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The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor

Pub Ahoy! Eat, drink, stay and have a good time at this characterful Island pub with spectacular views over the English Channel

Weekend Escapes

We’ve got some pretty amazing views here in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. And the stunning vista from the Spyglass Inn, right on the water’s edge in Ventnor Bay, is definitely up there among the best. Staring out over the English Channel and catching a glorious Isle of Wight sunset, or watching the yachts in action in the Round the Island Race while you soak up a few drinks, is a real treat.

There’s a friendly, mixed clientele including families, walkers and well-behaved doggies enjoying a fabulously quirky maritime décor that’s a nod to the piratey heritage of Ventnor Bay, (look out for the letter from Horatio Nelson). And you certainly won’t go hungry. Think traditional pub grub like Ploughmans, burgers and homemade, pub favourites made using locally-sourced ingredients, along with a fantastic selection of fresh, locally-caught seafood. Greenlip Mussels, Pint of Prawns… And if you’re really pushing the boat out, the epic Admiral’s Platter includes a whole lobster, crab, smoked mackerel, prawns, mussels, marinated sardines and smoked salmon – phew!

Unlike some of the other highly covetable spots on the Island, tables at The Spyglass Inn are first come, first served for walk-ins. So, to get your vitamin D sunshine hit, get there early to bag a shoreside table and make the most of those spectacular views.

Close to the weekend, things get especially lively at The Spyglass Inn. The pub is a huge supporter of local music and has great live acts every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The musicians play everything from classical guitar to folk and jazz. Look out too for special events, like the St Patrick’s Day Breakfast, Beaujolais event and Christmas Breakfast.

Now one of the best places to staycation in the UK, the Isle of Wight is in hot demand year-round. In Ventnor, there’s a balmy microclimate which supports a botanical garden nearby and loads more to do locally. So if you fancy a weekend escape or mini-break here at The Spyglass Inn, it’s definitely worth booking early.

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The Spyglass Inn, Esplanade, Ventnor, Isle of Wight PO38 1JX
01983 855338

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