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 customers who have supported us over the last few difficult months, as we have tried to adapt the business to ensure the safety of yourselves and our wonderful team. Hopefully this time round won’t be as long and we can welcome you back for the festive season. Please keep an eye on social media as we will keep you updated on what we are up to.

For now we will serve food as usual up until 5pm Wednesday 4th November and close our doors at 6pm.

We do hope sincerely to see some of you beforehand, but if not, we look forward again to serving you in the future.

Stay safe,
From all at The Spyglass Inn

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Thanks for your support

Thanks for your support 2000 1333 The Spyglass Inn

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 have had to adapt to. The support from our customers both old and new has been fantastic, and we can’t thank you enough for continuing to support your local pub and the hospitality industry as a whole.

Our staff have been adapting to new service procedures including table service, increased cleaning and social distancing. Though the vast majority of our customers have been supportive of these changes, unfortunately a small minority have not. We politely remind customers that we do not condone abusive behaviour to our staff in any capacity. Please remember when you visit, you may find service is slightly delayed, some menu items may be unavailable, or you may be asked to wait whilst we clean and prepare your dining area.

Our staff have been working tirelessly to ensure your visit is as comfortable and safe as possible, we simply ask for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.

Although we’re trying our best to accommodate all customers, we have extremely limited availability now until the end of August. We’ll be continuing to hold tables for walk-ins on a first come first served basis.

We have a fantastic team who have pulled together to bring your favourite pubs back to life, we really appreciate all our customers who have continued to support us and for their patience and understanding.

Thank you, and we hope to see you soon.

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 necessary.

Of course there’s going to be a few changes, but we’re aiming to provide you with the best possible experience. We plan to use spaces both inside and outside of The Spyglass. It will require a new layout and some new ways of ordering food and drinks, but with your cooperation 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 as usual. We have created four inside rooms that can accommodate between 4 to 12 people (please make sure your group comply with support bubble guidance).

As well as the main pub opening we will also be operating:

Crab Shack for takeaway pub favourites: Midday to 6.30pm

Surf Shed for takeaway teas, coffee, ice cream and a bar service: 10am to 6.30pm

We’re all looking forward to seeing you again at The Spyglass; it’s been too long, you know where to find us!


Neil, Steph, Rosie & Henry Gibbs and The Spyglass Crew

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 crisis surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. This is to ensure safety of our staff and customers alike.

Please rest assured we will be back, hopefully sooner rather than later. It has been our absolute pleasure serving all our great customers past and present over the last 32 years and we look forward, with the support of our wonderful team, to serve you again in the future.

This is not goodbye; this is see you again soon.

Yours sincerely
Neil, Steph, Rosie, Henry, Jo, Adam and all The Spyglass Crew

St Patrick's Day

March at The Spyglass Inn

March at The Spyglass Inn 960 720 The Spyglass Inn

Hello! Can you believe that it’s March already? We have lots going on here at The Spyglass to keep you entertained the whole month through. See our upcoming live music schedule and hear about some of our exciting upcoming events including our ever-popular St Patrick’s Day Breakfast.

Live Music this March

Join us right here at The Spyglass for a great month of live local music as well as a few special events. FIND OUT MORE

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St Patrick’s Day  – 17th March 2020

The doors will be swinging open from 9.30am on the 17th March for our famous breakfast shenanigans. Just £16.95 per person you can enjoy a pint of Guinness served alongside a full Irish breakfast, which will definitely keep you going until lunch.

Booking for the breakfast is essential and as with all our special breakfast events this St Patrick’s Day brekkie is proving very popular with spaces filling up fast.

Grab your friends, work colleagues, or family members and book a table, be quick to avoid disappointment.

Keeping you entertained on the day is the amazing JC ​Grimshaw ​who will be playing live from 11.30am alongside his Irish Band. As with most events happening here at The Spyglass, dressing up is positively encouraged, so be sure to don your best Irish themed attire.

Book your tickets today 01983 855338

The Spyglass Inn’s Birthday Celebrations – 26th March 2020

Join us in celebrating over thirty years!

Our annual Birthday celebration will be taking place on Thursday 26th March. We will be celebrating in true Spyglass fashion with live music from JC and Angelina’s Fun Band, great food, real ales and fine wine.

Pirate themed fancy dress is positively encouraged so grab your best hook and eye patch and join us in raising a glass or two. FIND OUT MORE

What’s on at our sister pubs this month?

The Steamer Inn turns 20! – 13th – 17th – March

This year marks 20 years since our sister pub The Steamer Inn on Shanklin seafront first opened its doors. A true Isle of Wight family-owned and family-run pub, The Steamer has been a firm fixture on Shanklin Esplanade ever since. To mark this milestone the team at The Steamer will be throwing a five day long birthday celebration.

Enjoy live entertainment, with music from talented local musicians each day, a themed specials board with yummy dishes that were popular back in the 2000s as well as 20% off selected drinks throughout the celebration. FIND OUT MORE

Comming up…

75th VE Day – All day with The Nations Toast at 3PM – Friday  8th May

We will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day here at The Spyglass Inn with live music, a themed specials board, real ales and fine wines. Join the party as we take part in the Nations Toast to the heroes of World War II at 3pm. FIND OUT MORE

Extend your stay!

Why not make a night of it? Stay with us here at The Spyglass Inn. We offer four self-contained apartments where you can wake up to these beautiful views. We even provide you with a tasty hamper ready for you to whip up your own filling breakfast. Check availability and book online today.


Be sure to follow us on Facebook

February at The Spyglass

February at The Spyglass 2000 1333 The Spyglass Inn

Head on down to Ventnor Esplanade this February and join us at The Spyglass Inn for delicious food, real ales and live music. Read on to hear about our live music schedule for the month ahead, get some Valentine’s Day inspiration and hear about our upcoming St Patrick’s Day Breakfast.


If you haven’t already please vote for The Spyglass Inn in the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards. The Spyglass has been nominated for three categories, Best Fish and Chips, Best Place for Dogs and Best Pub. If you love The Spyglass as much as we do please show your support and take two minutes to give us your vote. Simply click here and select The Spyglass under the above-mentioned categories, simple. Voting closes on Friday 28th February, wish us luck! Thank you!

Valentine’s Day

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? How about a romantic meal in a relaxed atmosphere overlooking the sea? Join us for a wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner with that special someone. We will be serving our usual yummy main menu as well as our daily specials board. Enjoy a vast array of fine wines from around the world, a great selection of real ales including those from local breweries.

We’ve got live music from Goose Island Syncopators in the evening from around 8pm

Booking isn’t necessary, just turn up and find yourself a cosy corner to enjoy a romantic evening.

Why not make a night of it? Stay with us here at The Spyglass Inn, we offer four self-contained apartments where you can wake up to these beautiful views. We even provide you with a yummy breakfast hamper ready for you to whip up your own filling breakfast. Check availability and book online today.

St Patrick’s Day

It’s that time again! March is fast approaching and our annual St Patrick’s Day Breakfast is returning on Tuesday 17th March. So grab your Guinness and join us for themed festivities. Tickets include a full Irish breakfast and a pint of Guinness, live entertainment from JC’s Irish Band, setting the atmosphere for the day.

Our themed breakfasts are among the most popular in our events calendar and book up very quickly. Booking is absolutely essential so be sure to give us a call today on 01983 855338  to secure your space.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! 2000 1333 The Spyglass Inn

HAPPY NEW YEAR! From the whole family here at The Spyglass we wish you all the best for the coming year and want to thank you for your continued support. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Spyglass this year with great food, fun events, fantastic live music and more. Welcome to our first newsletter of 2020 hear about our upcoming events and live music. Get some inspiration for a relaxing winter break and more.

VOTE for us!

We are so excited to be nominated for three categories in the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards 2020! The Spyglass Inn has been nominated for; Best Pub, Best Fish and Chips and Best Place for Dogs. If you love the Spyglass Inn as much as we do and would like to help support us please vote, voting will be open until 28th February. It’s really quick and easy to do, simply follow the link below and follow the category of food and drink to vote for the Spyglass for Best Pub and Best Fish and Chips and follow the category of Other to vote for The Spyglass for Best Place for Dogs. Thank you!

Vote for us today.


This month…

January is full of brilliant live music. Check out the line-up below.


To see our live music schedule and more information on the bands playing visit our full live music calendar

St Patrick’s Day Breakfast

17th March 2020
Our annual St Patrick’s Day breakfast will be returning this March for a fantastic morning of food, drink and entertainment. Included in the ticket price is a full Irish breakfast and a pint of Guinness. Booking is essential and spaces are limited so be sure to secure your space nice and early. More details including ticket costs TBC. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information.


A winter break in paradise

Escape to the Isle of Wight this year and stay in cosy accommodation on Ventnor Esplanade. Here at your favourite pub, we offer characterful accommodation in four self-contained apartments, comprising of double rooms with en-suite facilities as well as a lounge or balcony with views overlooking Ventnor Bay. We even supply you with a delicious breakfast hamper filled with yummy produce so you can whip up your own tasty breakfast. For more information and to book visit our accommodation page.


If you’re looking for larger accommodation this winter, why not check out our friends at Ventnor Seafront Accommodation? Consisting of three new luxury beach houses; Crab Cottage, Herring House and Lobster Lodge, each sleeping up to ten across four bedrooms and all enjoying stunning panoramic views across the English Channel their beach houses are perfectly situated just yards from Ventnor seafront and the beach itself! Visit their website for more information.

Home-cooked pub favourites

Is your tummy rumbling? Come and see us, you will be sure to find a great variety of tasty dishes with everything from burgers to fisherman’s pie and curry as well as a daily specials board and kids options. We cater to vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets too. See our menu.


Give us a follow…

Follow us on Facebook to be kept the most up to date with all things Spyglass, including our live music line-up, special events, and more.


November 2019 at The Spyglass Inn

November 2019 at The Spyglass Inn 1000 666 The Spyglass Inn

Hello! Are you planning a trip to The Spyglass this November? Hear about our live music line-up for the month ahead, be inspired by our upcoming special events and get excited for your next winter escape to The Isle of Wight.

What’s on this month?

Live music
Come and cosy up at The Spyglass Inn this November. Escape the cold and enjoy a relaxing evening with great food, great company and great live music. We have another brilliant line-up to keep you entertained throughout the month of November. Check it out below, be sure to follow our Facebook page to be kept most up to date with our live music schedule.


Firework Night
Tuesday 5th November
Head to the Spyglass on 5th November and enjoy Firework Night with a marvellous firework display.

Each year The Spyglass Inn organises a firework display for the whole of Ventnor to enjoy free of charge. So why not take a walk down to the seafront and get a front row seat to all the action here at The Spyglass? Indulge in something delicious from our main menu or specials board and enjoy a drink or two while you’re here.

Fireworks due to start sometime between 7-7:30pm

Please be aware that his event is weather permitting. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for any updates.

The Spyglass - Firework Night 2019

Beaujolais Breakfast 2019
21st November
Our fully booked 2019 Beaujolais Breakfast is fast approaching and is set to be as brilliant as ever. If you’re lucky enough to be joining us on the day be sure to share any pictures you take on the day with the hashtag #SpyglassIW to be in for a chance to win a meal for two. We hope to see you all in fancy dress ready to enjoy this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau and a full English breakfast.

If you missed out this time round all it not lost! Keep your eyes out for our NEW Christmas breakfast event taking place on the 20th December or our St Patrick’s Day Breakfast on the 17th March 2020.

Be sure to sign up to our mailing list to be kept the most up to date with all our upcoming events.


A NEW Christmas event
We have an exciting new event coming up this December. Grab your best Christmas jumper and join us for a Christmas Breakfast on Friday 20th December there will be mulled wine, mince pies and carols as well as our usual merry atmosphere and iconic breakfast (veggie option also available)! Keep your eyes on our Facebook page for more information and ticket details, coming soon

Spyglass - Christmas Breakfast

Extend your stay
Wish you were here…
Ventnor Esplanade is a stunning and tranquil retreat across all seasons, winter is no exception. Gorgeous views, brilliant walks and a slower pace of life.

Book your next escape today and stay with us here at The Spyglass Inn. Our cosy self-catering accommodation is available all year round and is perfect for those looking for a homely base to explore everything the Island has to offer. We even provide a delicious breakfast hamper filled with yummy produce for you to make your own brekkie.

Contact us today on 01983 855338 or visit our website for more information and to book. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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October 2019 at The Spyglass Inn

October 2019 at The Spyglass Inn

October 2019 at The Spyglass Inn 2000 1333 The Spyglass Inn

What’s on this month

Beer and Buses
12th & 13th October
Who will be taking part in this year’s Beer and Buses Weekend? If you don’t know what that is, each year CAMRA and IW Bus Museum join forces for two whole days of fun, perfect for fans of proper pubs and real ale. Get yourself a programme from any participating pub for just £7 allowing you free travel on the official transport over the weekend. The Spyglass is the perfect place to finish your beer and buses tour, we will be hosting our own beer festival over the weekend so will have a huge variety of real ales to choose from.

Simply catch the route J or K from Newport or if you’re in Shanklin hop on the Southern Vectis route 3 to Newport and jump off at Ventnor Boots then take a short 10 min stroll down to the seafront. (Travel for half price between Shanklin and Ventnor on the Southern Vectis route 3 with an official Beer and Buses programme)

For more information about this year’s Beer and Buses weekend visit their website.

October 2019 at The Spyglass Inn

Songs of the Sea
19th – 20th October
The Songs of the Sea weekend is a celebration of folk music with a sea shanty theme. Don your best pirate or smuggler attire and enjoy two whole days of live music starting at 12noon and lasting into the night. We will have a great variety of real ales for you to relish and a tasty specials board filled with yummy dishes. A fantastic atmosphere, and lots of fun, don’t miss out. Oh… and it’s free entry! Click here for more details.

October 2019 at The Spyglass Inn

Live music this October

Keeping you entertained throughout the month, we have a great line-up of live local music.

October 2019 at The Spyglass Inn

Coming up!

5th November
Head to the Spyglass on 5th November and enjoy Firework Night with a marvelous firework display. Each year The Spyglass Inn hosts this tradition for the whole of Ventnor to enjoy for free. Take a meander down to the seafront and get a front row seat to all the action here at The Spyglass. Indulge in something delicious from our main menu or specials board and enjoy a drink or two. Click here for more information.

October 2019 at The Spyglass Inn

Live music and what’s on

Live music and what’s on 960 639 The Spyglass Inn

Can you believe it is September already? If you’re planning a visit to The Spyglass this month there is plenty going on in and around our wonderful little town of Ventnor to keep you entertained as well as an abundance of lovely walks (perfect for those golden fall days). See some of our suggestions below and be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page to be kept up to date with everything that is going on this month.

Live music

Another month, another great line-up of local, live music. This September we are treating our lovely customers to live music EVERY day for the whole month ahead. Check out our schedule below to find out who will be playing on your next visit.

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What’s on and coming up…

Ventnor Botanic Garden – Hops Festival

22nd September

Do you love real ale as much as we do? Hops are an essential ingredient in all your favourite beers. Celebrate at Ventnor Botanic Garden during its Hops Harvest Festival on 22nd September. Afterwards head to the Spyglass and try some of the local ales for yourself.

Isle of Wight Day – Coastline Clean-up

21st & 22nd September

Let’s celebrate all things Isle of Wight and help keep our beaches clean from plastic waste. If you love our beaches as much as we do why not help us keep it lovely by signing up for the Isle of Wight Day Coastline Clean-up. If you’re curious as to why Ventnor beach is always so clean, that is thanks to our brilliant locals. A Vennor lady, called Wendy, affectionately nicknamed ‘womble Wendy’ voluntarily heads to Ventnor beach every morning to pick up rubbish and keep it in tip-top shape, if you see her, why not give her a hand? Pop to the Spyglass afterward to reward yourself with a yummy meal.

Dates for the Diary

Songs of the Sea

19th & 20th October

Join us at the Spyglass for two whole days of sea shanty shenanigans. There will be live music all afternoon and into the evening as well as a great selection of fine wine and real ale. You can also enjoy our usual delicious main menu and specials board. To top it off entry to this event is FREE, so you can return to your heart’s content. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information closer to the event

Songs of the Sea

Beaujolais Breakfast (Booking essential)

21st November

Our very popular Beaujolais Breakfast will be returning for its 31st year on Thursday 21st November. Due to high demand we would recommend booking your tickets as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment. This annual tradition takes place on the third Thursday in November every year to celebrate the release of the years Beaujolais Nouveau. For just £24.95 per person you can enjoy a whole bottle of Beaujolais, a full English breakfast as well as a fantastic atmosphere and live, themed entertainment. Fancy dress is always warmly encouraged. We even had someone dressed as the Eiffel Tower one year!

Beaujolais Breakfast

Burger temptation

After all that excitement we are sure you will be ready for a hearty meal at a proper traditional Island pub, The Spyglass is just the place. You really can’t beat a good burger! We have a huge selection of burgers to choose from, including a quinoa and beetroot burger for the veggies amongst you. Why not try our 14oz Spyglass super-deluxe cheese burger? Or our chicken fillet burger? Visit our website to see our full menu here

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