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The King Lud (Craft Union Pub Co. (part of Ei Group [formerly Enterprise Inns]))

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Otter - AmberExcellent1
Yates' (Isle of Wight) (some beers brewed at Goddards) - Undercliff ExperienceGood1
Goddards - Ale of WightGood1
Island Brewery - Wight KnightGood1
Hook Norton - Old HookyAcceptable1
Fuller's - Gale's HSBNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Island Brewery - Yachtsman's AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The King Lud, Ryde, Isle of Wight

Visits Details

14 May 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. The Pearl Izumi Tour Series Cycle Race had just ended and the Esplanade was clearing up and was crossable again. Plastic glasses in use - beer is disgusting out of plastic.
Hook Norton - Old Hooky4.60AcceptableA half downed in one and outta this place, as served in plastic
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
06 Apr 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Pub ticked all the boxes (Island LocAle, a gravity cask on counter, CAMRA discount) bar just one - actually getting served. Arrived 2054, barman appeared at 2058 and said he was closing at 9 and could not serve me as the chairs to one side had already been placed on tables. What hogswash and the height of commercial inflexibility.
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
Island Brewery - Yachtsman's Ale4.20Not TriedThis I should have chosen had I been able. There was a cask of this on the counter top
06 Feb 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Open Mic Slot evening. Several good soloists with guitar.
Island Brewery - Wight Knight4.50Good
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
24 Sep 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Return visit 2120 hours. Doors locked but opened for me - quite a crowd in probably from a local hotel wanting a proper pub and not a hotel bar. Barman had considered closing up just before they and I arrived.
Otter - Amber4.00ExcellentReally could not decode the flavours in this - probably a sweet pineapple taste!?
Goddards - Ale of Wight3.70Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
24 Sep 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
2025 hours visit - only 2 others in.
Goddards - Ale of Wight3.70GoodVery light in colour
Otter - Amber4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
10 Jul 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
1925 hours visit. 10 or 12 in including several diners. Where are all the holidaymakers and daytrippers - I have not found them yet?
Yates' (Isle of Wight) (some beers brewed at Goddards) - Undercliff Experience4.10GoodA dry and balanced tasty beer which grew on me. Not time for a second
Goddards - Ale of Wight3.70Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried

About The King Lud

The pub sign. The King Lud, Ryde, Isle of Wight

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2DY.

A real old seaside sea front tourist venue virtually opposite the pier and railway station. One can only imagine the thousands of seasiders who have been in here in its various past guises. Fully carpeted and not too large. One long bar on the left. The licensees at July 2012 are keen on their real ale and always some Island brews on sale as they should be. Real ale and cider sold through the 5 handpumps and the occasional counter top gravity cask. A couple of ciders on handpump usually. Discount for card carrying CAMRA members. Beware - often closes early if it judges business to be light.

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 8 different beers and tried 5 of them.

Map location

Postcode: PO33 2DY