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The World Famous, Award Winning Spyglass Inn is an Island family-run business. The pub sits at the western end of Ventnor Esplanade on the Isle of Wight, in a most enviable position overlooking the English Channel.The Inn is steeped in history, being perhaps the oldest building on the Esplanade, dating from around 1830..As you approach The Spyglass Inn with its superb terrace directly on the waters edge, you can't help but be impressed by the wonderful location. For centuries it has been the haunt of smugglers with contraband from the French coast only a few hours sail away.Upon entering The Spyglass, you will be intrigued by the enormous collection of seafaring memorabilia accumulated by the
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£8 - £24
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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CUISINES
British, Pub
FEATURES
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Live Music, Waterfront, Dog Friendly, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Spyglass is in a great location at the end of Ventnor beach with plenty of outdoor seating. We visited on a couple of occasions and the pub was very busy each time meaning there was a bit of a queue for food and drinks....Good value traditional pub food. Good appetite required. Enjoy.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We had several meals here when on the island last year, and this year we were staying just up the hill. Had several really good meals and the fish and chips and crab salad are awesome. staff are friendly, beer is well kept and you...can watch the beach and passing ships while eating.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food and the view makes The Spyglass an ideal place to go for a bit of lunch even on the coldest of days. It was fairly quiet when we visited but I am told it gets quite lively in the summer months. I'm looking...forward to returning to be able to sit outdoors to enjoy my lunch.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

our favorite place to eat on the island. great menu with lots to choose from. the view is stunning over the beach and sea. very special.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to have a meal right next to the sea. Very good portion sizes and the prices were reasonable. To order from outside they had a queue for food and drinks separately which worked out really well.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great location by the water with good food. Decent quality pub grub .. nothing more nothing less. Great vibe with a band playing when we were there.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to the Spyglass Inn for a Sunday lunch time with a wedding party of over 30 people ( pre booked) on 28th April 2024 , and as we were such a large group we were given the Boathouse to ourselves which was great as...our party had loads of toddlers and several dogs, so we didnt have to worry about bothering other diners. Considering the size of our party, all ordering different meals, we were amazed at how quickly the food arrived. Everyone was blown away with the quality and portion sizes and very reasonable prices. Jo, Georgina and Kieron behind the bar were all super friendly and efficient as were all of the small army of servers who delivered our food ( sorry I didnt get all of the names), and the live piano player in the main bar was a nice touch. Would highly recommend the Spyglass if you are in Ventnor. The bar also has some good well kept ales.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We come here quite often and it is always a good standard. They also offer pint jug glasses for beet too ! Out of season the food comes quickly and there is a good atmosphere in the place. Our frequency of visit ,though, means its...the same menu for the last three years and maybe this could be revised ? (Though they do offer a few specials) Will be back!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were recommended the Spyglass by friends and it didn't disappoint. You can't book ahead but we easily found a table for the four of us. The beer and service was great and the food was delicious. Our fish and chips were so huge we...didnt eat again until the following lunch time. Our kids favourite eating place on the island and we will be paying another visit when we return!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 22 April 2024

Very Disappointing visit. The food was a small, just about passable veggie lasagne with a tiny side salad and bread costing over £15. The coffee was undrinkable, it is the only coffee I have ever left. The bar area smelt of vomit and its dingy...inside. The views outside however are amazing.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 19 April 2024 via mobile

The venue is truly spectacular it wasn’t overly busy but had a nice vibe for Me and the staff were pleasant especially the lad in the cap collecting plates and glasses he was especially welcoming and well mannered. Will certainly return. I had crab n...chips wife calamari all done fantastic.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 8 April 2024 via mobile

If there was a zero.... I'd give it a zero. We are both vegan and we wanted a burger. The only option was a vegetarian burger so I asked what about the burger makes it not vegan and her answer was 'we can't guarantee that...it's not cooked in a separate fryer to meat products'. I said 'Surely that makes it not vegetarian as well' her reply was 'That's why we can't guarantee that's it not vegan or vegetarian. I said 'but you can't advertise vegan and vegetarian if its cooked in the same oil and how many people have cone here and eaten vegetarian food but have been given contaminated food' 'We only have a small kitchen and no room for a separate fryer... no one can guarantee it, no restaurant can' I said 'that's not true... there are plenty of restaurants and cafes that prepare vegan and vegetarian food separate from meat products' 'That's not us' she said. I told her that the restaurant is in breach of the current law.. I will never eat there again and I strongly advise any vegan or vegetarian or for that matter, anyone with a food intolerance or allergy to give it a wide birth...More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 6 April 2024 via mobile

First time ever been here, and a great place if you want some good pub food with the view of the sea - also the inside is a feast for the eyes with everything they have on the walls.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 29 March 2024

We are locals and love a visit to the Spyglass for a crab sandwich. However todays visit was disappointing the choice of beer not as good as usual due to a brewery change with an increase in prices ( no Shipyards on draught )same as...the food , we understand things go up we are in the catering business ourselves but £28 for two crab sandwich’s is abit steep ( should have checked the menu before I ordered as obviously new season prices ready for the tourists ) . Sadly we will not be returning.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 28 March 2024 via mobile

What a location! Such a charming pub right on the seafront, beautiful inside and out. The food was absolutely delicious and service was friendly and welcoming. We will definitely visit again.

Date of visit: March 2024
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joannal580
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Response from pmw44 | Reviewed this property |
No you can’t reserve a table. You just have to turn up and hope - there are plenty of outdoor tables but you need the weather to be kind otherwise it is a bit chilly!
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No not at the pub. The Falais car park at the end of the road next to the pub is ok but you need to pay.
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The Spyglass Inn is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4