A mecca for walkers, the Highdown Inn nestles beneath Tennyson’s chalk downs just minutes from the Needles, encouraging those passing by to rest awhile. A huge open fire warms the bar in the winter and there’s a jaunty sailing theme to the interior, which has pine and oak furniture.
This is an ideal stop off for those walking from Freshwater Bay to the Needles and back as there is a pathway that leads right down to the pub - turn down the footpath that leads from the beacon atop Tennyson’s Down. Horse riders can tether to the tree outside.
The bar reaches around the roadside corner of the ground floor, and the main menu is on the specials board that covers several walls. Seafood and shellfish are a speciality and there are loads pub favourites, steaks and lite bites. Many dishes are offered in two size options for smaller/larger appetites and there’s also an additional menu with sandwiches, baguettes, ploughman’s lunches and salads.
Island Ales’ Wight Gold is on pump along with a Ringwood Ale (Marstons) and two guest ales. Lagers are Fosters, Kronenbourg 1664 and Becks, and there’s Symmonds cider, Kingston Press fruit cider and Guinness.
To the side of the premises is a dining room with cream and red theme that offers an overflow from the main seating area where you can take high teas and cream teas. Outside is a pretty garden with (netted) pond and barbecue areas, and flower borders and upstairs are three bed and breakfast rooms.