Cowes Beer Guide: Your Cowes guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Cowes

72 /100
Lifecraft (Beer Store)
94 HIGH STREET
“Stopped here last Oct when I was on a family vacation. Nice little shop with a great selection, just light on Isle of Wight beers. Easily found, but parking in the area is limited so you will probably have to walk. Service was spot on.“
SHIG 179 days ago
50 /100 HIGH ST
“A large Greene King pub on the ground floor of a hotel. Outdoor seating facing the ferry terminal and the sea side. Three cask ales, two from Greene King and one guest beer from Goddards at our stay. Plenty of food options. Friendly service. (Visited with Finn 21.10.2019).“
Rune 810 days ago
50 /100
Pier View (Bar)
25 HIGH ST
“A pub and kitchen street- corner place not far from the harbour in Cowes. Well-kept wooden layout with different sections. Three cask ales, one local at our stay. Mostly fizzy stuff on the kegs. Polite service. (Visited with Finn 21.10.2019).“
Rune 810 days ago
58 /100 5A SHOOTERS HILL
“Located in the middle of the pedestrian area of Cowes. A little larger sister pub to the alehouse in Newport. Five cask ales on gravity. Local feel. Polite service. We found one local beer from Goddards. (Visited with Finn 21.10.2019).“
Rune 810 days ago
62 /100 5A SHOOTERS HILL
“Small cozy place with a limited selection.“
Finn 826 days ago
82 /100
Lifecraft (Beer Store)
94 HIGH STREET
“This is a proper beer shop. On the small side, but with lots of lovely beer to take with you to/from the Island. There's a decent selection from Wight breweries Island and Goddards, as well as nearby mainland craft: Red Cat, Eight Arch, Vibrant Forest. There are further afield outfits available (they had the Northern Monk Powerhouse for instance). Not so much international beer but that's not the end of the world. Love this place. Don't miss it.“
jjsint 848 days ago
66 /100 5A SHOOTERS HILL
“Very much the same setup (except larger) as the Newport Ale House (q.v.), I think this one is the original. It's deathly quiet on a Sunday afternoon. Three gravity fed cask ales: two from Dorset and one from Burton Bridge. There's also Kozel, Meister Pils and Schwaben Schwatzbier for added choice. Decent enough stop but lacks the atmosphere of Newport.“
jjsint 848 days ago
70 /100 WATCH HOUSE LANE
“Visited June 2019. Our first stop on IOW. Very friendly, and good service. Selection of beers, is not great, only normal Fuller's beers and 1 guest beer, and a few keg beers, but not muck to go for as a ticker. Quit cosy place and being a old pub serving food and being hotel also. Very close to the seafront. 4/5 Ambiance, 8/10 Service, 9/15 Selection, N/A Food, N/A Value, 15/20 Overall“
fonefan 943 days ago
74 /100 5A SHOOTERS HILL
“Visited June 2019. Since placed in the pedestrian street easy to find. Seems to be the locals place, we felt very much that we were the only tourists.. beers served from stillage.. Friendly service..“
Brugmansia 948 days ago
68 /100 1 HIGH STREET
“Visited June 2019. Placed in the pedestrian zone, easy to find. Rather large pub with a nice beer garden in the back.. nice atmosphere, but a bit touristed.. they have WiFi..“
Brugmansia 948 days ago
72 /100 WATCH HOUSE LANE
“Visited June 2019.. First stop on the island.. Super friendly service.. Not the biggest selection of beers.. mega cosy place being and old pub. Placed very close to the waterfront.“
Brugmansia 948 days ago
60 /100 5A SHOOTERS HILL
“Small place with lots of character, done in a nautical theme. Nice deck out back. Just two gravity casks on offer when I visited, neither one local. Snacks only. Pleasant service. The title is a big of an exaggeration.“
Travlr 2315 days ago
60 /100 1 HIGH STREET
“Just up the High Street across from Sainsburys. Large room with restaurant tables and a raised bar in a smaller side room. Four casks on offer when I visited, one local from Goddards, as well as Pride, Landlord and one from St Austell. Pricier than other places nearby at four quid a pint. Very tasty food at lunch and dinner, the fish I had was nicely prepared and seasoned. Worth a stop.“
Travlr 2315 days ago
74 /100 5A SHOOTERS HILL
“A cosy pub in West Cowes with a number of cask ales available, both from the island and from furtherr afield. I visited last summer but can imagine the pub being even cosier on a cold day in winter.“
SaintMatty 2406 days ago
52 /100 WATCH HOUSE LANE
“Been there twice with McTapps and the best thing about that one is that ice and cosy look OUTSIDE of it. Small pub with a nice painting and a UK flag. Inside its really, really dark, maybe cosy but I had problems to even see my beer on the table. Selection is ok. You get your pint of Pride, a Guinness and some other Fullers piwos. Average location.“
MichaelAwesome 2722 days ago
66 /100 WATCH HOUSE LANE
“Small pub with Biergarten at the end of Cowes’ busy pedestrian area. Found there between two days two different guest ales and also some other nice real ales. The selection might not be that big but big enough for visiting it. Atmosphere was during the day very friendly and relaxed, at the weekend little bit busier. Dark-wooded like many pubs it is very cozy as well.“
McTapps 2722 days ago
86 /100 5A SHOOTERS HILL
“Classy place where we are just at. Well, calling itself an Ale House and having just four on tap is a bit =special= but those four are changing every week or so therefore you can say that this pub is a good place to go and try. Had there some from the isle of wight and was very surprised that it had three other non-ale taps which included a Schwabenbrau. Atmosphere remembered me of something like a pirate ship as my daughter sat on a barrell. Nice and cosy pub with its special something.“
MichaelAwesome 2724 days ago
88 /100 5A SHOOTERS HILL
“Found this small and tiny pub in the middle of the pedestrian area in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. After we passed four or so pubs due to them being quite shabby, we couldn’t walk pass this pub without entering it. There are always changing ales available from cask, four at a time. They are also written down on a blackboard before you enter the pub, so that is clearly a good thing. Went in - very, very small but also very, very cozy and like a comfy living room. Dark wooded but very welcoming. There is also a small beer garden at the back of the pub. We tried all four beers available on cask and they all were delicious and tasty. There are also three constant beers available: Kozel, Schwaben Bräu Das Schwarze and Schwaben Bräu Meisterpils. I really wonder why two Swabian beers are to be found on the Isle of Wight and if I would have got a chance, I would have asked the man serving. Btw I was served very nice and friendly. Will come back again.Update: After one week of daily going to this pub, we found each day one to two changing ales on cask available. Were welcomed each day very warm and friendly. Absolutely awesome pub.“
McTapps 2725 days ago
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