The Vectis Tavern
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
The Isle of Wight is known for many things, but its seaside appeal has to be one of its main draws. People have been travelling to the Island from the mainland for relaxing getaways for centuries now – indeed, Queen Victoria even had a summer house built for herself and Prince Albert in Cowes. While Osborne House is a popular attraction for visitors to East Cowes, if you’re on the west side and looking for a history hotspot that’s also a good place to stop for a bite to eat, then The Vectis Tavern, which was established in 1757, may very well interest you too.
If you’re coming from the mainland, then The Vectis is a historical pub easily found just a hop, skip and a jump from the Red Jet ferry terminal, allowing those stepping off the boat to begin unwinding straight away. Island locals, meanwhile, will know to fi nd this pub in an unassuming corner spot on the High Street at the tip of West Cowes.
The Vectis Tavern has come under new management fairly recently, with Anne Cook and her team taking the helm and introducing a new menu that features traditional pub food, light bites and pizzas to eat in the pub or take away. Drinks-wise, four real ales are served from the newly installed handpumps at the bar, with Fosters, Strongbow, Guinness, Heineken and Carling available as well, to name but a few. The pub also specialises in cocktails and shots, stocking a wide range of spirits, liqueurs and soft drinks.
If you’re in the mood for a spot of entertainment, patrons can enjoy regular live music events, open mic nights, quiz nights and live sports on the pub’s TV screens, as well as use of the pool table towards the back of the venue.
With old-fashioned charm that’s matched by proper British hospitality, The Vectis Tavern is an historical Isle of Wight pub worth looking out for.