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Taverners, Godshill

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Godshill is a lovely, small village towards the south of the island. It has some quaint cottages, a number of pubs and a few touristy shops. There is also a model village. The Taverners appears to be the best pub in the village. It has a small car park, which is full with just 4 cars. But there is a public car park further down the road. The pub has a traditional seating area at the front, with the bar, more modern seating areas and a shop at the rear. We were hoping to eat and soon realised how popular this place can get. Nearly every table had a reserved notice on it, despite the pub being fairly quiet. Maybe not so much of a drinkers' pub, as the only space for them was at the bar. We were offered a small table in the shop, which we gratefully accepted. The food was decent and some of the products in the shop were interesting too, with plenty of locally-made produce available. Ales were Sharps Doom Bar, Goddard's Ale Of Wight & Yates' Taverner's Ale. They also stocked the only real cider I found on this visit - Rumpy Pumpy Scrumpy from the local Godshill producer, who also have a shop in the village. Food-oriented. But a decent pub.
blue_scrumpy - 19 Apr 2017 19:15
Pleasant pub but as a previous writer commented it was a bit odd to find closed signs at the front bar and all the activity at the back. Food and beer very nice and the staff were pleasant. In nice weather there are plenty of outside eating areas.
mangelwurzler - 30 May 2012 20:37
Don't buy the platters unless you want to be embarassed by the miserly portions. Unbelievable cheek! The meal was obviously designed by a four man committee, three accountants and a chef with a lack of self confidence.
I felt like I'd been mugged. They won't catch me again, that's for sure. It was £3.50's worth charged at approx £7.99.
Exmouthboy - 10 Apr 2012 20:39
Good pub in the middle of the village, has about four real ales on (one brewed for the pub) and good range of lager and cider.

Food is excellent and locally sourced (they get the herbs from the pub garden while they are cooking) but is a bit pricey.

Think booking ahead at weekends is advisable as most of tables inside were reserved at 1730 on a Saturday.

Large beer garden at the rear and side of the pub.

Very prompt and friendly service.
beershot - 5 Jul 2011 17:45
We called in for lunch one weekday lunchtime after a holiday walk to Godshill and found the welcome, service and food brilliant. Drinks wise we enjoyed a rather strong Old Rosie cider, so it was just as well we were on foot! Many of the staff seem to be hospitality and catering students but it's none the worse for that as they're keen to impress and please, as they did excellently.
micbinks - 23 Jun 2011 16:17
Just what the Island's been crying out for. Good beer, great food and good service. Could have done with an extra person behind the bar this Sunday when it was busy. I only wanted a pint to go with my lunch and had to wait about 10 mins while people were ordering meals. But it's a lovely pub that would do well anywhere, let alone up against often mediocre competition on the Island.
seanfarrell68 - 9 Nov 2010 21:31
This is my favourite pub on the island. Beer is perfectly kept and served with a choice of 3/4 locals. Food is seriously excellent (but you need to ask for the children's menu). Loved the addition of stuffed toy fabric chickens as table numbers this year!
Often the bar nearest the main door is closed during the day which CAN make it feel a little odd when you first walk in, but other than that, great beer, great food and service and top of my island pub list for the 3rd year running!
peteward - 31 Oct 2010 15:36
Excellent beer (had two pints of Taverners brewed on the premises) and a very nice steak.
BazzersTravels - 30 Jul 2010 21:58
Good pub serving large portions of good quality food. and at least 3 handpumps on. Good atmosphere and very popular.
chick - 24 Aug 2009 16:16
Very good beer, excellent food and exceedingly good choice of fine wines.
BazzersTravels - 31 Jul 2009 22:20
Well kept beer, and a wonderful pub. The Taverners is now my favourite eating place on the Island, it really is the best place we have found, using only fresh local ingredients. Its a must try.
happydude - 14 May 2009 14:06
Have now been 4 times now, food is fantastic and beats any other pub on the island, especially as the prices are about the same as most places. Real ale has been looked after and different brew each time I have been in and price is at about average to slightly below average.
wighthols - 9 Apr 2009 23:42
I went to this pub the other week, on my first trip to the Isle of Wight, so Iím obviously not a local expert. Apparently it's under new management, and its name has recently changed from the Cask and Taverners. We drank some local beer: Yates' Undercliff, which was great. I think they had one or two other real ale options on. However, what set it apart from the other pubs I visited on the Isle of Wight, was the food, which was really top quality. Other pubs had good beer, and passable food, but this was fantastic, mains and puddings. We didn't try the other big pub in Godshill, The Griffin, which was very busy, but it's hard to imagine the food could be any better.
MikeT77 - 11 Jul 2008 17:43

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