The Best Pubs to Watch the World Cup on the Isle of Wight


For all those people that are over on the Island while the World Cup is on, who may be looking for the best pubs that are showing the football, we have put together this guide to the pubs with the biggest screens and best viewing areas.


The Globe Inn
 on Cowes Parade, the seafront, has one big 100” screen and three smaller ones, and is showing all of the World Cup games. Order some small bites from the smokehouse menu or sample something tasty from the American Rib Shack menu if you’re feeling peckish. And to wash it down you can choose from real ale, 10 draught products that include lagers and ciders and a huge range of spirits, fine wines and house Prosecco.  Order ahead for beer pitchers, buckets of beer, or craft gin and tonics to accompany your footie watching sessions. And they have great views over the harbour from the roof terrace if you fancy a break at half time.


The Olde Village Inn
 on Bembridge High Street has one screen in the bar, another in the restaurant and a large screen outside in the covered pizzeria area in the garden, and they’re showing all of the World Cup matches. When we rang there was a match being watched on the garden screen by a whole crowd of football fans who were also enjoying the £10 pizza offer. The screen in the bar was off temporarily because a live band was playing, and diners were keeping up with the game, but with the sound down, in the restaurant area. This pub has loads of activities on offer and a huge menu that includes the pizzas, a large range of curries from around the world, yummy home-made pies and a whole range of traditional pub dishes too.


HSBC (High Street Bar Company)
on Ventnor High Street has huge screens for watching the football – one in the downstairs bar, one in the balcony bar upstairs and one in a small viewing room in the basement. They also have a great sound system and they’re going big on the World Cup so you’ll be in good company. On warm evenings they may fire up the barbecue on the decking outside and you’ll be able to build your own burger and order other BBQ fayre and they also major in building your own pizza from a selection of toppings. Football Heaven.


In Yarmouth the King’s Head has a 45” screen on the wall in one corner of the bar, the Bugle have a 42” screen in one of their main bar rooms and the Wheatsheaf has a 40” screen at one end of the huge bar area. So you can still see the matches in Yarmouth in nice atmospheric traditional pubs, but not on a huge screen.


The Hogshead
 on Newport High Street has “biggest screen in town” and is showing all of the World Cup matches. They even have a beer deal that you can download from the Matchpint app if you go to the app store on your ios device. Plus they have a range of exclusive packages and treats, including reserved priority seating, and bookable beer towers!? This is a traditionally styled modern pub with a huge clientele, so make sure to book your seats in advance if you want the option of sitting down – although everyone’s going to be on their feet cheering aren’t they?

Jo Macaulay

17 June 2018

By Jo Macaulay in Articles