The White Horse Inn pub is reputed to be one of the oldest in England, let alone the Isle of Wight, the building being constructed in 1454. With many more than 500 years of heritage and hospitality behind us you can expect a warm and friendly welcome at any time of the year.
Several fires at the pub put pay to the thatched roof, which is now tiled, but the exterior has little changed in its 500 year history. Inside there are horse brasses, old jugs and stone bottles and a huge old barrel holding the menus.
Breakfasts are served from 10am till noon, with options such as Stallion Breakfast for a full English and Rocking Horse Breakfast for vegetarians. The extensive menu has a whole page of seafood dishes and plenty of vegetarian options along with steaks, traditional pub grub and there’s a specials board by the bar and another with deserts of the day.
Locals often gather around the main bar area, where there are two huge brick fireplaces, one with wood burner, and there is a further dining room area that leads from this room.
A large function room has been built onto the left of the premises that has a pool table and rings board. Farm implements such as bridles, saws, shovels and rakes are on the ceiling along with copper bed warming pans.
Outside is a large pub garden overlooking the road, with views to Ventnor Down, and a climbing playhouse in the kids’ playground.