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

Latest reviews from Ryde

58 /100 16 ESPLANADE
“We popped in here before it opened and were told by a very polite member of staff our mistake - upon explaining that we were just scouting to suss the lay of the land, and would plan to have this as our final beers of the day (as 2 ticks were spotted) he welcomed us back. And at the end of the day, semi-weary, we were indeed welcomed back. Lovely quiet interior, music very low. Interior dec's just to my taste too, but I love maps. Real ales not crazily exciting on paper, but both were ticks for us, and on good form. Perfect location for a final tick of the day.“
FatPhil 349 days ago
46 /100
King Lud (Bar)
2 ESPLANADE
“Mock tudor exterior, boisterous single-room interior. A couple of real ales served, and whilst not exciting, the Timmy Taylor Landlord was on really good form. Kegs full-on boring. I'm not saying I felt uncomfortable here, but I didn't feel like getting my notebook out, or taking a couple of photos, for my records. Similar vibe to, for example, the Harrow Wetherspoons, or other JDWs that get a bad rap. Seems to be a locals' boozer, and there's nothing intrinsically wrong with that. Best prices in town, at least for the Landlord.“
FatPhil 349 days ago
52 /100
Railway (Bar)
68 ST JOHNS ROAD
“Note the opening hours and schedule appropriately. We were very tempted to do a sneaky streetie in the beautiful back garden (+1 to ambience just because of the garden) before it opened. Interior's a bit sparse, echoiness enhanced by the fact we were the first customers. Back/side room as more relaxing, despite it being the pool room. Loos were, erm, characterful. Or maybe charaacter-building! Service was efficient, but nothing above and beyond. I didn't have jjsint's luck. while 4 of the 6 engines were alive, none were local, and only one was a tick, and even that wasn't particularly on form. Central enough to be worth popping your head into, and if you're choo-chooing, of course this is worth a visit.“
FatPhil 351 days ago
56 /100 21 SIMEON STREET
“Lovely backstreet boozer. Games catered for, darts seems a big thing. Pub cat seemed entirely aloof. Some local real ales, though not as wide a range as the internet promised us, but at least we got a Goddards tick. Friendly staff. Seems like a friendly local - but don't fall asleep here, else your photo will get added to the "Sleepers' Corner" photo wall! wouldn't be a must-visit place apart from the fact that IOW ticks were thin on the ground.“
FatPhil 352 days ago
52 /100 7 MONKTON STREET
“Lovely cozy litte place just off the beaten path, several little rooms, and a lovely garden. "Loopy Laura" was behind the bar, she's a scream. Three real ales on, but none were tick, and it seems from the CAMRA page that they do't vary much. However, I don't mind having a swift Timmy Taylor, in such situations.“
FatPhil 352 days ago
58 /100 164 HIGH STREET
“Lovely grade II listed building. Quiet interior - seemed to be singles morning when we were there, a wide range of individuals doing their own choice of crosswords. Staff was friendly, and was taking very good care of an absolutely delicious cask of HSB - definitely worth a rerate, even in the absense of ticks here.“
FatPhil 352 days ago
40 /100 ST. THOMAS SQUARE
“Bounced past here as I didn't even see any real ales, despite that possibility being listed on CAMRA's website. Big selection of macro keg taps, so nothing particularly of interest. Can be safely avoided, there are better pubs both just north and south of here.“
FatPhil 352 days ago
64 /100 41-43 UNION ST
“Classic JDW opening hours make this a good stop after Yelf's which is just a few doors down, but way better than your average JDW in terms of cask care - all three of the (non-local) ticks were on fantastic form. As was the staff's centrifugal chip-flinging ability as they zig-zagged greyhound-like between the way too tightly packed tables. expansive glass windowed front, perfect for watching the world go by. Everyone was served in plastics the day we were there, as there was some kind of parade in town later that day (scooter rally? pride? same thing?) Typical rock-bottom JDW prices, and the food is exactly as expected, which is good.“
FatPhil 352 days ago
52 /100 54 UNION STREET
“We took the early morning hovercraft in order to maximise time in Ryde, and this is stop #1 with it's very friendly opening hours. Lovely , and not your usual, hotel bar. A cafe corner, a bar corner, and a relaxing conservatory-like extension which made me feel like I was on a spa holiday. Got two IOW real ale ticks here, which weren't on the best of form, but part of that might be the first pull of the day. Few places had more than 2 ticks, and few places had IOW beers, so this probably does rank as a ticking spot.“
FatPhil 352 days ago
64 /100
Railway (Bar)
68 ST JOHNS ROAD
“Just by St Johns Road Railway stop and therefore a short walk out of town. It's a bit of a rock pub with a good if by no means world-beating cask selection. 6 pumps, 4 of which were operational on my visit. All sessionable and bitters/golds from the likes of Black Sheep, Everards, and Home Ales. Nothing from IOW. What the selection lacks, the beer condition makes up for. And this is Ryde, so you're short of decent choices. Worth stopping by if you have some time in town.“
jjsint 434 days ago
58 /100 41-43 UNION ST
“Standard Wetherspoon on 2 floors, toilets upstairs, bar downstairs. Located pretty close to Hover terminal, a short 7 min walk. Nothing exciting when it comes to beer selection, but its dead cheap.“
gunnar 688 days ago
60 /100 41-43 UNION ST
“Visited with OGJ and EE on trip to 22 southern counties 05.01.19. Twelve handpumps, but only ten were on at our visit. None of the ales were served with sparklers. A standard Wetherspoon. The cheapest ales were £1.99 a pint.“
Holmen2 700 days ago
60 /100 80 UNION ST
“Good selection of local ales“
Wirralbeerveg 799 days ago
68 /100 41-43 UNION ST
“Bog standard Wetherspoons, two levels: quiet and food tables mostly upstairs, no bar but the toilets are there. Street level room was full of the local old boys on our Monday lunchtime visit on 13th March 2017. got a new IoW rate, so happy with the selection on offer. Staff seemed fine and plentiful.“
BlackHaddock 1360 days ago
54 /100 80 UNION ST
“Visited on 13th March 2017. Found six different bottles from the IoW, which is what I was after: so happy with that. otherwise it’s just a little off-license like you’ll find anywhere in the UK that stocks a few local beers alongside the national brands. Close to both the Hoverport and the pier out to the Catamaran landing point.“
BlackHaddock 1360 days ago
90 /100 7 MONKTON STREET
“A newly refurbished business that is truley looking wonderful. The pub has lots to offer with live music twice a week and much more. There is some fantastic food offers such as a burger, chips, homemade onion rings and a drink on Friday 5-8pm for only £7.95. The Real ales were of a high quality and with Hobgoblin Gold, Bombardier and Timothy Taylor Landlord on offer on my visit. This place come the summer will be thriving with its wonderful garden. A true gem of a traditional local pub“
rossco17 1402 days ago
62 /100 41-43 UNION ST
“This was my first stopping off point for a beer on my visit to the Isle of Wight. It’s a Wetherspoon’s so it is what it is, but what it does it does well enough as most of them do!“
Grumbo 1619 days ago
58 /100 80 UNION ST
“Patronised this little shop during the Scooper/Scooter Jolly of August 2014. It’s not a world-beater in terms of variety, but you will likely find a couple local IoW beers on offer in here; that’s pretty much the only reason why it’s worth checking out. The location is also pretty convenient if you’re traveling via hovercraft to the Isle, which we were.“
Leighton 1843 days ago
66 /100 41-43 UNION ST
“Visited during the joint IoW Jolly / Scooter Rally back in 2014. This is a pretty good Spoonies and, honestly, one of the better places to get a beer on the IoW. It’s not a scooper’s paradise but you’ll probably find something. Also, it seems like they look after their beers pretty well; the hoppy US collaboration I had was in great shape. Decent service, typically good value pricing. Worth a visit if you’re on the Isle.“
Leighton 1843 days ago
60 /100 41-43 UNION ST
“Visited during Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally 2014 with fellow scooter enthusiasts. Large place with a fair selection of ales in good condition and the usual food menu for the chain. At the time of visit it was quite busy, loud and not too well attended to, but I suspect that is not the usual standard. Not a place to travel the world for, but probably the best option in town if not the only option in town.“
SlackerMads 2184 days ago
42 /100 21 SIMEON STREET
“Visited briefly during the IoW Jolly 2014. Back-street local boozer with a fairly uninviting feel about it. We arrived to stand around and wait several minutes for the barman to appear. They had 2 IoW cask ales for our drinking pleasure - both from Gooddards. Condition was fine and price was reasonable. Nothing about it made me want to hang around for more than was necessary. Quite a few other pubs on the island (including Ryde) had these beers available also. I wouldn’t go out my way for this again.“
Scopey 2290 days ago
60 /100 41-43 UNION ST
“Visited during IoW Jolly 2014. S. Fowler & Co is one of only 3 Spoons on the Isle of Wight. This particular one is about a 10min up-hill walk from Ryde train station/Hoverport. It is fairly large and set out over 2 floors. Unfortunately on our visit it was a bit rough around the edges, loud and very busy (although ti was a bank holiday Sunday). The good news is that the Cask selection was rather good. They had 1 IoW beer and 3 of the US collaborations on at one time. I good choice to stop past for some new beer rates, but this is not a place I would chose to spend much time in, especially when this busy. Still from a beer point of view one of the best on the Island.“
Scopey 2290 days ago
52 /100 80 UNION ST
“Visited during the IoW Jolly 2014. Greenhams is fairly typical looking corner shop well located next to the train station and hoverport. As well as off-license regulars (canned macro lager) they offer some 8-10 IoW rates from IoW brewing & Rosemary Vineyard. I instead opted for a rather tantalizing can of 8.5 OranjeBOOM to consume on the Hovercraft back to the mainland. Nothing too special about this place, but it is probably an essential visit when you are in Ryde and looking for some IoW brews.“
Scopey 2290 days ago
52 /100 21 SIMEON STREET
“A fairly pedestrian, humble boozer with little to offer save a few Isle of Wight beers on cask. Service was adequate, pricing was fair. The ambiance here is just like any number of other British pubs; but under the right circumstances I think this place could be quite homey. Not worth stopping here except for a quick half and a place rating.“
Leighton 2291 days ago
68 /100 41-43 UNION ST
“A large multistory bar with a small patio. Very busy and family friendly means loud and service is a bit slow. Selection was pretty good for JDW and had beers I haven’t seen at others. Prices were reasonable and overall a good place to go if you are on the island.“
Ferris 2293 days ago
58 /100 80 UNION ST
“Inconspicuous little news agent and off sales. You would likely walk by but it is worth the stop. Some local brews and ciders which we didn’t see anywhere else.“
Ferris 2293 days ago
44 /100 21 SIMEON STREET
“Visited on a Sunday lunchtime during the IOW Jolly. Located on a backstreet about halfway between Esplanade and St Johns stations (7/8 mins each) the Simeon Arms is a trad back street boozer, think naff 80’s carpets, dark wood panellled walls, dimly lit with a few nik-naks adorning the walls. Theres also a patio out back if natural light is your thing! Service was non existent to begin with but when someone finally appeared he set a fair pace. Clientele was locals - very much a local pub for local people. At the business end the reason we came to this GBG venue was that it offered 2 IOW beers on tap, as per the beers available list. Not the sort of place I’d want to return to or spend any amount of time in (10 minutes for ticks was ample!) but it served its purpose in laying on 2 IOW cask ales.“
Theydon_Bois 2293 days ago
62 /100 41-43 UNION ST
“Visited on the IOW Jolly, 24/08/14. Located 6 or 7 minutes walk (uphill) from the esplanade and hoveport this former shop conversion is typically dark and gloomy on the inside with natural light only coming from the front. Set across 2 floors its a medium to large kind of spooneria. Service was ok although on our visit there was a scooter rally in town and the place was pretty chocka - the 2 members of bar staff could have used some help! Beer wise the selection wasn’t too shabby. 1 IOW beer, the usual Shabbots and Shuddles plus 4 guests, 3 of which were the most recent US collabs, all beer received in good condition. Overall a solid enough spoons that warrants a stop.“
Theydon_Bois 2293 days ago
52 /100 80 UNION ST
“Visited on the IOW Jolly Day, 24/08/14. Newsagents come grocery store at the end of Union Street just over the road from Esplanade station and the Hoverport and a few minutes walk down hill from the spoons (S Fowler & Co). Stocked 25/30 bottles and cans. Mainstream beers from the UK such as Black Sheep, Speckled Hen and about 4 or 5 offerings from the IOW, although nothing we hadn’t already had on cask during our trip to Shanklin. Of most interest were perhaps the offerings from the cidery on the island - Rosemary Vineyard around 4 or so different bottles. This is likely your best stop in the centre of Ryde to try and pick up some IOW bottles, although a local told me the Tesco stocks a good range but this is a bus ride out of town so no chance for us to investigate.“
Theydon_Bois 2294 days ago
60 /100 21 SIMEON STREET
“A run down local pub where you can feel the springs in the benches. Outside is pretty decent, but sparse. Service was decent, selection had some locals and prices were good. Go for unusual tick but not much else.“
Ferris 2295 days ago
64 /100 80 UNION ST
“Visited mid August. On Corner of Union St and Esplanade over the road from the station. Selection of standard beers bolstered with bottles of beer from both Goddards and Island brewery. Decent service. Wouldn’t add this place normally but did have a reasonable selection. Worth popping in to take edge off boat trip back to Mainland“
WingmanWillis 2299 days ago
68 /100 41-43 UNION ST
“Visited on a Friday, mid August. Large conversion on main drag through Ryde town centre on road uphill from Esplanade station. Range of Spoons beer, the one I tried in decent nick. Seemed OK, locals wouldn’t go in there I was with so may be like Wild West on a Friday night. Seemed OK on my visit!“
WingmanWillis 2301 days ago
48 /100 21 SIMEON STREET
“A gloomy, depressing, and rather run down back street bar - but on the otherhand, the only place in Ryde I could find that actually had local beers on tap, with two offerings from Goddards.“
berkshirejohn 2342 days ago
46 /100 21 SIMEON STREET
“Located in a residential area, this small freehouse blends in rather well. Small patio on the outside for sunny days and smokers. They had 3 beers on cask at my visit, 2 from Goddard, Fuggle-Dee-Dum and Ale of Wight, and Courage Directors. 7 ordinary beers on keg and also some ciders. Looks to be a bit run down interiorwise, with dark carpets, dark corners and a dark wooden bar. Ok food to be had, reasonable and big servings. Tiny flies try to steal my beer, bugger off.“
gunnar 2521 days ago
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