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The Highdown Inn
Ranked #7 of 11 Totland Bay B&B and Inns
Reviewed 26 December 2012

Living on the Island and eating out at week-ends i.e. Fri,Sat,Sun the Island is full of lovely places to eat and drink, one of our favourites is the Highdown.
You can guarantee that whenever you visit from Thursday through to Sunday evening the food is both plentiful and excellent from fresh Shellfish and Locally caught Fish to some of the lovely local fresh Lamb,Beef or Pork that comes from the Island the choices are unlimited, apart from the choice of the home made deserts here.
Also there is a very well stocked wine list and some wonderful local beers.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

Visited the pub recently with friends and was disappointed when we had to wait 40 mins for our order. A positve was that the food was hot & good quality. This is a locals pub and it did standout that food pre-ordered was served first before visitors.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank bowcombe7
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

We were staying in a cottage in Freshwater over Christmas and chose the Highdown Inn for our Christmas Lunch.
the dinning room is very small, and most of the guests were locals who made us feel very welcome.
I would say that the standard of food was average, but the cosy atmosphere made up for that.
We looked around a few places that we thought might do lunches on Christmas Day but it seems there are not too many, probably due to the amount of hotels catering for christmas.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sheemee153
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

We received a very friendly welcome at this busy pub with good ale and a splendid board full of tasty choices. A mix of bikers, walkers and dogs, and visitors made for cheery company.We had Ham/Egg and chips; lobster/prawn salad (which was enormous) and steak and kidney pudding. All delicious and generous portions. Ringwoods and Black Sheep ales were fine companions.On our second visit it was a pity that the catch of the day was gone before seven, but the substitutes were fine. A first class traditional pub; well worth calling in.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank ambrose6
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

Stayed at the highdown inn Totland august bank holiday 2012 for the first and last time.I found the carpets very worn and dirty,The bedroom we had smelt stale and musty and water marks evident on the wall by the chimney breast.
The shower cubicle had cracked tiles and the room needs total refurbishment.Please be aware the prices on the website start from £30 each per night,so make sure this is clarified when booking with them as you will get charged more on a bank holiday.The restaurant carpet was dirty on both mornings.The service was not what we were expecting and the staff unfriendly.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank trishcheetham
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

Probably just about the best sea food menu we've seen in a pub anywhere.

We popped in because we were staying at the campsite across the road and spotted that they did sea food. We arrived after 8 and had resigned ourselves to checking out the menus over a pint with a view to returning the following day. We were pleasantly surprised to be told we could be accommodated until around 9 and then to be presented with a choice from three blackboards of mains, most of which were fish-based (though there were some veggie options too). Our only regret is that we were so full after our mains of haddock and fishcake that we didn't get chance to sample the deserts.

Everyone was lovely and friendly and we'll definitely be back. An absolute gem that we can't praise too highly.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank mel1002
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

After a long walk along the coast, we dropped in to the Highdown for lunch.
While there is no shortage of pubs on the Isle of Wight, this is one that you would want to return to.
The menu is extensive and at the time we were there, crab was in season... the Crab sandwich was amazing. Best i have ever had. local-caught made it even better.
Lots of beer on tap and you can choose to sit outside in a nice garden, in the 2 sections of the pub, or in the restaurant area.
Staff were really friendly and lots of locals were there.
if you are having dinner... try the Mussells!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank travelcato
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Address: Highdoon Highdown Lane, Totland Bay PO39 0HY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Totland Bay
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Ranked #7 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Totland Bay
Price Range: £76 - £80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Highdown Inn 3*
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