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 marbled duck terrine with pistachio, toasted soda bread and pickled watermelon; followed by salt-roasted pig face, homemade faggot, savoy cabbage, bubble and squeak; or 12-hour braised ox cheek with mashed potato and roasted garden roots. For pudding try the honey cheesecake with poached garden pear, butterscotch sauce and ginger crumble.
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
Real ales available: Taverners Own, Sharp's Doom Bar, Brains The Rev. James, Butcombe, Goddards Wight Squirrel, Starboard and Ale of Wight