The Buddle Inn is in a delightful spot, a characterful old inn nestling in the undercliff and with southerly sea views. The new terraced patio takes full advantage of the vista and is a glorious evening sun trap.
Matt and Cat took the opportunity of a friend's birthday party at the pub to try out the food. No birthday cake, but none was required after your reviewers stuffed themselves on the Buddle's fine fare.
The menu has a better than average choice for a pub and with slightly higher than average prices. There was plenty to choose from the specials board including the intriguing Buddle Pie. Matt chose traditional haddock and chips and, when compared to the plates of their ten dining companions, Matt won the Biggest Dinner of the Night prize. Not one, but two, pieces of haddock were served up with plenty of home cooked chips and fresh petit pois, washed down with some very well-kept local beer.
Cat's chicken supreme was restaurant-worthy fare. A delightful chicken breast cooked in a white wine and tarragon sauce served with sauteed potatoes and tiny whole carrots, with asparagus spears draped artfully across the meat. It was sublime. Matt and Cat's companions were equally delighted with their food and all were impressed with the speed and friendliness of the service.
Cat's eyes were drawn to the array of delicious looking sweets and, once the chicken supreme had had time to settle, she chose a slice of exquisite lemon and lime cheesecake. A generous helping served with ice-cream, the cheesecake could not have been faulted. None of your usual crusty-edged yellowing cake here - it was deliciously fresh and tangy.
The Buddle Inn is a proper pub that is not pretending to be a posh restaurant - and yet serving up food that more than does justice to the setting. A lovely spot to have a lovely meal.
UPDATE: Matt and Cat revisited the Buddle Inn recently as part of a large party, looking forward to their pre-ordered Christmas lunch. Once again, the food was excellent; Matt's roast beef was one of the best he had ever tasted and was accompanied by plenty of fresh vegetables. Cat's starter of beef tomato stuffed with goat's cheese served on a bed of young spinach leaves and drizzled with balsamic vinegar was delicious. However, despite the quality of the food and the fact that they had given the pub their menu choices a week in advance, the service was very slow. Also, three scoops of vanilla ice cream served without even a wafer, let alone sauce, is usually the sort of sweet offered to children in the most unimaginative of venues; the Buddle could have done better with both their timing and their pudding.
Categories: We like, Pub Grub, Family friendly, Ventnor area
All the very best,
Kim & Jon aka The Onion & The Cabbage
While sitting on the patio supping on our ales (Kim was surprised to see Foster's even though she was 10,000 miles from home - she's a delectable Aussie babe!) and looking out to sea, we saw a chap park up, walk across to the Inn and enter by a side door. We saw him again while waiting for the ferry back to the mainland -he was one of the car passengers waiting in line to get on. He was so interesting looking that we knew we had to give him a similarly unique name so my partner Kim settled on Cicero Treacletops!!!! And that's how that came about. Good eh?
All the best,
Jon & Kim :-)
I ordered the lemon sole and it was inedible, the fish on the top was wet and the underneath looked like tripe! which put me right off, so I left it and filled up on my friends left over scampi. My husband had a crab salad which he said was 'ok but not great'. The plus points were the nice chunks of fresh bread and the starters of whitebait and garlic mushrooms were quite tasty. We were so disappointed with the main course that we didn't bother staying for desert.
Service was friendly but uninterested.
Its a good thig the ferry prices are high with this crew around.
My own experience (I am a northerner and proud of it) of the Buddle is that although the food is passable the staff can't handle the amount of people who want food. We waited 50 minutes to be served and another hour until we got our food. Can you blame people being a little irate?
Saw this review on Beer In The Evening
18 years ago, this was the first pub my wife & I dined at whilst on honeymoon.
I would like to take her again but is it any good?
The pub was dark & looked grubby. We asked if children were welcome in the bar area & despite us being the only people at the bar, we were totally ignored……now I know that my legs in shorts can be distracting but manners please!!!
Even the front beer garden looked untidy with weeds growing at the side of the pavement.
Maybe the new owners need a little time to sort things out…….
Will try again next year on my 19th Wedding Anniversary (see previous comment)
My legs in shorts are such a sight that people have been known to loose the power of speech!!!
My local here in sunny Norfolk has been an inn since the 14h century & is very “Traditional” with small windows & little natural light but the landlord has invested in really good lighting which really adds to the general atmosphere of the place. When I visited the Buddle last week it really was very dim – not sure if any lighting was on, but it seems to me that the natural light is just not enough especially on a cloudy day.
As you know we really wanted to eat here but when I saw dirty tables & grubby floors with bits of food (crisps?) scattered around, it did put us off……………may be we caught them on a bad day.
I must say the food is no longer like it use to be I had fresh fillet of Haddock and Chips but to be honest with you I have had better box jobs. £9.25 I would expect a decent bit of fish for that also the Mrs had a jug of Prawns they were tasteless they must have been frozen for ages.
The only good thing I can say is that the pub was decorated the best for Halloween
unlike most other places which did not seem to do much for Halloween.
We will return because of the setting of The lovely Buddle Inn but it would be nice
if the food could improve, we may only return for drinks in the future and crisps.
We got a distinct impression the place is relying on its' so called reputation & recent exposure on Clare Balding TV cycle programme. We will not be returning
Took our son and d-in-law to the Buddle for lunch last week.
Son described gammon as 'not very nice' Daughter in law's crab salad was 99 % salad with a small spoon of crab on the side. Husband's pie was 'ok' My ham,eggs and chips was horrible.Chips edible. Eggs tiny. Ham was slimy , slightly green in colour and obviously dumped straight out of a pack of cellophaned supermarket (basics level) v thin cut ham.The slices were still all stuck together.
On pointing this out I was told that the ham was maybe a funny colour because of the heat in the kitchen.
When going to pay my husband brought this matter up again he was told he could have a free half pint. Resisting this he was eventually grudgingly given a £5 refund.
We are residents and will not be returning.
I should add we were warned !
All-in-all the place just oozed the feel-good factor from every pore - and a full programme of live entertainment to add to the warmth of the venue.