The Stag is a family run pub in Northwood that prides themselves on their freshly prepared dishes and ‘honest pub grub’. Located on the main road between West Cowes and Newport, it’s garden offers a lovely view over the Medina River. The pub offers a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with 4 recently decorated rooms. The location is perfect for a number of different activities, and the pub itself offers a comfortable and inviting stay. Stuart, a broad Scotsman and his team will welcome you to a beautifully decorated pub with a lovely, fenced garden and well kitted out bedrooms.
Within 30 minutes you can walk to Parkhurst Forest, or complete the loop that takes you down The Red Squirrel Trail (former steam train line), a lovely route along the Medina River where you may even get a glance of the infamous red squirrel. The Stag is also a walk (or drive) away from Gunard, Cowes, Newport, The Wight Military And Heritage Museum and Northwood Newsagents – perfect for picking up your morning paper.
Stuart, manages all aspects of the business, with some help from his wife and Mum. Both Stuart and his wife can often be seen front of house serving locals a pint of their favourite ale, or in the kitchen cooking up a feast for a family celebrating a special occasion.
A far cry from the city pub scene of Edinburgh, Stuart grew up on the Island, and it was over here that he met his wife. After several years running pubs back in Scotland and a tapas bar in Spain, the draw of the Island proved too much, so they relocated back and took on The Stag.
Everyone is welcome at The Stag, from walkers, families, couples and even four legged friends.
FOOD & DRINKS
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, fish Friday’s and steak and wine night – 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.
Take advantage of the perfect location to sip a cold beverage whilst looking out over the Medina River with the sunsetting behind you.
FOOD SERVING HOURS
Food is served between 11-14.30 & 16.30 -20.00 Monday – Thursday, 10am-9pm on Friday and Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday’s
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. It’s 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 – 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