A olde worlde country pub in the centre of the pretty village of Godshill, The Taverners is known for its fabulous food. Produce is bought daily depending on what is available at the markets, from the farms and what has been caught, foraged, shot or hunted – they even grow their own vegetables.
All meats come from Island farmers all the time, the fish is caught locally and they use Isle of Wight vegetables in season – blackboards in the pub tell you which vegetables and game are in season in each month. Bread and pastries are baked daily and local cheeses come from the nearby award winning IOW Cheese Company.
Old oak beams, exposed stone and brick walls, pew seats and stripped pine tables feature and there’s a huge fireplace with wood burner and horse brasses in the front room of the pub and an open fire in the back room. A shop to the rear sells local produce, crafts and their home-made bread and pies.
The bar stretches along the back room and the Taverners have their own beer, brewed by Yates Brewery, along with Doom Bar and one guest ale. Fosters superchilled, Amstel, Peroni, Birra Moretti, Stowford Press Cider and Guinness are also on tap.
The pretty rear garden has a children’s play area, petanque court and several benches for outdoor eating and/or drinking. You may even see the chefs raiding the well-kept vegetable and fruit garden. On Tuesdays in the summer a craft market is held in the car park.