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Village pub incorporating its own food shop

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Microbrewed ales
Kids play area
Wheelchair access

Godshill 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 beef and ale pie with a suet crust; the daily-changing specials might include farmhouse-style terrine with piccalilli and toasted soda bread; followed by salt-roasted pig face, home-made faggot, red cabbage, celeriac purée; or wild garlic and potato frittata, asparagus and pea shoots. For pudding try the warm gingerbread cake, butterscotch sauce, rhubarb and vanilla ice cream.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 1st 3 weeks January
  • Days closed: Sunday evening
  • Opening times: 11–11 (Sunday 11–5)
  • Lunch: all week 12–3
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6–9, Friday to Saturday 6–9.30

Food and drink

  • Microbrewery ales

Price guide

  • Main course from £10.75
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Play area available
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Ramp access available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

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