Welcome to The Old Fort
Seaside Pub & Restaurant
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 and restaurant space upstairs, 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.
To make a booking, please follow the instructions on the ResDiary widget opposite. Our outside tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Children and well behaved dogs are always welcome downstairs but we do ask that you leave your furry friends at home if dining with us in the upstairs restaurant and bar.
PLEASE NOTE: whilst we do our best to honour specific area & table requests, we cannot guarantee any particular area or specific tables and reserve the right to move customers to another area or table for operational purposes. We thank you for your patience and understanding with this.
One of my favourite places on the island
Serving fresh, locally sourced, seasonal produce
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. During the winter months you can expect delicious Sunday roasts and winter classics. We’re talking Roast Sirloin of Beef with Yorkshire puds, Slow-Cooked Pork Belly with Apple Sauce, Chicken Supreme or Walnut and Parsnip Nut Roast each served with with all the trimmings.
BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF THE SOLENT & BEYOND
Enjoy refreshing drinks & delicious food
We may be biased but it really is one of the best views and with a wide range of drinks on offer, we’re sure we’ll have something you’ll love. That’s because we are a privately-owned Freehouse, so have no restrictions imposed by a brewery. The Old Fort is run by Justin & Will (The Proprietors) and Charlotte & Bee (The Managers) and all their friendly team, who endeavour to make sure that every visit is as enjoyable as possible. Our downstairs bar can get quite lively, supported by an interesting array of locals with many a tale to tell, so if you are looking for a quieter night, we suggest booking the upstairs restaurant space.
We are passionate about food & drink; especially beer (it’s in our blood). That’s why we have invested heavily in our new purpose built cellar; kitted out with the fantastic Heineken SmartDispense system which maintains the beer in the pipes at a cool -4 degrees ensuring all of our draught beers are fresh, ice-cold and perfectly poured, all the time, every time. We now offer a total of 9 delicious draught beers to suit all tastes, including 3 lagers, 2 pale ales, 2 ales, 1 stout & 1 cider. These are changed and added to according to season and demand, meaning we’ll always have something you’ll love.
If beer isn’t your thing, fear not as we have an extensive wine list with plenty available by the glass and coming soon ‘The Director’s Cellar‘ – a collection of special bottles, in small quantities, aged in our private cellar. Last but by no means least, we have our Signature Cocktails including an ‘East Wight Martini‘ and a ‘Seaview Spritz‘ as well as our take on classic cocktails such as ‘The Party Starter‘ – our version of an Espresso Martini – which someone recently reviewed as “The Best Espresso Martini they’ve ever had”. ‘The Sun Downer‘ is also another favourite to enjoy whilst watching the evening dinghy race!
Relaxed seaside dining at its absolute best
Situated right on the waters edge
Our friendly and talented front of house team are there cater for your every need, serving up a fantastic range of refreshments including award-winning local ales (Goddards’ Ale of Wight), craft beers (Wight Knuckle Pale Ale), dozens of delicious wines (including a new listing this year from Exton Park Vineyard in Hampshire) and of course – our signature cocktails (why not try an ‘East Wight Martini’, our signature ‘Seaview Spritz’ or our take on the Espresso Martini – ‘The Party Starter’).
This is seaside dining at its absolute best – all in a relaxed, cosy environment served with a smile. This is only the start of our journey – as we have many more exciting plans to help put The Old Fort on the map – watch this space!
Booking always advised to avoid disappointment.
MULTI-AWARD WINNING SEASIDE PUB & RESTAURANT
Our awards & accolades
Lifelong friends, Justin & Will took over their local pub & couldn’t be happier with the overwhelming support and response to what they have been able to achieve so far. Within their first year The Old Fort was crowned ‘Best Destination Pub’ and received a ‘TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award’ with a staggering 42,000 people going through the doors just last summer alone. We take huge pride on each and every one of our awards and consider The Old Fort to be an absolutely iconic landmark and as the only pub in the village, one of the main hubs of village life. We want to thank you all for your continued support and each and every one of the team for all their hard work, we literally couldn’t have done it without you!
PLEASE - WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Please vote for us!
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have recently been nominated for a further three (yes 3!) more awards, this time in the highly coveted Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards 2022. Now we need your help – to once again show your incredible support and love for your favourite local! Please cast your votes by clicking the image(s) above and following the instructions or visit the Red Funnel Awards website. Please don’t forget to share with all your friends and families. Voting is open now and runs until on Friday 30th September. This would mean so much to us all here – and be such lovely recognition to all the team for all their hard work. So please, get voting and sharing and we hope to see you all at The Old Fort soon. The Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards 2022, including Best Pub; Best Fish & Chips and Best Restaurant. You can vote for us by clicking on the badges below.