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King Harry's Bar, Shanklin

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

Located on the main road through Shanklin, although situated down in a bit of a hollow making it not immediately apparent, this is an old-fashioned hotel bar in an attractive thatched roof building. Some steps take you down into the hotel lobby area, unmanned on our visit, which in turn leads you along a corridor towards the bar. Against my expectations, this turned out to be a surprisingly compact room with the servery to the left and some limited seating to the right. The bar has a nice counter with an impressive carved frontage, mirrored bar back decorated with blue fairy lights and a basic pot shelf above. The seating area is carpeted and has sufficient space for four or five tables served by standard chairs, all arranged around a nice stone fireplace which acts as a focal point for the room. A small arch to the rear right leads through to a small side room which appeared to have a few more tables and chairs, but was in darkness on our evening visit, suggesting it’s only ever used as an overspill area during busier months. Décor consists of traditional items such as decorative plates, old paintings, numerous salvers and some information boards detailing various bits of local history. Music was playing very quietly in the background during the course of our stay and there was only one other customer in when we arrived, it being off-season, although a few more turned up before we left.
I didn’t expect too much from the bar, so it was a nice surprise to find four hand pumps in operation, dispensing Fullers ESB, Andwell King John, St Austell Proper Job and Ringwood Boondoggle. The King John was in good nick and a nice traditional bitter to enjoy in this very traditional feeling hotel bar.
I thought this was a nice quiet bolthole away from the louder pubs and bars on the beachfront and the food-led pubs along the main road. Finding some well kept beer in a homely place like this felt like a bit of a coup and I would definitely consider heading back here in the future.

On 8th January 2020 - rating: 7
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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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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Roger Button
Shanklin, 0.67 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Lake (Isle of Wight), 1.96 miles, 37 min walk (show)
Sandown, 2.79 miles, 53 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for King Harry's Bar, Shanklin
8th Jan 2020, 18:34
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
11th May 2018, 19:04
Picture submitted by john mcgraw approved

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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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