Is Britain’s best beer garden in Ventnor?

By Carole Dennett Aug 24, 2020

The Spyglass Inn has reached the final ten in a national competition to find Britain’s Best Beer Garden. The popular Ventnor pub is situated right above the water’s edge with spectacular views across the English Channel.

The competition was launched by national digital radio station Union Jack, receiving more than 1,200 nominations. The overall winner will now be decided by a public vote, with Islanders able to support the popular local pub by casting a vote online at  Voting opens at 8.30am today, Monday, August 24 and closes at 9am on Friday, August 28. The winning venue will be announced on air on Bank Holiday Monday, August 31 and will host a day of live broadcasts by Union Jack radio, including its hugely popular Full English Breakfast Show, comedy from hapless presenter Lucy Leeds, and a live pub quiz hosted by Mark “The Beast” Labbett.

Giles Gear, Programme Manager of Union Jack radio, said: “It’s been near impossible finding the final ten from more than 1,200 entries in Union Jack’s competition to find Britain’s Best Beer Garden, and now it’s down to the public!  If people want their local to win, get online, vote, and spread the word. Having “The Beast” turn up in your local beer garden really is a money-can’t-buy prize – and we also have a few surprises in store for the winner too.”

You can cast your vote for The Spyglass Inn to win ‘Britain’s Best Beer Garden’, at