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Relaxed Seaside Dining. Situated right on the waters edge, with sweeping panoramic views of the Solent and beyond, The Old Fort has just won “Best Destination Pub” across whole of Hampshire and Isle of Wight. Offering fresh local produce, meats, seafood, daily specials, real local ales and more in a relaxed and cosy environment. Dog friendly, downstairs is more of a cosy beach pub whilst upstairs has just been renovated into a lovely new bar and restaurant space - both with fantastic views. Booking strongly advised.
PRICE RANGE
£6 - £24
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
British, Pub, International, Gastropub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Waterfront, Dog Friendly
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All reviews burger salad sandwiches fish and chips crab pudding watching the boats overlooking the sea lovely view fantastic location sea front lovely meal varied menu relaxed atmosphere isle of wight booked a table sunday lunch
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had an excellent meal, with a nut allergic member of our party well catered for. A straightforward menu, but everything well cooked and presented, and reasonably priced

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderfut evening we had! All four of us had fabulous meals. The fish was cooked perfectly, there were at least three vegetarian options. Staff were lovely it was a busy evening but wait times were fine. The views are gorgeous in the evening...across the Solent & of course you can see the old forts. My new favourite restaurant on the Island.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We want to the old fort in a Saturday night when we staying in Seaview for the weekend with friends. Went as a group of 5 and thankfully had booked a table in advance as the place was super busy. Staff were very friendly and...helpful and the food was delicious. We had one vegetarian guest with us and felt the menu could benefit from a couple more veggie options. They had the panisse salad, and would suggest this should come with a dressing as it was a bit dry! Cocktails and other food were great and no complaints would visit again when in the area.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This sea front gastro pub in Seaview is well worth a visit. Food was excellent quality with some nice twists on the usual fare. A good range of sea food and beef dishes, and the Aspen Fries are well worth a tickle. As with many...places on Wight , The Old Fort is dog friendly. The efficient staff are friendly and prices in the £10-£23 ish range. It gets quite busy and was almost full on our Wednesday lunch time visit so best to book ahead.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They may have just one a fancy award but they didn’t get my vote on this occasion First off, myself over 60 and companion nearly 80 were greeted, by a young woman,as ‘guys’ NO! There was a healthy number of diners, but it wasn’t packed...and considering that I felt the service was a little off- on the slow side. Just that bit too long to take the order for drinks, which then turned into taking the food order at the same time. At the other end of the meal, having bought the menus for us to choose a dessert, by the time the waitress returned to take the order we had talked ourselves out of having any and just got the bill. Someone also had their dog sitting on the bench seat on the next table, another turn off for us I’m afraid. The food in the middle of all this was very good. A very interesting and tasty Panisse salad. I didn’t know what that meant but it was Ve and sounded good and was. The Panisse was cubes that looked like they might be tofu but tasted like hummous and, having now looked it up, are made from chickpeas. I very much liked them. The rest of the salad was not run of the mill, so all in all a good dish. My companion had a good thick chunk of beef pie from the special menu. This was served with proper chips and extra gravy. All very good. My mark would certainly have been higher if only the service, and greeting, had been better.More

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

Great food and service, always look forward to eating here. Menu has a good selection to suit all tastes supplemented with a specials board. Look forward to returning again in the future.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The old fort is usually such a fave spot for myself and my friends, although a lot left to be desired on this evening. While the food was fab, as it always is! The greeting upon arrival was remarkably rude and brash, from a young...man I assumed to be a manger. Shortly after we were shown to our table, but much longer did we wait for a drinks and food order, and we were then taken aback when our beverages arrived as they were slammed onto the table with not even a smile or friendly word. It was thankfully saved by the food being delicious. But we all in all felt quite uncared for and perhaps as though the lack of staff meant our presence was creating a nuisance, not the best feeling to have on an evening with friends :(More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 16 April 2024

We hadn’t booked for dinner on a Thursday evening and the restaurant was busy. However, we were made to feel very welcome and had a drink at the bar while we waited for a table. The meal was delicious, and good value. I wish I’d...asked the guy’s name who greeted us because he was exceptional 👌More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 10 April 2024 via mobile

We popped into the Old Fort for a drink last night. Although we didn’t eat the menu looked good and the food coming out of the kitchen smelt amazing!! We’ll definitely be coming back for dinner here. The service was lovely and the price was...good too. Plenty of non-alcoholic choices which was lovely. Thank you for the warm welcoming and service.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 11 March 2024

Staff unfriendly told we could have a table for half hour to have a drink, after 15 minutes told we had to drink up and leave as the people who it was reserved for had arrived early without even an apology!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 27 February 2024

The Sunday lunch is excellent, staff are cheerful and attentive. The restaurant is brightly decorated in keeping with its seaside location. Great views of stormy sea while warm and cosy indoors.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 21 February 2024 via mobile

Lovely restaurant with very happy and attentive staff The view is fantastic with amazing views of the forts in the Solent Sat upstairs in the restaurant area, it was ok but lacked atmosphere compared to the downstairs eating area…. Only negative is that the food...is on the pricey side, but still very good quality Would recommendMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 February 2024

We are a couple in our 80’s with mobility issues & found our visit to The Old Fort unfriendly & discourteous. A sign outside described it as a cafe-bar. When we entered 3 waitresses were chatting in the bar area. We were not greeted or...directed to a table so we sat at the nearest one. When we had settled a waitress appeared & moved us to the only table for 2 at the far end which we had not previously spotted. There were plenty of free tables. I asked what the soup was & the reply was “it is on the specials board & I can’t be expected to remember everything”. Clearly the waitress did not propose to find out for us what the soup was & so I had to go to the other end of the room to check the specials board and in fact there was only 1 type of soup - which turned out to be excellent.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 21 December 2023 via mobile

Great evening, amazing service by Connor. Lovely food. Really nice atmosphere. Clean, really enjoyed the evening!!!!Thank you.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 11 December 2023

Very nice and clean, nice decor friendly server, food was nice, however i was disapointed with sandwhich , on menu it said bloomer bread but it was just thin cut sliced bread, i was expecting decent baked bread, wouldnt have a sandwhich there again.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Response from Joanna S | Reviewed this property |
hi, you can pop in for just drinks as it is a pub, which also serves food
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It’s a relaxed pub
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Well I had a beer there last week so I fully expect they sell wine too
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The Old Fort is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5