Colby Glen - pub food was very disappointing & expensive. Staff although attentive initially delivered poor service. Food was extremely expensive £14 for a steak that was not cooked to order and was completely tasteless. I regularly eat out and enjoy trying different pubs. I would not recommend this pub as although the chef obviously did not like the food being returned he came to the table and allowed my family to feel that we were the problem. Customer service was poor and although the young staff at the bar were helpful, the delivery of the food was poor. If you are looking for a tatsy steak at reasonable cost, JAKS in Douglas is absolutely Supreme. The quality and service is outstanding. i live locally to the Colby and will not be rushing back and receommending to friends to visit. i will not rate this as not good enough.
I am a CAMRA member,and have lived in the Isle of Man for several years,having moved from the beer desert of Blackpool. In my opinion,good pubs in the isle Of Man are few and far between.The good beer guide pubs here would probably not make the guide if on the mainland. Starting with,in my opinion,the best,The prospect,in Douglas.This can be found approx 5 mins walk from the promenade,and sea terminal.it is an Okells pub,(main iom brewery).it is an imposing pub from the outside.On entering ,the pub is wood panelled throughout,with a long bar to front and side.pLenty of seating ,popular with the banking and legal fraternity at lunchtimes.Up to three guest ales are served.The prospect also has cask marque accreditation. Next pub is The Queens Hotel,on the promenade.Also an okells pub.There is a large seated outdoor area,heated on colder days.Entering the pub,there is a public bar area,and a lounge.Two ever changing guest beers are served,the pub also having cask marque.The food here is excellent,but being the Isle Of Man,pricey. Third pub is a short bus ride out of town to The Railway,in Union Mills.A traditional Isle of man pub,popular with locals.Three guest ales are served here,mainly from smaller independent brewers.The pub is on the main TT course. Other pubs worthy of note are The Sidings,in Castletown,which hosts beer festivals regularily,and The Creek,in peel,also hosting regular beer festivals.
One of the best pubs for food on the Isle of Man is the Queens Hotel on Queens Promenade, Douglas. It has recently been refurbished and is very popular with young & old. The food menu is not vast and is simple. It has things on it like Fish & Chips, Steak & Ale pie, Chicken Curry as well as lighter bites and snacks. The food is out of this world though and although a little expensive - is well worth the money. The plates are certainly full to the max! My favourite has to be the Chicken Curry. Made with real chicken and real ingrediants it is absolutedly delicious. Served with Chips or Rice & Prawn Crackers - it was a rare occasion I could finish it! The sunday dinners are also of the same quality - HUGE & lots of it. The only problem is on a Sunday - like the rest of the Isle of Man - they stop serving at 4pm - so you have to be there in good time. There are plenty of tables inside and outside now - as they have 3 large outside heated canopies. This is a good pub for real ales as well and they normally have 2 different ones on which are changed regularly. Pool & Darts are available and tvs are always on in the bar & lounge showing the latest football match, or sport of the day.
There is one main brewery in the Isle of Man and they have the monopoly with about 95% of the pubs on the Island, the rest being mainly free houses. My father spent 8 years working for the Isle of Man brewery as a pub manager and I spent a number of years working behind the bar in the Isle of Man also. So I feel confident that I can give some pointers when it comes to finding a pub in the Isle of Man. The pubs that I am going to talk about can all be found in Douglas which is the Isle of Man's capital. There are number of pubs that can be found on the North Quay in Douglas. This area can be easily found due to its proximity to the sea-terminal for the Isle of Man ferry. This building can be described as looking like a giant lemon-squeezer so you should be able to notice it and in turn find the North Quay. Pubs I would recommend on North Quay are The British. The Bridge Inn, The Railway and The Wheatsheaf. These pubs are quite traditional and most of them serve food as well during the day. Due to the small population, alot of the pubs can be very quiet, especially during the winter. At the weekend you will see a lot of people generally moving along the pubs listed above, moving towards the town centre and then onto the center of the promenade. This is where most people end up due to the fact this where most of the nightclubs are. Its not a bad idea just to follow the crowd! Pubs I would avoid on the North Quay are The Saddle, The Albert(especially) and The Clarendon, some of these pubs are very unfriendly with alot of troublemakers frequenting them. As you move into the centre of town other good pubs to look out for are Strand 58, Quids Inn and Jaks. Starnd 58 is quite a modern bar and has recently been refurbished, its popular with lots of younger people. Quids Inn is one of my favourites. It costs one pound to get in but every drink is priced at a pound, thus if you stay there long enough you can drink alot and not spend too much money. Jaks is another trendy bar, it also has a pool table and a good TT bike simulation that you can play. Other pubs that you may come across that aren't bad are, The Cat with No Tail, the Terminus Tavern and the Queens. All these pubs are good too, although these are more spread around Douglas. The cost of drinks in the Isle of Man isn't to bad when compared to the rest of the UK so when you go you should be able to find somewhere nice to drink. Enjoy yourself!