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The Stag is a family run pub in the heart of the Island. The Stag prides it-selves on their freshly prepared pubs grub using local products and ingredients to give you the full Island experience.

Located at the top of Horsebridge Hill between West Cowes and Newport. They’re location is not too far away from Newport town centre which gives you the freedom to travel all over the Island and take in the Islands wonders of beautiful sea views, countryside and activities.

The Stag offer a full morning breakfast menu, lunch menu and main menu, along with 4 recently refurbished bedrooms you may not feel the need to venture out as the pub itself offers a comfortable and inviting stay. Stuart and his team will welcome you with open arms to enjoy the full stag experience by warming yourself in front of our fires in the colder months or enjoying our large private garden and terrace in the summer season.

There are many things you can do within walking distance of the pub. Just at the bottom of Stag Lane there is a cycle path which can take you either to Newport or West Cowes along the stunning Medina River with the possible sighting of the Island’s famous red squirrels. Parkhurst forest is around a 30 minute walk where you can walked the complete loop or visit The Red Squirrel Trail which is the former stream rail line.

Stuart manages every aspect of his business with the help of his wife and mum. Stuart grew up on the Island working and learning the trade from his parents who ran many different places while he was a child. The Island was where he was lucky enough to meet his wife Sally after many years of running pubs in Scotland and a tapas bar in Spain they decided to come back to Stuart’s roots and take over their own pub on the Island so they relocated to The Stag.

At The Stag, everyone is welcome even our four legged friends.



The Stag boasts a wide variety of freshly prepared dishes, as well as a daily changing specials board. The menu includes a range of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan meals. Stuart and the team will always go out of their way to ensure a customer is well looked after, often rustling up bespoke dishes dependant on tastes. He’s even had tourists asking for a dish they had the previous season, to which he obliges!

They serve a range of pub classics alongside their ‘Stag Specials’ – including a range of homemade burgers, curry and desserts. There’s even a nod to Stuart’s homeland; chicken and haggis and the haggis tattie tower! Often customers will travel across the Island for their signature burger specials, which change daily.

As for all traditional pubs, The Stag also offer a full Sunday roast, including a gluten free, veggie option. They always have 3 different meats available, along with all the various trimmings one could hope for.

Also available on certain days are great offers – from curry night and fish Friday’s – all current promotions can be found on the social media pages.

Their bar boasts a huge range of draught and bottled beers, with a selection of local specials from Goddards, Island Ales and other local breweries changing regularly, alongside a great selection of gin including an Isle of Wight brand – Mermaid. If you’re visiting in the summer, be sure to order a Pimms pitcher and enjoy the evening sunshine in the garden.

The bar has a full selection of soft drinks available also, including a number of sugar free options.



Monday: closed

Tuesday: Thursday: 12-3pm and 5-8

Friday and Saturday: 12-8pm

Sunday: 12-3pm



The pub has recently been refurbished to a high standard and boasts 4 beautifully decorated ensuite bedrooms. They consist of 2 doubles, 1 twin and 1 single, with the doubles being used as family rooms, All of the bedrooms have flat screen TV’s, iPod docks and tea & coffee making facilities, along with 24 hour private access. A full breakfast menu is offered for guests, where you can enjoy a full English, something Spanish, or a simple breakfast bap. Also available for guests of The Stag is a large, free car park, with a number of disabled bays.

The Stag truly is a great place to stay while enjoying the Island.



The Stag is next to the amply named ‘Stag Stop’ for the number 1 bus that travels throughout the day between Cowes and Newport. Its location is ideal for guests wanting to see what the various towns have to offer, without the use of a car. For full timetable information please visit the bus company website.



“We visited here on our last night and what a shame we didn’t try it earlier. Food was 5* staff was very friendly and welcoming.” – July 2021


“The rooms are well presented, comfortable and well appointed. The food on offer is also extremely tasty, and excellent value with generous portions. I can’t say enough about the staff, as they were brilliant. We would stay again in a heartbeat. Highly recommended. Oh, and the Haggis and neeps is awesome!” – July 2021


“Wow! What a gem is The Stag! Booked online based on raving reviews – it lived up to them and beyond!” – August 2020


“Great meal. Plenty to choose from on menu and with a specials board menu what’s not to like. Great selection of drinks. All Covid rules adhered to. Highly recommended”  – December 2020

Contact info

The Old Stag, 2 Cowes Rd, Newport PO30 5TW, UK

01983 522709

[email protected]

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