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White lion pub

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Local cuisine, Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene
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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 10/15/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 10/15/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
Village Pub providing exceptional food using fresh local produce. All of our delicious desserts are homemade. We provide table service and pride ourselves on making your visit special. We have a courtyard in which you can enjoy the sunshine and admire the view of the church and down lands beyond.
PRICE RANGE
$2 - $25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 6 days ago

we went to the white lion this sunday with my wife i had garlic mushrooms for starter which was excellent we both had the roast beef for our mains when it arrived it was very basic only 4 items 2 slices of thick beef,4 roast...potatoes,i yorkshire and a few peas i think its the most basic sunday lunch i have had in 20 years a school roast has moor variety. the meal it self wasnt very good either it looks as though all the items were frozon very little taste and very disapointing no member of staff came and asked how our meal way so i am afraid wont be visiting againMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very good roast served by polite nice staff. The meal was well cooked and the vegetables just right. They also take blue light cards for emergency workers that was a good start.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed March 21, 2022

My husband and I went for Sunday lunch here . I have wanted to try this pub for a long time having only ever been there for a quick drink before. Although the food was good pub grub the whole place just felt a little...dated and to be honest a bit run down. I appreciate that it is very quiet at the moment before the tourists arrive, and this does not help. We were one of only a handful of tables and it all felt a little flat and not a lot of atmosphere. The staff were friendly and welcoming.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 12, 2022

We have passed by this pub many times but never stopped before. Wish we had as the welcome and the food served was really good. Large portions and well cooked. I had the sea bass with fresh vegetables and it was very tasty, the fish...was perfectly cooked. Covid precautions very visable. The pub is very clean and the decor looked freshly painted. We will be back.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 11, 2022 via mobile

After explaining that our food might arrive more slowly due to an unfortunate staff illness, our lovely and friendly server (whom I believe to be the proprietor) took our order and charmed our little girl. After 1/2 an hour our food arrived (an acceptable length...of time even without the staff shortages) and it was all fantastic. Prawn and Chili linguine, steak and ale pie & chips, and a child's (very generous portion!) chicken nuggets and chips, with peas. All of the food was tasty, the large tender chunks of steak in the pie were scrumptious! We had a pudding of Salted Caramel Cheesecake, and an Eton Berry Mess, which were also 5*! The food was perfect, the service was warm and courteous, and we highly recommend The White Lion at Arreton!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 2, 2022 via mobile

Went to dinner with my family, really nice atmosphere and great service! Staff were really kind and food was AMAZING!!!!! 10/10 i recommend. Will definitely be returning

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 25, 2022

An extreme friendly staff and very nice ambience. The mushroom risotto was absolutely delightful! I am an addict for this dish and this is def one of the best I ever had! Thank you so much to all the lovely staff and chef for looking...so well. I will be back many times and will spread the word!! Very nice pub if you come to Isle of Wight it is a must! Also all very clean and I could tell they do take hygiene seriously! Thank you again, now I will dream about the risotto until next time!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed November 18, 2021 via mobile

Unfortunately, our experience of dining at The White Lion in Arreton was not a pleasant one. Two simple meals could not be delivered hot and as ordered, even though the pub was not busy. I suggest the ‘homemade’ steak and ale pie is best avoided...at all costs. In fairness, the staff were friendly and apologetic, offering a discount for poor food and a service mix-up. The ladies toilet facilities could be improved with a minimal amount of heating, instead they are stone-cold. The ambience could be improved with background music rather than playing a radio station. Minor shortcomings can be overlooked when the food and service are good but in this case the basics need to be improved.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed November 16, 2021

Just had the worst dining experience of my life. Lunch time on a Tuesday, not very busy, the food took over 1 hour to arrive, asked where our food was after 45 minuets, the bar person said they were busy though only a handful of...people were in there at the time. No apology or explanation were given. When our food eventually arrived we commented about the wait and again no apology given. I ordered a jacket potato with cheese and coleslaw, the meal came without any cheese and the jacket potato was cold. My son had a Steak and Ale pie. It was burnt, dry and way to salty ! The food was terrible. If you are brave enough to try this place I guarantee you wont not come back a second time.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 12, 2021

During a week of pub lunches whilst visiting the Isle of Wight we twice visited the White Lion and we were most impressed with the friendly service and generous, delicious food. Conveniently situated in the centre of the island next to Arreton Barns shopping its...the best place to go!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 14, 2021 via mobile

Great food friendly staff nice interior BUT…and it’s a big BUT Why oh why do the gents toilet have to suffer. Damp wet floors, toilet cubicle way too small. Pan not clean Dodgy lock. And can you believe it there was no toilet paper. For...this reason I won’t be using this place again. I am a great believer in attention to detail which was well and truly missed on this occasion.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 2, 2021 via mobile

We visited this evening as a group of 3 without a reservation. The pub was fairly busy so we were advised of a 30 minute wait for food, this wasn’t a problem. We ordered a chicken korma off of the specials board, a steak and...ale pie and a vegetable lasagne. The food came out 30 minutes later and was delicious! It was all really well cooked and the portion sizes were generous! The staff were friendly and welcoming. Will return again as never had a bad meal at the White Lion.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 6, 2021

we travelled to the iow on a sunday and booked the white lion because it was one of the few that did a roast. big mistake when we walked in and gave our name we were told we were not in the book and was...asked if we had phoned the other white lion oh but they could fit us in - we were the only ones there we ordered drinks but they didn't know what a virgin mary was and had no idea how to make it the drinkj was absolutely unbalanced and awful we ordered our mains, two roast dinners - one chicken and one lamb we ordered starters from a different waiter soon after our mains came to the table we asked them to take the dinners back to the kitchen and keep them warm we did eat the starters - no comment when the mains came we just stared with our mouths open the chicken was half a chicken chopped into 4 pieces where it had been kept warm you couldn't cut it absolutely dry and solid I could go on but previous reviews have already mentioned the failings with the veg which we also experienced we didn't have a sweet just wanted to leave asap we will not be recommending this place and will never returnMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed August 6, 2021

Went here with my brother for dinner. One particular waitress had a stinking and judgemental attitude from the moment we walked in, huffy and puffy with no customer service, seemed like she could even be the Manager. We could hear her repeatedly saying to anyone...that would listen (and customers who had left their tables to approach the bar for something) that they were understaffed due to people isolating.. however, the other staff members seemed calm and in control and friendly. It wasn't very busy. This one waitress had a 'chip on her shoulder' and she seemed to have a problem with us, being specifically rude to me for some reason... Not wishing to psychoanalyse but it seemed a weird power thing, like she didn't want to 'serve' me and wanted to assert herself. There was no pleasantries or polite customer service with her, everything was too much to ask for, although we barely asked for anything. When she took our order, I requested to remove one simple item from the burger and my brother requested something for his chips, she didn't write it down and I said to my brother "watch, your order will be fine but mine will be wrong" and surprise, surprise.. you can guess what happened. The food was nice, possibly over-priced but similarly priced to other places we looked at. Over the course of being there, her demeanour with other customers seemed to reflect more positively, and we realised that they were people staying with a room there. The atmosphere was tense, there wasn't much privacy, food wasn't anything to write home about. She made us feel very uncomfortable and unwelcome. All in all, it was a horrible experience and we couldn't wait to leave.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 16, 2021 via mobile

What a find!!! Visited there last night before sailing back to the mainland. Super friendly staff and landlord and landlady (turns out she went to same school in London as my wife). Good was top notch - genuine Manzies pie mash and liquor - had...to be done. Will definitely be back next time I am on the island. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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White lion pub is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4