Strictly speaking, Yelf’s isn’t a pub at all, but an old fashioned family hotel on Ryde’s busy Union Street hill. However, once inside, any visitor will find themselves welcomed into a bar area that could be passed off as the nice saloon bar of any pub sometime in the 1960s. Happily open to non-residents, Yelf’s bar serves drinks and bar snacks through the day, and there’s a slightly posher restaurant just off to the side.
Yelf’s charm is its atmosphere of modest gentility. Ladies ‘of a certain age’ can be seen sipping sherries and heard bemoaning the fate of the world, white-bearded crusty old men argue with each other about events of thirty years ago over pints of excellent Bass bitter. Although it’s favoured by an older customer, Yelf’s attracts all sorts and still remains what a really good pub should be; a melting pot for local society at large.
If you’re a visitor to the Island looking for noise and activity, Yelf’s won’t be for you; but if you want a nice quiet drink and decent bite to eat in comfort while reflecting on the world in general, Yelf’s is the place.