The White Lion is a village pub that welcomes walkers and dogs. The courtyard is newly refurbished and enjoys a pleasant view of the church with a backdrop of the surrounding countryside behind.
Locals from far and wide flock to Arreton’s White Lion pub, and it’s a mecca for island visitors alike. A foodie pub, they pride themselves on table service in this comfortable home from home, with comfy seats and stripped pine tables, and a good sized courtyard garden to the rear.
The traditional bar area has leather sofa and chairs, with lanterns and vases containing huge church candles. Ancient exposed oak beams, the stripped wooden floor and neutral/pale green décor give a restful atmosphere. Whilst the open fireplaces that bookend this bar with horse brasses above belie the history of this ancient coaching inn.
An extensive menu is supplemented by a good specials board with all meals cooked in house and a good range of desserts. Food is served from noon till 9.15pm and they cater for food intolerances – just ask. The dining areas extend from both ends of the bar area, with similar feel and interesting vintage photos of the local area to peruse while dining.
Ale of Wight, Doom Bar and Timothy Taylor’s ‘Landlord’ ales are on tap along with Kronenbourg 1664, Amstel and Fosters lagers. Flavoured ciders feature Rekorderlig and Magmer’s original pear and there’s a good wine list to accompany your lunch or dinner.
Dogs are very welcome and there are great walks leading in all directions from this country pub, which is also very close to the picturesque St George’s Church in Arreton and only a short stroll from the chalkland downs.