Welcome to the Spyglass Inn, the winner of Red Funnel's My Isle of Wight Awards 2016 for the Best Oldy-Worldy Pub with Island Ale.
The pub 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.
To give you a flavour of The Spyglass Inn, here's a video that was shot a couple of years back on a typically glorious day and shows the Round the Island Race fleet sailing through Ventnor Bay: