The Bonchurch Inn, Bonchurch
Any visitor to Bonchurch is going to find this one hard to find, either coming down from The Landslip above the town or up from the sea side after leaving Ventor; but what a find once made. With its small but elegant wood panelled bar, proper dining chairs and wooden tables, the Bonchurch Inn is everything one would imagine an Isle-of-Wight country pub should be, right down to its bitters served ‘on drop’ from barrels behind the bar. Only two beers on offer, Courage Best and Directors, but who needs choice when offered beer in such great condition? Outside the pub area which, we were told was once the stables for a nearby house, there’s a courtyard area some of which is covered. It all seemed to be visitors on the lunchtime we popped in, so we couldn’t make much of local life, though the bar staff certainly seemed friendly enough. We didn’t eat, but there seemed to be a popular and reasonably priced bar menu and meals seem to be a more major feature later in the day. There’s an aura of genteel calm about the Inn and, although we imagined well behaved and relatively stationary children would be welcome enough, we couldn’t imagine hoards of hyper energetic nursery refugees would find too much to do. Not a slide or bouncy castle in sight. Excellent for a quiet and civilised pint.
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Bonchurch Shute, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight, PO38 1NU
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