The Spyglass Inn

Celebrating over thirty years

Due to government restrictions, we are currently closed. We hope to open as soon as it’s safe and legal to do so.
Happy new year!

Welcome to The Spyglass Inn!

There’s good news on the horizon. The Spyglass Inn has decided to open a takeaway service from 2nd April.

From 12noon – 6pm every day we will open our outside catering venue, Crab on Chips and the Crab Shack for takeaway food and drinks. So grab some tasty home-cooked food and take a stroll along Ventnor Seafront.

We are hoping everything continues to move in the right direction and that we can open the pub properly, in line with the Governments guidance, on Monday 17th May. Keep those fingers crossed and faces covered  :)

We look forward to seeing you soon
Neil, Steph, Rosie & Henry Gibbs and The Spyglass Crew

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!

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.

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 over 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.

View of The Spyglass Inn

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.

The Spyglass Inn - Christmas 1

Spyglass Xmas Opening 2020

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Dear customers, We wanted to share our opening hours with you for the Christmas period and the next couple of weeks. The team at The Spyglass has decided to close…

The Spyglass Inn - December reopening

December reopening

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Hello everyone! Here at The Spyglass Inn we have taken the decision to reopen on Friday 4th December and we are really looking forward to welcoming you all back. We…

An update for lockdown 2.0

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Dear customers, We find ourselves again in the position of having to close due to Covid-19. Before we enter into Lockdown 2.0, we would like to thank all our lovely…

National Pub & Bar awards

Thanks for your support

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We’re now almost at the end of August, and getting back into the swing of things as we make changes to accommodate the ‘new normal’ many pubs, restaurants and cafes…

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