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The Fat Cat Bar, (Sandpipers Hotel), Freshwater Bay - pub details

Address: Sandpipers Hotel, Coastguard Lane, Freshwater Bay, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9QX [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 11739) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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> Current user rating: 4.9/10 (rated by 12 users)
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user reviews of the Fat Cat Bar, (Sandpipers Hotel), Freshwater Bay

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Note for some reason 2 entries on this site for the same pub... Anyway, the new bar is open after renovation (mid August 2009) and is modern but quite cozy and very pleasant. Not especially busy, but beer (ale) was good, they have lots of different bottled lagers (if that's your thing) and they had a strong cider on tap. Staff good. Slightly lacking in character, perhaps, but basically a sound offering. Didn't have any food so can't comment on that.
sew - 17 Aug 2009 20:36
This bar is sadly dead. Now shut, walls knocked through and becoming a "bistro". Hotel itself a complete and utter dump. Grimy, terrible customer service, avoid at all costs. Better to drink a can of Fosters in the middle of the M25.
cnorman7 - 14 Jul 2009 21:12
Went walking around IOW for the weekend, and stopped here for lunch. The Fat Cat bar looks like its been shut down for a while, but the associated Sandpipers hotel bar was open. Great selection of real ales, and decent outside area to enjoy the weather. The only let down was that we ordered filled baguettes, which cost about 5.50 - these took over half an hour to arrive, and then were poorly filled sandwiches rather than baguettes - very disappointing, and not value for money. 8/10 for the beer, but 4/10 for the food, so a 6/10 overall.
Oktup - 27 May 2009 13:15
This place is starting to feel really run down. Probably just a sign of the times....

Great selection beers & Ciders (if yer brave enough) & staff were ceerfull. Still worth a lookup.
royalmarine1 - 14 May 2009 15:53
This tries to be all things to all people but is too small to carry it off successfully. We stayed at the adjacent hotel and I get the impression that the whole place is in financial trouble trying to run on a shoestring. Although the food in the restaurant was good, service left a lot to be desired with inexperienced staff being left to cope on their own with apparently litte instruction. The three areas of the bar were just too close to each other to cater for different user needs and I can well understand some of the comments above. Although the beer was kept in good condition, there seemed to be a dominance of heavy, dark, strong ales - not what you want on hot summers days and will not tempt the lager drinkers on to real ale.
JBGatelad - 9 Aug 2008 11:47

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