Pub Guide

Isle of Wight

I have holidaying on the Isle of Wight with my brother for about 8 years. In that time, we've only had one week when the weather was less than brilliant. The climate seems to be milder and the weather more reliable than anywhere else I've been in the UK. Our chosen place to stay is in St Helens. We generally favour country pubs rather than those in the towns. All photographs taken by myself or my brother.
Pub Details Photographs (click to enlarge)
Arreton - The Dairyman's Daughter (at Arreton Barns)
PO30 3AA, Tel: 01983 539 361; website

A pub with a rustic feel set in a folk museum with plenty of interesting artefacts and shops to browse. The pub has an interesting menu and a large selection of real ales from near and far, usually from small breweries.

Beer: About 6 usually available including the likes of Goddard's, Yates and Badger.
Food: Good menu and blackboards specials and succulent sweets!

Visited: June 16th, 2009

Arreton - The White Lion
PO30 3AA, Tel: 01983 528 479; website

An attractive, comfortable and friendly pub on the main road, very near Arreton Barns (see above).

Beer: 2 or 3 real ales, kept very well, e.g. Badger bitter; Fuller's London Pride; Hook Norton Old Hookey.
Food: Excellent home-cooked food. Choice a bit limited, but the quality more than makes up for that. Sunday roasts a speciality.

Visited: June 17th, 2007

Brading - The Yarbridge Inn
PO36 0AA, Tel: 01983 406 212; website

Attractive pub by the crossroads. Inside there is a strong railway theme. The pub specialises in stocking a large selection of obscure beers, making every day a beer festival. The food is excellent, with roasts meals every Sunday.

Beer:  Huge choice of ales from around the country, mainly from small breweries. Quality varies a little.
Food: Excellent home-cooked food. Selection of roasts on Sundays.

Visited: June 18th, 2009

Calbourne - The Sun Inn
PO30 4JA, Tel: 01983 531 231; website

Friendly and comfortable inn. A model railway runs round the picture-rail shelf. The picturesque Winkle Street is but a short distance and is worth visiting - take your camera!

Beer: 1 or 2 ales varying, e.g. Goddard's, Wadworths. Kept very well.
Food: Very good home-cooked food including roast dinners every day and tasty sweets.

Visited: June 19th, 2009

Fishbourne - The Fishbourne Inn
PO33 4EU , Tel: 01983 882 823; website

Large attractive pub just by the car ferry terminus. Instead of following the other cars towards Ryde, turn left out of the terminal and have a quiet drink and some good food. Plenty of space inside and outside.

Beer: Goddards plus at least one other ale. Kept very well.
Food: Good choice plus specials board. Food very tasty and good service provided.

Visited: June 13th, 2009

Hulverstone - The Sun Inn
PO30 4EH; Tel: 10983 741 124; website

Ancient thatched inn with nice garden.

Beer: 3 or 4 ales, e.g. Archers, Taylors, Ringwood, Greene King.
Food: Good and tasty


Visited: July 21st, 2006

Niton - The Buddle Inn
PO38 2NE; Tel: 01983 730 243; website

Ancient picture-postcard former smugglers' inn set out of the village near the cliff top. Friendly and comfortable pub with attractive outdoor area at the front.

Beer: Usually 4 or 5 ales, very well-kept. e.g. Yates, Goddards, Adnams.
Food: Good food, though not a big choice. The roast lunches are especially recommended.

Visited: June 14th, 2009

Rookley - The Chequers
PO38 3NZ; Tel: 01983 840 314; website

Very old pub, though extensively modernised. Out of the village and not easy to find. Pleasant inside and with a nice child-friendly garden. Caters more for eating than drinking.

Beer: Ringwood ales (Marston's portfolio); 2 or three on offer.  Generally the beers are rather bland and characterless.
Food: Sunday carverys very good and quite cheap.

Visited: June 17th, 2009

Shorwell - The Crown Inn
PO30 3JZ; Tel: 01983 740 293; website

Very attractive pub with a trout stream in the garden; also a duck pond and dovecot. Children's play area as well.

Beer: Usually 2 ales on tap. I've had excellent Sharps Doom Bar, Goddards, Wadworths 6X, Badger Tanglefoot over the last few years.
Food: Very good and a reasonable choice.

Visited: June 15th, 2009

Whitwell - The White Horse Inn
PO38 2PY; Tel: 01983 730 375; website

Ancient large village inn, comfortable but unpretentious.

Beer: about 4 ales on tap; varying regularly, kept very well. e.g. Ventnor Golden ale; Greene King Abbott ale, Fuller's London Pride; Badger First Gold; Ringwood bitter.
Food: Huge menu. Quality is excellent and seems to be home-cooked.

Visited: June 21st, 2007
NOTE: The pub has since changed hands but the food and beer are still excellent, judging by independent reviews.