Thought to be the Isle of Wight’s oldest surviving pub, The Castle Inn dates back so far that it’s said Charles I used to be taken in for a drink under armed guard during his time imprisoned in Carisbrooke Castle. The pub was built in 1684, and if you look to the left hand side of the fireplace once inside you’ll see what used to be the gloomy entrance all those centuries ago.
Thanks to its history there’s never a shortage of anecdotes and legends to catch up on over your drink, and at risk of scaring you off before you’ve arrived we should point out that it’s rumoured to be the island’s most haunted pub as well as its oldest. Look to the right of the fireplace and you’ll see a door that once led the way to the building’s attic – it’s here that many a strange noise has been heard by staff over the years and it’s common for chairs to move around when there’s nobody there.
Happily, you’ll have no need to venture upstairs while you’re at The Castle, and down at the bar you’ll find a friendly atmosphere where dogs and children are welcome along. There’s a special healthy menu for the little ones and live entertainment on Fridays.