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The Taverners is a traditional country pub located in the picturesque village of Godshill, Isle of Wight, that is popular with locals and tourists alike.

All of their meats come from Island farmers and the fish comes from local waters.

It has a relaxing and homely feel about it and has opened a small shop within the pub where you can purchase many of the products used in the kitchen alongside Island made products.

Both beer and Ploughman’s are on offer, but they’re a sideshow to an altogether more sophisticated offering.

This is wise: not only does the island pub have a thoughtful, promising menu, but a serious and substantial wine list. There’s plenty here at high prices – but can our waiter recommend a light bodied white to go with our eclectic choices for around £40? She does better: we have a 2012 Domaine du Nozay Sancerre that comes in under budget and well above expectation.

I love the look of the Bembridge crab & saffron potato blinis with Island smoked salmon and sour cream, and the taste is just as lovely.

My main is Organic I.O.W venison haunch with pickled quince, the perfect balance to the rich meat, gratin potato & sprout tops. Can I really eat anymore?

Finishing things off, the desserts are superb. My Nan’s lemon meringue. An indulgent dish, leaving a moreish aftertaste and happy memories. It’s the little things that reassure.


Perhaps the best thing about The Taveners is the lack of fuss. You get three courses for the terrific value of £25.

We may have lingered longer than we’d planned, but then we’d come for a pub lunch, and experienced a feast.

The villagers of Godshill are lucky to have this gem of pub. Many villages have had part of their social fabric, shredded and lost forever. Thankfully, the Taverners stands proud enhancing the spirit that binds this local community.

The Taverners, High Street, Godshill, Isle of Wight PO38 3HZ

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