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.

The Spyglass Inn_Live music_September

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

Delicious food for all to enjoy

Delicious food for all to enjoy

Delicious food for all to enjoy 2000 1333 The Spyglass Inn

Finding that one pub the whole family loves to visit can be difficult, especially if you’re looking for somewhere that caters to a variety of dietary requirements. You’ll be pleased to know that your search is over. Here at The Spyglass we boast an abundance of dishes to suit a huge variety of tastes and dietary requirements, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. Our friendly staff are on hand to help you with any queries and groups with specific dietary needs can be catered for if we have prior notice. Not forgetting our daily specials board which includes a delightful selection of fresh homemade dishes and locally caught seafood.

Delicious food for all to enjoy

Our menu includes a separate selection of vegetarian options…

  • Spinach & Ricotta Cheese Cannelloni
  • Macaroni Cheese
  • Homemade Five Bean Chilli & Rice (Vegan when served without sour cream)
  • Homemade Squash & Chickpea Tagine (Vegan)
  • Vegetarian Sausages
  • Quinoa, Beetroot & Red Pepper Burger

We also serve a great variety of children’s meals…

  • 2oz Beefburger
  • 2oz Cheeseburger
  • Child’s Sausages
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Hand Carved Cold Ham
  • Fish Fingers
  • Chicken Burger
  • Vegetarian Sausage
  • Breaded Wholetail Scampi
  • Homemade Cottage Pie
  • 4oz Double Cheeseburger
  • Homemade Five Bean Chilli & Rice (Vegan when served without sour cream)
Delicious food for all to enjoy

Keep your eye out for our clearly marked GF options. Dishes where this mark is visible are gluten free or can be made gluten free.

Enjoying a family meal by the sea has never been better, there is bound to be something for everyone to enjoy. Check out our full main menu HERE


August at The Spyglass Inn

August at The Spyglass Inn 1500 999 The Spyglass Inn

What’s on?

Ventnor truly comes alive in the summer and with a stunning beach, a great variety of brilliant walks, as well as special events and spectacular scenery it’s not hard to see why.

See some of our suggestions of things to do in Ventnor this month below. Don’t forget that you can stay right in the heart of it all here at The Spyglass in one of our self catering apartments. Wake up to sea views every morning. Call us on 01983 855338 or visit for more information and to check availability.

Accommodation at The Spyglass Inn

Live Music at The Spyglass

This month we are very excited to announce that we will have live music every evening as well as on Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes, so head on down every evening of the week to enjoy a great atmosphere whilst you relax with a hearty meal. Check out our full schedule below and be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest news and updates.

Spyglass Live Music Poster - August 2019


You can’t miss Ventnor Carnival, one of the most exciting events of the year. Join us as the whole community comes together in celebration. Be sure to join all the locals here at The Spyglass after the parade to continue the party, our terrace is also a great spot to enjoy a portion of chips whilst watching the fireworks display, a finale to the main carnival.

14th – Children’s (From 12noon)
14th – Main Carnival and fireworks (From 19:00)
17th – Illuminated (From 21:00) 


Isle of Wight Scooter Rally

Calling all Mods! Every year thousands of scooters flock to the Isle of Wight for the world-famous Isle of Wight Scooter Rally, taking place over the August bank holiday weekend 23 – 26. Ventnor Esplanade is a popular stop and a great location to marvel at some of the stunning, customised scooters or if you’re planning to take part stop by for a drink by the sea before continuing on your travels.


Ventnor Park

If you haven’t been to Ventnor Park, it’s a must visit. Just a short walk from us here at The Spyglass, enjoy the tranquility of this award-winning park. Walk along the stream and see the Koi carps, meet the budgies in the aviary, visit the free outdoor gym or if you’re in the mood for a little friendly competition, why not head to the putting green and challenge your friends and family to a game or two. Head to for more information.

Destination Ventnor - July 2019

Destination Ventnor – July 2019

Destination Ventnor – July 2019 1800 1011 The Spyglass Inn

We love Ventnor and we’re sure you do too! If you’re a visitor or lucky enough to live here we have some great inspiration for things to do in Ventnor this July. Don’t forget to head to the Spyglass whilst you’re here to enjoy a hearty meal, cold drink with a great atmosphere overlooking the sea!

Destination Ventnor - July 2019

Ventnor Fringe
23rd – 28th July
This month Ventnor will play host to the ever popular Ventnor Fringe Festival from the 23rd – 28th July. Enjoy pop-up cinemas, basement bars, gigs and mystery tours, as the town comes alive with this multi-award-winning arts festival. The Spyglass is the perfect spot to get lunch between activities right in the heart of it all. See for more details.

Ghost Walks
Do you love all things spooky? Join Marc Tucky from The Isle of Wight Ghost Experience every Tuesday for a ghost walk at Ventnor Botanic Garden from 8pm. Learn about the local history and enjoy creepy tales of paranormal happenings on the site of the old TB hospital. Visit for more details

Steephill Cove
After treating yourself to a delicious lunch at the Spyglass why not take a relaxing walk along the coast to Steephill Cove. This quaint little cove nestled just south of Ventnor is the perfect spot to enjoy a peaceful stroll or a quieter afternoon by the sea. Steephill Cove is roughly a 20-30 minute walk from the Spyglass if you’re planning to enjoy a nice meander but the views and scenery are truly breathtaking, don’t miss the Ventnor sign in the cliff, a great spot for a photo.

Winter Gardens Markets
Enjoy the weekly indoor market at The Winter Gardens, just at the top of the esplanade. Browse a whole variety of goodies and support some small independent businesses selling everything from crafts to scarves, books, fudge and bags. Shop till you drop and then rest your legs with lunch at The Spyglass.

Destination Ventnor - July 2019
Live Music at The Spyglass Inn

Live Music this July

Live Music this July 2048 1365 The Spyglass Inn

We all love a bit of live music, especially when it’s performed by talented local musicians. If you’re on the hunt for live music on the Isle of Wight we have you covered with live entertainment every evening as well as Saturday and Sunday lunch times. This means you can expect sets from:

Live Music at Quayside

Nick Page
Jazz guitarist and singer Nick Page is a self-taught musician and enjoys playing the Great Standard songs from the likes of Cole Porter and the Gershwins. A professional musician for nearly thirty years, he has worked with many of the best known names in jazz including Ronnie Scott and Humphrey Lyttelton.

Roger Holmes
As a youngster Roger learned to play the trumpet, piano and church organ, on leaving school he worked in local hotels, playing cocktail piano music, backing cabaret artistes and providing the music for ballroom dancing.

JC & Angelina
Jazz and Blues
JC and his sister Angelina have worked together professionally for ten years performing locally and internationally. Their emphasis is on old time jazz, country and blues as well as heartfelt ballads. They work as a duo, independently, as part of their five piece band The Dance Preachers and in The Gramophone Party Trio.

JC & Angelina

Visit for a full list of who is playing and for more info.

Beer Mats _ Spyglass

New beermats celebrate the Isle of Wight’s iconic brewing heritage

New beermats celebrate the Isle of Wight’s iconic brewing heritage 1200 800 The Spyglass Inn

We are proud to announce that alongside our sister pubs we have introduced four brand new beermat designs that are a nostalgic nod to the old Burt’s Brewery, which brewed its last pint of beer over 25 years ago. Burt’s is still well remembered by many on the Isle of Wight and its distinctive beermats were once a common sight in pubs across the Island.

The new designs feature The Spyglass Inn, The Bargeman’s Rest, The Steamer Inn and The Dairyman’s Daughter. Neil Gibbs, commented “When we first opened the doors to The Spyglass Inn back in 1988, we were proud to support other local businesses and served up Burt’s Brewery beers to many happy customers. I am pleased that the new beermat design draws upon this heritage to create something instantly recognisable”.

Many fans of local Isle of Wight ales might recognise the distinctive look of the new beer mats which feature the shape of the Isle of Wight and uses a retro colour scheme combined with each of the pubs iconic branding. “We are very proud of the Island and its history and wanted a design that would connect with this heritage. Some of the initial designs used more contemporary colours, but we all agreed that the original just looked right, so we’ve stuck with it,” said Andrew Gibbs. “We make sure all of our pubs have a warm welcome and there’s lots of Island memorabilia on display. Our new beermats now add to this perfectly.”

Beer Mats

Solent, a local marketing agency was commissioned to create a design that could capture this connection between the pubs and Burt’s Brewery. Marie Woodward, Client Account Manager said: “It’s a real challenge to bring together these different styles, but it’s been one that our team has really enjoyed. Anyone who remembers Burt’s should be pleased with the result and we’ve had some great feedback.”

Burt’s Brewery was an Island institution and one of 14 breweries that were in existence at the start of the 20th century.

All four beermat designs can be seen in The Spyglass Inn, The Bargeman’s Rest, The Steamer Inn and The Dairyman’s Daughter from now. The reverse of the beermats encourages customers to share photos of their visit to win a prize for a meal for two.

  • Win a meal for two 2019 terms and conditions

    The promoter is: Quayside Leisure LTD. whose registered office is at Pyle House 136/7 Pyle Street, Newport, Isle Of Wight, PO30 1JW.

    The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except employees of Quayside Leisure LTD. (and its subsidiaries) and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.

    There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

    By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

    Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via or relevent locations website.
    Promotion will run on, but not be limited to; Facebook, Instagram, and in printed media within our venues.

    Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.

    Closing date for entry will be rolling, with winners being drawn on a quarterly basis.

    No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

    The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:  Share your pictures from your visit to the following venues; The Bargeman’s Rest, The Steamer Inn, The Spyglass Inn, The Dairyman’s Daughter on Facebook or Instagram with the relevant hashtag (BargemansIW, DairymansIW, SteamerIW, SpyglassIW) a winner will be selected quarterly from the images shared to this hashtag only.

    The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

    The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

    The prize is as follows: Meal for two at selected Quayside Leisure LTD. venue.
    The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

    Winners will be chosen at random by Island Holiday Media LTD. t/a Solent on behalf of Quayside Leisure LTD.
    The winner will be notified by email and/or DM on Twitter/Facebook and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

    The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.

    The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

    By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

    The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

    The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

    Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Quayside Leisure LTD. / Island Holiday Media LTD. and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy found at

    Some additional Terms and Conditions which you might wish to include if relevant:
    Quayside Leisure LTD.‘s decision as to those able to take part and selection of winners is final. No correspondence relating to the competition will be entered into.
    Quayside Leisure LTD. shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage.
    Quayside Leisure LTD. also reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.

Wine Tasting Evening

Wine Tasting Evening 864 576 The Spyglass Inn
The Spyglass Inn - Wine Tasting

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 a glass of fizz on arrival you can then indulge in a fantastic selection of quality wines accompanied by a tasting dish. A fantastic introduction to some of the tempting wines available for our new wine list.

This is a ticketed event so pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited. Give us a call on 01983 855338 to book now and avoid disappointment.
£35 per head

National Pub & Bar awards

Officially the best pub on the Isle of Wight

Officially the best pub on the Isle of Wight 2000 1333 The Spyglass Inn

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!

The National Pub & Bar Awards are organised in conjunction with Pub & Bar Magazine who select 94 county winners which are then in the running to be crowned one of 15 Regional Winners, or even the overall National Pub & Bar of the Year.

National Pub & Bar awards logo

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful staff who are always smiling, our trusty suppliers and of course, our fabulous customers who continue to support us. We are all keeping our fingers crossed for the next round – watch this space!

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