You really could believe that you’re on board a ship at the Steamer Inn on Shanklin seafront as there are so many things inside that have come from boats, such as lanterns, lifebelts and portholes. And fixed to the wall outside is the biggest propeller you’re ever likely to see.
There are two huge female figureheads inside on each side of the door and a huge polished copper signalling beacon that would have once floated in the sea. Ships wheels decorate the bar, along with anchors - and a big ship’s bell sits at the end of the bar for calling time.
Cabin lights of every colour hang from the ceiling and most of the light inside and on the terraces comes from old ship lanterns. Along with the spacious interior there is a large covered terrace that has exterior heaters and two ‘lower decks’ on either side of the steps up to the pub, which have huge parasols covering them when needed.
Seafood is a speciality on an extensive menu that includes lite bites, sharing platters, speciality burgers, griddle meals and pub favourites, supported by a strong specials blackboard above the food counter.
Stowells wines are on tap along with Jennings Golden Host, Ringwood Fortyniner and Shipyard Pale Ale. Lagers are Becks and Kronenbourg 1664 with Addelstone’s Cloudy, Stowford Press and Strongbow ciders and Guinness.
The Steamer has live music on Friday and, Saturday nights and Sunday lunchtimes and it has eight en suite B&B rooms, some overlooking the sea.