These Isle of Wight pubs open after 2021 lockdown: 12th April and beyond (Rolling updates)

It’s 12th April 2021! – First day pub with gardens can open after Lockdown. Looking for a place to meet friends? These are the Isle of Wight pubs that we know are open today and later in the week

These Isle of Wight pubs opening today - 12 Apr 2021

Today, 12th April, 2021, has been a long-awaited day for many – the day that pubs in England can start serving drinks again if they have an outside space.

News OnTheWight has been busy getting in touch and gathering data from as many Isle of Wight pubs with outside space as possible. It’s been quite a task.

Helping out
We know pubs, and those that work in them, have had a hard time during lockdown and wanted to do what we could to support them – while letting Islanders know where they can go and meet up with friends.

Some IW pubs with gardens aren’t opening today, but are doing it later in the week. For those we’ve put the info of when that’ll be.

(BTW – If you own/run a pub that is going to be open today, but isn’t on the list below, just fill in this quick form and we’ll get you added asap)

It’s a little different
Unsurprisingly, things aren’t yet back to normal, so it’s worth checking details with your pub of choice, but you should be aware that the opening hours of quite a few of them are reduced.

Don’t forget, when you head off to the pubs, wrap up warm – you’ll be sitting outside after all. As people can only be outside, most of them are on a ‘weather permitting’ basis, with a few having set up marquees.

They’re often on a first come, first served basis, but a few have bookings.

Gov rules
Government have mandated that some Covid rules still apply – Groups can be no larger than six people or two households. Check-ins for each member of the group are needed. There’s no general mixing, beyond the table you’re sitting at. Masks must be worn for trips to the loo.

That aside – News OnTheWight hopes you have a great time if you get out to support your local Isle of Wight pub.

The table
Here’s the info – Pubs are listed alphabetically – but on desktop computers you can reorder the columns just by clicking at the top of them. There’s also a search feature.

NameArea12th AprLater?
Bargeman's RestNewport10.30am - 6.00pm
Blacksheep BarRyde10am 'til 11pm, every day
BlenheimVentnorNoOpening 17th May
Buddle InnNitonNoWed - Sun (closed Mon & Tues). Midday until sunset
Bugle HotelYarmouthMidday to sunset, 7 days a week
Castle InnRydeNoFrom 17 May 2021
CaulkheadsSandownNoWed - Sun (closed Mon & Tues). Midday until sunset
CedarsWootton BridgeMidday 'til about 10pm. Food daily 12 -3pm
ChequersRookleyOpening midday 12th, then Fri, Sat & Sun. If busy, may open more days Marquee covering
Crab & LobsterBembridgeMidday to sunset, 7 days a week
Crown InnShorwellNoOpen 14th Apr. 3pm until early evening/sunset if good weather. Drinks only
Culver Haven InnSandownNoOpen from midday on Fri, Sat and Sun
Dairymans DaughterArretonHope to open 10am - 6pm each day
Duke of YorkCowesFrom 11am
Eight BellsCarisbrookeNoFrom 14 Apr 2021
Falcon InnRydeFrom 3pm Mon to Fri and 12pm Sat & Sun
Fighting CocksArretonMon to Thur 10-3pm. Fri & Sat 10-9pm. Sun 10-4pm
FishbourneWootton Bridge10am for breakfast and hot drinks. Dining from midday
Fishermans Cottage InnShanklinDaily 10 - 10pm. Serving food until 6pm
FlanagansSandownNoFrom 17 May 2021
George InnNewport11am - 6pm Sunday - Thurs
11am - 9pm Fri & Sat
George InnYarmouth12pm to 6.45pm (last orders)
GriffinGodshillMon-Sun 12pm-8pm. Food served 12pm-7pm
Harbour HouseRydeMon to Sun 11-11pm. Food 11 - 7pm.
Highdown InnTotland11.00am to 8.00pm
Horseshoe InnNorthwoodFrom 11.30am, everyday. Weather dependant
Joe's BarNiton12pm - 8pm (times may vary) 7 days a week. Pizza 5pm - 8pm Wed to Sat
LifeboatEast CowesOpening 4pm
LongbeachColwell BayNoFrom 1 May 2021
Merrie Gardens FarmSandownDrink 11am until 10pm. Food 12 - 8pm
New InnShalfleetNoFrom 17 May 2021
Newclose Cricket GroundNewportFrom 10am, serving breakfast, snacks & afternoon teas. Weather dependent
North HouseCowesNoFrom 14 April. Lunch midday-4pm. Drinks 4pm-8pm. Seven days
Old ComicalSandown10am - 10:30pm
7 days
Painters ArmsCowesOpen 12-10pm. All week, weather permitting
Pointer InnNewchurch11am-11pm everyday. Food served 12 noon 'til 9pm
Pontoon View BarCowes
Mon - Thur 10-9pm. Fri & Sat 10-9pm.Sun 10-7pm
Prince of WalesEast CowesOpen 3-7 weekdays. 12-7 Saturday & Sunday depending on the weather
Red LionFreshwaterWeather permitting, every day. Food starts Tuesday
ReefSandownMaximum of 4 people per table
Simeon ArmsRydeNoFrom 16 Apr 2021. Fri 4 - 9. Sat 3 - 9. Sun 1-7
Sloop InnWootton BridgeOpening at 12pm.
Spyglass InnVentnorNoFrom 17 Apr 2021
StagParkhurstOpen midday daily 'til 9pm. Sunday 12 'til 8pm
Sun InnCalbourneNoFrom 14th April - Noon until 9pm. Weather permitting
Sun InnHulverstoneNoWed - Sun (closed Mon & Tues). Midday until sunset
TapSandownNoFrom 17 May 2021 - 10.30am - close 7 days a week
TavernersGodshillNoFrom 17th May
The BoathouseSeaview10am for breakfast and hot drinks. Dining from midday
The HideawayShanklinWed - Sun 12noon to 6pm. Food 1 - 5pm, limited garden menu w/daily specials board
The SpinakerBembridgeNoFrom 17 May 2021
The Woodvale HotelGurnardNo1100-2300 bar open. 1200-1900 serving food
Three BishopsBrighstoneTea & coffee from 8am
Travellers JoyNorthwoodOpening Midday. Then daily until 11pm. Food until 9pm
Vectis TavernCowesNoFrom 17th May
12pm - 2am
Vernon Cottage TavernShanklinNoFrom 17 May 2021
Village InnShanklinNoWaiting for weather to get better
Vine InnFreshwaterNoFrom 16 Apr 2021
WaterfrontTotland BayFrom 9am
Waverley HotelCarisbrookeNoFrom Tues 13th April -> Tue, Wed, Thur - 5-9pm. Friday 3-9. Sat & Sun 12-9pm
White Hart InnHavenstreetNoFrom Fri 16th April. Fri & Sat 12pm - 5pm. Sun 12pm - 4pm
White Horse InnWhitwellNoFrom 17th May
White LionNitonOpening midday 12th, then Fri, Sat & Sun. If busy, may open more days
Wight MouseChaleNoFrom 15 May 2021
Winter GardensVentnorServing from 11am
Woodmans ArmsWoottonNoFrom 16 May 2021. Fri 4 til 9. Sat 4 til 9. Sun 12 til 4
Yarbridge InnBradingMidday - 7pm everyday

Article edit
2.15pm 19th Apr 2021 – Rules over number of people meeting corrected

Photo by Sandro Cenni

Monday, 12th April, 2021 3:20pm



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11 Comments on "These Isle of Wight pubs open after 2021 lockdown: 12th April and beyond (Rolling updates)"

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You can add The Fighting Cocks to the list as they have added a large marquee.


The Fighting Cocks at Arreton is open 10am to 3pm Mon Tues Wed Thurs & later on Fri I think check out their Facebook Page I went today its amazing as always

Angela Hewitt

What about a coffee or a soft drink?

Yes! Let’s all celebrate the reopening of pubs. Perhaps we could raise a glass to the 7565 UK people who died specifically as a direct result of alcohol in 2019? Or we could remind ourselves of the fact that alcohol is implicated in 39% of violent crime in England? Maybe the NHS and emergency services would like a pint to celebrate the fact that alcohol related incidents… Read more »

Grab yourself a drink and cheer up for goodness sake.


Cheer up?
When there are another 7000+ bodies to bury?
I wonder if you’d be so sanguine if a shop opened up selling any other deadly drug to kids as young as 18 in your community?

What you say is true of a very small minority of people. But for very many, the pub is the only place to meet people in their community, especially in rural areas, unless they’re a church-goer. As I very rarely drink alcohol any more, and only go to pubs to attend meetings, I’m surprised to find myself defending pub-going, but the pandemic has highlighted widespread social isolation… Read more »
The assertion that alcohol is “fine in moderation” is completely misplaced. WHO recommends zero alcohol consumption. The UK CMO only cites “low risk” consumption. There is no “safe” consumption level in the advice. That is because there is no “safe” amount to consume. It is always harmful to the health of the individual. But as a libertarian I’m fine with that. Society should not try to control… Read more »

Well said VentnorLad, I totally agree with you. Easy to forget isn’t it the suffering and loss yet people can’t wait to congregate regardless. As long as I’m all right attitude, I’m all for socialising but Covid is still with us there is a need to be cautious. Today’s selfish single minded society sadly.