Isle of Wight Trip – Day 1 (Yarmouth – The King’s Head)

We thought it’d be a nice idea to have a little walk around Yarmouth and by mistake Liam, Ross and myself fell into the King’s Head. It felt a warm and comfortable place, nothing modern, but it seemed sufficiently welcoming.

Well, I’m now becoming used to being disappointed by the beer selection, and there was no change here. Actually, I do like Timothy Taylor beers and Boltmaker is OK, but that’s about it, it’s OK. The beer was well kept and at the appropriate temperature, with a perfectly acceptable flavour. But the real ale selection was poor and the craft beer selection non existent.

The pub was near closing time when we were there, but they carefully called last orders and we didn’t feel rushed out. The pub is part of the local Character Inns estate and is one of their newer openings. EI, who own the pub, may have been lucky to find a decent tenant, as the local CAMRA branch said:

“We all know, that as far as rents are concerned, as long as a pub is empty, the cost to the group will never be recovered because nobody but a suicidal billionaire would take on an Ei lease at the same rent as the outgoing incumbent.”