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 good selection of real ales, usually based around Ringwood's beers, and so from the Marston's portfolio and often with an ale allegedly brewed for the pub.

Beer: Usually about 4 ales, mainly from Ringwood brewery plus one labelled as brewed for the pub. Well-kept and tasty.
Food: Good menu and blackboards specials and succulent sweets! In the summer, I receommend the "sharing ploughmans", (16 in 2017).

Visited: July 2017

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). A new and enthusiastic owner in 2014 has improved the quality, choice and standard of the food; The beer jas always been excellent and varied

Beer: 2 or 3 real ales, kept very well. 2
July 2017 - Included the ever popular Sharp's Doom Bar

Food: Excellent home-cooked food, with interesting specials board. Very busy on Sundays - booking recommended at times.

Visited: July 2017

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

Attractive pub by the crossroads.Very popular especially on Sunday lunchtimes, when they do an excellent sunday Roast. Excellent quality home-cooked food is served all day.

Beer:  Formerly used to serve a large (too large) choice, but now has reduced the choice and improved the quality!
Food: Excellent home-cooked food. Selection of roasts on Sundays.

Visited: July 2016

The railway-themed room, since refurbished and now slightly lacking in its former character
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. After a change of ownershiop in 2012, the food choice was hugely reduced.

Beer: Goddards plus at least one other ale. Kept very well.
Food: Limited menu, food quite expensive with a rather pretentious menu.

Visited: June 2011

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

Ancient thatched inn with nice garden. The location on the south west of the island means that it is invariable ratehr windy int he garden, so keep a tight hold on the parasoles!

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


Visited: July 2014

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. The owners are enthusiatic about their ales and generally keep an interesting choice, including one badged for the pub by a local brewery.
Live music outside on Sunday lunchtimes int he summer.

Beer: Usually 4 or 5 ales, very well-kept, and a varied choice. e.g. Yates, Goddards, Adnams.
Food: Good home-cooked food, though not a big choice. Served all day in the Summer.

Visited: July 2017

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. Used to have an excellent daily carvery, but that ceased in 2016 with a changed in ownership. Similarly the extensive and interesting food menu is now a shadow of its former glory!

Beer: Ringwood ales (Marston's portfolio); 2 or three on offer. 
Food: Sadly no longer does a daily carvery, though still has a carvery on Sundays.

Visited: July 2017

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. The large garden includes a children's play area as well, which doesn't impinge on the adults enjoyment of the pond and the outside paved and tabled patio area.

Beer: Usually 2 ales on tap. I've had excellent Sharps Doom Bar, Goddards, Wadworths 6X, Badger Tanglefoot over the last few years.
Food: Excellent food, not cheap, but of a high quality.

Visited: July 2017

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. Good Sunday roast lunches, but worth booking at busy periods.

Visited: July 2016