Forget the drinks and hot food (well, don’t really but you know what we mean...) The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor is one of the country’s best spots for coastal views. This popular pub looks out across Ventnor Beach and the picturesque seafront, and its outdoor terraces mean visitors can sit back and enjoy uninterrupted views across the Solent. This is the place to pick a table and forget the time as you watch the boats coming and going across the channel and the coloured yachts bobbing about on the waves.
Here’s a handy tip for those of you planning to catch the Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race in June – arrive to The Spyglass early and you’ll be able to pick a prime spot to watch the action out on the water. There are two patios to choose from (known to locals as upper deck and lower deck) and the views out to the Solent are so uninterrupted that it’s easy to imagine you’re about to sail the waters rather than tuck into a meal.
The pub is something of a Ventnor landmark and with a history that dates back to circa 1850 it’s an Isle of Wight institution. It’s a great venue for live music too, and barely an evening passes without an act pleasing the customers.