both The Fishbourne and The Boathouse are now offering selected favourites from the menu for takeaway collection, including beer-battered fish and chips, steak and ale pie and burgers from the menu – and yes, even their legendary halloumi burger! Open Tuesday–Saturday, simply call 07837 383564 to order between 9am–3pm each day for collection from either pub between 5pm–7pm. Slots available every 5 minutes. See the Facebook pages for the full menu.
The Pilot Boat Inn
Promising a small menu but big flavours, the Pilot Boat Inn at Bembridge is offering rotisserie dry-rubbed local free range chicken delivered to the door Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm–8pm. The chicken is marinated for 24 hours before roasting and all you need to do is pick your meal size, add your sides and choice of drink. Orders must be placed by 4pm Thursday for Friday delivery and 4pm Friday for Saturday delivery. Covers Bembridge, St Helens, Nettlestone, Seaview and Brading.
The Mermaid Bar
The home of Isle of Wight Distillery, the Mermaid Bar at Pondwell are offering bar classics such as pizzas, burgers, scampi and more delivered to your door. If you fancy a cheeky tipple to wash it down with, you can also purchase a bottle of Mermaid Gin, Rosemary Vineyard Wine or Goddards Brewery Beer to accompany your food which will be delivered at the same time. Delivery radius is 2 miles covering Binstead, Ryde, Seaview, St Helens and Bembridge. Call 01983 613653 (option 1) to order, minimum order price.
For a comprehensive list of pubs, restaurants and cafés offering takeaway and delivery services, please see our Open for Business page.