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Cowes Ale House, Cowes Town, Cowes

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5 Shooters Hill
Cowes
PO31 7BE
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Pub SignMan left this review about Cowes Ale House

Just a short walk from Cowes ferry terminal, following the town’s characterful High Street, this is a welcoming micro pub and sister venue to the Newport Ale House. Like most micro pubs, this is a small, single room shop conversion with limited seating options. You enter through a small porch, into a bare boarded room with high backed pews down the right-hand wall and low stools and tub chairs down the left, all serving tables made from up-turned barrels. One wall is decorated with nautical themed wallpaper and has some nice paintings and some models of steam locomotives and other such forms of transport on high shelves. To the other side, the wall is liberally covered with a collection of old black and white photos showing the town in years gone by. The servery is to the rear of the room, set at a 45-degree angle to allow you to pass by for the toilets which are further along. The bar has a plain tongue and groove counter and simple shelving bar back with four of five casks racked up to one side. On our visit, there was a bloke set up under the large frosted front window which has the pub’s name picked out on it, playing the guitar and harmonica to an appreciative bunch of locals.
There were just the two ales available on my visit – Goddard’s Duck’s Folly and 1895 – with two or three other barrels set up but not quite ready yet. After a bit of a wait for the barman to show himself, I tried the Duck’s Folly, which was a decent enough drop, whilst my other half ordered a mug of tea and endured some good-natured ribbing from the locals for her troubles.
We spent much longer in here than the quick visit we’d planned, such was the warm, welcoming vibe we got. The good beer, cheery locals and decent live entertainment all worked well and whilst this place lacks the character of its sister pub in Newport, its still a good micro pub and worth checking out when you’re in Cowes.

On 6th January 2020 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Cowes Ale House

Attractive shop-conversion micro-pub, with its compact bar furnished and decorated exactly as you would expect. Rather dark inside, but there is also a tiny decking patio at the back. No handpumps on the narrow counter, with the real ales being dispensed by gravity from a stillage behind, with Goddard's Starboard!, Hanlon's Stormsay and Southwark Full Sail available when we stopped by. Well worth seeking out.

On 4th June 2017 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about Cowes Ale House

A shop conversion into a micropub, this is the second on the island run by the same folks (the other is in Newport). It’s done pretty well, a long narrow room which is nicely decorated (nautical wallpaper, high-back pew seating, wooden barrels for tables, breweriana) and there’s a rear courtyard. Two ales on (the other was off as it wasn’t clearing “and I’m not serving my customers that!” from behind the bar). The remaining two (Island Vectis and Butcombe Bitter) came off stillage which always makes me nervous but these were in great shape. Also enjoyed some excellent pork cracking from the local butchers. The guy behind the bar was friendly and chatty and another customer came in who proceeded to join in the chat. Really good place, flummoxed as to how this isn’t in the Good Beer Guide (but then again, a number of the local CAMRA branch choices seemed odd to me). One of the best pubs on the Isle for my money and I will definitely pop in again next time.

On 10th July 2016 - rating: 9
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Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
Ryde Esplanade, 8.01 miles, 2 hr 42 min walk (show)
Ryde St Johns Road, 8.2 miles, 2 hr 46 min walk (show)
Ryde Pier Head, 8.41 miles, 2 hr 50 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Cowes Ale House, Cowes
6th Jan 2020, 18:49
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
17th Nov 2019, 13:00
Pub map correction submitted by Graham Coombs approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 11 October 2019 by E TA
  • Beer Garden : Yes - small rear courtyard - last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No 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 : No last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : No last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 30 June 2015 by E TA
  • 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 : Yes 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 _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 11 October 2019 by E TA
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 10 July 2016 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 11 October 2019 by E TA
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 30 June 2015 by E TA
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