The Folly Inn on the Isle of Wight, is a popular and fantastic destination for après messing about in boats. In fact this pub is pretty much only accessible by boat. Which means The Folly Inn is very popular with both yachties and motor-boaties alike. Especially in summer months. Even taking a water taxi here is possible. Boat type aside, anyone able to make it up the banks of the River Medina (where the Folly Inn is sat, just along from Cowes & Osborne House) is in for a treat.
The Folly Inn is all about fun, and for this reason is one of my favourite pubs in the UK. Go there on a Saturday night and you’ll find a live band or similar entertainment rocking the house. They’ll serve you really decent pub-food. But come 9pm-ish the mandatory dancing on tables begins. Everyone single person in the Folly gets up and on it.
Be sure to have finished your dinner by this point since any plates left on the table will be trampled on.
Just after you think you’ve had the most amusing night in a pub the real fun starts. This is when various yacht / motor-boat crew attempt to get back to their boats which are moored-up somewhere very close to the Folly Inn. However, the ability to row/start cold-outboards etc. is totally lost after a night dancing on tables. Hilarity ensues and several people end up in the drink.
All in all a great destination after a day on the Solent.