The Blenheim pub, located on the High Street in Ventnor, has a rich and extensive history in the town. 

It was once the haunt of Sir Winston Churchill, who holidayed frequently in Ventnor and used the pub as his watering hole. The Churchill connection is reflected in the name, Blenheim, which refers to the statesman’s birthplace. This is the reason for the wealth of Churchill memorabilia on display on the walls.

The popular pub was once referred to as ‘number 10’, due to it being the meeting place for all the town’s dignitaries and the place where all matters vital to the town were discussed. The Blenheim was originally a wine merchants, and the cellar underneath the pub still has the original numbered bays where the wine was once stored.

Moving to more recent times, the pub was taken over by Debbie Cardwell in December 2016, and subsequently underwent a full refurbishment. This included a full kitchen, to enable fresh home cooked food to be served. Customers can come for breakfast from 9 to 11am, lunches are between 12 and 2pm and evening meals are served from 5 to 8pm. Traditional Sunday roasts  are available on Sunday afternoons from 12 until 4pm.

The Blenheim has a Heineken Smart Dispense system in its cellar, which provides customers with cold beer and cider of the best quality.

Fridays and Saturdays are music nights, with a live DJ or band to entertain the patrons. There are also poker nights and quiz nights. All major sporting events shown on Sky Sports and BT Sport are transmitted live on the pub screens. Please check the Blenheim Facebook page to see exactly what’s on when searching for evening or weekend entertainment as it is regularly updated with the latest events.

Colin Clarke
Author: Colin Clarke