Goshill is surely the island’s prettiest village, and The Taverners fits the heritage jigsaw perfectly. With heavy ribbed beams and posts, slab flooring, log fires and scrubbed rustic furnishings it's the archetypical village inn. There’s a toddlers’ play area in the garden, adjoining the vegetable plots, and the pub has its own shop selling top-notch wines and artisanal goods. Real ales and village-made cider are stalwarts in the bar, while meats and dairy products all come from Isle of Wight farmers, fish are from local waters, island fruit and vegetables are used when in season, and much else is locally caught, shot or foraged. Time-honoured pub grub is a given, including burgers, fish and chips and home-made beef and ale pie; the daily-changing specials might include grilled ox tongue with sauerkraut and smoked potato puree, or smoked haddock fishcakes, followed by partridge with bacon, celeriac purée, black cabbage and straw potatoes; or slow-roast pork belly, home-made faggot, red cabbage and bubble-and-squeak. For pudding try the baked honey semolina with rhubarb and vanilla ice cream.
Closed: 1st 3wks Jan
Open all week
Open all day
Lunch opening: all wk 12-3
Dinner opening: Mon-Thu 6-9, Fri-Sat 6-9.30
Food and drink
Real ales: Taverners Own, Sharp's Doom Bar, Brains The Rev. James, Black Sheep, Butcombe