Islanders are being invited to join The Spyglass Inn in Ventnor for their biggest birthday celebrations yet as the Island’s most iconic pub turns the big 3-0.

The celebrations will take place over the course of 22nd-25th March and will centre around celebrating the 3 decades of local live music, a feature that the pub has been famous for since the very first day it opened its doors back in 1988.

Favourites over the years have included Roger Holmes, JC and Angelina, Chale Bay Wailers, Goose Island Syncopators and the popular ‘Wobbly Bob’ all of whom will be playing over the days of the birthday celebration. Also making an appearance over the weekend is the legendary pianist Johnny Harbour, who was the very first musician to grace the piano.

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The husband and wife team of Neil and Steph Gibbs first looked at the property, which had previously been the Waters Edge Holiday Apartments, in 1987. After a big refurbishment project, the doors opened on the 25th March 1988 and the pub has been welcoming patrons ever since.

People often wonder how the name was derived, it was as simple as ideas were put into a hat and ‘The Spyglass Inn’ was the lucky one that was pulled out! The Spyglass was the first of the Gibbs
family successes as they went on to form the Quayside group consisting of several of the Island’s best loved pubs including The Bargeman’s Rest, The Steamer Inn and The Dairyman’s
Daughter —all successful establishments that follow the same recipe for success: great local food, exciting live music and a very friendly welcome.

Proprietor Neil Gibbs said:

“The Spyglass Inn has become an institution in Ventnor over the past Three decades. Local live music has been central from the very first pint being pulled and has since been on most nights of the week, with some of the original bands still playing regularly for us today”.

As well as music and a wide selection of real ales on offer there will be a pirate ship and smuggler fancy dress theme, Morris dancing, classic cars and a pirate ship. Entry is free and the celebrations take place from 22nd- 25th March 2018.

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