Gef’s Hidden Gems: The Ginger Hall


The Ginger Hall AKA ‘The Ginge’ is a local landmark. The majestic building has stood proud on the TT course since the 1800’s, and it has continuously traded as a hotel and pub to this date. A local to the Sulby massive, a hotspot for TT revellers and a top drawer stop off on a TT bus/coach pub crawl – the Ginge is a firm fave on the Island pub scene.

Just a few months ago one of Gef’s favourite raconteurs, Ben Sowrey, took the Ginge by the helm and has since transformed the place into a desirable destination for not only a quick bev up North, but for a full affy out.

The ambience

The dining room out the back has had a glorious refurb.Light, airy, but v homely – you know that feeling you get when you sit down at your Nan’s dining table ready for a coma-inducing feed? That’s the feeling you get sitting down in the Ginge.There’s a full play area out the back so you can rid yourself of the nippers – gloriously situated within a beautiful garden (full of V dece conkers at the minute…FYI)

The food

Hailed as the Isle of Man’s answer to Gordon Ramsey (by us, and his Dad) local lad Matt Kneen has taken up the deserving position of Head Chef.Combined, Matt and Ben have nailed the menu, offering up some fckn delighful pub classics, alongside some more fancy gastropub-esque dishes, all homemade and genuinely delicious.There’s a good selection of veggie and vegan dishes too and they’re well equipped to deal with all dietary requirements, just let ’em know before you arrive and they’ll sort you out.Last week, Ben and Matt kindly invited us down for a Gef family meal, and we’ve been dreaming of the exceptional fodder ever since.For those who like to get their perve on to food pics (we’re not judging, aubergine emoji) here are our meals in full HD…Matt's Steak Pie‘Best. Pie. Ever. Perfect balance of moist-ness and flavour and filling and the pastry was perfect and I want another one now even if it is only 10am, please ta’

Fish & Chips

‘The cod was bigger than my head’


‘The Beetroot & Goats Cheese tart was something else. It made me feel wholesome’ 

Chicken Dinner

‘Honestly the best roast potatoes I’ve ever had – and the GRAVY!!! I COULD’VE DRANK IT – AND IT WAS ALL GLUTEN FREE’ 

Chicken Goujons

‘Proper moist chicken goodness – Maccies chicken selects eat your fckn heart out’ 


‘The arancini were actual balls of heaven’

Fyn & Tonic

‘The blackberries garnishing my Autumn Fynoderee bowl of gin were honestly like plums’

The verdict

In short, the boys are smashing it.Sowrey/Kneen Hospitality – 11/10Food (especially Matt’s Steak Pie) – 11/10Autumn Fynoderee with all of the trimmings – 11/10Give ’em a ring on 897231 and get booked in for the feed of your life xvar bannersnack_embed = {“hash”:”bu5wh4gym”,”width”:672,”height”:280,”t”:1548694738,”userId”:38193901,”responsive”:true,”type”:”html5″};//

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