The Spyglass Inn

Celebrating over thirty years

Welcome to The Spyglass Inn!

To all our lovely customers, following the latest guidelines from the Government our new opening hours, from Thursday 24th September, are as follows:
12noon to 9.30pm with food service 12noon to 9pm. Last entry to the pub will be 8.30pm with time being called at the bar at 9:30pm.
All customers are to leave the premises by 10pm.

Please note we do not take table bookings, but we do welcome walk ins.

Due to the current climate, and under government guidance, there are a few changes inside the pub, but we still aim to provide you with the same best possible service. We plan to use spaces both inside and outside of the pub (weather permitting) and there’s a new layout. We are also trialing new ways of ordering your food and drinks, so bear with us, we’re confident that we can make it work.

On arrival, you will be met by a member of our team and taken to a table on the terrace or inside, all subject to availability. The Spyglass Inn is compliant with the latest government guidance, please visit for full rules and regulations on group sizes and be mindful of this before turning up to avoid disappointment.

As well as the main pub we will also be operating the Surf Shack for takeaway teas, coffee, ice cream and a bar service from midday each day, weather permitting.

We look forward to seeing you soon at The Spyglass Inn!

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.

An update for lockdown 2.0

An update for lockdown 2.0 2000 1333 The Spyglass Inn

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…

Delicious food for all to enjoy

Pub opening from Saturday 4th July

Pub opening from Saturday 4th July 2000 1333 The Spyglass Inn

We looking forward to welcoming you back to The Spyglass on Saturday, 4 July. Our pub opening hours and food service times will be between Midday to 9pm. No booking…

Closed until further notice

Closed until further notice 2000 1333 The Spyglass Inn

To all our loyal customers, It is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to close our doors as of Monday 23rd March due to the continuing…

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