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Whilst recent frosty mornings have painted a serene picture across the Island’s landscapes, the preceding chilly winter nights have left us rubbing our hands together at the prospect of a hearty pub meal and a pint by an open fire.

So with Acoustic Isle coming up at the end of next month, serving up a soundtrack of acoustic music in venues and inns across the Island, we take a look at 5 pubs to cosy up in this winter:

The Spyglass Inn

One of Ventnor’s best known pubs is The Spyglass Inn, located at the end of the esplanade with fantastic views back across the seafront and out to sea. Inside the pub is decorated with a splendid array of maritime memorabilia, with an open fire adding to the atmosphere of an already warm welcome.

Spyglass Inn

Drop in for lunch and you may find the pub’s piano in full swing, with well-presented and heavily loaded plates of food available to order from the extensive menu of English favourites. You will also find a range of local musicians providing live entertainment most evenings, with a variety of folk, blues, jazz and more.

Address: Esplanade, Ventnor, Isle of Wight PO38 1JX

The Buddle

This traditional “Smugglers Inn” is loaded with history, taking its customers back in time with flagstone floors, inglenook beams and charming décor. Throughout the colder months a roaring fire burns at the heart of the inn, and The Buddle has built a great reputation for fresh, seasonal, locally sourced food.

The Buddle Inn

The pub was recently voted one of the “UK’s Top Ten Beach Pubs” by The Daily Express, and although the nearest beach is a few minutes’ walk away, accessing it will take you past the striking St Catherine’s lighthouse – tours of which are available throughout the year.

Address: St Catherine's Rd, Niton, Ventnor, PO38 2NE

The Castle

The Castle is Newport’s oldest pub, with a license dating as far back as 1550. Amongst its many patrons across the years it is rumoured King Charles I visited the pub several times under armed guard during his imprisonment at Carisbrooke Castle. This leads onto a well-known Isle of Wight “urban myth” that a secret tunnel still runs from the pub all the way into the castle keep (in truth a hidden staircase once led into the grounds, but mile-long tunnels are far more glamourous.)

Whilst you are unlikely to find any Royal prisoners out on a “jolly” these days, you will find a cosy old-English pub atmosphere, with a range of real ales, fine food and plenty of live music and entertainment to enjoy in the evenings.

Address: 91 High Street, Newport, PO30 1BQ

The Village Inn

Shanklin Old Village is not short of quaint thatched buildings, and at the foot of the hill stand two very popular pubs, one of which is The Village Inn. An evening visit to this part of Shankin is highly recommended at any time of the year, not least for the illuminated chine walk in the summer, but even out of season the Village Inn offers solace for visitors and locals combining quality pub food, great live music and warm hospitality.

Plus if the music doesn’t quite suit your mood, pop across the road to “The Crab” and try your luck there!

Address: Church Road, Old Village, Shanklin, PO37 6NU

Cowes Ale House

The “wildcard” of our pub picks is the still fairly recently opened Cowes Ale House. Conveniently set along the pedestrianised high street of Cowes, only a short walk from the Red Jet passenger ferry, they proudly claim to be the “second smallest pub on the Island” (the first being their sister Ale House in Newport.) What the Ale House lacks in size they more than make up for in their offering, with some of the finest real ales on the Island available straight out of the barrel, and a unique “micro-pub” atmosphere which is not dissimilar to a social gathering in your own living room.

Their regular live music nights can see you literally rub shoulders with musicians in the next seat, as bands defy the odds to slot into the pub surrounded by patrons - creating one of the most immersive and personal live music experiences you are likely to find!

Address: 5A Shooters Hill, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7BE

There are plenty of other pubs on the Island which are well worth checking out, for some ideas check out our list of Isle of Wight Pubs, or if you’d like to suggest some tell us about them on our Facebook page or in the comments section below.

Acoustic Isle is one of the best opportunities to check out the Island’s great offering of local music and cosy inns, with over 100 performances in venues across the Isle of Wight over 10 nights - for a full list of events and venues check out the event page. We also have a number of deals and savings on places to stay during the event on our Acoustic Isle Special Offers page.


Spyglass Inn
Isle of Wight - Ventnor- Spyglass Inn - Public House - Sea View

The world famous, award-winning Spyglass Inn is an Island family-run business. The pub sits at the western end of Ventnor Esplanade on the Isle of Wight, in a most enviable position overlooking the English Channel



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