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Food available Monday - Wednesday 1pm - 9pm Fridays and Saturday 12pm - 9pm Sunday 12pm - 6pm The team of smiles Our pub is found just off the main street of ventnor. We are a tradtional, local pub. We serve 3 cask ales, often having a local ale on tap. We have a comprehensive stock of spirits and we are very proud of our whiskey collection. We serve traditional pub food which we are happy to serve in the main room of the pub or our very old quirky stable dining area. We are doggy and children frendly. Come and see us and say hello. But, don't get us mixed up with the crab and lobster at bembridge!
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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All reviews crab and lobster sunday roast beef fish and chips potatoes quiz night friendly landlord lovely home cooked food friendly local pub great sunday lunch the pub great atmosphere real ale excellent meal booked a table lovely evening isle of wight
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Reviewed yesterday

Friendly staff/locals. Nice atmosphere. Good food, good beer and nice wine. Very busy due to popularity with locals and visitors.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Accommodated 15 of us at quite short notice on a Friday night (after some amusement when we nearly double booked…). Very welcoming landlord and personal attention throughout from him and the staff. Excellent food (some locally sourced) and good drinks and beers (again some local)....Such a refreshing change from understaffed chain pubs.More

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

This was the nearest pub to our holiday cottage, so managed to get a couple of visits there. It looks tiny from the outside, but once inside it opens into a big pub. Really friendly staff & customers. Very dog friendly. Always seemed to be...busy when we went. Great traditional pub with good vibes. Fully recommended.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 22 March 2024 via mobile

Atmospheric Pub where we had a traditional Sunday lunch of very good quality and reasonably priced. Warm, friendly & efficient service. It’s maybe not a ‘special occasion’ venue but, based on our experience of some of the other local establishments, it was the best food...& service (and that included a ‘special occasion’ meal at The Royal Hotel)!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 21 January 2024

Excellent Sunday roast today..Turkey was beautifully cooked, veggie option equally as tasty, veg perfectly cooked along with lovely gravy. Served with a smile..hot and plentiful.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 26 December 2023

Friendly pub with great atmosphere. Booked table for 12 and we all had selection of meals from the menu and specials board. It was Boxing day and very busy but our meals were perfect .Large portions of delicious hot food and all allergies catered for...too. You could see they were all home cooked and we all were totally happy and contented. Such a reasonable price too. Thank you so much.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 30 October 2023

We were very impressed, from the warm welcome to the food and drinks. We went on a Tuesday evening and there was a great atmosphere with a good number of people in. Centrally situated, a short walk from the high street. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 5 October 2023

We were a large group of adults and a number of dogs. We were welcomed by friendly and efficient staff and people and the dogs served with a smile. We had Sunday roast and a desert which was excellent and very good value. Would definitely...go back again.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 1 October 2023

Excellent Sunday roast today..Turkey was beautifully cooked, veggie option equally as tasty, veg perfectly cooked along with lovely gravy. Served with a smile..hot and plentiful.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 30 September 2023

This is a really good pub serving good quality meals. Some of the meals are home made and we sampled a couple of them which were really nice. The pub has a good atmosphere and the landlord and staff are particularly friendly. Would recommend.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 30 September 2023 via mobile

Average pub. Nothing to rave about. The waiter was friendly though. We expected the food to be better. We were a bit disappointed about the experience.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 22 September 2023 via mobile

We went here four times during our stay in Ventnor and the food was great, especially the Sunday lunch which was amazing and really good value. There was a choice of beef, lamb and gammon. The beef was beautifully cooked and the Yorkshire puddings were...outstanding. The staff here are very friendly and the pub does a nice range of beers. This is a must if staying in Ventnor.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 13 September 2023 via mobile

We called in on a Saturday evening and were seated and ate a superb home made fish pie. The pub is lovely and the staff helpful and friendly.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 27 August 2023

Very friendly staff and locals. This pub serves a good selection of ales and wine. Plenty of board games if you want a challenge.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Dianne Weedon, Owner at The Crab and Lobster Tap, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2023

Thankyou very much. We are glad you enjoyed your time with us.

Reviewed 21 August 2023

Great local pub to spend a late afternoon / evening watching the rugby (apart from the result) and enjoying a few beers and G&Ts. Plus a really good dinner from the choices on the menu. First time of having the "large" fish and chips which...was actually huge. Will definitely opt for that again. All options were very good value for money and the staff, as always, were friendly and helpful.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Dianne Weedon, Owner at The Crab and Lobster Tap, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2023

Thankyou both. We must try and cheer the rugby team even more loudly next time!

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Nor have we but it was a lovely meal, I think it has the word tap the name as to not get confused with the crab and lobster pub in Bembridge.
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