One of the smallest pubs on the Island, Cowes Ale House is all about the beer with five guest ales from the wood in barrels behind the bar. Billed as a traditional drinking establishment where people come to socialise, it has a sister, Newport Ale House.
At about 12 feet at its widest, you really do have to talk to your fellow drinkers and they’re a friendly bunch. Often locals are gathered around the small bar at the far end, where there are a few stools. Beer mats adorn the walls in this area that has a corridor through to a surprisingly spacious decked patio – room for five tables and ten chairs.
Schwaben Bräu light and dark lagers are on tap along with Kosel beer and Guinness. You can order traditional pub snacks such as pork pies, cheese and meat platters or rolls and meat pies and they have big bags of pork scratchings.
Large etched windows to the road are the main light source with large lanterns hanging over the bar. Old photographs of Cowes, ship themed wallpaper and photos of yachts remind you of Cowes’s seafaring heritage.
Tables and stools in the bar are made from old barrels and the stripped floorboards and wood panelling give a very traditional feel to the interior, which has miniature horse and drays on high shelves and reminders of the Island’s old Mew Langton Brewery on the walls.
Wednesday is Quiz Night and there is live music here on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons.