Smugglers Bay

For centuries Ventnor Bay has been a haunt of smugglers with contraband being carried over from the French coast only a few hours sail away.

The spirit of those days is captured on the walls of the pub, which are loaded with fascinating maritime pictures and artifacts to create a unique and memorable experience… there’s even a letter from Horatio Nelson.. Look out for the skeleton, there are a few stories about this chap, we’d love to hear who you think he was.

Muddy boots &
well behaved dogs welcome

We welcome everyone through our doors, two and four-legged friends are always welcome. We have always pioneered a very distinct admissions policy: ‘Muddy boots and well behaved dogs welcome’, this has now (thankfully) been adopted by many other pubs across the Island.

Live music
most nights

We’ve been entertaining guests with local, live music for over 30 years. Most evenings and Sunday lunchtimes you can enjoy some of the Isle of Wight’s most characterful artists in a variety of styles and formats from solo singers to full bands. It’s free of charge and adds to the overall atmosphere and charm of visiting The Spyglass.

Did you know?

When the pub opened in 1988 it didn’t have a name, so the owners asked everyone involved to pop suggestions into a hat and the name that was drawn, The Spyglass Inn. The inspiration behind the name going in was that it was the name of the pub Long John Silver frequented in Treasure Island.