There’s nothing better to follow up a bracing walk through some of the Island’s countryside than stopping off at a rural pub. Enjoy the rural setting of the Chequers Inn near Rookley, or the Sun at Calbourne with novel model railways and an abundance of country walks.
For delicious and locally sourced food in a traditional setting, head to the Taverners at Godshill, renowned for their seasonal menu. For family dining there are pubs with play areas, children’s menus and often a carvery on Sundays. The White Horse at Whitwell is a favourite, along with the Bugle in Brading and its big indoor ball pit.
If you fancy the lively buzz of a town pub with hearty pub grub, a visit to Newport’s Bargeman’s Rest is a must. The venue has live music most nights, food served all day and real ales on draught. Newport town centre has some extremely old hostelries – the ancient Castle Inn is rumoured to be haunted. Naturally, the Island is not short of coastal pubs.
There are beachside venues; the Steamer Inn and Waterfront Inn both take advantage of Shanklin’s superior coastline, while the Ocean Deck boasts fresh fish on the esplanade at Sandown. On the south coast, The Buddle Inn and Spyglass Inn each have a spacious terrace and lively ambiance.