WELCOME TO THE OLD FORT
Seaside Pub & Restaurant
AWARD WINNING DINING
The Old Fort is a multi-award winning seaside pub & restaurant located in Seaview, a pretty Edwardian sailing village on the north eastern side of the Isle of Wight. Located right on the water’s edge on the Esplanade, The Old Fort offers uninterrupted sweeping panoramic views of the Solent and beyond – a perfect place to sit and watch the world go by.
Under new ownership since July 2020, The Old Fort has had an extensive and much needed re-model inside with an improved bar and restaurant layout downstairs, the new and improved use of ‘The Hatch’ for self-service outside, an all new open-plan bar & restaurant space upstairs with 55 seats, as well as altering our kitchen and cellar spaces to better suit the ‘new normal’ and to cope with the increase in capacity and demand.
Please note: children and well behaved dogs are welcome downstairs but we do ask that you leave your furry friends at home if dining with us in the upstairs restaurant and bar. Our outside tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis only.
80's New Year's Eve Party!BUY TICKETS
Party like it’s 1984 this New Years Eve at The Old Fort, Seaview with live music from the awesome Soul Lounge and a late night bar until 0200am - it's time to be transported back to the 80's for a fort-night like never before!
Christmas Parties at the Fort!MORE INFO
Book your Christmas Party with us and enjoy either 2 or 3 courses from our delicious Festive Party Menu which includes complimentary crackers, mince pies and mulled wine and is available by pre-order from 24/11 - 23/12 (T&C Apply).
7 Course Tasting Evenings...more info coming soon...
This winter our Head Chef and his team will be hosting exclusive 7 Course Tasting Evenings to showcase the very best the island has to offer with a carefully curated selection of wines to pair with each dish - it is sure to be a sell out.
"BEST PUB ON THE ISLAND"
The island has so much to offer along its shores, coastal waters and woodlands. With an abundance of foraging, fishing and farming, the Isle of Wight is renowned for some of Britain’s best produce. With this in mind, we have appointed a new Executive Chef who together with his talented team aim to offer a mix of delicious pub classics and mouth watering daily specials, using fresh, local, seasonal produce wherever possible.
During the warmer months we focus on fresh fish including plenty of fresh IOW crab & lobster, which remain firm favourites among our customers and we are rather famous for our delicious Crab Ramekin.
CHECK OUT OUR AWESOME NEW SWAG!
Who doesn't love a bit of stash from their favourite local pub...well now you can buy all of our fantastic merch online, from our iconic caps to our limited edition prints and our new teddy fleeces...with lots more products coming soon!
DRINK WITH USSignature Cocktails
Drink in the spectacular views in one of the most beautiful pubs on the Isle of Wight. With a wide range of beers, wines and spirits on offer, whatever your poison might be, we are confident that we will have something you’ll love. Because we are a freehouse, we have no constraints imposed by a brewery and are able to offer real ales, chosen by us and our regulars from local breweries. These are changed and added to according to demand and season, meaning we’ll always have something you love in-house. We are Beer Marque accredited offering "The Perfect Pint" with a broad selection of ales, lagers, pale ales, stout and cider available on draught, as well as an extensive wine cellar and our Signature Cocktails, there’s bound to be a drink to whet your appetite.
DINE WITH USWinter Menu
Enjoy delicious home-cooked meals set right on the waters edge with uninterrupted, sweeping, panoramic views of the Solent & beyond. Having recently won Silver at the Isle of Wight Awards for "Best Pub" - we pride ourselves on being one of the best pubs on the Isle of Wight, offering delicious cuisine to suit everybody’s dietary needs. Our Executive & Head Chef and their team work closely with local suppliers and strive to produce high-quality meals for each of our guests, from our varied specials & seasonal menu. Our pastry-chef is always rustling up new taste explosions on our specials desert board and we offer a good kids menu & serve sandwiches and toasted ciabattas during lunch service. Please note, due to food being cooked to order, there may be a short wait during busy periods.
TRY OUR FAQ's
Do you have any upcoming events?
Absolutely! We have an array of fun things happening which you can find below:
- Live Music every Friday night
- Delicious Roasts served every Sunday
- Quiz Night 1st Wednesday every month
- Happy Hour everyday 4-5pm with £4 drinks!
- Christmas Menu throughout the month of December
- Brunch available from 1000hrs on Boxing Day
- NYE party like it's 1984 with our awesome 80's night! Buy Tickets
- 7-Course Tasting Evenings more details coming soon...
To book in or enquire about any of the above, please call or email us
Do you have a Happy Hour?
Yes - everyday 1600-1700hrs come on down and soak up the view with your favourite tipple. Whether it’s a cool, refreshing £4 Pint from our fantastic range of draught beers, any medium house wine for £4, a £5 House Double Café Del Mar spirit with mixer or a selection of our Signature Cocktails for only £6 - go on grab yourself 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑼𝒍𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝑺𝒖𝒏𝒔𝒆𝒕 𝑫𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒌!
Do you have Live Music?
We sure do! We have the fantastic Ben Barnes Playing every Friday night from 2000hrs (in the downstairs bar area).
What are your opening times?
During the winter months we are closed Mondays & Tuesdays and open as follows:
- MON & TUE: CLOSED (exc Christmas Holidays & Bank Holidays)
- WED & THU: 1100-2200hrs
- FRI & SAT: 1100-0000hrs
- SUNDAY: 1100-2000hrs
Kitchen hours: Lunch service is 1200-1500hrs and dinner service is 1730-2100hrs, except Sundays where we serve our delicious Sunday Lunch alongside our Winter Menu all-day from 1200-2000hrs (last orders at 1800hrs).
Christmas Holidays & Bank Holidays: We will be open as usual 1100-late, 7 days a week from 13/12/23 until 07/01/24 when our Winter Hours above will resume. We are closed on Christmas Day.
What menus are available?
You can view our menus here. Our seasonal Menu is available 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. We offer a good range of children's, vegetarian and vegan food at all times. Sunday roast is served every Sunday, subject to availability.
Please note, all our menus are subject to availability and change and due to food being cooked to order, there may be a short wait during busy periods.
Do you have a dress code?
No - we do not have a set dress code. We offer casual seaside dining in an informal, relaxed atmosphere so please wear whatever you feel comfortable in, but if coming straight from the boat or beach we ask that you wear a t-shirt and that you wear footwear for your own safety.
Do you allow children?
Yes, children are always welcome in any area at anytime and we have a good sized children's menu available from 1200-1500hrs and from 1700-2100hrs. To book a limited space "Bug Supper" from 5pm, please call to speak with one of the team. Limited amount of high chairs available on request - please specify when booking if one will be required.
Do you allow dogs?
Well-behaved dogs are always welcome downstairs, outside on our beach front patio or terrace but we do ask that you leave your furry friends at home if dining with us in the upstairs restaurant and bar space. This is so we can accommodate those with allergies etc - and we thank you for your understanding with this.
We have a doggy station with water bowls, treats and even cozy blankets - these are available to use but please don't abuse this and kindly return anything you borow.
We reserve the right to ask owners and their dogs to settle up and leave if they cause a nuisance or upset other customers, so please keep your dogs on a lead at all times.
Best Pub - Silver Award
The Perfect Pint
Travellers Choice Award
2021 - 2023
Best Destination Pub
2021 - 2023
Nominated Best Pub & Restaurant
2022 & 2023
Highest Hygiene Level Award
2021 & 2022