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.
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