At the top of the narrow Watch House Lane that leads from Cowes High Street to the sea front Parade, Union Inn is much larger than it might appear from outside. Spreading over most of the ground floor, with central bar, it has lots of nooks and bags of character.
Themed with the Union flag, the interior has a relaxing blue/green and cream colour theme and the walls are covered in framed photographs and prints portraying Cowes’s sailing heritage and royal connections. The eclectic selection of tables and chairs gives a homely feel and there’s a cosy little snug with armchairs to the right as you enter.
Industrial lighting and a huge brown paper roll hanging from bars on the wall with the specials written on it give a contemporary touch to the traditional interior. Garden style rooms are to the rear of the pub with velux windows in the wood panelled ceilings.
The menu includes Union Fried Chicken to the pub’s own homemade recipe as well as homemade gourmet burgers and ‘proper pies’. Ales on tap are Fullers London Pride, HSB and ESB plus one guest Fuller’s ale and Seafarers Ale. Leffe blonde is also on tap along with Fosters, Kronenbourg 1664, Strongbow, Cornish Orchard’s Gold Cider and Guinness.
In the winter there’s a roaring fire in the stripped brick fireplace. Throughout the year there’s live jazz on with Sunday roast and quiz night on Wednesdays. Upstairs are six en suite bed and breakfast rooms and Big Breakfast menu until 11.30am.