Travellers Joy – Northwood, Cowes

85 Pallance Road, Northwood, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 8LS, United Kingdom


01983 298024

Bar 12.00-24.00 With Food Served 12.00-21.00


Ashley & Katie invite you to The Travellers Joy, renowned for its fine selection of real ales, with an increasing reputation for fantastic pub food and possibly the best fish and chips on the Isle of Wight. We use locally farmed and caught produce wherever possible prepared by Ashley himself.

You’ll be guaranteed an excellent pub dining experience!

Renovations are well underway in order to provide a pub for cyclists, walkers & families including dogs, with a bike rack, local walks and a brand new landscaped garden with children’s play area has now been completed.

Our new kitchen is now in place and fully functioning.


We have a brand new dining room which has already turned out to be a roaring success for private functions:  for an Engagement & possibly a wedding; for Christmas; for Birthdays; for wine or ale tasting; for meetings and for locals and friends, just because.


We can provide anything from: buffets; set menus of all varieties from 2 to 5 courses; curries; country themed nights or simply the room to have your own private DJ or music to drink and dance the night away.


Courtesy of Derek & Ruth who ran the pub between 1989 and 2013 and did a tremendous amount of research, thus leaving us a fantastic history of the Travellers Joy Pub;

Research has shown that a Mr. William Pope was born in the Travellers Joy, Tinkers Lane, Northwood in 1799, (The name of the road was changed to Pallance Road sometime during 1939.). The Popes kept the pub from at least 1799 to 1835 and most likely into the 1860’s. William died in 1859 and his wife, Fanny, died in 1866.According to the deeds of the pub there has been an alehouse on the site for some 300 years when it was a row of cottages. 

IconsThe alehouse was originally located at one end of the row and was relocated several times from cottage to cottage. During the excavation for the footings of the pool room extension in 1987 several implements were discovered which intimated that some kind of wood crafting cottage existed next to the present pub. 

In an application for a license in 1904 in the name of Mrs. Preece the premises were rebuilt at a cost of between £700 & £800. The distances to the nearest pubs then were: The Horse Shoe Inn 1mile, The Flower Pot Inn 1mile 1 furlong, The Gurnard Hotel 1&1/2 miles, The Stag Inn 2miles 1 furlong, The Foresters Inn 2miles 3 furlongs. There was only one house within a mile. Mrs. Ellen Hurzza Preece stated that her father held the place for 35 years and she had held for 6.

mince-piesA map printed on War Substitute Paper dated 1939 shows Tinkers Lane scored through and Pallance Road typed in its place. The current pub has been extensively extended over the years and now features a conservatory, pool room in addition to the bar areas which were part of the occupiers accommodation. The current lounge area used to be the front room and the area behind the bar was their lounge. Locals can remember such idiosyncrasies as a paraffin heater in the centre of the bar being used as the only form of heating, a mynah bird which so upset a visiting darts team that they set it alight! And don’t forget the 2 ghosts: one, an old chap wearing a flat cap who gets quite mischievous at times; the other, a lady wearing old fashioned dress who appears when the decorating is being carried out. 

The garden now boasts a Petanque terrain (a peculiar type of the French game Boulle) a pets’ corner, play area and patio. There is also a large car park. The Travellers has, for several years, been winner and runner up of the Isle of Wight Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale Pub of the Year and operates a “try before you buy” policy.

We received an email in January 2005 from Ray Jolliffe who lives in Canada informing us that during the 2nd world war his father was too old for the army so he joined the Home Guard which gave him and a chap called Ray Tarrant a lot of time on their hands. At one time they had to defend the area of Pallance Road against the real army, so they made their base the Travellers Joy where they took up residence in the bar, drinking the local tipple (probably Burts) When unannounced, the CO arrived outside. To avoid him they leapt over the bar and disappeared out through the back door into the night. The outcome of the night was that real army got to Carisbrooke Castle and back to whence they had come and never saw a member of the Home Guard.

Ray then goes on to say “I’m surprised that the Travellers Joy still exists as it was only a very small pub, a bit like the Falcon Inn”. Well, Ray we are still here trying to eke an existence in our own little way. If anyone has any other anecdotes concerning the Travellers we would love to hear from you. “

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