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King Harry's Bar

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8 Church Road
Shanklin
PO37 6NU
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Quinno _ left this review about King Harry's Bar

Picturesque thatched building nestled in the ‘pub and restaurant’ section of old town, this one is easy to miss being at the far end of the street and set back and down from the main road. However it’s well-worth popping in. Enter via a hotel (Glenbrook) lobby to a tight multi-roomer with loads of character (‘pseudo-medieval’, as mentioned below) and is actually quite small with low ceilings, wood trim, whitewashed walls, carpet, arched doorways and subtly lit. Note the muskets mounted above the bar. There is also a lovely flora and fauna garden which wraps round the rear and side of the pub and is actually the end of the chine so you can get a good view of it with your pint. Five pumps with four on and an eclectic mix of the more obvious breweries available on the Isle – Marstons Pedigree, Banks Lions Roar, Fullers ESB and Yates Sunfire (decent shape). Lady Quinno reported that the ladies loos were worth a trip on their own, with a pseudo lounge available (who needs the bar?). Worth the slog up the hill to do this one and is also very close to the Isle’s best restaurant, Pendletons.

On 10th July 2016 - rating: 8
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Michael Wright left this review about King Harry's Bar

According to notices outside it is in the 2010 / 2011 GBG, and I can believe it. I will not bother to describe the layout because it has been so well done by other posters

My visit was October Friday lunchtime, bit out of season, so I nearly had the place to myself

4 hand pulls on my visit, I opted for "Proper Job" because it was brew I had not experienced before. It was lovely, especially with the £1.50 cheese & onion roll purchased at the same time

The weather, whilst fine was bit windy, so I sat inside, and to echo previous posting, it was a very relaxed time, even inside, if I had not other things to do I could very easily have settled here for a while

Staff were polite and helpful [I was nearly the only customer]

Unlikely to go to IOW again, but if I did I would return here without any qualms

Photos to follow in due course

On 10th October 2011 - rating: 8
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Roger Button left this review about King Harry's Bar

King Harry’s is the bar of the Glenbrook Hotel but it is open to all and sundry during normal pub hours. The building is as enticing and picturesque as things get even by Isle of Wight standards, a choclate box thatched building with picturesque floodlit grounds overlooking the chine and containing its own colony of red squirrels.

The cosy bar section is housed in the centre of the building and can be accessed either through the Hotel hallway or via the gardens. Surprisingly, the building only dates back to mid-19th Century but the pseudo medieval décor makes it feel much older with the centrepeice being a magnificent ornate carved stone fireplace. There are plenty of beams and pillars and enough touristy ambience to keep most visitors happy.

Beer wise there were 4 ales were available across the 6 hand pumps - Bombardier, Fullers ESB, Wells Banana Bread Beer and Island Wight Knight. Quality was fine and prices seemed about par for the area. From the large collection of pump clips displayed around the beams and ceilings I would gather that there is a good guest ale rotation policy. There is a separate restaurant but I didn’t investigate any food options.

The toilets may take a bit of getting used to with their full length glass French doors peering out directly onto the beer garden and just a thin net curtain protecting the user’s modesty.

Maybe I was lucky and we caught a sunny day where we lazed away an hour or so watching the squirrels frolicking but I thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed ambience of the place and it was certainly one of my favourite pubs of the good number we did on the island.

On 20th May 2011 - rating: 8
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13th Aug 2016, 22:08
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
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