Strictly speaking, Yelfâ€™s isnâ€™t a pub at all, but an old fashioned family hotel on Rydeâ€™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, Yelfâ€™s bar serves drinks and bar snacks through the day, and thereâ€™s a slightly posher restaurant just off to the side.
Yelfâ€™s charm is its atmosphere of modest gentility. Ladies â€˜of a certain ageâ€™ 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 itâ€™s favoured by an older customer, Yelfâ€™s attracts all sorts and still remains what a really good pub should be; a melting pot for local society at large.
If youâ€™re a visitor to the Island looking for noise and activity, Yelfâ€™s wonâ€™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, Yelfâ€™s is the place.