An historic pub known especially for its food, the Pointer Inn at Newchurch sits at the top of the village next to the pretty church, with its wooden tower. The Pointer wins many awards for its food and also for its beer – this is a Fuller’s real ale pub too.


A really traditional interior with oak beams, horse brasses and an open fire, the tables fill up fast so it is wise to book, especially during holiday and celebration seasons. The food has a British focus with good old favourites and generous portions.

The pub prides itself on a bartering system in which local growers can exchange their freshly picked produce for food and drink in the pub, giving them a chance to dine for free and customers the chance to enjoy the freshest food.

Asparagus and garlic grown at the nearby Garlic Farm can feature on the menu, and there are views across the farmland from the pub garden. There’s also a covered seating area outside with heating for cooler evenings.

Ales on tap are Fullers London Pride, HSB, Best Bitter and a seasonal ale from Fullers plus one guest ale. Lagers are Fosters, Kronenbourg 1664 and Becks. There is a good wine list to complement their award winning food.

You can take some lovely walks along paths leading from nearby to this beautifully green area of the Island that is tucked just under the chalk downs. It’s a great watering hole for rambles or cycle rides in the area.