Islanders have been reminiscing about Isle of Wight pubs and bars from years gone by.

Whether they are still open under a new name or have been demolished, the County Press has delved into the archives to look at a few of those mentioned.

On Facebook, we asked 'which Island bar do you miss the most?'.

We've already done one story on your top pubs from the past, but we had so many entries we've decided to do another!

So, here's to (another) trip down memory lane!

Princess Royal, Newport

Isle of Wight County Press: The Princess Royal in 2005.The Princess Royal in 2005. (Image: IWCP)

Once a back street pub not far from the centre of Newport, Princess Royal is now houses. 

In its heyday, the pub, on Cross Lane, showed live sports and had a pool table.

It closed its doors around 2015 and by 2016 it was converted to homes.

Isle of Wight County Press: A house now stands on what used to be the Princess Royal.A house now stands on what used to be the Princess Royal. (Image: IWCP)

Slide to have a look at what the pub used to look like and what it looks like now...

Lloyds and Chicago Rock, Newport

Before becoming Fever and Boutique, the building in Newport's Multiplex was occupied by Wetherspoons, Lloyds, and then a Chicago Rock.

As Chicago Rock, it was a party hotspot at night and by day, it was a cafe.

Lloyds closed not long after Man in the Moon - another Wetherspoons - opened in Newport High Street.

To this day, the building on Coppins Bridge is still a popular place to dance the night away.

Isle of Wight County Press: Chicago RockChicago Rock (Image: IWCP)

Isle of Wight County Press: Lloyds, NewportLloyds, Newport (Image: IWCP)


Shoulder of Mutton, Newport

A once familiar site on the corner of Coppins Bridge, Newport, Shoulder of Mutton has since been demolished.

The building itself was knocked down in 2011 but the pub, which also operated as the Publican, was closed years before that.

Read more: 5 popular Isle of Wight pubs most missed by Islanders

After the demolition, developers wanted to build a block of flats but plans never came to fruition.

Today the site has been left derelict.

Isle of Wight County Press: Shoulder of Mutton, NewportShoulder of Mutton, Newport (Image: Barry Cant/IWCP archive)

Isle of Wight County Press: Former Shoulder of Mutton site.Former Shoulder of Mutton site. (Image: Google Maps)

The Countryman, near Brighstone

Isle of Wight County Press: The Countryman, near BrighstoneThe Countryman, near Brighstone (Image: Google Maps)

Isle of Wight County Press: New homes being built on the former Countryman pub in 2021.New homes being built on the former Countryman pub in 2021. (Image: Google Maps)

After closing its doors, the former Countryman pub, near Brighstone sat derelict for a number of years.

In 2013 planning permission was granted to change the use of the building to a single residential dwelling.

In 2020, the County Press reported the building had been demolished.

Fast forward to today and the land is now occupied by homes.