The Taverners

“Village pub incorporating its own food shop”



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Godshill is surely the island’s prettiest village, and The Taverners fits the heritage jigsaw perfectly. With heavy ribbed beams and posts, slab flooring, log fires and scrubbed rustic furnishings it's the archetypical village inn. There’s a toddlers’ play area in the garden, adjoining the vegetable plots, and the pub has its own shop selling top-notch wines and artisanal goods. Real ales and village-made cider are stalwarts in the bar, while meats and dairy products all come from Isle of Wight farmers, fish are from local waters, island fruit and vegetables are used when in season, and much else is locally caught, shot or foraged. Time-honoured pub grub is a given, including burgers, fish and chips and beef and ale pie with a suet crust; the daily-changing specials might include farmhouse-style terrine with piccalilli and toasted soda bread; followed by salt-roasted pig face, home-made faggot, red cabbage, celeriac purée; or wild garlic and potato frittata, asparagus and pea shoots. For pudding try the warm gingerbread cake, butterscotch sauce, rhubarb and vanilla ice cream.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

AA Pick of the Pubs
The Taverners
High Street, GODSHILL, PO38 3HZ


About the area

Discover Isle of Wight

There’s a timeless quality to the Isle of Wight. For many it embodies the spirit and atmosphere of English seaside holidays. Small and intimate – at just 23 miles by 13 miles – it’s a great place to get away from it all. And with its mild climate, long hours of sunshine and colourful architecture, it has something of a continental flavour.

Explore the island’s varied coastline at any time of the year using the well-established Coast Path. Even in the depths of winter, the weather conditions are often favourable for walking. The island has more than 500 miles of public rights of way in all. There are numerous other things to do too. You could plan a week’s itinerary and not set foot on the beach. The island’s history is fascinating and it was long considered as a convenient stepping stone for the French in their plan to invade the UK mainland. Various fortifications – including Fort Victoria, Carisbrooke Castle and Yarmouth Castle – reflect its key strategic role in the defence of our coastline.

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