The Crab and Lobster Tap was the first inn on the Isle of Wight. There is a longstanding folktale that King Charles I visited the inn and was sketched by the Owner, but unfortunately early maps of the settlement do not show an inn. However, it is known that the inn dates back at least to the mid-eighteenth century, and it has even been suggested that the name Ventnor is a corruption of the word “vintner”, or wine maker (the earliest landlords brewed their own beer).
The term “tap” originates from the fact that hotels could not sell alcohol to their residents and so would open a bar nearby. The original “tap” was the cottage to the right of what was the Crab and Lobster hotel, and was where the famous Ventnor Crab fair originated, the frontage of the pub being where locals and mainlanders alike would gather for wrestling matches and other traditional events. The pub is one of the very few on the island to have a proper underground beer cellar, with barrels stored directly under the pumps to give a nice short run and perfect temperature.
The current licensees, David and Dianne, look forward to seeing you and extending you a warm welcome combining the best of English pub and ale traditions with some of the finest modern cooking prepared with fresh local ingredients.
The Crab & Lobster
Monday 12 Midday – 12 Midnight
Tuesday 12 Midday – 12 Midnight
Wednesday 12 Midday – 12 Midnight
Thursday 12 Midday – 12 Midnight
Friday 12 Midday –1am
Saturday 12 Midday –1am
Pub Food Available
Monday 1pm – 9pm
Tuesday 1pm – 9pm
Wednesday 1pm – 9pm
Thursday 1pm – 7pm
Friday 1pm – 10pm
Saturday 1pm – 10pm
Sunday Roasts 12 midday until its gone
Pub Quiz Night
This quiz is perfect for all ages and abilities. Holiday makers and families are always welcome.
We provide a chocolate prize for each round, along with a hot dog (Vege option is available) at half time.
All of this is for £1.00 per person
Come along, give it a shot and prove how clever you are?
Providing both Sky Sports & BT Sports.
Real DJ’s, Real Vinyl & Real Tunes
Please see our Facebook page or our regular advert in the South Wight Chronicle for live bands and events.
For Private events and parties please contact us on 01983 852 311
The Crab & Lobster Tap Menu
For desserts please ask staff.
P.S – we receive our fresh, locally caught crab every Friday during the season!
Example Sunday Roast Menu:
Beef, Ham, Turkey or Pork (vegetarian option available) – served with homemade roast potatoes, stuffing, Yorkshire puddings, gravy & fresh vegetables
All the above is £6.00 per person
Extra large or smaller portions are available on request.
Pudding is £3.00 each see specials board
WARNING: Due to popular demand we sell out quickly please call to book your table in advance.
Dietary requirements catered for please speak to a member of staff.
- Old favourite prawn cocktail – £5.95
- Homemade crab cake with salad garnish – £4.95
- Mozzarella sticks & salad garnish – £4.95
- Homemade soup of the day – £4.95
- Spicy chicken wings – £4.95
- Real ale battered fish & chips & peas
- Seafood Linguini (Mussels, prawns & seafood)
- Sarah’s crab thermidor & chips
- Gammon, egg, chips & peas
- Dianne’s seafood pie, chips & peas
- Vegetable or beef lasagne with chips
- Vegetable or beef Chilli with chips or rice
- David’s homemade burger – 100% IOW Beef with chips
- Fresh salad choice of Prawn, Ham or Cheese
Traditional Bar Meals
- ‘Real’ Chicken Nuggets
- Scampi & peas
- Vegetable burger
- Spicy chicken wings
- Double chicken burger
- Two homemade fishcakes
Fresh Crab Meals
- Two crab cakes & chips – £7.95
- Crab & sweetcorn soup – £4.95
- Crab Sandwich with crisps & salad garnish – £6.95
- Crab salad – £9.95
- Sarah’s crab thermidor with chips & salad garnish – £9.95