This is just a review of the pub restaurant - The Spyglass.
We should amplify the above statement by making it clear that we visited the venue twice at what we would consider peak times and indeed despite tables crammed into every corner we were not able to find anywhere to sit, so arrive well ahead to stake your table. A third visit on a stormy Wednesday provided us with ample choice at 8pm. The pub itself is located at one end of Ventnor Beach and provides a broad view of both the beach and the shipping lanes as both cruises and the Royal Navy depart for open seas. There is no shortage of outside seating, on two decks with the ocean right below you, but even these can become packed when the weather tempts both tourists and locals to come out. Despite the bottleneck mentioned in other reviews, food orders were dealt with promptly and ours arrived in twenty minutes. An army of staff are crammed behind the quaint bar areas and fans of nautical themed decor items will not find themselves wanting for more here. Portions are ample, but some dishes sadly come without sides. Aiming to test the locally recommended seafood, I had half a lobster while my companion went for the fresh mackarel fish. She easily won out with it being among the best fresh sea food dish either of us had ever tasted, the Lobster seemed fine though being my first ever, I had little to compare it to, but I would certainly have another and it came with two heft sized hunks of fresh bread. However on a return visit we would both go for fresh fish catch of the day (There was certainly no doubt it was)
Don't expect waiter service, this is a pub and its a little too crammed for that, but staff will help as and when they can. No sign of the grumpy old Victor Meldrew in previous reviews, but we will be keeping an eye out for him in future. Also be aware that that there is an extended lounge area on the far end of the building which you access from the outside. Piano music is often provided on some nights. Overall we would come back. Our rating would actually be phrased as good though the prices overall are a little above average.
- Also Known As:
- The Spyglass Hotel Ventnor
- The Spyglass Inn Ventnor, Isle Of Wight