Cosy pubs to visit this autumn 16 Oct 2023
It certainly feels like autumn on the Isle of Wight now and it’s the perfect time for a walk followed by perhaps a roast dinner in one of our cosy pubs. Here, we pick some of our favourites from across the Isle of Wight for you to try…
The Sportsman’s Rest in Porchfield has recently come under new management. Set in the heart of this tiny village, it’s a lovely stop on the way to or from Cowes and offers family favourites such as Fish & Chip Fridays, Quiz Nights and even a Ghost Walk & supper night.
The Chequers Inn in Rookley has been a waterhole for years, which was at one time called “The Star”. In 1889 it became the property of the Mew Langton Royal Brewery Limited before changing hands a few times over the year. Today it is run by the Holmes family who are local farmers. There are plenty of countryside walks to enjoy, before stopping for a carvery on a Sunday – booking is advisable as it’s really popular!
The Buddle Inn in Niton was once the haunt of smugglers who trod the paths of the undercliff below. The building can be traced back to 1776 when the lease of what was then known as ‘Bundle Place’ was sold by the Lord of the Manor. A document of 1830 refers to it as ‘Little Buddle or Bundle’. Step inside to find old flagstones, beams, inglenook fireplaces and old photographs, much of the pub is decorated with old brass artefacts, utensils and kettles. Said to be haunted by the ghosts of smugglers and sailors, it’s well worth a visit.
The Red Lion in Freshwater is a pretty pub in a beautiful location, next to an old church and just up from the River Yar. Add to the fact that it serves up possibly the best pub food on the Island, you can see why this is a popular spot. Changing with the seasons and serving predominantly local food, the pub has earned its well-deserved reputation with the chef having won several accolades and even being featured in the Michelin Guide!
The Culver Haven in Yaverland calls for a walk up Culver Down to be rewarded with a spectacular view across Sandown Bay, as well as a great meal. It’s the perfect spot for a circular walk with options for a quick loop, or a longer route. Finish it off with a bite to eat in this cosy pub as you look out across the English Channel and the many shipping containers that light up the night.