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“Must Visit whilst on Island”
Review of Pointer Inn

Pointer Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Newchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$24
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: A warm welcome awaits at The Pointer, where Landlord and Lady, Rob and Rachel, invite you to join them in one of the Islands oldest, most historic pubs.
Reviewed 26 July 2014

We had heard of this place from friends who had visited the island and also our b and b owners so thought we would pay a visit.
What can I say we went back for a return visit2 days later !
food was fantastic homemade including the most delicious desserts I have ever had.
Fish and chips where a revelation never knew you could have such a delicious version, staff very on the ball considering the place was heaving, drinks brought to your table made you feel very welcome.
Excellent value too we cant wait to return next year .

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Thank Giles25
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

We decided to try someone else’s Sunday roast today rather than cook our own while on holiday, so settled on the Pointer Inn, having visited for a quick ‘half’ a couple of days beforehand. Table was booked for 6pm and we were advised when we arrived that the roast had been very popular during the day, so there was no lamb left, but the roast pork was available so that is what three of the four of us went for. I chose their house special (the landlord’s signature dish) which was the Newchurch Pie.
The Pointer Inn still has a ‘village pub’ feel to it and has not been extended to massive proportions like some of the others on the island which gives it a much more ‘pubby’ feel to it, even if it does tend to be more of a dining pub. Three real ales were available, but none from the IoW and the one I had was well kept, as it was a few days ago aswell.
The staff very friendly, brought drinks and took our order in a timely manner. We were sat at a table nearest the bar hatchway that the staff used to come and go which wasn’t a problem except when some numpty customer also decided to stand right behind me at the bar, blocking the way through for the staff.
The roasts looked very impressive when they arrived with massive Yorkshire puddings sat atop the meat and potatoes. The Newchurch pie was similarly delicious and very obviously homemade and I could see why it was their signature dish.
The food was served on large round white plates which were slightly too big for the table, but then again, you needed the space to add the fresh vegetables that came in separate dishes with the roasts.
Despite the large servings, we all managed to find space for pudding, mine being the white chocolate and raspberry crème brulee. I am happy to say this was delicious and larger than most crème brulees I have seen served.
The bill for the four of us came to £73 for main course and pudding and a drink for each of us which was very reasonable.
My only gripes were that the roast pork, which came “with all the trimmings”, didn’t come with apple sauce and we had to ask for it and it looked more like baby food than home made. We also needed to ask for an extra small jug of gravy to pour over the Yorkshires as you can’t have Yorkshires without plenty of gravy.
The food was excellent, the staff very good and this is a lovely pub in pleasant surroundings and we will hopefully go there again next time we are visiting the Island and will happily recommend to others.

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Thank cjlb
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Took some friends out for a well deserved meal while holidaying on the Isle of Wight and booked a table at the Pointer. We had all been to this restaurant before so were well aware of the good reputation of it. We were not disappointed as we all had a lovely meal and even our friend. who is a chef, could not fault the food. There were 6 adults in our party and with drinks this meal cost just over £80 which was great value for money. I would recommend this restaurant but be sure to book early as it is so popular that getting a booking isn't always easy unless you can look a week or two ahead. Lovely place in a lovely village on a lovely island. What morecould you want?

Thank Lynn H
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

A large and varied menu for all the family. Indoor and outdoor tables. Some of the meals are try it if you dare,like the mixed grill not the biggest on the island but will take a good person to clear the plate.

Thank 446Tony
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

We ate at the Pointer Inn both nights of our stay at Rosemary Cottage (see seperate review) in April. The Pointer is literally a 5-10 minute walk up the hill, so you build up a nice thirst and hunger en route. We received a warm welcome from Rachel, who owned the pub with her husband and we were shown to our table by the waiting staff, who were equally friendly. The pub was rammed to the rafters, with what sounded like mostly locals, which is always a good sign. The menu was well put together, and all the food sounded mouth watering; so much so that I could not make up my mind and had to ask for guidance from the table staff, who again were more than happy to assist. The second night we made a late booking, and so we were seated in the pub area, as oppose to the restuarant area. Our table was not ready and so we took a drink at the bar, whilst waiting the bar staff were brilliant, chatting with our 11 year old and made us very very welcome. Rachel was again running the show, and having recognised us from the previous night she managed to squeeze us into the restaurant area, which was slightly more quieter than the pub area (it being a Saturday night). All in all The Pointer Inn serves high quality, locally sourced and sustained food in an excellent environment, which is good value, managed by an excellent team. Will definitely go back during our next stay (P.S. - the Guiness was also the best I have ever had!!!) (P.P.S - Thanks to Dave at Rosemary Cottage for arranging our table both nights)......

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Thank RugbyMug4372
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