The Spyglass Inn

Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Celebrating thirty years

The Spyglass Inn has one of the best locations of any pub in the UK. It sits right on the water’s edge in Ventnor Bay with spectacular views out across the English Channel. The pub itself is full of character and its well-deserved reputation is founded on good grub, great beer and a fantastic atmosphere.

The Isle of Wight's most iconic pub

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!

Local Ales

Local favourites & a fantastic selection of wines and spirits!

Pub Dining

Locally sourced ingredients and freshly caught seafood.

Live Music

Entertaining our guests with local live music for 30 years.

Muddy boots & well behaved dogs welcome

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 fascinating maritime pictures and artefacts 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.

Live music most nights

The Spyglass has been entertaining its guests with local live music for 30 years. Most evenings and Sunday lunchtime you can enjoy some of the Isle of Wight’s most characterful players in a variety of styles and  formats from solo singers to full bands. It’s all presented free of charge and just adds to the overall atmosphere and charm of visiting The Spyglass.