High Street, SEAVIEW, PO34 5EX
One of life's great pleasures has to be sitting on the terrace outside here, sipping beer from Wight brewers like Yates and drinking in the views over racing dinghies to one of the Solent's remarkable sea forts. Warm and welcoming, The Pump Bar is a hidden gem and perfect for ladies who lunch, old friends spinning yarns or families chilling out; its decor reflects the seaside location with a quirky selection of lobster pots, oars, masts and other nautical memorabilia. Fittingly, seafood features strongly on the menu, with a smoked haddock Scotch egg with curry mayonnaise starter or Ale of Wight fish and chips ticking all the right boxes. The owners raise deer, highland cattle and pigs on their farm, ensuring traceability and top quality for the carte and specials. Salt-beef hash, spinach, fried egg and HP sauce; poached pigs' cheeks, Savoy cabbage and mash; and cheddar and stout rarebit, fried hen's egg and pickled red onion are typical of the choices.