We were pre-disposed to like The Cowes Ale House before we stepped foot in the door. A newcomer to the High Street, we have been peeking through the window since Cowes Week and promising ourselves that we will make a visit. A sister to the Newport Ale House, this small establishment serves Real Ale, and bar snacks and is unfussy, friendly and just a really nice and cosy place to be.
I loved the decor. A Boaty theme is ubiquitous in Island pubs, but it was not overdone. The mix of squishy armchairs, hard stools, and Union Jacks was comfortable and inviting.
The menu was unpretentious and honest. If you eat meat and cheese you were well set up. It was such a refreshing change to find bar snacks that were not priced into the stratosphere and the filled rolls and pies were clearly all sourced locally.
H-G had the ale and pie special for £5.50, and the pie was meaty and good.
We shared a Mixed platter, also £5.50 which was an enormous offering of deli meats, a scotch egg, cheeses and bread. The cheeses were a smoked Bavarian, Camembert, a cranberry cheese and a Stilton.
H-G tried three of the ales and pronounced them delicious and fresh. I am somewhat ashamed to admit that we were chattering too much for me to make a note of the ales on offer. However the pub has local ales, and changes them regularly.
All in all we had a really enjoyable afternoon, and will most certainly be back.