Happy 30th Birthday to us!
This year at The Spyglass we are celebrating our 30th Birthday! It was in 1988 that we first opened our doors to the public. You may wonder how we chose the name 'The Spyglass' well it was as simple as ideas were literally put into a hat and The Spyglass Inn was the lucky one that was pulled out!
Throughout our 30 years music has been central to The Spyglass Inn since the very first pint was pulled. Local live music has been on most nights of the week, with some of the original bands still playing regularly today. Local bands playing everything from jazz and blues, to folk and rock, have had the opportunity to play to an appreciative audience.
The Spyglass is one of the iconic buildings of Ventnor and has a reputation that is founded on good grub, great beer and a fantastic atmosphere. This is enhanced by the live music which is presented free of charge most evenings as well as lunchtime on Sundays and features many of the Isle of Wight's top local musicians. You might imagine, being so close to the water's edge, seafood is a speciality at the Spyglass with fresh crab and lobster delivered straight to door from the Ventnor Haven fishery. The Spyglass Admiral's Platter is the stuff of legend!
As you approach the Spyglass Inn, with its superb terrace, you can’t help but be impressed by its wonderful location. For centuries Ventnor Bay has been the haunt of smugglers with contraband being carried over from the French coast only a few hours sail away. The spirit of those days are captured on the walls of the pub, which are loaded with facinating maritime pictures and artifacts and create a unique and memorable experience.
And of course it was The Spyglass that pioneered its own distinct admissions policy: 'Muddy boots & well behaved dogs welcome', that is now (thankfully) echoed by other proper pubs up and down the country.
A view of The Spyglass Inn terrace in the moonlight