A dog friendly holiday on the Isle of Wight is made with a trip to the pub after a long afternoon walk. Treat yourself and your four-legged friend to a cosy evening together enjoying the island’s best pints.
We’ve searched high and low across the island to find these Isle of Wight pubs that welcome in your doggy friends. We’ve already discovered Isle of Wight dog friendly beaches which are a godsend for dogs who need miles of open space to run and play. After playing on the beach all day or a romp across the Tennyson Downs, retire to these top pubs for a pint and a bite to eat.
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We reckon this good boy definitely deserves a pint:
And so, our top 6 dog friendly pubs on the Isle of Wight (in no particular order):
In the quaint chocolate box village of Godshill, this pub offers up a relaxed dog friendly atmosphere with an incredible menu. Taverners pride themselves on a menu full of local seasonal food so stop for a bite to eat as well as a pint. They serve pub classics like ham, egg and chips, alongside more unusual dishes like monkfish cheeks with pig face bacon. There’s also a shop at the back of the pub where you can pick up some extra bits and pieces as mementos of your trip to the island.
The staff at the Yarbridge are clearly very fond of four-legged visitors and cater accordingly. There’s lots of attention given to dogs (and humans alike) meaning that you’ll instantly feel welcomed into the inn. You’ll find a classic pub menu here with the addition of local Goddards ale to wash it all down. This is the perfect place to hide away from a passing shower before heading out to continue a long walk.
Hiding out on the Tennyson Down is this welcoming pub that feels like an arm around the shoulder when you come in from the harsh elements of the downs. Settle by the fire and peruse the specials board filled with incredibly special dishes. Each one gives you that comfort food feeling that can only be found in classic pub grub. The Highdown Inn is full of interesting local characters of the two-legged and four-legged variety for you to get to know on your foray into the wilderness of the Isle of Wight.
You can’t get much more ‘village pub’ than the Red Lion in Freshwater. It’s next door to a church listed in the Domesday book. Here you’ll find fine ales, good food and comfy surroundings. With leather armchairs in abundance, settle in for an afternoon if your pup will sit still long enough…
An award-winning pub in the village of Newchurch. The town ironically takes its name from the 900 year old church next door to the pub. It was certainly new in the 11th century. The Pointer have a huge focus on source local produce for their meals. They have a tradition of bartering with local producers, exchanging beer and food for ingredients. There’s a big beer garden that leads on to a field at the back which is perfect for letting your canine friend stretch their legs. Dine al fresco in summer months for a breath of fresh island air.
A hidden gem in the village of Bonchurch. A neighbour of Ventnor, this pretty village gets forgotten by visitors and passers-by but if you take a moment to stop at the Bonchurch Inn you’ll discover an historical pub with a traditional feel. Bizarrely, they serve up top quality Italian food in a cosy, English-pub-style restaurant. An interesting and homely combination.
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