Pubs personally recommended for FOOD on The Isle of Wight: - Go to Pubs recommended to have a drink in?

The Yarbridge Inn, Yarbridge near Brading

Refurbished with new owners this is my favourite place for food! Great tasting food with friendly staff. Single roomed narrow pub with outdoor seating area on raised decking, medium sized car park. PO36 OAA

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Yarbridge Inn, Yarbridge near Brading

The Four Seasons Inn, Wroxall

A quality Inn through and through. Great service with friendly staff at this family friendly pub and restaurant. Quality food coupled with an interesting menu which would put some popular Island pubs to shame. Small patio with outdoor seating at the back and side of the pub. Small car park, but parking available nearby. Local events and games are also hosted here - nice balance between a 'locals' pub and a very good food pub. After finishing our meal we were immediately planning our next return visit! PO38 3BY

Visit: www.the-fourseasons-inn.co.uk

Four Seasons Inn, Wroxhall

The Taverners, Godshill

This used to be The Cask and Taverners and has had a refurbishment inside and out. Excellent high quality food here with meat and vegetables sourced locally, the childrens meals are also good quality. Geniune home cooked meals with a fantastic taste. Nice childrens play area around the back with outdoor seating, as well as a couple of patio areas quite good for families. Limited small car park although plenty of spaces are available in the main car park of Godshill {free}. Main entrance is at the side. Handy when The Griffin is too busy for comfort. Do not be put off by the front room which is very close to the road. PO38 3HZ

Visit: http://www.thetavernersgodshill.co.uk/

The Taverners, Godshill

The Pointer Inn, Newchurch

This medium sized pub is set in a quiet location in the village of Newchurch. This pub has a deceptively large rear garden overlooking fields as well as a few patio areas for customers to enjoy on a fine day. Some of the garden is 'hidden' - you cannot see it till you venture down to the bottom, good for families. Also recommended to have a drink in. Medium/large sized car park. Garlic Farm is nearby. PO36 ONN

Visit: http://pointernewchurch.co.uk/

The Pointer Inn, Newchurch

The Horse & Groom, Ningwood

The food here is great and it smells and tastes fantastic! Excellent children's menu. Medium sized pub with quite a large amount of outdoor seating as well as a 9 hole crazy golf course {small charge}, bouncy castle, small children's adventure playground and football kick around area with goal, swings. Pubs backs onto fields with medium sized car park. Booking advisable - it is worth travelling to here for food, seafood, large portions and an option for smaller portions. It is on the main road from Yarmouth to Newport road. Good for families. PO30 4NW

Visit: http://www.horse-and-groom.com/

The Horse & Groom, Ningwood

The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor Esplanade

Medium sized pub with a lot of character in an excellent location with sea views.  Highly geared up for food and it can get very busy with a large amount of outdoor and indoor seating available on two sea terraces and a Boathouse suitable for families.  Nice views out to see and across Ventnor bay, however the lower of the two terraces is not suitable for small children due to a reasonable drop beyond onto rocks. Seafood.  Large portions! Also good to just have a drink in.  Open all day.

Very, very small car park so go past the pub up the hill and park in the car park above or on The Esplanade itself.  Homemade Fisherman's Pie is recommended for taste and is a filling meal.  Quite good for families in The Boathouse or inside the main pub.   Winner of several awards including the overall Best Island Pub 2005 by Wightlink. PO38 1JX

Visit: http://www.thespyglass.com/ See more pictures and more information

The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor esplanade

The Propeller Inn, Bembridge

The pub is on the main Bembridge to Sandown road right next to Bembridge Airport. Friendly and entertaining pub which has aircraft memorabilia inside, a seperate function room and restaurant, outdoor seating. Good food at reasonable prices. Large car park at the side of the pub, views of bembridge airport. Good food also. Do not be put off by the unusual exterior of this pub, give it a try. PO35 5PW

The Propellor Inn, Bembridge

The Chequers Inn, Rookley

Just outside Rookley on The Chequers Inn Road this recently extended large pub also highly geared up for food and very popular with families. Several outdoor tables on a recently extended patio dining area with a large lawned space split into large and small childrens play areas, with climbing structures, slides and swings. Large menu. It is always windy here! Picture view is from the front of the pub, all the facilities are at the side and rear. Good for families. PO38 3NZ

Visit: http://www.chequersinn-iow.co.uk/

The chequers Inn, Rookley

The White Horse, Whitwell

An extension to the main pub has a large room now dedicated to food with another small bar and it gets quite busy.  Size of the meals here were one of the largest we have experienced - however this is slightly reflected in their prices, so make sure you are really, really hungry.  Outdoor lawned area with limited amount of outdoor seating.  Good menu.  Medium sized car park and alternative car parking possible nearby.  Not open all day.  Good for families. PO38 2PY

Visit: www.whitehorseiow.co.uk/

The WHite Horse, Whitwell

The Sun Inn, Hulverstone

This recently extended thatched old pub has excellent views from it's large amount of outdoor seating area which is part patio and grass.  This is in a small and quiet village location and if the weather permits is a gem to sit outside and the road adjacent to the pub is not busy.  Food all day.  Quite a large car park behind the pub. PO30 4EH

Visit: http://www.sun-hulverstone.com/

The Sun Inn, Hulverstone

The Crown Inn, Shorwell

Quite a large pub set in a quiet and small village with a stream running through the pubs large rear garden.  Children's play area and plenty of outdoor seating with the option of feeding the local doves, and many large fish occupy the stream, fish food may be purchased from the pub. Providing they have not been fed recently feeding hungry fish fascinated my children for quite some time. Nice interior, large car park. Good for families. PO30 3JZ

Visit: http://www.crowninnshorwell.co.uk/index.asp

The Crown Inn, Shorwell

The Griffin, Godshill

Large single roomed pub which is very popular with families.  Very large garden at the rear containing a large maze in which the bigger children can get 'lost' and they do sometimes!  A dedicated play area for the smaller children and a new addition - a football kick around area for the boys, a good idea!  Plenty of outdoor and indoor seating.  Good for families.  Very limited car parking at the pub, but there is plenty free parking directly across the road. The pubs front exterior is not its best asset, do have a look around the back! The rear garden and patio areas do catch the evening sun here! PO38 3JD

Visit:thegriffiniow.co.uk

The Griffin, Godshill

The Culver Haven, Culver Down

This takes some finding!  Heading NE from Sandown to Brading on the B3395 turn sharp right to one hell of a climb up to Culver Down and the pub is at the end.  Spectacular views from this isolated and quiet location.  Medium sized two roomed pub with a small conservatory facing Sandown Bay one way and Whitecliff Bay/Bembridge Harbour the other both some considerable distance below.

Limited outdoor seating to the front, small amount of seating to the rear of the pub. No children's play areas but the downs are adjacent with more car parking nearby, very easy to get some fresh air up here! Can be handy to escape from the busyness of the pubs in peak season in areas such as Shanklin Old Village/Sandown/Godshill and escape to this one up here. See pictures. PO36 8QT

The Culver Haven, Culver cliffs

The Hare and Hounds, Arreton

Large part thatched pub that has had an immense extension several years ago.  Plenty of indoor seating in three or four rooms and a children's small play area outside which overlooks Robin Hill Adventure Park, limited outdoor seating.  Thatched roof to the side of the pub - the oldest part of the building, good sized car park. This is a bit like having two pubs on one plot! PO30 2NU

Visit: www.oldenglishinns.co.uk

Hare & Hounds, Arreton

The Sportsmans Rest, Porchfield

Despite it not looking it's best {when we visited} from certain angles from the outside this old pub is great for food.  Two small rooms with low ceilings, small area outside the front and rear and car parking is at the side of the pub.  It has a good choice of curries on its menu if you are after something different.  Food is not served all day.  Real ale from barrels on their side behind the bar area. PO30 4LP

Visit: http://www.sportsmansrest.co.uk/

The Sportmans Rest, Porchfield

The New Inn, Shalfleet

Medium sized pub with many small original rooms together with exposed beams and low ceilings help retain it's old character. This pub specialises in seafood in particular and is a winner of many food awards. Limited car parking at the pub however there is another car park some 75 yds away, signposted. Food not served all day. Small rear garden, small amount of seating at the side of the pub. PO30 4NS

Visit:  http://thenew-inn.co.uk/

The New Inn, Shalfleet

The White Mouse Inn {Clarendon Hotel} Chale

Totally refurbished and extended a few years ago this is now vast inside and out.  Large amount of outdoor seating available with a children's play area and a children's barn sometimes with supervision provided.  The evening sun catches all of this very large garden and yet it has quite a remote location with large car parks especially at the rear.  Very busy in August, although the surrounding area is quiet.  Good for families. See picture. PO38 2HA

The Wight Mouse Inn garden, Chale

Benghal Palace, nr Newport

This indian restaurant is on the main road approaching Newport from the South of The Island just yards off A3020. The building used to be a public house, the indian restaurant has kept the pumps at the bar offering more choice for the drinker than one would normally expect. Service was excellent without being overbearing, food was very good with plenty of choice avaliable. The restaurant is also visited by the odd regular just for a drink. Take away service also available. PO30 1HS

Visit: http://themenuvenue.co.uk/place/bengal-palace//

Benghal Palace, nr Newport

The Crab Inn, Shanklin Old Village

Famous for being on many fudge box fronts and is still thatched and very old.  Nice to have a pint outside in the summer evenings.  No gardens although it has a small children's play area, there are tables and seating at the front and some more around the side of the pub on a patio.  Popular with  FOOD also in two family dining rooms inside.  No car park - park at the pay and display close by. Pool table. PO37 6NS

Visit: www.oldenglishinns.co.uk/our-locations/the-crab-shanklin

See night time picture

The crab Inn, Shanklin Old Village

Fisherman's Cottage, Shanklin Beach {South}

Very old and very small, picture postcard thatched pub virtually on the beach.  Good views and reasonable amount of outdoor seating - no children's play areas although the beach is a couple of yards away!  Sometimes has evening entertainment at peak season, no car park - park nearby on The Esplanade or a bit further in a car park, all pay & display.  No road access either, the nearest drop off point is  at the end of The Esplanade 50m away. Also good for just a beer.  This pub is not open all year. PO37 6BN

Visit: www.shanklinchine.co.uk/

See pictures.

The Fisherman's Cottage, Shanklin beach

Good for families - This comment refers to the amount of outdoor area/facilities/seating for which children can stretch their legs or have a play at the pub as some pubs have put more of an effort into this and/or have more outside area than some others. Just because a pub does not have this comment does not mean it is not good for families inside, as ALL pubs featured here in this 'recommended for Food' section are suitable for families inside whilst eating.

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