Best Place for a Pint of Island Ale

Best Place for a Pint of Island Ale 1080 1080 The Spyglass Inn

Thank you to all our customers for voting us the “Best Place for a Pint of Island Ale”
We want to take this opportunity to thank you lovely lot who voted us as the ‘Best Place for a Pint of Island Ale’ in the annual My Isle of Wight Awards 2018. This award means a lot to us, as it is the only one on the Island that is voted for by our wonderful customers – we love our pub here at The Spyglass and we are so pleased you feel the same!
The Red Funnel My Isle of Wight Awards is now in its eighth year and enable visitors and locals to vote for their favourite tourism businesses that help to make the Isle of Wight extra special. The awards ceremony was held on a snowy night at Tapnell Farm last week and was presented by Tom Stroud. Our trophy is now taking pride of place above the bar.
The 2019 My Isle of Wight Awards open 1st March 2019.


Just for the craic…. head to The Spyglass Inn on St Patrick’s Day

Just for the craic…. head to The Spyglass Inn on St Patrick’s Day 2048 784 The Spyglass Inn

St Patrick’s Day starts a little early at The Spyglass this year with great live music from Scarecrow who will be playing on the evening of Saturday 16th March. Perfect to get you in the spirit before the, now famous, Spy St Pat’s breakfast.
Join us on the actual day, Sunday 17th March, for our annual St Patrick’s Day shenanigans.
Our doors swing open from 9.30am, with breakfast served shortly thereafter. It’s just £14.95 per person and includes a pint of Guinness served up alongside a full Irish breakfast. Booking for the breakfast is essential, but everyone is welcome from normal opening hours with the bar and kitchen open for business as usual.
We’ve got the amazing JC playing live from 11.30am with his band Folklore and dressing up (as always at The Spy) is positively encouraged, there’s even prizes for the best dressed.

Owner Neil Gibbs commented;
“Irish folk love music and know how to party like we do here at the Spyglass. We thought people would love the chance to celebrate with one of our legendary breakfasts too. It’s something a bit different and is very popular”

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated the world over, with people from all nations getting involved regardless of their heritage. What started as a commemorative day for the patron saint of Ireland has fast become a festivity celebrating the Irish culture. The world’s largest St Patrick’s Day parade takes place in New York City each year with an estimated 2m people attending.
To book your St Patrick’s Day breakfast either pop in to the pub or call (01983) 855338.


Songs of the Sea

Songs of the Sea 593 846 The Spyglass Inn

20th & 21st October 2018

Join us at The Spyglass Inn for Songs of the Sea this October.
You’ll be entertained with two days of live, local music. There’s a full menu, stunning specials board and of course great real ales and fine wines it’s an event that last all afternoon and into the evening too. It’s the perfect October pick-me-up and a great start to the half term holidays.
There’s free entry to the event and a Spyglass Special Beer Festival!

Live music

We are very pleased to announce the following acts will be playing over the weekend:
1400 – 1600: Double Hitch
1630 – 1730: Abacus
1800 – 2000: Pete’s Sake
2030 – 21:30: The Crew
1200 – 1400: Morris Dancing with music from The Chain Ferry Gang and Guith
1400 – 1500: Brighstone Barnacles
1500 – 1600: Guith
1600 – 1700: Mark & Ben Hickman
1745 – 1945: Hula Hulagans
2030 – 2130: The Dance Preachers
We will also have music from: Guiph, Mark & Ben Hickmen, Abacus, and there are still more to be announced. There will also be various Morris dancing groups over the weekend too to keep you entertained.

Beaujolais Day

Beaujolais Day 864 576 The Spyglass Inn

Thursday 15th November
Possibly the world’s largest wine bash, Beaujolais Nouveau takes place on the third Thursday of November, this year falling on the 15th November. This is the date the Beaujolais Nouveau hits the shelves worldwide – retailers are not allowed to sell this year’s vintage before this date. Beaujolais is a wine region in Burgundy, France. For centuries, the wine was purely a local affair, not drank or respected elsewhere. Things changed in 1951 thanks to some very clever marketing that saw the vineyards cutting back on restrictions of when the newest vintages of Beaujolais wine could be released, to the middle of November. This wine was Beaujolais Nouveau (“New Beaujolais”). A new annual race was conjured up, to see who could get their Beaujolais Nouveau to the Paris markets first, and thus, the frenzy each year for the Beaujolais Nouveau was born. At precisely midnight, on the third Thursday of November every year, over a million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau begin a journey through France to Paris for shipment across the globe. It is now celebrated the world over with millions popping a cork in late November.
The Spyglass Inn have been celebrating this fine tradition virtually since the pub opened in 1988, making this year its 30th year!
The famous Beaujolais Breakfast combines a fine bottle of Beaujolais with a full English breakfast. This annual event has become a firm fixture in The Spyglass’ event calendar.
The atmosphere is decidedly Francais on the day, with the rare sight of the Tricolours flying high outside (and inside) the pub, French accordion music and even the option to indulge in a little bit French dressing-up if you fancy! If full on fancy dress is not your thing then just pop on a beret and your a striped shirt and you’re good to go!
Booking is absolutely essential and tickets can be purchased by calling 01983 855338.

Accommodation at The Spyglass Inn

Top 10 pubs to stay in across the UK

Top 10 pubs to stay in across the UK 2048 807 The Spyglass Inn

We are really pleased to share with you that The Spyglass Inn has been nationally recognised by The Daily Mail as one of the top 10 pubs to stay in across the UK.
We’re in good company with pubs included from locations such as North Yorkshire, Devon and Cornwall.
There’s no better way relax on holiday than with something tasty to eat, a pint in your hand and an amazing view. If you agree read on… call us on 01983 855338 for availability on our rooms and to book!

Spyglass 30th Birthday Poster

Celebrating 30 years!

Celebrating 30 years! 1468 2048 The Spyglass Inn

This year at The Spyglass we are celebrating our 30th Birthday! It was in 1988 that we first opened our doors to the public. You may wonder how we chose the name ‘The Spyglass’ well it was as simple as ideas were literally put into a hat and The Spyglass Inn was the lucky one that was pulled out!
Throughout our 30 years music has been central to The Spyglass Inn since the very first pint was pulled. Local live music has been on most nights of the week, with some of the original bands still playing regularly today. Local bands playing everything from jazz and blues, to folk and rock, have had the opportunity to play to an appreciative audience.
To celebrate our birthday we are inviting everyone down to The Spyglass between 22nd – 25th March! There will be great food, beer and of course live, local music to keep everyone entertained!
We can’t wait to see you all!

View of Ventnor Beach

Extend your stay

Extend your stay 2048 1365 The Spyglass Inn

Enjoying The Spyglass Inn doesn’t have to end when it’s time to go home.

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