Fave Foodie Pub Walks

The Isle of Wight has lots of fantastic scenery and is reputed to have more pubs per square mile than any other British county! So we thought we’d add the two together, throw in the need for some seriously good food and Voilà - here's our guide to some of our favourite Foodie pub walks for you to try.

Godshill – Taverners

From Godshill, there is a very pretty walk which meanders through fields, beech and bluebell woods to Appuldurcombe and back. Start at the footpath off Hollow Lane (opposite the Old Smithy Car Park) and walk through the woods bearing left. Turn right when you reach the track and you will end up at the imposing Freemantle Gate, once the gateway to Appuldurcombe House. This is a fairly easy walk, but it’s worth noting it can be a bit muddy. Back at Godshill, bear left down the High Street to find the Taverners Pub with its endearing traditional interior. This pub is getting rave reviews for its fine food, which has an emphasis on local and seasonal produce. They also have a large beer garden and play area for children. Visit their website.

 

Shalfleet – New Inn

Another of the best pub walks on the Isle of Wight, take a three-mile walk to Newtown from the New Inn at Shalfleet. If you fancy a shorter stroll, head down to Shalfleet Quay boatyard and back – the ideal alternative if you’re with younger or older family members. You can park at the pub or further down the lane where there is a public car park to the left. Then walk on down the road that skirts the river to the Quay. Retrace your steps and the New Inn is another good foodie pub, which has won many awards. Traditional in style with oak beams and flagstone floors, there is always game on the menu when it’s in season, and a wide selection of Island seafood – definitely a recommended pub on the Isle of Wight. Visit their website.

 

Wootton – The Fishbourne

The Fishbourne Inn is close to the mouth of Wootton Creek and there is a lovely walk to Quarr Abbey from here. You take the bridleway on the right just before you get to the pub, which is Quarr Lane, a leafy track overhung with trees with views of the Solent that leads to Quarr Abbey. This is an ideal walk for families and older folk as it is flat and shaded. The walk leads past the entrance to the abbey, where the chapel is open to visitors and there's a lovely garden. Retrace your steps to the Fishbourne Inn, which is a large family-friendly pub that has been refurbished to a high standard giving it a much lighter and brighter feel. Visit their website.

 

Bembridge – Crab and Lobster

The Crab and Lobster is almost on the easternmost point of the Island, boasting a beach walk southward to Whitecliff Bay, or northwards around the end of the Island to the RNLI Lifeboat Station and back. The walk to Whitecliff Bay is more difficult as there are large pebbles and rocks to negotiate, although there are also rock pools to explore at low tide. Opt for the walk around to the Lifeboat Station and you’ll be able to take the new pier down to the station and see inside. Back at the Crab and Lobster, you have a varied menu with an emphasis on seafood, including locally caught crab and lobster. There’s a large cosy bar area, a smaller restaurant with windows overlooking the sea or a new room at the back that was once the stables. There are also a few tables outside overlooking the famous Bembridge Ledge, which are lovely on a sunny day. If you want to make the most of the Island’s alluring coastline, this is one of the best pubs on the Isle of Wight to consider. Visit their website.

 

Newchurch – The Pointers Inn

One of the oldest and most historic pubs on the Island, The Pointer Inn is located in the heart of Newchurch village and is renowned for its fabulous locally sourced food. Make sure you try their signature dish, Newchurch Pie; short crust pastry pie, filled with Isle of Wight lamb shank meat, spinach, house potatoes and vegetables. Behind the bar, they’re just as passionate about first-class fare, holding the coveted Master Cellarman award. After a fine feed pop up the road to the Garlic Farm and explore the walkways around their farmland (you can pick up a map, which includes some of the amazing heritage of the site, for 20p in the Garlic Farm shop). Trails are around the fields and through the woodland, with garlic and asparagus growing alongside you, and in the summer one field holds a maize maze. If you’re feeling lazy you can opt for the tractor and trailer ride instead. Visit their website.

 

We hope you’re inspired to try one of our best pubs walks on the Isle of Wight. After all, what could be more rewarding after a (long or short) stroll than a glass of your favourite refreshing beverage?

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18 May 2016

By Jo Macaulay in Articles