You’ll not only find hundreds of welcoming pubs across the Isle of Wight, but the island’s watering holes tend to have stunning gardens that make just the places for some time out. The pubs with gardens tend to go all out too, offering something that sets their little piece of wilderness apart from the neighbouring pubs – and The Griffin is one of the finest.
Found in the little village of Godshill, The Griffin backs onto a field that comes complete with its own maze – so that’ll keep you all busy while you wait for your meals. There’s a red heart in the centre of the maze and the aim of entering it is to find the two ‘eyes’. It’s easy enough to navigate but provides some fantastic entertainment for all ages, and the hedges loom over the heads of the adults.
Join the footpath to the right hand side of the maze and you’ll find yourself in an ancient meadow with oaks at every turn. Further on there are some woods with chestnut and beech trees and if you visit at the right time of year you’ll be knee-deep in bluebells. The Griffin has indoor and outdoor seating and serves hot food throughout the year.