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.

Wine Tasting Evening

Thursday 23rd May 2019 7pm onwards Do you consider yourself a bit of a wine connoisseur? Then this is the evening for you! Join us and our friends from Eurovines at The Spyglass on Thursday 23rd May 2019 from 7pm to enjoy a wonderful evening of fine wine and great food. After treating you to [...]

Officially the best pub on the Isle of Wight

Whoop! We have been named as the Isle of Wight winner of the National Pub & Bar Awards 2019. The Spyglass Inn will now go through to the National Pub & Bar Awards Grand Final at the BAFTA Piccadilly in Central London on the 22nd May, presented by renowned food critic Jay Rayner - fancy! [...]

Best Place for a Pint of Island Ale

Thank you to all our customers for voting us the "Best Place for a Pint of Island Ale" We want to take this opportunity to thank you lovely lot who voted us as the ‘Best Place for a Pint of Island Ale' in the annual My Isle of Wight Awards 2018. This award means a [...]

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