“ Binstead Road, Binstead, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 3RD. Tel:0871 917 0007 „
The Fleming Arms is my local pub right here in sunny Binstead. Binstead is just outside of Ryde and if you are coming to the Isle of Wight via the Portsmouth-Fishbourne car ferry, you are likely to drive straight past it.
Binstead really is nothing more than a neighbour to Ryde boasting little more than a village shop and a cemetery. It also has a pub - The Fleming Arms. Unlike many other village pubs, The Arms is welcoming and inviting giving a bright and warm atmosphere.
The pub is much better known these days as more of an eatery - more about that later. The pub contains a host of ales and lagers at quite expensive prices. Most beers come in at around the three pound mark - which when you think that Spoons is only down the road is asking a lot of the local populace in these hard times. There have been occasions when I've just been in there for a pint and then the barman is almost begging me to stay for another! Hard times indeed.
The bar also sells sweeties which is quite different if you want a mars bar to dunk in your Guinness. The bar also has a pool table and a dart board. There is ample seating in the bar area. It has been decorated with the usual horse brasses and local pictures. The loos are always clean and tidy and I've never really had to complain about much about the place.
The food is probably what makes the pubs money. I recently saw they were opening a 'salad bar' whatever that means. The menu is extensive and always excellent. The food is usually around the 8-9 pound mark which for the quality of the food produced is excellent value.
The pub puts on a carvery on a Sunday which is always excellent. Usually coming in at around £7.95, this carvery is different because you can help yourself to as much meat as you like. Most carveries limit your meat - tight-wads!
Recently The Arms have been offering a main and a pudding for £5. This has been excellent and I have been there with Sarah quite a number of times. We have had curries, beef and Yorkshire pudding followed by cheesecake and bread and butter pudding.
Whether you are a local of just visiting, The Fleming Arms is well worth a look in.