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14th annual edition

HAMPSHIRE & ISLE OF WIGHT

A comprehensive guide to eating out in the region Restaurants • Cafés • Bars • Pubs • Hotels


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Welcome Welcome to the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Food & Drink Guide 2018. On the following pages you’ll find a wide range of options for eating out in the region. To help you make your selection, each review features a coloured tab to denote the restaurant’s location – just reference the map and key below. Mainland Hampshire

Burghclere Tadley

Tidworth

Yateley Farnborough

BD Basingstoke Hook Whitchurch Overton Andover

Fleet

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Axford Bentley South Alton Stockbridge Wonston EH Bordon Wn New An Alresford Liss Winchester Bishop’s Waltham Petersfield Eastleigh

Fordingbridge

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Horndean Totton Southampton Lyndhurst Fareham Ringwood Hythe Havant PS Brockenhurst NF Fawley Portsmouth New Milton Lymington Cowes NI Ryde Totland Newport EI Sandown

WI

Ventnor

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£30

An Andover BD

Basingstoke & Deane

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Farnborough

Wn Winchester EH

East Hampshire

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Southampton & Eastleigh

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Portsmouth & South Hampshire

NF New Forest Isle of Wight North NI Isle of Wight EI

East Isle of Wight

WI

West & Central Isle of Wight

Many of the reviews include a price tab. This is the typical cost per person you can expect to pay for two courses from the à la carte menu, plus a drink (unless otherwise stated). This is for guidance purposes only and prices may vary. Restaurants featuring this symbol have both disabled access and a toilet suitable for wheelchair users (this information has been provided by the restaurants in question and should be confirmed prior to visiting). Restaurants featuring this symbol have accommodation.

You’ll notice that some restaurants in the guide have an 084 telephone number. Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Just like the weather, ownership, opening times and prices are subject to change throughout the year. Have a look at our website – www.foodanddrinkguides.co.uk – to see reviews of restaurants nationwide and to request other regional Food & Drink magazines.

Contents Foreword ...................2 Fine Dining.................3 Modern British...........8 British.....................19 Modern European.... 32 Seafood...................34 Bistro......................35 Italian.....................40 Tapas.......................41

Spanish ................... 43 Mediterranean.........43 Greek......................46 Grill.........................46 Wine Bar..................47 Gastropub................48 Bar & Restaurant .....56 Tearoom...................64 Café & Restaurant....65

Café.........................67 Farm Shop & Deli.....69 Farm Shop & Café...70 Traditional...............70 Indian....................101 Thai.......................103 World Cuisine.........105 Chef Profi les..........106 Index .....................108

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Canningford House 38 Victoria Street Bristol BS1 6BY t: 0117 927 7167 e: editor@foodanddrinkguides.com w: www.foodanddrinkguides.com Editor Hannah Burton-Grieve Senior Editorial Assistants Joele Forrester, Robbie Masters Editorial Assistants Tori Sharpe, Elle England, Jess Maples, Maddie Chapman Graphic Designer Sally Bufton Photography Jason Mardell (www.jasonmardell.photography), Sean Dillow (www.thebigcheesephotography.com), Jason Swain (www.jasonswain.co.uk) Contributors Ian Burton, Gina Clarke, Katie Dancey-Downs, Faith Eckersall, Olivia Greenway, Barbara Large, Liisa Lehtio, Jayne Masters, Sara Mills, Les Robertson, Jennie Saul, Joe Sharpe, Helen Summer, Tracy Willoughby Project Manager Joe Packer Advertising Sales Matt Brentley, Simon Northcott, Tim Hall, Emma Filby, Paul Balshaw, Emma Clarke, Sam Terrett, Tara Hennell Published by Food & Drink Guides Ltd Publisher Sam Collins Managing Director Robin Fry

The cost of producing this guide has been met by advertising revenues from the restaurants featured within. We only include restaurants that we know, from either experience or recommendation, provide a quality service, and our journalists review the majority of the establishments. However, some reviews are supplied by third parties, and no review in this guide should be taken as a direct recommendation by Food & Drink Guides Ltd. Printed June 2018.

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David Wykes I believe food and dining out are all about enjoyment. Our aim at Verveine is to create superb food that is thoughtful, creative and most importantly, tastes sublime, and for this I feel very privileged to have my restaurant in Hampshire. We have a diverse landscape that produces a plethora of ingredients. From the vineyards of Danebury in the north to the stunning shellfish caught in the Solent, this county provides an infinite amount of inspiration for me. Verveine is now in its eighth year; we are constantly trying to evolve and innovate by investing in new technology, researching the latest cooking techniques, and searching for the best ingredients in Hampshire – that part is easy. Embracing new techniques really gives me the opportunity to play with ideas and ingredients that just a few years ago would not have been possible. We are often out and about in the local area foraging in the forest and surrounding countryside for elderflower, wild garlic and wild roses during the spring and early summer. You’ll find us knee-deep in mud looking for the freshest sea herbs down by the marshes and by mid autumn we are back in the same spot foraging for sloes to keep the gin stocks up through winter. We forage throughout the year, so the menu evolves as the seasons change and the county is blessed with new, exciting produce. One of my priorities is to keep our menu colourful and delicous year round. Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have undoubtedly influenced my cooking career, and therefore played a part in my decision to write a cookbook. We’re fortunate to be based in a part of the UK so rich in remarkable producers and growers, and I wanted to show readers how to use Hampshire’s finest to make the most of it. If you don’t fancy taking up your spot in the kitchen, let the county’s chefs do the work for you – this year’s Hampshire & Isle of Wight Food & Drink Guide is the perfect place to find your next great meal.

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Verveine

Fine Dining

 Location 98 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QE t: 0844 625 3579 w: www.verveine.co.uk e: info@verveine.co.uk As we arrived at Verveine, we were welcomed through the fishmonger’s shop at the front, which is also owned by chef and proprietor David Wykes. The fishmonger was a very promising sight – Adrian preps all the fresh fish for the restaurant and I could tell we were in for a treat. Once we were seated, restaurant manager Sally explained that we could dine from the à la carte menu or go all out with the blind tasting menu. We opted for the tasting menu, with a choice of up to ten course. The service was impeccable; sous chef Helen even came to our table to discuss any dietary requirements we might have. To start, we were treated to an enchanting amuse-bouche created to look like a raw egg but with a hidden surprise inside. Our first dish arrived at the table under a glass cloche shrouded in smoke. Our excitement built as the delicate smoked eel mousse with roast chicken skin, brown sauce and beer-pickled onion was revealed; its richness was balanced perfectly with the sweet onion and sharp sauce. Our next course of scallops with lava bread, porridge and Alsace bacon was a delight. The sweet scallops were perfectly caramelised and complemented the unique savoury porridge. Our third course comprised Mediterranean octopus, blood orange, pickled fennel and Campari on the Rocks. Next, we were treated to langoustine with smoked Parmesan agnolotti pasta and celeriac. This dish was the ultimate result of combining fine dining with comfort food. This was followed by West Country turbot with ponzu sauce, puffed rice and Japanese artichokes. The main highlight was the fillet of turbot, which was fresh as could be and came from the fishmonger next door. Next up came a bowl of lemon sherbet and liquorice ice cream – the perfect match of sharp lemon and aniseed flavours was a nostalgic palate-cleansing delight. Our final course was The Violet Beauregarde, a dessert inspired by the namesake in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Flavours of blueberries, bubble gum and violet in various forms, including an edible excerpt from the book and bubble gum scented water, were poured over the bowl and smoke began to bellow over our table releasing with it a beautiful aroma. Verveine presents sublime food that is fun and innovative and most of all, exciting to eat. We enjoyed carefully crafted, creative dishes in relaxed surrounds and left singing the award-winning restaurant’s praises. * Price represents the cost of the four-course tasting menu.

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£45

Open: Tues-Sat noon-2pm, 6.30pm-10pm Fishmongers Open: Tues-Sat 9am-3pm

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The Three Lions

 Location Stuckton, Nr. Fordingbridge, SP6 2HF t: 0845 468 1474 w: www.thethreelionsrestaurant.co.uk e: the3lions@btinternet.com Jayne and former Michelin-starred chef Mike Womersley are at the head of this family-run restaurant with rooms, which they have owned and run for over 20 years. A number of prestigious publications have rightly heaped praise on The Three Lions and its reputation precedes itself. Here, the style of cuisine is a tempered mix of classic British and French gourmet cooking. Everything is personally prepared and every ingredient is treated with the utmost respect. Between Tuesday and Friday, enjoy a kingly three-course lunch for just £24.50. Alternatively, in the evening, treat yourself to three courses of magnificent dinner fare for £29.50 from Tuesday to Thursday. The Lion’s Den offers en-suite bedrooms overlooking the peaceful forest, and two acres of garden that are completed by a sauna and hot tub. The Lion’s Retreat is a no-expense-spared luxury villa with five lavish bedrooms, a hot tub and a games room – perfect for parties of ten.

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£40

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Cambium

Fine Dining

 Location Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7RH t: 0845 468 1447 w: www.cambium-restaurant.co.uk e: stay@careysmanor.com

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If you’re looking to indulge in the heart of the New Forest then look no further than Cambium. Utilising the region’s best produce, including ingredients from the restaurant’s kitchen garden, head chef Alistair Craig’s (chef profile 106) dishes are elegantly presented with exquisite flavours.

£40 to

£50

Daubing deliciously sweet-roasted red pepper purée onto thick slices of crusty homemade bread was just the right way to start our gastronomic journey at Cambium. Taking a seat at the intimate side-by-side banquette seating, we enjoyed a chilled glass of sauvignon from the list, which celebrates British wine as well as both Old and New World specials. While soaking up the comfortable atmosphere, we admired interior designers Sue and Bonnie Stowell’s serene palette of mossy greens and gold alongside a canvas of hand-painted trees on white walls, gold oak-leaf partitions and bird prints. This light and bright restaurant is the perfect backdrop for Alistair’s fresh approach to cooking. Our starters were a classic example of the scope of his style. My plate of delicate pheasant egg with leek, brown shrimp and seaweed mayo boasted clean, distinct flavours. My partner’s smoked terrine was the opposite – confident and robust, with spicy chunks of chorizo, chargrilled sweetcorn and punchy spring onion. The surprises kept coming. My partner’s lamb arrived beautifully blushing and stole the limelight. My brill had a light, crispy skin spiced with cumin and chilli, and was paired with a cool yoghurt dip, cucumber pappardelle and the lightest bhajis I’ve ever tasted. The best was saved until last. My orange parfait, milk chocolate mousse and ginger cake was warming, spicy, rich and decadent. My partner’s slab of chocolate crémeux with caramel crisps and ice cream was equally indulgent. Our lovely waitress, Anna, has worked at Careys Manor Hotel for over 47 years and she had a plethora of knowledge. Cambium is a refreshing choice for foodies looking for something magical. Visit for fantastic flavours, flawless service and relaxing surrounds. Our only mistake was not booking a room so we could roll into bed afterwards.

Open: Tues-Fri 7am-10am, 7pm-9.30pm; Sat & Sun 8am-11am, 7pm-9.30pm

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The Black Rat  Location 88 Chesil Street, Winchester, SO23 0HX t: 01962 844465 w: www.theblackrat.co.uk e: reservations@theblackrat.co.uk

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£50

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Lunch Served: Sat & Sun noon-late Dinner Served: Mon-Sun 7pm-late

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In just over a decade since opening in 2007, The Black Rat has gone from strength to strength. It’s the second business venture from David Nicholson, who also runs The Black Boy, Hole and Bottle. Having received a Michelin star within a couple of years after opening, it is clear that this former pub is something special. The relaxed dining environment means that you are able to completely focus on head chef John Marsden-Jones’ superb creations. The building dates back to the 1700s, but also boasts 15th- and 16th-century features such as historic stonework, thick walls and low ceilings. The seamless blend of traditional decor with modern twists is reflected in the creative and exciting menus. The menu changes regularly, and relies on seasonal, local produce to evoke unique and special flavours that you won’t find anywhere else. Living up to its Michelin star, the winter menu we sampled featured five starters; the smoked eel enhanced by Alexanders, spätzle, Jerusalem artichoke and shallots was a highlight with stunning presentation. Mains included the earthy and sumptuous plate of ibérico pork presa, parsley, gnocchi, truffle and locally foraged mushrooms. For dessert, a twist on the classic chocolate gateau: chocolate marquise, yoghurt ganache, sloe gin, nougat and refreshing forest fruit sorbet proved the perfect treat. The seasonal dishes are designed to showcase incredible flavour combinations without being pretentious. The Black Rat’s four intimate, heated outdoor huts make for a quirky yet comfortable dining experience in the enclosed garden, and are the ideal place for al fresco dining. The upstairs bar is stocked with over 150 New World and Old World wines and special locally distilled gins that appeal to even the most discerning connoisseurs. Aperitifs and digestifs are knowledgeably recommended by highly professional staff, who are friendly and attentive without being intrusive. A private dining room above the restaurant sets The Black Rat apart and provides a more intimate experience. Seating between ten and 16 diners, it’s extremely popular with those looking to host an exquisite party, family gathering or business meeting. Tucked away from the rest of the restaurant, you’ll get to experience delicious modern British dining in a cosy and inviting setting with bespoke set menus. As one of only two Michelin-starred restaurants in Hampshire, The Black Rat is truly unique. *Accommodation at sister business The Black Hole.

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The Terrace Restaurant

Fine Dining

 Location The Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZL t: 0845 468 1436 w: www.montaguarmshotel.co.uk e: reservations@montaguarmshotel.co.uk If your idea of heaven is food created by a chef for whom the preparation, cooking and presentation are a lifetime’s passion, you’ve come to the right place. Chef Matt Tomkinson is a master of his craft (chef profile page 106). The rigour of his training and his love affair with food are demonstrated in every excellent dish that appears from The Terrace’s new kitchen. Many dishes feature ingredients from the restaurant’s beautiful garden. Our meal started with leisurely drinks – a non-alcoholic cocktail for me and Ringwood beer for my partner – while we perused the à la carte menu. Plates like the honey-roasted free-range quail’s egg with celeriac remoulade, and masala-spiced white asparagus intrigued us from the beginning. A perfect amuse-bouche of salmon, caviar and pressed cucumber hinted at the top-quality food that was to come. After deep consideration I chose the winter salad of grilled Cornish mackerel with toasted rye bread and verjus dressing to start. My partner chose spiced hand-dived Scottish scallops with cauliflower purée, apple coriander and cumin. For the main event my partner opted for Dan Smith’s late season lamb with braised and stuffed artichoke, fresh pasta and black garlic purée. My vegan option of roasted English cauliflower with sweet and sour-glazed chicory, toasted pine nuts and cauliflower purée exceeded my already high expectations. The sommelier expertly paired the wine, surprising my partner with a subtle Austrian white to accompany the scallops, and later, merlot. Dessert was just as wonderful and highlights the menu’s playful element – who wouldn’t want to savour Szechuan pepper ice cream, honeycomb crumble, or Seville orange soufflé? In the end, I couldn’t resist the salted caramel fondant with cider sorbet lolly and crème fraîche, while my partner joyously tucked into a delectable cheeseboard. The service is equally impressive. You’ll be greeted as a friend by the enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff. The Terrace encompasses everything a true fine dining establishment should, and is a sublime three-AA-rosette-awarded venue in which to dine. *Price represents the cost of a three-course meal from the set menu with a glass of wine.

NF

*

£70

Open: Tues 7pm-9.30pm; Weds-Sun noon-2.30pm, 7pm-9.30pm

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Brasserie Restaurant  Location The Langstone, Northney Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0NQ t: 0844 502 9283 w: www.langstonehotel.co.uk e: info@langstonehotel.co.uk

PS

The award-winning Brasserie restaurant at The Langstone Hotel upholds a long-standing reputation for first-class dining. Visitors arriving at the two-AA-rosette-awarded restaurant are instantly enamoured by its peaceful waterside location. This one-of-a-kind spot, overlooking Langstone harbour and estuary, sets the scene for a stellar dining experience where modern comfort, contemporary decor and a relaxed, informal atmosphere blend to create something spectacular.

£20 to

£30

Keeping a sharp focus on outstanding seasonal food and drink, head chef James Parsons delivers regularly changing menus that consistently delight. A typical bill of fare might see diners beginning with terrine of rabbit with pickled pear, carrot, ginger bread and celery tops, or grilled black pudding with bacon crumble, confit Open: egg yolk, warm brioche and mushroom ketchup, before pressing on to mains of Mon-Sat 6.30pm-9.30pm; 12-hour-braised blade of beef accompanied by carrot purée, girolle mushroom Sun 7pm-9pm and merlot jus. Menus regularly showcase fresh fish, such as skrei cod in red wine, served with squid ink mash, charred shallot and smoked cauliflower. Before picking up the bill, it’s always worth asking for a not-so-cursory glimpse at the dessert menu, where treats such as passion fruit panna cotta with coriander brittle and warm white chocolate, and chocolate mousse with honeycomb, bitter chocolate sponge and orange jelly will undoubtedly tempt you to stay a little longer.

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Hillside  Location 151 Mitchell Avenue, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1DR t: 01983 852271 w: www.hillsideventnor.co.uk e: mail@hillsideventnor.co.uk

EI

Hillside is located within a stunning 18th-century thatched country house, overlooking the Victorian town of Ventnor, with panoramic views across Ventnor Bay. The restaurant at Hillside fuses contemporary Scandinavian interiors with * £24 bold art and light-filled rooms, all in tasteful harmony with its Georgian origins. to With more pieces of contemporary art and sculpture than most specialised £28 galleries, Hillside’s constantly changing exhibition delights as much as it intrigues. The kitchen team is proud to be able to use home-grown produce from Hillside’s walled garden, where the extensive range of fruit and vegetables, together with island specialities, make the restaurant’s culinary experience stand out. Evening meals are served seven days a week and booking is essential. The seasonal menu of five starters, mains and desserts is served Tuesday to Saturday, and a Open: Tues-Sat 7pm-8.30pm two-course supper menu of signature dishes and a drink for £16 is served Sunday (last orders); and Monday evenings. All dishes showcase honest, freshly prepared signature Sun & Mon 7pm plates complemented by a carefully (pre-booked supper) chosen and very reasonably priced wine list. Choose a table in any of the art-filled rooms or perhaps dine on the sun-drenched garden terrace overlooking the sea. Hillside can accommodate up to 28 guests for breakfast, dinner and a wonderful night’s sleep. With its uniqueness and personal touch, it’s no surprise that booking at Hillside is essential. *£24 represents the cost of a two-course meal; £28 represents the cost of a three-course meal. 8

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The Swan Inn  Location Petworth Road, Chiddingfold, GU8 4TY t: 0844 625 3427 w: www.theswaninnchiddingfold.com e: info@theswaninnchiddingfold.com

EH £25 to

£30

Open: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm; Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 9am-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Fri 7am-9.30am, noon-3pm, 6.30pm-9.30pm; Sat 7am-10.30am, noon-3pm, 6.30pm-9.30pm; Sun 9am-10.30am, noon-3pm, 6.30pm-9pm

Located on the border of Hampshire and Surrey, this remarkable venue boasts a number of accolades, including two AA rosettes and four AA stars. The Swan Inn was also named Best Pub in Surrey at the National Pub & Bar Awards 2016 and in 2018 it was voted the 38th best among Estrella Damm’s Top 50 Gastropubs. Considering the restaurant has only been established for a few years, they’ve made quite an impact, proving the dedication, skill and creativity of both kitchen and front-of-house teams.

Located next to the beautiful South Downs, yet within a reasonable distance of London, The Swan Inn caters for loyal locals and those looking to escape the busy capital for the weekend. Start with the likes of beer-battered braised pork followed by pan-roasted cod served in crab bisque with saffron potatoes, spaghetti vegetables and mussels. If you fancy something sweet, look no further than the raspberry mousse with a chocolate éclair – an indulgent delight. On the last Tuesday of every month, diners are invited to immerse themselves in a four-course tasting menu complete with a welcome drink and wine pairings throughout the meal. This popular event is often fully booked up months in advance. Perhaps the pièce de résistance is the three-tier terraced garden where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch or evening meal – what could be better? Modern British

Beresfords  Location Balmer Lawn Hotel, Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7ZB t: 0844 502 9064 w: www.balmerlawnhotel.com e: beresfords@blh.co.uk

NF

Located within Balmer Lawn Hotel, Beresfords oozes sophistication, flair and personality. The food is an experience in itself, and each dish will take you on a journey. Innovative flavour pairings bring a new element to this dining experience. The combination of trout, lobster and citrus sabayon will ignite your tastebuds. Beresfords is known for its fine hospitality – you can be sure that you’ll be greeted like an old friend. From the moment you arrive you’re in for a gastronomic treat, and will immediately be tempted by the delectable English and French cheeseboard that’s on display.

£27 to

£43

It’s the finer details that set Beresfords apart: warm, fresh, homemade bread with homemade butter, unique black lava salt, and the personal touches that staff add to make any occasion special. Beresfords’ ethos centres on bringing people together and allowing them to indulge in sumptuous two-AA-rosette-awarded food in a relaxed atmosphere. Food Served: Mon-Sun Fantastic cuisine, an extensive noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-9pm wine cellar and expert hospitality can be enjoyed in the newly refurbished stylish restaurant. Whether you choose to stay at Balmer Lawn Hotel and dine in this exceptional restaurant, or visit for the food alone, you will immediately see why Beresfords has held a top spot on TripAdvisor for over two years. 10

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George & Dragon

Modern British

 Location The Square, Hurstbourne Tarrant, SP11 0AA t: 0844 502 8208 w: www.georgeanddragon.com e: info@georgeanddragon.com

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The 16th-century George & Dragon has a long history of offering fine hospitality. Located in a village steeped in history, this historic establishment has a fresh, contemporary feel but has lost none of its rustic charm. In addition to nine gorgeous en-suite rooms, the bar and kitchen are open to those in search of quality drinks and outstanding food. Local beverages are favoured – expect Winchester’s own Twisted Nose gin and HBT ale, which is made less than 100 metres from the pub – and fruits of the region from trusted suppliers are also showcased on the delightful menu. In using only the freshest ingredients, the talented kitchen team ensures that the menu stays current and seasonal.

£18 to

£30

The kitchen uses trusted, ethical and local suppliers, and the team forages as much of the produce as possible. It’s not unusual for the team to trade a pint with locals in exchange for pheasant or other treats to add to the daily specials menu. The modern British cuisine is executed with flair. A three-course meal might begin with venison Carpaccio and smoked parsnip purée, continue with confit of pork belly with Calvados cream sauce and fondant potato, and be rounded off with sticky toffee pudding, a spiced apricot macaroon, almond brittle and salted butterscotch sauce. For a lighter meal, plump for a salad of toasted quinoa, orange and pomegranate, or for a really hearty dish, look to the pub menu – the chef’s homemade pie and mash is always a popular option. A superb Sunday roast is served alongside the main menu, making the George & Dragon a perfect spot for an end-of-week treat. The daily shipping of fresh fish from Cornwall allows the head chef to create innovative seafood specials on a daily basis. Village inns don’t come much better than this. There is a reason why locals rave about this country pub; top quality drinks, impressive food and a community atmosphere are what the George & Dragon is all about. The beautiful beer garden is a suntrap in the summer and your four-legged friends are welcome. An inviting log-burner is popular during the colder months, giving the perfect opportunity to sit and enjoy a locally brewed pint whilst indulging in the delicious bar snacks. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the website for upcoming events.

Open: Mon-Sat 8am-11pm; Sun 8am-10pm

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The Olive Leaf  Location 48 Sea Front, Hayling Island, PO11 9HL t: 0844 625 3640 e: toniapepperell@hotmail.co.uk

PS

The Olive Leaf only opened in February 2018 but it has already been established as a must-visit spot by locals and visitors to Hayling Island. The owners saw huge potential in this beautiful building: the seating at the front overlooks the stunning seafront and the beer garden at that back is the perfect place to spend a sunny day. The Olive Leaf opened with the idea that this eatery should be experienced for special occasions, although, thanks to the fully stocked bar featuring wine, spirits, three real ales and IPA, you can visit for a quick tipple too.

£18 to

£24

Everything on the menu from the shortbread biscuits to the toffee sauce is homemade. From the seasonally changing menu, the roasted vegetable tarte Tatin with balsamic reduction and rocket comes highly recommended. For mains, try the Cajun blackened swordfish steak with rice and peas in a chilli and lime oil, and if you have room Open: Tues-Sun 11am-11pm for dessert then the dark chocolate Food Served: Tues-Sat and orange cheesecake is a must. noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm; The separate bar menu is served Sun noon-4pm throughout the day on weekends. This summer will see the addition of an outside bar, a pizza oven and barbecue in the spacious garden, as well as a converted caravan that sells Pepperelli’s ice cream, which any Hayling islander will tell you is the best. Modern British

The Jack Russell  Location Netherton Hill, Faccombe, Nr. Andover, SP11 0DS t: 0844 625 3697 w: www.thejackrussellinn.com e: enquiries@thejackrussellinn.com

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Recently refurbished, The Jack Russell has been transformed into an outstanding countryside retreat that produces excellent British dishes made using exclusively seasonal produce, often caught in Faccombe Estate. You can even host your own shooting party here, where the chefs will butcher your game on-site for you. The Jack Russell is keen to maintain its ethos of using only the freshest local produce possible. On the main menu you can expect to find starters like black pudding and venison Scotch egg, and Faccombe rabbit spring roll with julienne vegetables dressed with soy and sesame. Follow with a tender steak, or perhaps opt for seared fillet of hake with kale, brown shrimp and beurre blanc. Alongside the game options, vegans and vegetarians will find fresh seasonal dishes that are mouth-wateringly appealing.

£25 to

£40

The Jack Russell has four bespoke bedrooms in the main pub and a further 11 bedrooms in the shooting lodge; it’s the perfect place for a countryside getaway. The pub is dog-friendly too, so you can bring your four-legged friend along to enjoy the fresh country air, stunning surrounds and scrumptious food. With an attractive outside dining area and a cosy fireplace that’s perfect for chilly weather, this charming eatery delights diners and pub-goers all year round. Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, 6pm-9.30pm; Fri & Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm; Sun noon-7pm

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New Place Hotel

Modern British

 Location High Street, Shirrell Heath, SO32 2JY t: 0844 625 3347 w: www.newplacehotel.co.uk e: sales@newplacehotel.com

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This magnificent Grade I listed building was designed by celebrated architect Edward Lutyens and features landscaped gardens by Thomas Mawson, with input from Gertrude Jekyll. As soon as you walk through the wrought-iron gates of the New Place Hotel, you’re immersed in the picturesque 32-acre surroundings it’s renowned for. Executive head chef Mark Grieveson has produced an impressive menu that makes use of fresh, locally sourced produce and changes throughout the seasons. High-quality ingredients are spun into imaginative dishes that boast the type of flavoursome flourishes that make every mouthful memorable.

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‘...high-quality ingredients are spun into imaginative dishes...’ From the first sip of the Italian house wine to the last bite our desserts, the entire dining experience was exceptional. My partner chose to start with braised beef arancini enhanced by crispy onions and horseradish crème fraîche, while I opted for the smoked mackerel pâté and onion salad. My main was a pretty and delectable pearl barley risotto with roasted squash and pumpkin and sage and goat’s curd; it was a warming and tasty choice for a cold night. My partner chose the chargrilled pork rib-eye steak with unique beer mustard, beans, courgettes, Parmentier potatoes and spiced butter. With such an intriguing menu, it was hard to decide what to sample. It was the same with the puddings – all the classics but with a delicious twist. My decadent sticky toffee pudding was spiced with rum and accompanied by banana mousse and clotted cream. My partner was delighted with his cheeseboard, and tucked into creamy Stoney Cross, Isle of Wight Soft, and Brighton Blue, alongside plenty of crackers and a bunch of sweet grapes. With the option to enjoy its on-site gym, pool, croquet lawn and cricket pitch, the New Place Hotel is a glorious Hampshire haven for those looking for a glamorous getaway. A special afternoon tea is served from 3pm every day and you can also host events at the venue. With stunning surroundings, 33 different event spaces and charming bedrooms, you can fully immerse yourself in the Hampshire countryside and enjoy inimitable dining and hospitality. To make a reservation use Bookatable or call the hotel directly.

Bar Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-10pm Restaurant Food Served: Mon-Sun 6.30pm-9pm

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The Courtyard

 Location Southsea Castle, Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth, PO5 3PA t: 0844 502 9289 w: www.thecourtyardsouthseacastle.co.uk PS e: info@thecourtyardsouthseacastle.co.uk The Courtyard restaurant is set within the beautiful grounds of Southsea Castle. Open all year round for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, £20 to The Courtyard boasts one of the best locations – and views – in the city. With £25 an emphasis on fresh, local produce, every bit of the menu is prepared and cooked in-house, including a fantastic range of pastries, fresh bread and cakes. This summer sees the exciting new addition of the ‘table with a view’ dining experience, which allows guests to enjoy their delicious food and drink on the ramparts of the castle while taking in panoramic views of the Solent. The Courtyard’s brand-new cocktail bar launched this summer and has been designed to perfectly complement the evening sharing platter menu. Drinkers will find a tailored menu of both classic and modern cocktails available every Open: Tues-Sat 9.30am-11pm; day, with a special two-for-£10 offer on Wednesday and Thursday evenings Sun 9.30am-10pm from 5pm. Find dishes on the menu like caramelised chorizo and goat’s cheese on toast, the vegan Buddha bowl, and the classic Courtyard gourmet burger stacked high with bacon, chorizo, Cheddar, red onion, avocado, mayonnaise and pickled cucumber. This is also the ideal venue for corporate hire, private parties, weddings and Christmas parties. They offer a selection of tailored packages to complement any event – just contact the events team to discuss your requirements. Modern British

The Lismoyne Hotel  Location 45 Church Road, Fleet, GU51 4NE t: 0844 502 5212 w: www.lismoynehotel.com e: info@lismoynehotel.com

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At The Lismoyne Hotel both the restaurant and Bar 86 have an excellent reputation with locals and guests who stay in the beautiful hotel. Head chef Daniel changes the menu regularly to ensure fresh, seasonal produce is used and locals can sample the full benefit of this when visiting for celebrations, lunches, informal dinners and afternoon teas.

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‘...memorable dining experience...’ As an informal alternative, visitors can unwind in Bar 86 and enjoy a range of freshly prepared light snacks and old favourites. At Bar 86 you can enjoy a cocktail from the extensive list or perhaps you’ll choose from the selection of ten gins. Alternatively, sample one of the many wines available from the Food Served: varied range of Old and New World choices. Weather permitting, the outdoor Mon-Fri 6.45am-9.30pm; terrace is the perfect spot to Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays enjoy afternoon tea or perhaps 8am-9.30pm a three-course meal with family and friends overlooking the beautiful gardens that surround the 300-year-old Sequoia tree. You’re sure to instantly relax in this comfortable and inviting setting, which boasts delicious cocktails, lovely afternoon tea and a memorable dining experience. Make sure you visit the bar and restaurant, and if you fancy an overnight stay, the accommodation is sublime. 14

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The Chestnut Horse

Modern British

 Location Easton, Nr. Winchester, SO21 1EG t: 0844 502 4426 w: www.thechestnuthorse.com e: thechestnuthorseeaston@gmail.com The Chestnut Horse’s 16th-century premises captivate visitors from the moment they arrive. Its historic brick-and-timber exterior gives way to an atmospheric and welcoming interior, with many a nook and cranny for groups of friends and family to retreat to. Inside, The Chestnut’s olde-worlde ambience is enhanced by exposed brick walls, low beamed ceilings, open fires, a rich red and green colour palette, and rustic wooden furnishings. Outside, the pub’s decked dining area is a delightful suntrap vantage point from which to take in the beauty and tranquillity of the Itchen Valley. The bar offers a wide variety of drinks including local ale, spirits and wine to suit anyone’s tastebuds. The friendly and welcoming bar staff can also whip up a cocktail, like the Rhubarb Rockabilly with local Winchester gin, to whet your appetite. Whether you’re dining in the cosy restaurant or the relaxed bar area, visitors can’t help but feel at ease as they choose from a bill of predominantly modern British fare. High-quality locally sourced produce is at the forefront of the kitchen team’s creations. A typical à la carte menu might see guests starting with the signature black pudding, duck egg and spiced ketchup dish which uses local Laverstoke Farm black pudding, or a luxurious Old Winchester cheese soufflé with truffle and a mushroom Mornay sauce. For mains, opt for locally caught Chalk Stream trout with lentils, sumac, pomegranate and wild garlic, or duck leg confit with white bean, garlic and a poivrade sauce. The Chestnut Horse also serves a two-course set menu. The offering is kept fresh and exciting with weekly changing dishes prepared using local fare. Choose either a starter and a main, or a main and dessert, from a choice of dishes such as smoked trout fishcake with a poached egg, a classic suet pudding with a filling that changes daily and a devilish chocolate mousse paired with blood orange, nut crumb and ice cream. The creative kitchen team is constantly striving to improve and develop, kept on their toes by a following of loyal foodies who return time and again to sample the latest additions to the seasonal menu. Additionally, there’s almost always something going on at The Chestnut Horse, with a calendar of events that includes the likes of wine tastings, barbecues and live music nights that pull in crowds for evenings of revelry and exceptional food and drink.

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Open: Mon-Thurs noon-4pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Fri & Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-8pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-6pm

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The Bakers Arms  Location High Street, Droxford, SO32 3PA t: 0844 625 2960 w: www.thebakersarmsdroxford.com e: manager@thebakersarmsdroxford.com

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Tucked away in the quaint village of Droxford, The Bakers Arms has been recognised by Michelin, the AA, The Good Pub Guide, The Good Food Guide, Alistair Sawday’s and Hampshire Life. This hidden gem serves excellent food from a regularly changing menu. Owners Adam and Anna took over The Bakers Arms in 2008 and strive to produce hearty, modern British cuisine.

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Diners can look forward to the award-winning Sunday lunch or the à la carte menu offering quality, locally sourced three-course meals. To start, you might opt for the hot smoked Chalk Stream trout, pickled cucumber salad and horseradish cream or perhaps the crispy crabcakes, tomato and coriander salsa with an optional poached egg. For your main, the braised Hampshire salt beef, mashed potato and braising vegetables, and the vegetarian sweet potato and spring onion fritter with warm quinoa, pomegranate and baby spinach salad, feta Open: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, and pine nut dressing, both come 6pm-11pm; highly recommended. To complete Sun noon-4.30pm your meal, the fresh blood orange panna cotta served with salted caramel and almond brittle is a necessity. With an open log fire in the winter and the suntrap terrace in the summer, The Bakers Arms is an amazing village pub all year round. Surrounded by South Downs National Park, you can unwind, relax and enjoy the views with a glass of the award-winning local sparkling rosé. Modern British

The Royal Oak  Location Lasham, Nr. Alton, GU34 5SJ t: 0844 502 8037 w: www.royaloak.uk.com e: enquiries@royaloak.uk.com

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Nestled amid picturesque thatched cottages and overlooking the quaint village churchyard, The Royal Oak in Lasham is a warm and friendly pub serving modern British food alongside an excellent range of personally selected wine. Hosts Ben and Tara have created a traditional, dog-friendly village pub with contemporary touches; it’s perfect for everything from intimate candle-lit dinners in the restaurant, to private dining and larger parties in the ever-popular Oak Room.

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Food Served: Tues-Fri noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; Sat noon-9pm; Sun noon-8pm

The daily changing menu showcases the best seasonal produce, and everything is freshly prepared by Tara and her team. You’ll find an offering to suit all tastes and diets, from big juicy burgers and traditional fish and chips, to a three-course gastro experience. Tara is always willing to adapt and develop the menu for those following a vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free or gluten-free diet.

Surrounded by stunning Hampshire countryside, near Alton and the Lasham airfield, The Royal Oak is in the perfect location from which to explore the surrounding region. The sheltered and heated patio and the beautifully maintained garden make this a splendid place to stop for an al fresco lunch or dinner in the summer, while the cosy log fire is an inviting sight during the colder months. The Royal Oak is a pub for all seasons. 16

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The Oak Room Restaurant

Modern British

 Location Tylney Hall Hotel, Rotherwick, RG27 9AZ t: 0844 502 8395 w: www.tylneyhall.co.uk e: enquiries@tylneyhall.com

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This impressive Grade II listed manor house hotel is an imposing building that’s enveloped by 66 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and grounds and dates back to the 16th century. Upon entering the grand Tylney Hall, we were seated adjacent to the newly refurbished Library Bar, surrounded by old masters hanging on oak-panelled walls. We selected drinks from the extensive list of award-winning English wine before being invited through to The Oak Room Restaurant, where we were treated to appetisers of comforting mushroom quiche, and refreshing minted cream cheese with cucumber. My starter of pan-seared Scottish scallops was meltingly tender, and came with the perfect accompaniment of Jerusalem artichokes and miso caramel. My partner’s softly poached hen’s egg with smoked salmon, Nordic rye and Hollandaise was a culinary delight; the smooth yolk and delicate salmon contrasted beautifully with the texture of the rye.

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‘...a gastronomic experience to savour and remember...’ Pots of silky mint sorbet refreshed our palates between courses, as we eagerly awaited our duck and Dover sole mains. Served beneath a silver cloche, my duck breast was cooked to perfection; I couldn’t have wished for a better dish. With Dauphinoise, foie gras crumb, Copper Marans hen’s egg and carrot purée completing the plate, it was truly a work of art. The Dover sole was expertly filleted at the table and cooked in an equally skilled manner. The soft flaky fish couldn’t be faulted, and was wonderfully complemented by minted potatoes and honey-roasted carrots. This is fine dining at its best. To complete the meal, the choice of sweets was exemplary. My poached rhubarb with rich custard and meringue shards was inspired, and my partner was just as impressed with the dark chocolate fondant, especially after discovering its smooth molten centre. The whole evening at this two-AA-rosette-awarded restaurant was a gastronomic experience to savour and remember. The attention to detail and exemplary service make this a destination for celebrations of all kinds.

Food Served: Mon 6.30am-10am, 7pm-10pm; Tues-Fri 6.30am-10am, 12.30pm-2pm, 7pm-10pm; Sat 8am-10.30am, 12.30pm-2pm, 6.30pm-10pm; Sun 8am-10.30am, 12.30pm-2pm, 7pm-10pm

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The Westgate  Location 2 Romsey Road, Winchester, SO23 8TP t: 0844 502 8039 w: www.westgatewinchester.com e: info@westgatewinchester.com

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The prestigious Westgate pub with rooms sits in a commanding position at the top of historic Winchester High Street, in the heart of the city and a short stroll from the fortified medieval gateway after which it was named. The original £20 to Westgate served as a debtors’ prison for 150 years – you can even still read £30 some of the prisoners’ graffiti – but guests at The Westgate pub with rooms are assured of a warm welcome and all the comforts of home. Recently the subject of an extensive renovation, The Westgate is the perfect destination for a quiet drink, business lunch, romantic dinner for two, a good old-fashioned knees-up or a chilled weekend away. Most of the light, airy and elegant bedrooms (recently awarded four stars by the AA) offer wonderful views of this beautiful city and, from their bartenders to their kitchen and waiting Open: staff, The Westgate’s friendly team is there to attend to your every need. Mon-Thurs 7am-11pm; The pub downstairs comes with Fri & Sat 7am-midnight; a lovely atmosphere and offers Sun 8am-10pm an excellent wine list, craft ale and cider, as well as an extensive spirits collection that includes over 25 whiskies and Bourbons, a dozen gins and a collection of homemade infusions. There is plenty to keep you entertained, thanks to the array of board games, nostalgic music always playing, and kitchen that serves beautifully presented British cuisine and the very best Sunday roasts. Dogs are always welcome in the bar and there are even water bowls and a jar of treats.

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The Green Man

Modern British

 Location 53 Southgate Street, Winchester, SO23 9EH t: 0844 502 8841 w: the.littlepubgroup.co.uk e: greenmanwinchester@gmail.com A little enclave of warm hospitality, The Green Man never fails to captivate those who visit. The restaurant’s blend of stylish, retro design and plush furnishings creates a lovely, laid-back hangout that’s perfect for all kinds of meet-ups and celebrations. Special emphasis is placed on locally sourced Hampshire produce, with menus comprising the kitchen’s creative and truly scrumptious take on seasonal modern British fare. With a well-stocked bar that is known for its extensive gin selection and exciting cocktail menu, this is certainly the venue for finer dining, relaxed sharing platters and decadent afternoon teas. Couple the above with wonderfully welcoming service from the attentive front-of-house team, and guests are sure to feel at ease from the moment they step through the door.

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Open: Sun & Mon noon-10.30pm; Tues-Thurs noon-11.30pm; Fri & Sat noon-midnight

The White Buck

British

 Location Bisterne Close, Burley, BH24 4AZ t: 0844 502 9127 w: www.whitebuckburley.co.uk e: whitebuckinn@fullers.co.uk This magnificent venue stands proudly amongst the romantic surrounds of the New Forest. Originally a grand country house, The White Buck is now an elegant restaurant and hotel that’s popular with families and holidaymakers. Hotel guests and non-residents alike will find this a peaceful haven to retreat to, whether enjoying a delicious breakfast, lunch or supper. Diners at this captivating eatery encounter the likes of asparagus, pea and lemon gnocchi, and rump of lamb in roasted red pepper sauce with chorizo and sweet potato rosti. If you go on to peruse the pudding menu, you’ll find delights like peach and almond tart with creamy vanilla ice cream, alongside indulgent peanut butter parfait with blackcurrant jelly and smooth chocolate ganache. I can think of no better spot to escape to after a day spent exploring the New Forest.

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£36

Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun noon-8pm

The Wykeham Arms

British

 Location 75 Kingsgate Street, Winchester, SO23 9PE t: 0844 502 9110 w: www.wykehamarmswinchester.co.uk e: wykehamarms@fullers.co.uk Since 1755 this historic venue has housed a series of popular drinking establishments. In its current incarnation, The Wykeham Arms is an attractive pub, exceptional eatery and delightful hotel. With 14 characterful bedrooms, it’s a heavenly place in which to spend a weekend. It’s also a top spot for those seeking a tasty lunch or a buzzing evening atmosphere. You might pop in for a refreshing tipple from the pub’s selection of Fuller’s cask-conditioned ale. While you’re there, why not enjoy a bite to eat? Savour tender, juicy rack of lamb or thyme-roasted chicken with courgette cannelloni, broad beans and Laverstoke mozzarella. If you’re feeling indulgent, follow this with a plum Bakewell tart and a smooth coffee. This adaptable pub also includes a luxurious private dining room that can be hired for special occasions. It’s no surprise that the pub has been awarded two AA rosettes and was named Town Pub of the Year 2018 by The Good Pub Guide.

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£35

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Piecaramba  Location 30a Carlton Place, Southampton, SO15 2DX t: 0844 625 3549  Location 11a Parchment Street, Winchester, SO23 8AT t: 0844 625 3646 w: www.piecaramba.co.uk e: hello@piecaramba.co.uk

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Piecaramba is the creation of Marvel and pie fanatics Rob and Phil. With interior decor that makes you feel as though you have stepped into a comic book, these new haunts are the perfect places to gather a group of friends to tuck into some unbelievably tasty pies and maybe read a comic book or two. The friendly, efficient and fun service adds to the experience, without diners feeling rushed. * £9 The menus are full of puns relating to pop culture, such as the Chick Norris: to free-range British chicken in a creamy curry sauce. The vast selection of pies on the £15 Open: Mon-Fri noon-8.30pm; menu caters for every palate. Vegetarians can opt for the Al Piecino: vegetarian pizza pie, packed with stringy mozzarella cheese, sundried tomatoes, basil and chilli. If you Sat 11am-8.30pm; fancy a Spanish-style pie, try the El Bandito: free-range British chicken with Spanish Sun 11am-4.30pm chorizo and tomatoes, or the very popular vegan Porky Pie: barbecue-style jackfruit pie with onions, garlic and paprika. Diners have the choice of four different types of mash: creamy, cheesy, mustard or vegan – all are equally delicious and make for the perfect accompaniment to the hearty pies. The vast selection of pies on the menu caters for every palate; they also have a large variety of gluten-free pies too. Those feeling especially hungry might dare to enter the Piescraper challenge – finish your meal in less than ten minutes and you’ll receive a free t-shirt. Dine in and devour your pie amongst superheroes, or order a takeaway meal to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. *Price range represents the cost of a pie meal with a drink. Wn

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The Anchor Inn  Location Lower Froyle, Alton, GU34 4NA t: 0844 625 3651 w: www.anchorinnatlowerfroyle.co.uk e: info@anchorinnatlowerfroyle.co.uk

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An idyllic country inn surrounded by sweeping fields, The Anchor Inn is one of Hampshire’s best-kept secrets – and once you visit you’ll want to keep it that way. Both the literary-themed country-chic bedrooms and quirky bar and restaurant £26 to are brimming with character. You’ll find a menagerie of curious objects on every £40 surface, and walls adorned with paintings, portraits and inspirational quotes. The menu champions traditional and seasonal British fare, and there’s a spacious garden terrace for al fresco wining and dining. Think starters like soused Plymouth mackerel with beetroot salsa, chicory and watercress, and confit duck ballotine drizzled in blood orange and served atop endive salad and mini brioche. Try the Hampshire venison sausages with smoked mashed potatoes and confit orange jus, or the butternut squash and chestnut cannelloni Food Served: Mon-Thurs served with crispy leeks and beetroot. The menu changes throughout the year to noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-9pm; make use of the freshest local produce. The wine list has been expertly selected to Fri noon-2.30pm, match the food and can be enjoyed 6.30pm-9.30pm; separately. Having been awarded Sat noon-3pm, two AA rosettes, it’s evident that 6.30pm-9.30pm; the food at The Anchor Inn goes Sun noon-3.30pm, 6pm-8pm above and beyond the average pub grub. Well placed for exploring the magnificent South Downs National Park and historic sites like the home of Jane Austen and the medieval city of Winchester, this Hampshire inn is a true delight. The pub and accommodation are dog-friendly too. 20

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The Roebuck Inn

British

 Location Droxford Road, Wickham, PO17 5AY t: 0844 502 9126 w: www.theroebuckinnwickham.co.uk e: info@theroebuckinnwickham.co.uk

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The picture-postcard environs of the Forest of Bere and the Meon Valley Woodland and Conservation Area provide an idyllic backdrop for The Roebuck Inn. In keeping with its countryside surroundings, the pub boasts a rustic interior with a gallimaufry of antique items on display, rescued from the old subterranean kitchen. A walk in the Forest of Bere followed by a drink from their selection of local real ale, guest craft beer and craft gins is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. The bar also has freshly ground coffee, a varied selection of soft drinks, and a bar snack menu, featuring the likes of mac and cheese, wings and rings, and a fish board.

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£25

‘...the perfect way to spend an afternoon...’ It’s worth ordering a few sharers to nibble as you wait for the rest of your group to assemble and peruse the menu of hearty, predominantly British fare. A significant portion of the produce that makes it into The Roebuck’s kitchen is sourced locally, reducing food miles and ensuring that the food delivered to tables is of the highest quality. As everything is made on-site, the team is able to prepare many of the dishes to suit all kinds of dietary needs, and plenty of items on the menu already cater for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free appetites. The small kitchen team makes everything from scratch, such as starters of roasted root vegetable crumble, Parma ham-wrapped scallops and pan-fried pigeon breast. From the list of mains, The Roebuck Inn’s handmade pies feature various fillings including local game. Other popular dishes include the bistro beef rump, spinach, chickpea and sweet potato tart and monkfish tail. Before you settle the bill, sample the likes of chocolate and orange torte, bumbleberry cheesecake or strawberry and white chocolate mousse – they’re sure to leave you with a lasting impression. Throughout the week, the pub plays host to a set of rotating special offers. From buy-one-get-one-free main meals on Mondays to the free children’s meals with every adult main meal, there is always a compelling reason to pay The Roebuck Inn a visit. Take a look at the website for details of the latest offers available.

Open: Mon-Sun noon-11pm

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The Square Brewery

 Location The Square, Petersfield, GU32 3HJ t: 0844 625 3669 w: www.squarebrewery.co.uk e: squarebrewery@fullers.co.uk Occupying a prime position in Petersfield’s central square, this outstanding pub combines top-notch food and drink with a convivial, laid-back ambience. Step inside and you’ll find a bright, contemporary interior with traditional touches like wood-panelled walls, a cosy log burner and comfy leather chairs. You can expect a friendly salutation from the knowledgeable, helpful staff, who ensure everyone feels at ease. The regularly changing menu makes the most of fresh, seasonal ingredients, and you’ll find a host of tempting options whether you pop in for brunch, lunch or dinner. Start the day with a tasty brunch of London Porter smoked salmon with scrambled eggs on toast. The evening menu features a selection of small plates that can be enjoyed as starters or you can sample several for a relaxed tapas-style meal. Main-course options like grilled salmon, chorizo and butter bean casserole are sure to impress, and there’s a range of delicious Fuller’s beer to wash it all down.

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£20

Open: Mon-Thurs 10am-11pm; Fri 10am-midnight; Sat 9am-midnight; Sun 10am-10.30pm British

The King Alfred

 Location 11 Saxon Road, Winchester, SO23 7DJ t: 0844 502 8860 w: the.littlepubgroup.co.uk e: thekingalfredwinchester@gmail.com The King Alfred is every bit the calm, quiet haven. It’s perfect for taking some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet is only a ten-minute stroll away from the High Street. A veritable warren of cosy corners, wood panelling and amply stocked bookshelves, The King Alfred gives visitors the opportunity to plunge into a good read, order a meal from the menu of freshly cooked pub food or something from the daily changing list of specials, and let the hours fly by in good company or comfortable solitude. The handsome bar is stocked with everything from world wine and local beer and ale, to boutique craft spirits. Just in case you find you don’t want to leave or are planning an extended visit to the historic city of Winchester, The King Alfred’s divine letting bedrooms, boasting crisp white linen, flatscreen TVs and gorgeous toiletries, are definitely fit for a king.

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£25

Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm British

The Corner House

 Location 71 North Walls, Winchester, SO23 8DA t: 0844 502 8846 w: the.littlepubgroup.co.uk e: cornerhousewinchester@gmail.com Situated in lovely Winchester, The Corner House is a small, independent free house serving locally sourced British fare. Throughout the day, diners can enjoy breakfast by candlelight, a hearty lunch, light bites or while away the time enjoying one of the scrumptious, freshly home-baked cakes on offer. From Thursday to Saturday The Corner House also serves a splendid supper. Comprising a mixture of traditional and modern British dishes, everything is made, as far as possible, using local Hampshire produce and cooked with skill and care. This is a great venue for vegans and vegetarians, with creative dishes always on the menu. Billed as purveyors of comfort, solace and all things alcoholic, the bar stocks a plethora of wine, spirits, and local ale and beer. There’s also a cocktail list for those who fancy shaking up proceedings.

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The Yew Tree

British

 Location Andover Road, Highclere, Nr. Newbury, RG20 9SE t: 0844 625 3656 w: www.theyewtree.co.uk e: info@theyewtree.co.uk

BD Only an hour from London, yet in the heart of the Hampshire countryside, this authentic 17th-century inn has a highly regarded reputation for serving top-quality cuisine. The restaurant has two AA rosettes thanks to the unmistakably British menu, £25 to which takes full advantage of The Yew Tree’s idyllic rural location – think fresh game, £45 fabulous seafood and locally grown vegetables. It’s a great foodie destination in its own right, and is perfect for cosying up by the fire while enjoying a local ale or sharing a bottle of wine. In finer weather there’s no better place to relax than in one of the two spacious outdoor areas. Renowned for its exceptional Sunday roasts, The Yew Tree offers options such as sirloin of beef with horseradish, free-range chicken with lemon and thyme stuffing, and succulent pork belly served with apple compote. From Open: the à la carte, select the seasonal curried cauliflower soup with homemade Parmesan Mon-Sat 7.30am-10.30am, grissini, and follow with the lemon sole accompanied by cherry tomatoes, samphire noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; and spring onions cooked in a sharp lemon and caper butter. The kitchen team updates Sun 7.30am-10.30am, the menu regularly to make use of noon-2.30pm, 7pm-8.30pm each season’s produce. Weary travellers and their four-legged friends can then rest up in one of eight cottage-style guest rooms decorated with wonderful William Morris prints. The venue is located in the North Wessex Downs, so it’s easy to explore the stunning countryside by foot, bike or horse. Sporting enthusiasts can head to the Royal Berkshire Shooting School to brush up on their skills. Culture buffs won’t have far to go as Highclere Castle, the setting for the TV drama Downton Abbey, is right on the inn’s doorstep.

The Mayflower

British

 Location King’s Saltern Road, Lymington, SO41 3QD t: 0844 625 3620 w: www.themayflowerlymington.co.uk e: info@themayflowerlymington.co.uk

NF With views over the historic Lymington Harbour, and the New Forest on its doorstep, this is the perfect Hampshire base for those in need of a relaxing retreat by the sea. The inn, which is named after the original radio beacon ship responsible £25 to for sending the very first radio signal to the Isle of Wight, boasts superb dining £40 rooms with coastal views. Expect locally sourced fare, with particular focus on fresh fish caught in local waters, to be enjoyed next to real log fires in winter or on the elegant outdoor terrace overlooking the Solent in summer. Although the focus is on fish, the meat and vegetarian options aren’t to be ignored. To start, Open: perhaps try the pressed Keralan chicken, followed by the lobster, crayfish, Mon-Thurs 7.30am-11pm; Lymington crab and spinach lasagne – a delicious, well-presented dish. Whatever Fri 7.30am-midnight; time of year you visit, heavenly dishes similar to this will be on the menu. Sat 8am-midnight; The six nautical-themed bedrooms continue the seaside vibe, with unique features Sun 8am-10pm such as Victorian-style roll-top baths in four of the rooms, and little touches of Food Served: Mon-Thurs luxury to ensure an excellent night’s noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm; sleep after all that fresh sea air, and Fri noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm; you can bring your dog too. Only two hours’ drive from London, this Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-8pm gorgeous Georgian port town is renowned for its sailing clubs and boasts two marinas. Charter a yacht and take to the Solent, or catch a ferry to explore the Isle of Wight. Visit the ancient woodlands and heathlands of the New Forest for walking, cycling and horse riding adventures, or stay in town and follow the sea wall on foot or by bike. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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The Bell Inn

 Location Brook, Nr. Lyndhurst, SO43 7HE t: 0844 625 2805 w: www.bellinn-newforest.co.uk e: bell@bramshaw.co.uk The Bell Inn is a stylish restaurant and bar in an 18th-century coaching inn. This hidden gem boasts picturesque surrounds, and is conveniently located near the interchange at Junction 1 off the M27. Whilst enjoying some delicious food, you will likely see donkeys, ponies and sheep walking past the window. Locally sourced produce is at the core of The Bell Inn’s offering, and the head chef’s nose-to-tail ethos is geared towards eliminating food waste as much as possible. The seasonal menu includes beautiful dishes, such as the pan-fried scallops, Swallowfield pork and sticky toffee pudding with banana ice cream. The bar holds over 17 different gins, vintage wines from the cellar, local beer and guest ale. The Bell Inn also has 28 characterful rooms for those looking for a night away – and several of these are dog-friendly, allowing your pup to have a well-earned holiday too.

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Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm Afternoon Tea Served: Mon-Sun 3pm-5pm British

The White Star

 Location 28 Oxford Street, Southampton, SO14 3DJ t: 0844 625 3688 w: www.whitestartavern.co.uk e: whitestar@fullers.co.uk This versatile establishment is a cosy pub, smart restaurant, and attractive hotel all rolled into one. It’s conveniently located in Southampton, so why not pop in for a pint of delicious Fuller’s real ale and a game of Scrabble? As well as a variety of ales on tap, The White Star boasts a hand-picked wine list featuring 70 New and Old World wines, and a selection of spirits and soft drinks. The menu features sophisticated takes on popular pub classics. Wander down into the restaurant or the more casual bar area to enjoy the likes of ham hock terrine with smooth pea purée and Cornish Orchards cider. For mains, guests can indulge in sautéed gnocchi with vine tomatoes, artichokes and mozzarella. Alternatively, tuck into meltingly tender rump of lamb with wild garlic, pistachios and black olives in rich anchovy jus. Finish on a sweet note with the likes of summer pudding with creamy vanilla ice cream.

SE £21 to

£33

Open: Mon-Thurs 7am-11pm; Fri 7am-midnight; Sat 8.30am-midnight; Sun 8.30am-10.30pm British

The Still & West

 Location 2 Bath Square, Old Portsmouth, PO1 2JL t: 0844 502 8406 w: www.stillandwest.co.uk e: stillandwest@fullers.co.uk Standing proud at the entrance to the harbour in Old Portsmouth you’ll find The Still & West, a fabulous pub boasting superb views across the Solent. Inside the Grade II listed building, traditional maritime features fuse with contemporary style – think exposed brickwork, marine chronometers, and a clean colour palette. Large windows surround the restaurant, inviting light inside and ensuring every table can enjoy the gorgeous views. Serving fantastic food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Still & West is an excellent choice for a bite to eat. Begin your day with delicious eggs Royale and a cup of coffee while you watch the boats sail across the harbour. The evening à la carte features a tempting selection of dishes, including sharing platters loaded with tasty bites like Sicilian olives, falafel, baba ganoush and flatbread. If it’s drinks you’re after, you won’t be disappointed with the selection of award-winning ale, craft beer, cocktails or the carefully curated wine list.

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£20

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The Seahorse

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 Location Broadsands Drive, Gosport, PO12 2TJ t: 0844 502 8986 w: www.seahorsegosport.co.uk e: info@seahorsegosport.co.uk

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Following last year’s refurbishment, The Seahorse in Gosport draws in scores of the region’s foodies. The restaurant sports a light and bright coastal-themed interior and an enticing new menu to match. Wine choices are a well-curated selection of European and New World reds and whites. With plenty of friendly members of staff on-hand, there was no waiting around, even on a busy Thursday evening.

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£25

I started with marinated tiger prawns from the à la carte. Judging by the dishes emerging from the kitchen, I’d have been equally content with the crab and crayfish tortellini, the tapas board or a dish from the list of specials. I moved on to duck breast with fondant potatoes accompanied by a full-bodied French house red wine, followed by a vanilla panna cotta Eton Mess, paired with a delicious Italian coffee. The menu also boasts the likes of steak, homemade burgers and whole fish specials – the amount of quality seafood reflects new owners Abby and David Thomson’s love of the sea, which is just a stone’s throw away. Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-11pm; The menu is set to be revised every Fri & Sat 9am-midnight; three months to follow the seasons Sun 9am-10.30pm and make use of Hampshire’s best produce. The Seahorse bar is also open for food service and welcomes dogs, providing the perfect stop-off after a stroll along the beach or through the nearby Alver Valley Country Park.

The Royal Oak

British

 Location Ringwood Road, North Gorley, Nr. Fordingbridge, SP6 2PB t: 0844 625 3371 w: www.royaloakgorley.com e: manager@royaloakgorley.com

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You can find The Royal Oak in the New Forest, just one mile from the picturesque town of Fordingbridge. The area is known for its outstanding natural beauty, so if you’re in the Fordingbridge area, The Royal Oak should be on your radar. Having been refurbished four years ago, this pub is full of character and provides a friendly welcome to all.

£25 to

£30

Head chef Paul Somerville, who has won chef of the year twice at the Dumfries and Galloway Life Awards and has over 25 years’ experience, has created a Open: Tues-Thurs 11am-10pm; menu that offers fresh, seasonal British pub food with modern flair. For starters, Fri & Sat 11am-11pm; the chargrilled New Forest asparagus with a crispy hen’s egg and chorizo Sun 11am-8pm comes highly recommended. The main-course options vary from beefburgers Food Served: Tues-Fri and steaks, to the very popular roast fillet of halibut with steamed mussels, noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; Parmentier potatoes, buttered leeks and sauce vierge. Head chef Paul’s dessert recommendation is the impressive crown of rhubarb brûlée with poached jelly Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm; coulis and a crispy tuile. Specials Sun noon-4pm are available daily and change regularly to make use of the seasonal, local produce that the New Forest offers. The bar hosts local Ringwood Best Bitter and changes its guest ales twice a week, so there are plenty of reasons to return to The Royal Oak. Durello is also served and is a refreshing alternative to Prosecco. This pub receives praise for its impeccable, friendly service and delicious food, giving diners just what they want. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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The White Horse  Location Main Road, Otterbourne, Nr. Winchester, SO21 2EQ t: 0844 502 8869 w: www.whitehorseotterbourne.co.uk

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The White Horse in Otterbourne offers a taste of the good life. The charming, AA-rosette-awarded pub attracts regulars and those from further afield; bring the whole family and your four-legged friend to hunker down for the afternoon in this dog-friendly pub. The large garden and children’s play area, meanwhile, make for a fantastic suntrap retreat in the summer months, and ample parking makes life easier for those coming by car.

£20 to

£30

Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm; Fri 11am-midnight; Sat 10am-midnight; Sun 10am-10.30pm

Being local is at the heart of The White Horse’s philosophy. Quality ingredients are sourced from trusted suppliers for use in dishes that invariably put smiles on faces. New Forest and Hampshire meats and Lymington fish catches feature heavily on the menus and specials board, showcasing the best of what the region has to offer. There are always several intriguing vegan dishes on the menu. Throughout the year the team hosts special events nights – make sure you check out the social media pages to see what’s on.

Nibble artisan breads with balsamic glaze and rapeseed oil, and spicy fried squid with aioli while you wait for the rest of the clan to arrive. Once seated, tuck into mains of braised ox cheek suet pudding with red cabbage, mashed potato and red wine jus from the range of pub classics, or pan-fried sea bass fillet with Lyonnaise potatoes and chive and lemon butter from the bill of modern British fare. Finish with something from the selection of desserts to end proceedings with a touch of sweet indulgence. British

La Perle  Location 60 High Street, Milford on Sea, Nr. Lymington, SO41 0QD t: 0844 502 7745 w: www.laperle.co.uk e: info@laperle.co.uk

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Since its 2011 opening, this intimate little restaurant has proven itself eminently popular among the resident and visiting epicureans of Milford on Sea. Sam Hughes – who previously made an appearance on MasterChef: The Professionals £35 to – took over the reins of La Perle in summer 2015, bringing with him a wealth £40 of culinary skills and experience. Having trained in some of the most prestigious restaurants in the UK and with some of the country’s finest chefs – including Raymond Blanc – Sam’s talent is very much in evidence at La Perle. Sam prides himself on incorporating locally sourced Hampshire produce into his menu and, as chef and patron, his imaginative approach to blending ingredients and balancing flavours shines through in La Perle’s delectable à la carte dishes. We began with French onion soup and fricassee of English and white asparagus with girolles, crayfish and wild garlic – a delicious array of flavours prepared to perfection and presented beautifully. Our mains were equally enticing; cutlet of Keyhaven lamb for myself, and Open: Tues 6pm-9.30pm; for my partner, blade of Hampshire Weds-Sat noon-2.30pm, beef in New Forest beer jus served 6pm-9.30pm with smoked mash. Both dishes were truly exquisite and decidedly original. The small, inviting restaurant exudes charm and sophistication, and a convivial atmosphere abounds. Service is attentive, knowledgeable and on-hand to assist the indecisive. For outstanding British cuisine at a reasonable price point, La Perle is an absolute must. 26

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The Red Lion

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 Location 102 High Street, Odiham, RG29 1LP t: 0844 502 8320 w: www.redlionodiham.co.uk e: bookings@redlionodiham.co.uk

Fa Fresh, local, seasonal fare is the order of the day at the newly refurbished Red Lion in Odiham. As the newest addition to the Red Mist Leisure family of pubs, the talented team behind The Exchequer near Fleet and The Royal Exchange near £20 to Bordon has poured their expertise into this new venture. The revamped restaurant £25 and hotel rooms make for a truly phenomenal place to dine, drink, sleep and unwind. Menus at The Red Lion are kept fresh and seasonal to take advantage of the region’s best produce, however, a typical offering might see guests enjoying a bowl of River Exe mussels cooked in white wine, garlic and tomato sauce, followed by slow-cooked pork belly with caramelised red onion mash, buttered kale and leeks, crispy sage Open: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; leaves and sage and apple sauce. If you have room left, this might be concluded with Sat 9am-11pm; rhubarb and stem ginger crumble served with lashings of vanilla custard. Sun 9am-10.30pm The Red Lion serves a delicious changing midweek set menu ideal for those looking Food Served: Mon-Thurs for lighter dishes at a great price, noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9pm; in addition to weekend breakfasts, Fri noon-2.30pm, Sunday roasts and à la carte menus. 5.30pm-9.30pm; The bar stocks a winning selection of Sat 9am-11am, noon-9.30pm; local ale and cider and a carefully Sun 9am-11am, noon-8.30pm curated range of locally sourced English wine and spirits – the talented bar team is especially adept at mixing the perfect gin and tonic. For those in search of accommodation, The Red Lion’s seven beautifully decorated letting rooms are the perfect place to spend a relaxed weekend in the village of Odiham.

The Royal Exchange

British

 Location Liphook Road, Lindford, Nr. Bordon, GU35 0NX t: 0845 468 1450 w: www.royalexchangelindford.co.uk e: bookings@royalexchangelindford.co.uk The Royal Exchange is a lovingly restored village pub that has undergone extensive refurbishment to create a gorgeously inviting, modern venue. With parts of the building dating back to the 17th century, The Royal Exchange has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, inviting visitors to while away an afternoon here. The venue lends itself to any occasion, whether you’re visiting for a leisurely Sunday lunch with the family, a special occasion or simply to sip a pint at the relaxed bar. Top-quality seasonal produce is paramount, as the team is passionate about producing delicious seasonal British menus and classic daily specials to be proud of. You might find starters of chicken liver and brandy pâté and smoked fillet of mackerel, followed by the likes of beer-battered cod, grilled fillet of salmon, and aubergine and ratatouille stack. For dessert, opt for the indulgent dark chocolate and amaretto torte or lemon posset with homemade lime-sugared shortbread. Feeling hungry yet? There’s a gluten-free menu, a midweek light lunch menu and even a hearty Sunday roast menu.

EH £15 to

£20

Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Fri & Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Thurs noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; Fri & Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm; Sun noon-8.30pm

Luckily for everyone in and around Bordon, the pub is open seven days a week, serving lunch and dinner along with a great range of craft beer and local ale. Stop by and you’ll see why this pub is a real hub of the community. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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Cams Mill

British

 Location Cams Hall Estate, Fareham, PO16 8AA t: 0844 502 8399 w: www.camsmill.co.uk e: camsmill@fullers.co.uk Cams Mill occupies an impressive building with huge wooden beams, flickering log fires and a grand wooden staircase. It’s clear that attention to detail is important at Cams Mills and is evident not only in the food, but also the decor. Food is served throughout the day, local Hampshire produce is used wherever possible and the menu changes seasonally to make best use of locally sourced produce. Discover dishes like English rump of lamb accompanied by chorizo and sweet potato rosti, green beans and roasted red pepper purée, and pea and broad bean risotto with pea shoots and Parmesan. Perhaps the biggest selling point at Cams Mills is the huge patio area that can seat up to 60 diners. It’s a suntrap with stunning views where you can while away a warm summer’s day.

PS £22 to

£26

Open: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Fri 10am-9.30pm; Sat noon-9.30pm; Sun noon-8pm

The Alice Lisle

British

 Location Rockford Green, Ringwood, BH24 3NA t: 0844 502 8408 w: www.thealicelisle.co.uk e: alicelisle@fullers.co.uk The Alice Lisle blends modern and traditional chic style: exposed brick walls and beams meld with tasteful shades of sea-green and grey. Pleasantly situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park, this cosy pub is ideal for fresh air enthusiasts. Why not pop in for a hearty lunch after exploring with your dogs, going for a cycle ride, or just enjoying a pleasant ramble by the nearby Blashford Lakes? You can enjoy the likes of chicory, walnut and Stilton salad with a sweet honey dressing. To follow, why not sample the pan-roasted duck breast, or the North Atlantic langoustines served with melting garlic butter. There are numerous drinks to choose from to complement your meal, but we’d recommend sampling the excellent selection of Fuller’s real ale. Then to finish, choose from one of a number of tempting puddings – perhaps raspberry and lime posset with crumbly shortbread, or for those with a sweet-tooth, Belgian waffles with rich caramel sauce and Fuller’s vanilla ice cream.

NF £22 to

£36

Open: Mon-Sat 10.30am-11pm; Sun noon-10pm

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The Phoenix Inn

British

 Location London Road, Hartley Wintney, RG27 8RT t: 0845 468 1394 w: www.phoenixinn.co.uk e: info@phoenixinn.co.uk

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Steeped in history and dating back to the 1700s, The Phoenix is a real destination pub and is at the heart of the Hartley Wintney community. For eight years now it’s been under the thoughtful ownership of Andrew and Sisi Ryder, who have ensured that this beautiful, multi-award-winning pub has firmly established itself as one of the best eateries in Hampshire.

£18 to

£25

Andrew and Sisi are passionate about provenance and seasonality, and believe in serving food that their grandparents’ generation would have loved. Popular staples include hearty dishes like devilled lamb’s kidneys, as well as refined seafood courses like the ever-popular sautéed king scallops with creamed leeks. There’s also a selection of 28-day-dry-aged steaks from Grange Farm Open: in Hurst, so meat-lovers will have plenty to choose from. The owners have Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm; worked hard to compile a comprehensive wine list to complement the cuisine. Sun noon-10.30pm The Phoenix Inn also offers a great choice of Cask Marque-accredited Food Served: Mon-Sat seasonally changing ales and lager. noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm; Thanks to its high standards, The Sun noon-9pm Phoenix Inn has been awarded numerous accolades, including being named Les Routiers’ Venue of the Year 2015, and winning Best British Roast Dinner during British Roast Dinner Week in 2012, in addition to being finalists in 2014. The beautiful garden is an ideal place to while away a lazy summer afternoon, while open fires create a cosy atmosphere in winter.

River Cottage Kitchen Winchester

British

 Location Abbey Mill, Abbey Mill Gardens, The Broadway, Winchester, SO23 9GH t: 0844 625 3592 w: www.rivercottage.net e: winchesterkitchen@rivercottage.net

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River Cottage Kitchen Winchester is located in the stunningly converted Grade II listed Abbey Mill building in Abbey Mill Gardens, just off the Broadway in Winchester city centre. The venue is open daily, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in relaxing surrounds, with a separate bar area where you can enjoy a selection of local cider, beer, River Cottage seasonal cocktails, coffees, cakes and snacks throughout the day.

£15 to

£25

The team at River Cottage uses the very best local, responsibly sourced and seasonal ingredients to create delicious menus that reflect their passion and commitment to food provenance. Fresh seasonal vegetables are always at the heart of the cooking – including on the children’s menu. The free-range, organic and wild meats are sourced from farms they know and trust, and the Food Served: times may fish and shellfish is day-boat landed, MSC-certified or sustainably farmed. vary, please call for details The team loves working with like-minded producers and suppliers, which in turn helps to protect and support small businesses, rural communities and the environment. You may remember River Cottage from its humble beginning in 1999, when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall first brought his hands-on, ethical food ethos to the nation’s TV screens. Since then, the River Cottage books, series and Hugh’s hard-hitting campaigns have helped change the eating habits of the nation and attitudes to animal welfare. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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The Ship Inn

 Location Langstone Road, Langstone, Nr. Havant, PO9 1RD t: 0844 502 8409 w: www.shiplangstone.co.uk e: ship.langstone@fullers.co.uk Admire stunning views across Emsworth Harbour over a pint of Wild River pale ale at this delightful watering hole. Once an old mill, The Ship Inn is now a popular pub and a purveyor of excellent seasonal fare. Famous for its fresh local seafood, guests can sample the likes of pan-fried mackerel with fresh beetroot and chard salad, or London Porter-smoked salmon with sourdough. Main courses could include moules marinières and The Ship Inn’s delectable fish stew – an assortment of tender salmon, clams, mussels and prawns, with fennel and tomato broth. If fish isn’t your dish of choice, there’s a wide selection of vegetarian and meat options, like the delightfully smooth duck liver pâté with caramelised onion jam. To finish, sample one of the excellent puddings like gooey chocolate brownie, perhaps accompanied by a creamy cappuccino.

PS £22 to

£33

Open: Mon-Thurs 9.30am-11pm; Fri & Sat 9.30am-11.30pm; Sun 9.30am-10.30pm British

The Links Tavern

 Location Portsmouth Road, Liphook, GU30 7EF t: 0844 625 3654 w: www.links-liphook.co.uk e: links@fullers.co.uk The Links Tavern has everything you’d look for in a quintessential country pub – there’s a roaring fire, comfy armchairs and hearty fare. The eclectic decor varies from room to room – you’ll find deep purples and exposed bricks in one area, and bright colours, big windows and comfy seating in another. You can also imbibe in the picturesque garden, perhaps under the shade of the pretty wooden gazebo. You might like to start with duck liver pâté served with caramelised onion chutney and toasted sourdough. During colder months the emphasis is on local game and deliciously fresh seafood; enjoy the likes of venison casserole with blue cheese and leek dumplings. The menus are seasonal and change regularly, so on warmer days you may prefer a lighter option like grilled lemon sole with tartare sauce and new potatoes. With such an excellent range of drinks on offer, there’s an offering to accompany every dish.

EH £21 to

£36

Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm British

The Jolly Farmer

 Location Binsted Road, Blacknest, GU34 4QD t: 0844 625 3647 w: www.jollyfarmerblacknest.co.uk e: jollyfarmer.alton@fullers.co.uk Occupying an enviable position near the picturesque Alice Holt Forest and Frensham Pond Nature Reserve, The Jolly Farmer is the ideal destination for countryside-lovers. With attractive traditional decor, a large beer garden and friendly staff, it’s a great spot all year round. To start, diners can enjoy flavoursome dishes like duck liver pâté with caramelised onion jam and toasted sourdough. We’d recommend taking advantage of the excellent selection of Fuller’s seasonal ale, though you may prefer something from the impressive wine list to complement your meal. For mains, why not sample grilled salmon with spiced bulgur wheat, spinach and hazelnuts? Alternatively, you might like to indulge in pan-fried chicken breast with parsley potatoes, spinach and chorizo butter. A trip to this popular eatery isn’t complete without perusing the pudding menu and indulging in the likes of apple tarte Tatin with ice cream.

EH £21 to

£30

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The Exchequer

British

 Location Crondall Road, Crookham Village, Nr. Fleet, GU51 5SU t: 0845 468 1445 w: www.exchequercrookham.co.uk e: bookings@exchequercrookham.co.uk Fa The Exchequer is an award-winning country pub in the North Hampshire village of Crookham that offers a seasonal British menu and daily specials board packed with delicious dishes. The chefs are champions of local produce and source the £20 to best ingredients in the region to delight your appetite. If treating yourself to £25 a three-course meal, you might like to start with battered tiger prawns with sweet chilli sauce or caramelised red onion tart with balsamic dressing. Follow with the likes of Hampshire steak, beef and St Peter’s ale pie or the homemade haddock and salmon fish pie. The handmade desserts are always worth the wait, especially when you’re faced with options such as warm pecan pie and white Open: chocolate and honeycomb cheesecake. Mon-Thurs 11.30am-3pm, It’s a pub for all seasons – the spacious patios are ideal for soaking up some 5pm-11pm; summer sun, while the cosy fire and seamless blend of modern design with Fri & Sat 11.30am-11pm; traditional country-pub decor make Sun 11.30am-9.30pm it the perfect winter hideaway. The Food Served: Mon-Thurs friendly team ensures every visit noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; results in you wanting to return, Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm; whether you’re stopping by for a Sun noon-8.30pm midweek lunch, post-work pint or relaxed Sunday lunch with friends. It’s not all about food – behind the bar you will find an interesting selection of local ale, carefully chosen wine and cider. What’s not to love?

The Manor at Sway

British

 Location Station Road, Sway, Nr. Lymington, SO41 6BA t: 0844 502 7785 w: www.themanoratsway.com e: info@swaymanor.com

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The chic and stylish Manor at Sway has been named one of the top ten hotels in the New Forest by The Telegraph. The Manor has been truly transformed: the hotel and restaurant boast stunning interiors designed by renowned designer David Bentheim and the modern and traditional features combine to create a charmingly cosy ambience. Design is certainly at the forefront, but the food by no means takes a back seat – it’s just as thoroughly considered as the decor. The talented kitchen team (chef profile page 106) works tirelessly in their quest for culinary perfection, something that is reflected in The Manor’s ever-changing menus. The offering changes seasonally and includes a gorgeous array of creative, thoughtful and, of course, delicious dishes. The New Forest and the nearby shoreline provide the inspiration, and quality local meat and produce take centre stage on every plate.

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£30

Food Served: Mon-Sat 8am-10am, noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-9pm; Sun 8am-10am, noon-3.30pm, 6.30pm-9pm

The specially selected wine list provides excellent variety, showcasing a range of recognisable favourites alongside some intriguing surprises. The bar features striking floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the fantastic west-facing garden, and the new terrace area is the perfect place to enjoy a sunset cocktail and take in the peace and tranquillity of the New Forest. Indulgent afternoon tea is also served in the drawing room and on the terrace. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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The Station House  Location Lower Street, Haslemere, GU27 2PD t: 0844 625 3430 w: www.thestationhousehaslemere.co.uk e: info@thestationhousehaslemere.co.uk

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The Station House is a building of true antiquity, and after undergoing extensive refurbishment, the former railway pub opened its doors in November 2017. With no expense spared, this outstanding inn seamlessly blends its railway £25 to heritage with Art Deco-style decor. £30 The Station House is conveniently positioned opposite Haslemere train station, making it a tempting option for passersby. With 16 bespoke bedrooms, exceptional modern cuisine, first-class service and a beautiful terrace, The Station House is a welcome addition to Haslemere’s dining scene. Open: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm; With an à la carte and tapas menu to peruse, diners can explore classic and Sat & Sun 8am-11pm modern flavours in a new and exciting way. Well-presented starters include Food Served: Mon-Thurs flavoursome boquerones fritos, crispy fried whitebait with lemon mayonnaise, noon-3pm, 6.30pm-10pm; and Toulouse sausage Scotch egg with caramelised shallots and brandy purée. Fri & Sat noon-10pm; Delight in mains such as corn-fed Sun noon-6pm chicken breast ballotine stuffed with mushrooms and wrapped in serrano ham, accompanied by saffron fondant potato, rainbow chard and thyme jus. Weekends at The Station House mean bottomless Prosecco brunches for £39 per person and live entertainment. You can always take advantage of the beautiful setting by hosting a special occasion here. Christenings, weddings and birthday parties are catered for with unique set menus, table layouts and equipment. A new fixture in the quaint town, The Station House is sure to be at this platform for many years to come. Modern European

The Royal Hotel  Location Belgrave Road, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1JJ t: 0844 502 9013 w: www.royalhoteliow.co.uk e: enquiries@royalhoteliow.co.uk

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Walking through the grand entrance of The Royal Hotel is like stepping into the pages of an Agatha Christie novel. In addition to offering some of the finest accommodation on the Isle of Wight, The Royal Hotel prides itself on being a * £21 firm foodie favourite, with an AA-rosette-awarded restaurant and a whole host of gastronomic delights to discover. During the day, dine in the conservatory for a light lunch, try the sandwiches and nibbles served all day, or do as Queen Victoria did and enjoy afternoon tea on the Geranium Terrace, overlooking the heated outdoor pool. The colonial-style conservatory is bright and pleasant, brimming with seaside charm. As the hotel is situated just two minutes from the coast, the chefs have plenty of top-notch seafood to work with. You can look forward to the likes of smoked haddock risotto topped Food Served: Mon-Sun with crispy egg yolk, as well as roasted fillet of hake. For something unique, dine noon-1.45pm, 3pm-5pm, on the Riviera Terrace, which boasts stunning views over Ventnor Bay and the 6.45pm-8.45pm (last orders) English Channel. The talented chefs will load up a picnic hamper for you to enjoy with a bottle of wine as you take in the views. The evening table d’hote menu features expertly crafted starters like pan-roasted wood pigeon, and main courses such as roasted loin of Hampshire venison. The elegant restaurant, bedecked with chandeliers, is the perfect setting for special occasions. Exquisite food, a stunning setting and the very best service ensure that those who stay and dine here are treated like royalty. *Price represents the cost of the three-course set lunch menu. 32

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Truffles Restaurant

Modern European

 Location 8a High Street, Fareham, PO16 7AN t: 0844 502 8823 w: www.trufflesrestaurantfareham.co.uk e: trufflesrestaurant1@gmail.com

PS Truffles stands out on the High Street for many reasons. Set in a beautiful Georgian building, this intimate modern European restaurant delivers both excellent food and impeccable service. The romantic atmosphere is enhanced by £27 to carefully crafted menus and a warm and inviting dining area. Chef James updates £39 the set menu and the à la carte every few weeks and months respectively. Jemma and James both pride themselves on their passion for food, especially local game and slow-cooked meat. Start with Pedro Ximenéz-glazed pork cheek with celeriac three ways, followed by a main course of pulled confit lamb mille-feuille accompanied by boulangère potato, spinach, sautéed bacon and cauliflower drizzled in mint and caper jus. To complete your meal, the pineapple and ginger sponge pudding, soaked in chilli and lime syrup and served with coconut sorbet, can’t be beaten. Vegetarians are also spoilt for choice, with starters such as Jerusalem artichoke soup, and the walnut-crusted goat’s cheese served with Medjool date jam, poached fig, Food Served: Mon-Weds 6.30pm-9pm; chicory and croutons. Thurs-Sun noon-2pm, On the first Thursday of every 6.30pm-9pm month, James creates a special themed tasting menu using fresh, seasonal produce. This is the perfect opportunity for sampling the gorgeous and exciting flavours that James puts together. Tuesdays are steak night, with a choice of two cuts of meat, and three courses costing just £25. The Sunday roasts also include à la carte options and a weekly changing roast option.

Watermark Restaurant & Bar

Modern European

 Location 36-38 The Boardwalk, Portsmouth, PO6 4TP t: 0844 502 9266 w: www.watermark-bar.com e: manager@watermark-bar.com

PS Watermark Restaurant & Bar is a mecca for those who love to enjoy outstanding food and drink before donning their dancing shoes and showing off their moves well into the wee hours. Inside, a neutral palette, pale pine woodwork and smart £23 to furnishings create a stylish and comfortable environment that, when paired with the £29 restaurant’s uninterrupted views across the Port Solent waterways, establishes a cool, calm air of sophistication. Watermark offers a menu that regularly changes to make the most of seasonal ingredients. The slow-cooked shoulder of lamb served with spring onion mash, honey-roasted carrots and veal jus is a hearty dish that’s packed with flavour. Alternatively, Watermark’s vegan salad with lemon and coriander bulgur wheat, roast sweet potato and roasted red peppers is a popular dish for vegans and meat-eaters alike. Open: Mon-Thurs Breakfast and afternoon tea are also available, making Watermark Restaurant 10am-10.30pm; & Bar the perfect destination no Fri & Sat 10am-1am; matter what time of day you call in. If you’re an early riser, tuck into Sun 10am-10pm the likes of poached eggs and mushrooms on toast and the full cooked breakfast; they’re not to be missed. Watermark Restaurant & Bar prides itself on its ability to help you make the most of the weekend, and with good reason. With food served throughout the day, and Friday and Saturday night’s party menu and DJ set, there is something for everyone. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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The Haven  Location King’s Saltern Road, Lymington, SO41 3QD t: 0844 625 3480 w: www.havenrestaurant.co.uk e: info@lymingtonhavenbar.com

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Based in the Lymington Yacht Haven marina, The Haven bar and restaurant affords stunning vistas across the Solent, and has a fantastic food offering to rival the view. The owners endeavour to make The Haven eco-friendly, installing solar panels, removing plastic straws and making sure that all seafood is ethically sourced.

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Open: Mon-Sun 8am-midnight Food Served: Mon-Sat 8am-11am, noon-3pm, 6.30pm-10pm; Sun 8am-11am, noon-3pm, 6.30pm-9pm

The seasonally changing à la carte menu features an array of mouth-watering dishes, such as the creamy and flavoursome risotto of pan-fried hake, bacon and leek, and Indonesian fish curry with gurnard, prawns and mussels – a firm favourite among The Haven’s regular customers. The specials menu showcases the day’s fresh catch from the local waters, and diners can also expect to find sharing platters, bar nibbles and a delectable dessert menu. With an excellent children’s menu and plenty of gluten- and dairy-free options, you’re sure to find something delicious to tuck into.

The heated terrace is a heavenly place in which to enjoy a leisurely meal or a refreshing drink, and four-legged friends are welcome to enjoy this suntrap as well. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide beautiful panoramic views – I can think of no better way to spend a summer’s evening than sitting by the Solent sipping a refreshing cocktail or two.

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The Blue Crab Restaurant

Seafood

 Location High Street, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0PL t: 0844 502 9250 w: www.thebluecrab.co.uk e: info@thebluecrab.co.uk

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This charming restaurant specialises in all things fishy, from Yarmouth crab, lobster salads and local garlic mackerel fillets, to seared scallops with homemade pesto, and sole. For an especially popular taste of the coast, try the restaurant’s homemade smoked fish chowder. Alternatively, for a lighter bite, choose from the daily specials board where, at lunch, there’s always a bowl of mussels or a Yarmouth crab sandwich to be had, and many of the meals are gluten-free. The Blue Crab also offers a little nipper’s menu for children. The friendly team ensures that everyone who visits feels welcome and relaxed. Complementing the food is a lovely selection of wine, cider and ale, many of which also hail from the Isle of Wight. The Blue Crab is open for lunch and evening meals throughout the year and also runs a takeaway fish and chip service.

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The Herb Pot Bistro

Bistro

 Location 175 Lyndhurst Road, Ashurst, Nr. Southampton, SO40 7AR t: 0844 625 3576 w: www.theherbpot.com e: info@theherbpot.com Occupying a lovely window seat whilst sipping a glass of malbec and absorbing the intriguing menu, I chose a starter of twice-baked cheese soufflé that was light, fluffy and rich – risen to perfection. I also tried the duck breast, which was smoked in-house to tender perfection. For my main course, I plumped for spinach and ricotta tortellini topped with fresh tomato and basil sauce and generous shavings of Parmesan. The seafood main course was also delectable, featuring the freshest bass. I finished with velvety crème brûlée, with a crisp sugary topping, served with a creamy caramel dip and a freshly baked doughnut – what an indulgent end to a delightful lunch. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, and boasting a great location with easy access, The Herb Pot Bistro is a great venue for all occasions. This family-friendly venue even offers outside seating, perfect for al fresco drinks in summer.

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Open: Tues-Fri 9am-2.30pm, 5pm-9pm; Sat 9am-9pm; Sun 9am-2.30pm

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The Boat House Café – Swanwick

Bistro

 Location Swanwick Marina, Swanwick Shore, Swanwick, SO31 1ZL t: 0844 502 8840 w: www.theboathousecafe.com

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Waterside dining is idyllic by its very nature, but only a few establishments manage to achieve the right blend of picturesque harbourside charm, modern comfort, and exceptional-quality food and drink. The Boat House Café at Swanwick Marina is firmly fixed among this number.

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‘...exceptional-quality food and drink...’ Visit in the morning for hearty breakfasts and brunch, from noon for light bites and lunchtime classics, and in the evening for The Boat House’s bistro-style dinner menu, which pairs the kitchen team’s creative daily menu with freshly prepared locally sourced food. Though dishes change daily, a typical offering might see diners sampling the likes of crispy lamb on sourdough toast with creamy goat’s cheese and harissa, followed by slow-cooked pork belly with creamy mash, braised red cabbage, crispy kale and red wine jus.

Open: Sun-Thurs 9am-11pm; Fri & Sat 9am-midnight (hours vary seasonally, please see website for details)

Groups of all kinds are warmly welcomed and dogs too, be it for a lunchtime get-together, a large group booking for friends and family to celebrate a special occasion, or simply an intimate evening table for two. Open seven days a week, the café routinely attracts scores of foodies, all of whom visit again and again, safe in the knowledge that they can expect quality seasonal fare every time they visit.

The Boat House Café – Chichester

Bistro

 Location Chichester Marina, Birdham, Nr. Chichester, PO20 7EJ t: 0844 502 8837 w: www.theboathousecafe.com

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Boasting unparalleled views of the harbour, both inside and out, The Boat House Café at Chichester Marina is the perfect place to relax with a coffee or glass of wine alongside freshly prepared, locally sourced food while the world sails by. Add to the mix a decked suntrap terrace, and visitors to this idyllic café-come-bistro can’t help but feel as though they’ve discovered a real gem.

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Operating an enticing menu that shifts throughout the day – from hearty breakfasts and delicious lunchtime treats, through to bistro-style fare in the evening – there’s always a compelling reason to visit. Enjoy a wholesome start to the day by choosing free-range eggs on toasted sourdough, a full English, or the excellent vegetarian breakfast. From midday, lunchtime favourites like The Boat House toasted club and steak frites are served to scores of hungry waterside diners. Meanwhile, in the evening, The Boat House’s daily changing bistro-style menu Open: Mon-Sun 8am-10.30pm sees guests tucking into the likes (hours vary seasonally, please of Parma ham and mushroom see website for details) bruschetta followed by baked cod fillet with saffron and garden pea risotto and samphire. The bistro thrives on the principles of responsible business and sustainable sourcing. The kitchen team draws heavily upon the neighbouring regions of Hampshire and West Sussex for outstanding produce. The Boat House should be at the top of every Chichester foodie’s list. You can bring your dog along too. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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CXO Bar & Bistro  Location Frobisher House, Nelson Gate, Southampton, SO15 1GX t: 0844 502 8879 w: www.cxo.bar e: info@cxo.bar

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CXO is a vibrant, family-run bar and bistro situated in central Southampton, just a stone’s throw from Southampton Central Station. Proprietor Marco Bertacchini and his team pride themselves on serving freshly prepared rustic dishes in a relaxed and friendly environment. Just a couple minutes’ walk from the Mayflower Theatre, the restaurant remains a popular destination for theatre-goers, offering a calm and comfortable pre-theatre dining experience for both matinée and evening performances. If disappointment is to be avoided, it’s best to book in advance.

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‘...freshly prepared rustic dishes in a relaxed and friendly environment...’ The restaurant’s menu pairs uncomplicated, seasonal bistro dishes with quality regional produce. The locally renowned CXO Burger is an especially popular option. It comprises an altogether impressive 8oz beefburger, cooked to perfection and stacked with smoked bacon, chorizo, Cheddar, red onions, vine tomatoes and fresh salad leaves, served in a ciabatta bun with hand-cut triple-cooked chips. If burgers don’t tempt you, CXO’s varied à la carte menu will certainly offer something that does. CXO also offers an outstanding range of world wine, craft ale and an enviable selection of locally produced gin. If it’s just coffee and cake that you’re after, the restaurant also stocks plenty of teas and quality Italian coffee, complemented by a dizzying array of homemade cakes and desserts. Those planning a special event can use CXO for their private function. Marco and the team are friendly and accommodating. They’ll help you plan your get-together and see to it that all your needs are met.

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In the warmer months customers can enjoy the outside seating area, taking in the impressive floral displays. This really is the place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre without moving too far at all.

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Becketts

Bistro

 Location 11 Bellevue Terrace, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 3AT t: 0844 502 9154 w: www.beckettssouthsea.co.uk Becketts has been a well-regarded Southsea fixture for 30 years, upholding a glowing reputation for first-class food, drink and service. Its current owners took the helm at the start of 2016, bringing with them a clear vision for the future of the restaurant. Their concept blends a stylish rebrand and outreach to new clientele with preservation of the restaurant’s existing loyal client base – they’re dedicated to sustaining the establishment’s authenticity and character. Becketts’ Grade II listed premises underwent a six-month period of renovation, bringing new life to the restaurant’s four floors. Handmade wooden furnishings, cool marblework, soft lighting and a state-of-the-art kitchen all contribute to a stylish, modern and inviting setting for all manner of occasions. The acquisition of the building next door has meant Becketts has expanded again; the courtyard room is the latest addition nestled inside the stylish venue. This hosts Becketts’ deli where diners can stop by for breakfast, brunch or lunch or pop in to enjoy shakes, smoothies, hot drinks, pastries and cakes. Dining at Becketts is an all-encompassing experience, with all elements taken into careful consideration. The kitchen has perfected its exemplary menu of traditional and modern European gastronomic delights, preparing everything on-site and making seasonal use of locally grown and reared produce to the fullest extent. Starters include pan-seared scallops with sweetcorn three ways – a spiced sweetcorn purée, grilled corn and sweetcorn fritters. Another starter that exceeds expectations is the charred mackerel with oyster mayonnaise and sea herb and radish remoulade. The mains are just as exciting. There are a number of innovative vegetarian and vegan dishes like the wild mushroom open lasagne and spiced shiitake broth, as well as several meat options. The crispy pork belly served with sweet potato and apple compression, rhubarb ketchup, fresh apple and charred gem lettuce is a top choice. The bar, meanwhile, offers a broad selection of world wine alongside a compelling list of cocktails, and stocks an impressive range of beer and ale, covering all bases. With Moules Tuesday, Prosecco Wednesday, live music on Saturday and Becketts’ famous bottomless brunch available every weekend, there will always be a reason to return regardless of when you visit. Keep your eyes peeled for Becketts’ boutique hotel rooms opening this summer.

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Open: Tues-Sat 5pm-midnight; Sun noon-7pm Deli Open: Tues-Fri 8am-3pm; Sat 9am-3pm; Sun 9am-1pm

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Ennio’s  Location Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2AR t: 0844 625 3002 w: www.ennios.co.uk e: info@ennios.co.uk

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Named the best Italian restaurant in Hampshire by the Milan newspaper Corriere Della Sera, Ennio’s is located on the ground floor of a lovingly converted old Victorian warehouse in one of the most prestigious parts of Southampton, directly £28 to facing the old waterfront and Southampton Water. £32 Famous for its traditional homemade cuisine, Ennio’s menu represents a traditional and authentic taste of real Italian cooking. Using fresh quality ingredients, the mouth-watering Italian cuisine includes first-class antipasti, pasta, secondi piatti, ensalada, dolce and Ennio’s speciality – quality fresh fish like the bestselling grilled mixed seafood plate and the branzino al forno – whole sea bass baked with your choice of either salt, fennel or lemon and filleted at your table. In addition to the restaurant’s evening, lunchtime Open: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, and Sunday lunch menus, each week the head chef picks her favourite specialities from various regions and features them on the regional menu, 6pm-late; Sun noon-4pm, perfectly highlighting the diversity 6pm-8.30pm of Italian cuisine. Ennio’s has been recognised as one of the top independently-owned restaurants in the UK and described by The Daily Telegraph as a lively, characterful Italian restaurant. Upstairs, the Ennio’s boutique hotel boasts ten superbly appointed en-suite rooms, providing a taste of luxury. Moreover, the nearby high street shops and a shopping centre just a short walk away mean that the hotel is ideal for both business trips and social weekends. Italian

La Lambretta  Location 1 Shaftesbury Street, Fordingbridge, SP6 1JF t: 0844 625 3051 w: www.lambrettafordingbridge.com e: marco@lalambretta.co.uk

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Stepping into La Lambretta, you feel like you’ve left the quaint village of Fordingbridge and entered a restaurant in Italy. Owner Marco Stefanini started this venture in October 2017 with the aim of bringing genuine, authentic Italian food to a small Hampshire village. The food, wine and service are all centred around the feel of a typical Italian restaurant.

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The wood-fired pizzas are particularly popular, with the head chef using only traditional Italian ingredients. Just as popular and tasty is the mixed Italian salami starter – imported from Italy and served cold. For a main, you can’t beat the tiger prawns cooked in a rich garlic and white wine sauce. Round things off with the classic Italian pick-me-up – tiramisu. The wine list has been carefully curated to showcase the best Italian wine. Italian lager is also on offer, and a locally brewed pale ale from neighbouring Ringwood gives a nod to the Food Served: venue’s countryside location. La Mon 6pm-9.30pm; Tues-Sat Lambretta is conveniently situated noon-2pm, 6pm-9.30pm just across from a public car park in the heart of a village that’s known as the northern gateway to the New Forest. This independent Italian restaurant is truly something special. The attentive and friendly staff are knowledgeable without being over-bearing, making this a perfect Italian restaurant. 40

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Piccolo Mondo

Italian

 Location 36 Windsor Terrace, Southampton, SO14 7SL t: 0844 502 9016 w: www.piccolo-mondo.co.uk e: info@piccolo-mondo.co.uk

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Keeping a keen focus on serving authentic Italian fare has enabled Piccolo Mondo to hold its own and remain a firm fixture on the Southampton food and drink scene for over 40 years. Eminently welcoming, visitors are greeted with genuine warmth and hospitality by a team that enjoys being at Piccolo Mondo just as much as guests do. The restaurant’s small premises – seating only 34 guests at a time – are tantamount to its success; they’re large enough to accommodate get-togethers of family and friends, yet intimate enough to retain a real sense of rustic Tuscan charm. For this reason it is always advisable to book in advance.

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‘…a real sense of rustic Tuscan charm…’ Over the years, the Piccolo Mondo kitchen team has grown decidedly adept at delivering outstanding Italian Open: cuisine. The restaurant’s menu Mon-Weds noon-9.30pm; sees guests choosing between Thurs-Sat noon-10pm; enticing offerings of antipasti, Sun noon-8pm pasta and pizza, as well as meat, fish and vegetarian signature dishes. The bill of fare is complemented by a well-selected wine list and a selection of Champagne for those celebrating special occasions. Exclusive hire of the restaurant is available by prior arrangement for up to 25 seated guests.

Tapas Barcelona

Tapas

 Location Arts Centre, Guildhall Square, Southampton, SO14 7DU t: 0844 625 3043 w: www.tapasbarcelona.co.uk e: info@tapasbarcelona.co.uk

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Located in the heart of Southampton’s Cultural Quarter – opposite the O2 Guildhall, not far from the newly opened Nuffield Theatre and a short walk from Mayflower Theatre – Tapas Barcelona is the perfect venue for day-trippers and theatre-goers alike. This sociable venue provides an authentic tapas experience with influences from Spanish kitchens. Split across two levels, this uniquely decorated eatery features an open kitchen and hosts regular events, music and a full programme of live sport.

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The menus are bursting with flavour and choice – you’ll find all your tapas favourites and a vast array of vegan and gluten-free options too. The restaurant offers small plates, including chorizo, potato and caramelised onion tortilla, crispy squid, sherry-fried chorizo, patatas bravas and stuffed mini peppers; these are perfect for sharing. Diners can also enjoy a fantastic lunchtime offer of two-for-one tapas from Open: Monday to Friday. Big plates are Mon-Sat 11am-midnight also available, so diners can choose from the likes of burgers, steaks, chilli and prawn dishes, along with a choice of sides. Those with a soft spot for dessert can round off their meal with Spanish favourites of churros and chocolate or crème Catalan, among others. Tapas Barcelona also boasts an impressive drinks selection and offers two-for-one cocktails on weekdays from 3pm until close. *Price range represents the cost of one small plate, one big plate and a glass of house wine. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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Ralphs Wine, Gin & Tapas Bar  Location 22c Elm Grove, Hayling Island, PO11 9EF t: 0844 625 3608 e: ralphs-bar@outlook.com

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Head down to Hayling Island and you’ll spot Ralphs Wine, Gin & Tapas Bar on the left-hand side of the road, with a convenient car park situated behind. This popular venue was recently acquired by new owners Ollie and Martin West.

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As a well-established location, this place has been a long-loved favourite with local residents and it’s testament to the general managers Sean and Kealey’s experience and skill that locals still frequent this joint. Determined to keep many of the original elements, including the popular menu and relaxed ambience, the new owners have injected a dash of their own style and personality into the decor, and have added to the gin selection. Sean organises regular gin tasting evenings where guests have the opportunity to try a selection of around 20 gins with a range of tonics and garnishes.

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‘...a welcoming and friendly vibe...’ The whole place had a welcoming and friendly vibe the moment we walked in, with a good mix of locals and visitors. We sat at a table by the window, having enjoyed some drinks outside in the courtyard, and chose from a range of tapas and side dishes, which all sounded appetising. Portions are plentiful, so make sure you bring your appetite with you. We selected four tapas dishes to share, including mini Yorkshire puddings with beef and horseradish sauce, barbecue chicken wings, lamb meatballs and classic patatas bravas. Kealey manages the kitchen and her culinary skills are evident. The pair have lots of exciting plans for the future, including live music, and a different dish features as the Saturday special each week. For further information and updates please see Ralphs’ Facebook page.

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This hard-working couple bring their energy and warm spirit to this lovely little eatery and I wish them much-deserved success. I’ll be swinging by soon to attend one of their gin tasting evenings, no doubt. *Price range represents the cost of two tapas dishes and a glass of house wine.

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La Regata

Spanish

 Location Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2AR t: 0844 625 2945 w: www.laregata.co.uk e: laregata94@gmail.com

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Conveniently located on Town Quay and next to Southampton’s waterfront, this traditional restaurant offers an enticing and authentic taste of Spanish cuisine. Established for 23 years, La Regata is well known in the area; the wide range of tapas and main menu selections always have a place on the menu and are popular with locals and regulars. They also encourage new guests with a range of delicious food and a regularly changing specials board. We chose a medley of tapas from an extensive selection – it was almost too hard to choose. We chose from the specials board, selecting the pollo chiclana, a chicken dish with king prawns and chorizo in tomato and chilli sauce, plus the fresh sea bass – a whole fish served with garlic butter and herb sauce. Both dishes were excellent. The kitchen team has a well-honed range of skills – evidenced through high-quality flavour and presentation. Portions are plentiful – you won’t go hungry here.

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Open: Mon-Thurs noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm; Fri & Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm; Sun noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm

Served by a team of attentive staff and with an extensive drinks menu at the bar, La Regata brings a taste of Spain to the heart of Southampton. Spacious and upbeat, there’s even the chance to watch the world go by outside, with al fresco dining planned for the warmer months. *Price range represents the cost of two tapas, a main and a glass of house wine.

Artisan

Mediterranean

 Location 25 High Street, Eastleigh, SO50 5LF t: 0844 625 3476 w: www.artisanmeze.co.uk e: artisaneastleigh@aol.com

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If you enjoy authentic Mediterranean and Turkish food, well-paired wine and a relaxed, inviting dining environment, Artisan’s meze and wine bar should be at the top of your must-visit list. Stepping into the restaurant from Eastleigh’s bustling High Street, guests are transported into a food mecca. Outside, there’s a beautiful secluded terrace with grape vines hanging overhead. There you’ll find spacious tables at which diners can while away an afternoon basking in the sun. Alternatively, if the Mediterranean weather doesn’t reach Eastleigh, the cosy indoor dining space provides comfy seating, warm lighting and a delightful ambience.

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Guests can enjoy hot and cold meze dishes as starters, or sample a selection for a relaxed tapas-style meal. Try the likes of baked aubergine with Turkish garlic yoghurt, halloumi with lightly spiced Turkish beef sausage, or classic stuffed vine Open: leaves. Main-course options include Mon-Sun 11am-2.30pm, delectable chicken and lamb dishes 6pm-midnight as well as stews, casseroles and specials. We’d recommend the succulent lamb with Turkish passata and thick yoghurt, served atop a soft pitta and topped with seared butter; it’s a fantastic combination of rich, meaty flavours and light, refreshing sauce. All dietary requirements can be catered for with plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options on the menu. The amiable atmosphere, delightful food and remarkable wine make Artisan a gastronomic treat. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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Giorgio’s Mediterranean

Mediterranean

 Location 8 High Street, Bishop’s Waltham, Nr. Southampton, SO32 1AA t: 0845 468 1324 w: www.giorgiosbar.com e: info@giorgiosbar.com The medieval town of Bishop’s Waltham is a delightful spot to explore and at its centre you’ll find an atmospheric restaurant in which to dine. Giorgio’s Mediterranean is housed in a beautiful building with red-brick walls. Head downstairs to discover the atmospherically lit and wonderfully cosy dining area where George and the team will greet you warmly. The diverse menu aims to provide a true taste of Mediterranean cuisine with lovingly prepared dishes including spicy chorizo, deep-fried rice balls and breaded whitebait. Popular tapas can be ordered as well as a selection of paella, pasta, pizza and risotto mains. Be sure to look out for the daily meat and fish specials. You can book in advance online and stay up to date with the live music events that take place. The restaurant is also available for private hire during the day. Be transported back to your sunny summer holiday at Giorgio’s Mediterranean.

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Burley Manor

Mediterranean

 Location Ringwood Road, Burley, BH24 4BS t: 0844 502 9151 w: www.burleymanor.com e: burleymanor@newforesthotels.co.uk

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Burley Manor underwent a full reboot of its decor and dining philosophy two years ago, and this change in direction continues to pay off for anyone who adores great food served in stylish surroundings. You arrive in an impressive hallway, complete with a welcoming log fire and enthusiastic, friendly staff before moving to the lounge bar, an intimate, cosy space peppered with leather and fabric club chairs and comfy sofas. It’s a great spot from which to enjoy some of the restaurant’s carefully chosen wine, and an unhurried peruse of the menu, which is based around dishes from the Mediterranean and Burley Manor’s ‘secret’ ingredient – the wood-fired oven.

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Starters include Moroccan-spiced duck terrine, fig and coppa ham Carpaccio, and coriander, butternut and almond soup. It was all so tempting, but we couldn’t resist the tapas – 12 different vegetarian, meat and fish-based dishes. After much contemplation we opted for salt fish croquettes with lemon, crispy squid with chilli mayo, and chicken skewers with cumin hummus, dukkah and flatbread. The dining room at Burley Manor is split into two parts – the indoor L-shaped room leading to a warm, elegant conservatory, with upholstered chairs and a relaxed feel. Beginning with some excellent bread and a subtle chilli dipping sauce, we managed to polish off the tapas – served hot and with plenty of herbs and a baked lemon for additional flavour – in double-quick time. Our next course comprised Spanish tomato and olive tart accompanied by fattoush salad with sumac and onions for me, and for my dining partner, bream with samphire and seaweed served with sautéed potatoes. There are plenty of non-alcoholic choices for drivers, but for those with a designated driver there’s a great choice of wine from France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the New World, available either by the bottle or carafe. Desserts are just as delicious. My partner tucked into the cheeseboard, which includes cheese from the Lyburn Farmhouse Cheesemakers. You can’t go wrong with a classic, so I chose affogatto; vanilla ice cream, espresso, biscotti and amaretto liqueur. I also fancied the spiced fig parfait but that’s the thing about Burley Manor – you know you’re going to return work your way through the entire menu.

Lounge & Bar Open: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm Restaurant Open: Mon-Sun 8am-10am, noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm

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Lemoni Grill  Location 65 Queensway, Southampton, SO14 3HA t: 0844 625 3442 w: www.lemonigrill.com e: f&b-soton@lemonigrill.com

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Dining at Lemoni Grill is like visiting a sunny Greek island. Tastefully decorated with white marble tables, matching chairs and cushioned grey banquettes, this welcoming oasis was a feast for the eyes. While chef Stelios explained the delights on the extensive menu, we relaxed with glasses of chilled wine from the well-stocked bar, listened to soft Greek music and marvelled at the impressive list of dishes for vegetarians, vegans and those with food intolerances.

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As our drinks were served, waiter Christos surprised us with a tasty platter of deep-fried potatoes cut to resemble flowers. We sampled an irresistible platter of breaded calamari, baba ganoush with pomegranate seeds, and tirokafteri – a mouth-watering blend of feta cheese and chilli accompanied by homemade pitta. The sensational combination of flavours whisked us to the Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-3pm, Mediterranean. Next, my companion chose pastitsio, a delicacy comprising 5pm-11pm; ground beef layered with pasta and Fri-Sun 11am-11pm Béchamel sauce, while I devoured a vast serving of giaourtlou: an Adana kebab topped with spicy sauce and served sizzling from the oven. Dessert was a wondrous platter of bougatsa – sugar-dusted filo pastry filled with crème anglaise and served with ice cream. Whether you drop by for a morning espresso or invite your friends to share a wondrous Greek meal, you’re sure to enjoy Lemoni’s friendly take on authentic Greek dining.

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The Queens Head  Location 32 High Street, Ludgershall, Nr. Andover, SP11 9PZ t: 0844 502 8554 w: www.queenshead.biz e: j.robinson62@btinternet.com

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Now approaching their 16th year at the helm, licensees Jane and Kevin and their team at The Queens Head in Ludgershall have always maintained a keen focus on sourcing quality local produce for their fantastic menus. £10 to Enjoy a thrilling dining experience like no other by ordering from the pub’s Black £30 Rock Grill menu. These unique dishes are served on a super-heated volcanic rock, allowing diners to cook their meal at the table exactly as they like it. Whatever you opt for, be it 10oz fillet steak garnished with grilled tomatoes and mushrooms, free-range chicken supreme with roasted Mediterranean veg, or fresh fillet of salmon with cherry tomatoes and asparagus spears, the produce arriving at your table will be knowledgeably sourced and prepared with care. Alternatively, order from The Queens Head’s bar menu. The à la carte menu features plenty of hearty pub classics, perfect for leisurely lunches and relaxed evening meals. Mains of fish and Bar Open: chips in homemade batter, gourmet Mon-Thurs noon-11pm; beef and chicken burgers and fiery Fri & Sat noon-late; chilli con carne prove particularly Sun noon-10.30pm popular, as do the pub’s tempting Food Served: Mon-Sat seasonally changing sweets. In the noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; fairer months enjoy The Queens Sun noon-4pm Head’s ploughman’s board or a tasty traditional basket meal in the secluded beer garden, where there’s play equipment to entertain little diners. 46

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The Black Bottle

Wine Bar

 Location 4 Bridge Street, Winchester, SO23 9BH t: 01962 621563 w: www.theblackbottle.co.uk e: enquiries@theblackbottle.co.uk

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The Black Bottle is any wine-lover’s dream. The third enterprise from David Nicholson opened in 2012 and is situated five minutes down the road from The Black Rat restaurant and The Black Boy pub. Make an evening out of visiting all three venues – making sure to start or finish the night in The Black Bottle.

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The building dates back to the 19th century and retains many of its period features, but nothing about this wine bar’s concept is dated. All visitors are given a unique wine dispensing card, which they can then top up with cash. The Black Bottle encourages drinkers to sample wine in varying sizes; the taster glass of 25ml, a small glass of 125ml or a large 175ml glass. The bar has four self-service wine dispensers which feature eight different wine bottles including red, white and rosé varietals. The cellar boasts over 150 different wines from both the Old and New World, so whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a complete novice, you’re guaranteed to find a tipple that you love. For those less into their wine, there is lager on draught and bottled beer, as well as various soft drinks.

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‘...creative concept, genuine value for money and relaxing environment...’ The cold meat and cheese platters on offer are ideal for sharing and are the perfect accompaniment to a wine tasting. The event nights hosted by The Black Bottle are incredibly fun and interesting. From the wine around the world night to a wine and oyster evening, owner David Nicholson and his creative team are always willing to try something new. The relaxing atmosphere of the venue, with large wooden tables converted from floorboards, long benches and serene lighting, is carried throughout five separate rooms. Large and smaller groups are always welcomed by the inviting staff. It is possible to hire the venue for a party too. The small heated outside area is popular on warm evenings, when revellers sit back and enjoy their wine while watching the world go by. The Black Bottle stands out from the crowd thanks to its creative concept, genuine value for money and relaxing environment. *Price range represents the cost of a glass of wine. *Accommodation at sister business The Black Hole.

Open: Mon-Thurs 4.30pm-11pm; Fri 4.30pm-12.30am; Sat noon-12.30am; Sun noon-10.30pm

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The Old Vine

 Location 8 Great Minster Street, Winchester, SO23 9HA t: 0844 625 3273 w: www.oldvinewinchester.com e: reservations@oldvinewinchester.com Wn The Old Vine is a stunning Grade II listed hotel, bar and restaurant set in the beautiful, historical city of Winchester. This 18th-century inn is steeped in history, and located just minutes from Jane Austen’s house, Winchester College and the £21 Great Hall. The Old Vine is also brimming with awards – including winning to £25 bronze at the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2017 – and should be top of everyone’s foodie hit-list when visiting the area. The varied menu showcases seasonal and local Hampshire produce. Starters include homemade chicken liver pâté served with a sweet apple chutney and toast; pulled pork croquettes in crispy breadcrumbs with an apple and ginger purée, Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; and vegan meze comprising falafel, hummus, olives, and tomato and aubergine Sun 11am-10.30pm salsa served with crisp ciabatta. Main courses feature a range of tempting Food Served: options including meat-free dishes and a daily changing fish specials board. For Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, meat-lovers, the slow-braised lamb shank accompanied by mashed potato, fresh 6.30pm-9.30pm; vegetables and red wine, redcurrant, Sat noon-3pm, rosemary and mint gravy is an 6.30pm-9.30pm; admirable choice. The Old Vine Sun noon-3pm, 6.30pm-9pm is featured in The Good Beer Guide 2018, so unsurprisingly the bar is well stocked with local ale and beer. With a suntrap patio where dogs are welcome and a crackling log fire by the bar, there’s always a reason to visit this award-winning pub come rain or shine. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, the accommodation at The Old Vine comes highly recommended. Gastropub

The Rose and Thistle  Location Rockbourne Road, Rockbourne, Nr. Fordingbridge, SP6 3NL t: 0844 625 3374 w: www.roseandthistle.co.uk e: enquiries@roseandthistle.co.uk

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Built in the 16th century, The Rose and Thistle is steeped in history. Nestled in the quaint village of Rockbourne, on the outskirts of the New Forest, this traditional pub is at the heart of the village community. At The Rose and Thistle, you’ll see London commuters and local farmers sitting side by side. Inside, the pub has a cosy, homely feel. The restaurant boasts an inglenook fireplace that adds to the intimate setting, while the separate bar area is well suited to larger groups.

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The menu changes five times a year to offer the freshest seasonal produce. The set menu changes weekly, with two or three courses for lunch or dinner. Head chef Natalie recommends the twice-baked cheese soufflé to start, followed by steamed suet steak and kidney pudding – a long-standing favourite that has featured on the menu for 25 years. For dessert, the amaretto and mixed berry meringue and sticky toffee pudding come highly recommended. At the bar you’ll find three real Open: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, ales on tap, with popular choices 5pm-10.30pm; such as Doom Bar, Butcombe Sat 11am-10.30pm; and Ringwood Best. The bar staff Sun noon-6pm are self-confessed cider fanatics so there’s always a wide selection of local cider to choose from, and wine-lovers will be pleased to see a selection of tipples from around the world available by the bottle and the glass. The Rose and Thistle is a true community hub that welcomes visitors with open arms.

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King Charles

 Location 6 Lovedon Lane, Kings Worthy, Nr. Winchester, SO23 7NU t: 0844 625 3397 w: www.kingcharleswinchester.co.uk e: kingcharlespub@outlook.com The King Charles is a pub at the centre of the Kings Worthy community. Known as Charlie’s by locals, this family-run pub offers a menu that caters for all dietary requirements, including vegans and vegetarians, and the kitchen ensures that the produce is sourced locally wherever possible. All the dishes are beautifully presented and full of flavour. The vast garden is the ideal spot to spend a leisurely afternoon soaking up the sun and sipping a hand-pulled pint of ale. A newly installed children’s play area means that you can bring the whole family along to while away a summer’s day. During the colder months, the roaring log fire is always lit so you can warm your cockles after a brisk walk. No matter when you visit the King Charles pub, you’ll be greeted with a friendly welcome, fabulous food and a fully stocked bar.

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The William Walker

 Location 34 The Square, Winchester, SO23 9EX t: 0844 502 9128 w: www.williamwalkerwinchester.co.uk e: williamwalker@fullers.co.uk Centrally located in Winchester, The William Walker is an attractive pub with fantastic views of the city’s world-famous cathedral. Sumptuous food and an all-encompassing selection of drinks make this the ideal spot to find refreshment. The pub is named after the diver who saved Winchester Cathedral from collapse in the early 1900s and inside you’ll find stylish marine-themed decor complete with porthole windows, deep-sea diving helmets and images of sea creatures. The menu is centred around freshly prepared, locally sourced food, bringing together fine seasonal ingredients to create tasty dishes that are sure to please. Small plates feature the likes of harissa lamb chop, pan-seared whole tiger prawns and sumptuous pumpkin gnocchi in sage butter. Hearty mains include the Chalcroft Farm beefburger stacked with Mrs Owton’s bacon, Gouda and salad, served in a toasted cholla bun. After visiting this exceptional venue, you won’t be able to resist stopping by again.

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Open: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 11am-midnight; Sun 11am-10.30pm Gastropub

Queen Charlotte Inn

 Location 41 London Road, Andover, SP10 2PR t: 0844 625 2755 w: www.queencharlotteandover.co.uk e: queencharlotte2016@hotmail.com The Queen Charlotte Inn underwent extensive refurbishment last year and the results have been amazing. This gastropub prides itself on head chef Charlie’s menu of locally sourced fare, which changes seasonally. The array of pub classics with modern flair has made Queen Charlotte Inn a firm favourite with locals, especially with a menu that is flexible towards all dietary requirements. The World Heritage site Stonehenge can easily be visited from this friendly pub, making it a great stop for those coming from further afield. With numerous beautiful dog walks surrounding the pub, the family- and dog-friendly Queen Charlotte is worth a visit for an enormous Sunday lunch and a stroll. The main menu includes exciting dishes, including starters such as the black pudding and pork fritters. This, combined with the chicken breast risotto main and Charlie’s sticky toffee pudding for dessert, makes for a winning combination. An extensive selection of wine and real ale complements the menu perfectly.

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The Bird in Hand

Gastropub

 Location 269 Lovedean Lane, Lovedean, Nr. Waterlooville, PO8 9RX t: 0845 468 1329 w: www.lovedeanbirdinhand.co.uk e: enquiries@lovedeanbirdinhand.co.uk

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This Tudor-style pub has been a major part of the village of Lovedean since the 1800s, and was even the hiding place of the FA Cup during World War II. £20 to Locals are already aware of the delicious menu and amazing service The Bird in £25 Hand offers, and will assure you that it is definitely worth a trip to Lovedean so can you sample the fare for yourself, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The à la carte menu changes with the seasons; particular highlights are the Stilton fritters with quince purée, charred chicory and toasted pecans, and the seared scallops with cauliflower purée, chorizo and basil oil. Traditional mains are given small twists to emphasise the attention to detail from the experienced chefs. Pan-fried sea bass accompanied by potato rosti, spinach, wild mushroom and sun-blushed tomato pesto is a firm favourite with diners. The Bird in Hand caters for all dietary requirements, with special vegan and dairy- and gluten-free menus. Open: The sparkling aperitifs add to please see website for the entire experience if you fancy a little tipple – the Bird Royale opening hours made with raspberry vodka and crème de cassis topped with chilled Prosecco is the perfect way to start any lunch or dinner. The bar also boasts over 35 speciality gins from across the world. An outdoor decking area makes The Bird in Hand a great venue for all manner of events, including baby showers, afternoon teas and weddings.

The Greyfriar

Gastropub

 Location Winchester Road, Chawton, GU34 1SB t: 0845 468 1269 w: www.thegreyfriar.co.uk e: bookings@thegreyfriar.co.uk

EH Situated opposite author Jane Austen’s house, the 16th-century Greyfriar keeps tourists happy with old English lunchtime specials, but it’s the exciting evening menu that pulls in the locals. New licensee Simon Brencher and the head chef £18 to have put together an interesting but concise menu of five or six choices per £23 course, focusing on fresh and preferably local produce. With exposed oak beams, scrubbed pine tables, a roaring fire and burning candles, this cosy establishment is run with attention to detail. The food is a joy, with specials changing on a daily basis. Welsh lamb cheeks, their most popular starter and the chef’s signature dish, are braised for eight hours and served with mint jelly. Our scallops with croquette potatoes disappeared very quickly, and the pesto-breaded halloumi was light and fluffy. For mains, the fish with Simon’s secret beer batter and triple-cooked hand-cut chips was Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; pronounced delicious. My mildly curried chickpea, sweet potato and spinach dish Sun noon-10.30pm served with a fresh coriander roti Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm; was beautifully light and fresh. Too replete for pudding, I watched Sun noon-5pm the white chocolate and raspberry brownie being devoured from across the table. Next time, I’ll definitely choose the English farmhouse cheeseboard. With well-kept Fullers ales, a carefully curated wine list and freshly ground coffee, The Greyfrair is an unexpected delight tucked away in the Hampshire countryside.

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The Royal Oak

 Location Christchurch Road, Downton, SO41 0LA t: 0844 625 3367 w: www.theroyaloakdownton.com e: info@theroyaloakdownton.com Just west of the beautiful port town of Lymington, this 18th-century former coach house has undergone a sensitive renovation under its new management, and now oozes rustic charm. The impressive makeover has created a convivial dining space, with private booths for intimate occasions and a separate homely dining area complete with a fireplace for larger groups. The extensive seasonal menu uses local produce, and all dishes are freshly prepared on-site. My starter of fresh scallops with curried cauliflower purée, crispy pancetta, apple sauce and pea shoots was simply divine. I followed with flavoursome chicken, ham hock, leek and cider pie in a crispy all-butter case, and ended the meal with decadent sticky toffee pudding. The delicious food offering includes special vegetarian and children’s menus and a satisfying Sunday roast. Add to this a varied selection of fine wine and local ale, friendly and efficient staff and a pretty outside terrace, and you’ve got more than enough reasons to visit.

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The Trusty Servant Inn

 Location Minstead, Nr. Lyndhurst, SO43 7FY t: 0845 468 1365 w: www.thetrustyservant.co.uk e: info@thetrustyservant.co.uk In the heart of the New Forest, where wild ponies roam, this charming 18th-century inn is proud to offer a vast and varied menu, incorporating almost exclusively locally sourced produce. With dishes that range from imaginatively named burgers and pizzas to an enticing selection of quintessentially British specials and desserts, you’ll be spoilt for choice. I opted for New Forest wild mushrooms and poached egg on granary toast followed by Hampshire lamb breast stuffed with spinach and pine nuts, served with pancetta-wrapped green beans, fondant potato and lamb jus. Perfectly seasoned and exquisitely cooked, my meal demonstrated a great knowledge of food and respect for ingredients. Serving lunch, dinner, and a special children’s menu, The Trusty Servant is perfect for families and comes highly recommended for visitors to this delightful part of the New Forest. The enormous garden makes al fresco dining a treat in warmer months.

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£31

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The New Forest Inn

 Location Emery Down, Nr.Lyndhurst, SO43 7DY t: 0845 468 1367 w: www.thenewforestinn.co.uk e: info@thenewforestinn.co.uk This quirky, quaint 18th-century inn combines traditional British pub fare with updated classics. My starter of smoked duck – pink and tender – was served with sweet black cherry compote and creamy, nutty pistachio and chicory slaw that enhanced the richness of the meat. My main of rag pudding took me back in time; fluffy suet stuffed with steamed mince and boiled onions and laced with just enough herbs to add flavour, atop rumbledethumps – oven-baked cheesy mashed potato with cabbage, soaked in rich gravy. The New Forest Inn kitchen team has perfected British comfort food. For dessert, warm vanilla crème brûlée with a crisp caramelised top was just as it should be – sweet, indulgent, smooth and moreish. This historic pub offers easy parking access, Sunday roasts, top-notch food and open log fires in a picturesque setting – what more could you ask for?

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The Rising Sun

Gastropub

 Location Iping Road, Milland, GU30 7NA t: 0844 502 6191 w: www.risingsunmilland.com e: mail@risingsunmilland.com

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Set in the natural beauty of the South Downs National Park at the end of the commuter route, and surrounded by woods, fields and byways, The Rising Sun is a proper country pub with roaring fires in winter and a vast beer garden for the summer. While they place firm emphasis on food, serving delicious home-cooked, seasonal dishes sourced from local suppliers, they also offer superb wine and beer and delightful, friendly service. Pub classics are available all year round, while other menu items change regularly. A seasonal specials board showcases local game and fresh fish from the south coast. In autumn, you might be offered partridge and pear terrine with damson jelly, or pan-roasted fresh brill with wild mushrooms, truffled gnocchi, cavolo nero and lemon butter sauce. There are plenty of vegetarian options, a children’s menu, and popular two-course lunch and early-bird specials. To drink, choose from Fuller’s real ales on tap, a good selection of draught lagers and an extensive list of wine, with 16 available by the glass.

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Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 5.30pm-midnight; Sat & Sun noon-midnight Food Served: Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm; Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-9.30pm; Sun noon-4pm, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Regular events include quiz and curry nights, an Old English lunch club, monthly live music and an annual beer and music festival held at the end of July each year. The Rising Sun even offers bespoke outside catering for your own events and celebrations.

The Bugle

Gastropub

 Location High Street, Hamble-le-Rice, Nr. Southampton, SO31 4HA t: 0844 502 8872 w: www.buglehamble.co.uk

SE Award-winning food, well-kept local ale, first-class wine and a fantastic gin selection make up the outstanding offering available at The Bugle, a Grade II listed village inn found in the picturesque coastal village of Hamble-le-Rice. Inside, visitors are greeted £15 to by an inviting, rustic setting, established by exposed brick and woodwork, oak tables, £30 and a log burner radiating warmth and cosiness on colder days. Curl up with the pooch in a cosy corner for the ultimate English pub experience. Here, seasonality and provenance take precedence. Varied menus are revised regularly to make use of the region’s best produce. A typical bill of fare might see guests tucking into starters of pistachio-crusted chicken ballotine with watercress, Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm; honey and French mustard mayo before sampling pan-fried rump of lamb served Fri & Sat 11am-midnight; with saag aloo new potatoes, Canarian red mojo sauce and coriander cress. Sun noon-11pm For the truly carnivorous, locally sourced grill selections such as 28-day-aged rib-eye with Béarnaise sauce or the steak burger can often be found on the menu. The kitchen also prides itself on offering creative and enticing vegetarian options. Before leaving, be sure to try something from the range of sweets. The Bugle’s sweeping bar is stocked with an exhaustive cadre of libations, from world wine and local ale and beer, to craft spirits and premium soft drinks. Boasting a private dining room, The Bugle is the perfect venue for hosting special occasions. Event organisers can expect access to complimentary Wi-Fi, a large screen for display purposes – also great for sports – and a well-appointed space that seats up to 12 guests in complete privacy. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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A classic bar that offers sophisticated pub food, well chosen wine and cocktail masterclasses.

Café, restaurant and food shop founded in 1991 by Antonio and Priscilla Carluccio. Authentically Italian and deliciously fresh.

Neapolitan-style pizza, with a flavourful slow-rise sourdough crust and a variety of traditional and innovative toppings.

Don’t pick a cuisine. Pick Cosmo. Their all you can eat menu lets you choose from over 150 dishes from all over the world.

Home to the legendary Portuguese, flame grilled PERi- PERi chicken and all served in a fun relaxed environment.

Talented ‘Pizzaiolos’ and passion combine for a mouthwatering authentic experience every time.

Try some Greek flavour and atmosphere. There’s plenty to choose from. Warm salads, wraps, grilled halloumi, lamb cutlets. Or have a bit of everything to share.

Barbecue grew up in the Deep South. And that’s what this diner is all about. Rib platters, buffalo wings, pulled pork and whole joints to share.

Wagamama is the Japanese-inspired sensation combining fresh and nutritious food with friendly service and value for money.

Mexican street food. We’re talking tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, burritos. All to be washed down with fresh hibiscus water or zingy cocktails.

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Swan Hotel  Location 11 West Street, Alresford, SO24 9AD t: 0844 625 3378 w: www.swanhotelalresford.com e: swanhotel@btinternet.com

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Located in the heart of the Georgian town of Alresford, the Swan Hotel offers accommodation, award-winning breakfasts and two inviting restaurants. The hotel boasts 22 bespoke bedrooms that cater for a range of guests, and £23 to the exceptional service is friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. £26 The award-winning breakfasts attract not just hotel guests, but non-residents as well. For vegetarians, The Watercress breakfast – comprising grilled halloumi, sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, hash browns and beans – is the perfect way to kick-start your day. Those seeking a meaty breakfast can opt for The Stanley, which includes eggs, smoked bacon, local sausages, hash browns, sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, beans and toast. The seasonal menu is served daily from noon using fresh and local produce including their very own Manor Farm beef, which is reared on the family Bar Open: farm. The chefs work tirelessly to make the menu unique. The kitchen caters for all Mon-Sun 11am-11pm dietary needs and there is an array of vegan and vegetarian options. The well-crafted Food Served: menu also suggests the perfect wine Mon-Sat 7.30am-9.30pm; to complement your meal, indicating Sun 7.30am-8.30pm the level of attentiveness the team has put into providing guests with a memorable experience all round. The hotel is a unique venue with comfortable three-star accommodation, which boasts three function rooms – including Alresford’s hidden secret, The Undercroft – so you can host all your family celebrations with a fully stocked bar and delicious food all under one roof. It’s no wonder locals and visitors alike flock to this all-encompassing venue. Bar & Restaurant

Holiday Inn Eastleigh  Location Leigh Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9PG t: 023 8062 6010 w: www.hisouthamptoneastleighhotel.co.uk e: fandbmgr@hieastleigh.co.uk

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If you’re looking for a restaurant that serves top-quality meals – including an award-winning breakfast – The Junction Restaurant housed in the Holiday Inn Eastleigh might be just what you’re after.

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The Junction welcomes all diners to enjoy menus that are packed with flavour; you can sample everything from sharing platters and home comforts to steaks and sweet treats. To begin, tuck into Korean-style barbecue chicken wings. Follow with one of the head chef’s favourite main courses, like the delectable Thai green chicken curry with basmati rice and prawn crackers, or the classic steak and Greene King ale pie with chips and mushy peas. Alternatively, opt for a flavoursome dish from the grill; succulent steaks include a 10oz British Open: rib-eye and 10oz gammon served Mon-Sun 10am-9.30pm with a fried egg. If you’re feeling peckish, combine your dish with a delicious side such as beer-battered onion rings or dressed cos lettuce, tomato and Parmesan salad. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, the indulgent warm chocolate brownie is a must, as is the rich sticky toffee pudding with bottomless custard. Whether you visit as a guest staying at the hotel, or just pop in to treat yourself to a delicious meal, The Junction Restaurant is sure to provide a great experience no matter your taste. 56

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The Concorde

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, SO50 9HQ t: 0844 625 3529 w: www.theconcordeclub.com e: info@theconcordeclub.com Celebrated as the oldest jazz club in the UK, we instantly succumbed to the charm and ambience of this elegant, tranquil venue. When we visited we were able to meet Cole Mathieson, who launched this live music venue in 1957 and continues to guide the family-owned business. You can find The Concorde occupying a pleasant spot on the outskirts of Southampton, with unrivalled sports, shopping and historic attractions nearby as well as glorious walks in Lakeside Country Park. Seated comfortably in The Fig lounge bar sipping Argentine malbec, we took in the photographs of jazz greats adorning the walls, and admired the quirky sculpture of a saxophonist. We enjoyed elegant starters of chicken and duck breast with spiced pickles and honey-glazed parsnips, and Portobello mushrooms topped with halloumi cheese. As the dishes were served they diffused sublime aromas that enticed our tastebuds. We followed with a generous serving of mouth-watering slow-roasted pork belly in Calvados sauce, served with gratin potatoes and a generous medley of asparagus, beans and carrots – it was utterly divine. To finish I couldn’t resist the blueberry and orange crème brûlée, while my companion opted for our charming waiter’s suggestion of meringue Parisienne. After devouring the delicious desserts, we moved into the Ellington Room where performers were preparing for the blues concert. Guests can sit in front of the stage and enjoy the music while being served drinks, while further back, tables are laid with glittering silver and stemware, welcoming diners for special occasion meals with a backdrop of unforgettable entertainment. You can also have a twirl on the dance floor if you wish. The Concorde is an extremely versatile venue, catering to everything from corporate events with video links, to lunch with friends on the sunlit woodland terrace. With St Nicolas Parish Church a short walk away, it’s a great spot for that dream wedding reception or family christening. The Concorde offers many luxuries to those planning a special occasion, including parking for 200 cars and privilege membership discounts. Enjoy famous south-coast entertainment, luxury accommodation and exceptional dining, all hosted by a superb team of staff. My new favourite venue is about to become your favourite too.

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Holiday Inn Southampton  Location Herbert Walker Avenue, Southampton, SO15 1AG t: 023 8038 8100 w: www.hisouthamptonhotel.co.uk e: fandbmgr@hisouthampton.co.uk

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Located in the heart of Southampton, the Holiday Inn is ideally situated for exploring the city, and offers unparalleled views of Southampton Water, the Solent and the beautifully landscaped Mayflower Park. The hotel has recently completed a full refurbishment of its bedrooms alongside the creation of a new open-plan lobby on the ground floor. Guests are greeted by friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff, and can enjoy an all-day dining experience.

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With an award-winning breakfast and a great offer that allows children to stay and eat for free, Southampton’s Holiday Inn is the perfect place to bring the family together. The varied menu features British classics like wholesome chicken and ham pie alongside international dishes such as butter chicken curry served with sweet mango chutney, poppadoms and basmati rice. Meat-lovers will be delighted by the grill options, which include British rump and rib-eye steaks, succulent ribs and a stacked-up Open: New York burger. The menu has Mon-Sun 10am-9.30pm been specially designed to cater for all tastes and dietary requirements, and there’s a children’s menu with a range of nutritious options for little ones. The fully stocked bar offers a wide selection of carefully chosen wine from all over the world, as well as beer, spirits and soft drinks. Stay the night or pop in for a meal at any time of day – you won’t be disappointed.

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Grand Café  Location South Western House, Terminus Terrace, Southampton, SO14 3AS t: 0844 625 3194 w: www.grand-cafe.co.uk e: info@grand-cafe.co.uk

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The Grand Café is located in the former Wedgewood Ballroom of the old South Western Hotel, a venue that’s steeped in history. It was here that the Titanic’s first-class passengers spent their last night before embarking on their ill-fated passage. Today, the beautiful main restaurant, spacious bistro and large informal bar make the Grand Café the perfect venue for light lunches, afternoon teas, early dinners, wonderful suppers and gathering with friends for drinks.

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Visitors to the Grand Café can enjoy a wide selection of seasonal menus, inspired by its unique combination of classic and modern cuisine. Lunchtime guests can enjoy two courses from just £12.50 every weekday from noon until 5pm. For those looking to celebrate a special occasion, the traditional afternoon tea is the perfect way to enjoy an afternoon with friends and family. It’s available from 2.30pm until 5pm every day and bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance due to demand. The Grand Café’s à la carte and Open: Mon-Sat 11am-late; Sunday lunch menus offer a wide Sun noon-5pm array of beautifully crafted dishes to choose from. The Grand Café has a jam-packed events schedule throughout the year with live entertainment, music, murder mystery evenings, interactive cinema screenings and holiday celebrations; visit their website for upcoming events.

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Jurys Inn Southampton

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Charlotte Place, Southampton, SO14 0TB t: 0844 625 3363 w: www.jurysinn.com e: jurysinnsouthampton@jurysinn.com

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Overlooking Southampton’s leafy East Park, within easy reach of the city centre’s popular shops and attractions, you’ll find The Jurys Inn – a building of stature with a modern interior, well-appointed rooms, a bustling bar and an impressive restaurant. The Kitchen Restaurant occupies a large proportion of the ground floor.

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‘...there’s something for everyone at this vibrant bar and restaurant...’ Open to guests and non-residents alike, the restaurant is a great choice for every occasion, be it a romantic meal for two, a business lunch, or family dining. The restaurant offers a vast array of dishes, from light bites and bar snacks, to a varied à la carte selection. Whether you just want a quick bite to eat before heading out to explore the city, or a leisurely three-course meal with friends and family, there’s something for everyone at this vibrant bar and restaurant. The staff were attentive throughout the evening; nothing was too much trouble for the observant and knowledgeable team. Daily specials are available alongside the à la carte. My starter of baked Camembert was perfectly gooey, studded with garlic and served with caramelised onion chutney and toasted granary soldiers. My partner opted for lightly battered salt and pepper squid, which was extremely tender with a little kick of heat. The starters were perfectly paired with a glass of Picpoul de Pinet – a crisp white from the varied wine list.

‘...a memorable meal...’ My main course of maple- and Bourbon-glazed chicken, red slaw and skin-on fries looked and tasted fantastic. The meat was sweet and sticky and balanced perfectly with the moreish slaw: a crunchy mix of cabbage and red onion in creamy dressing. I couldn’t resist a taste of my partner’s mouth-watering sirloin steak, which was served pink and tender. For dessert, we shared the rhubarb crème brûlée. This scrumptious sweet was a perfectly executed finale to a memorable meal.

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Banana Wharf  Location Ocean Village, Southampton, SO14 3JF t: 0844 625 3198 w: www.bananawharf.co.uk e: oceanvillage@bananawharf.co.uk A vibrant bar and restaurant in Ocean Village, Banana Wharf is the premier choice for waterfront al fresco dining in Southampton. With spectacular views over the marina and a varied and extensive menu, this popular venue combines Oriental dishes with great seafood and traditional favourites.

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‘...premier choice for waterfront al fresco dining...’

Open: Mon-Sun 8.30am-11.30pm

Visitors can enjoy breakfast, lunch and evening menus featuring Banana Wharf favourites like nasi goreng, classic handmade steak burgers and healthy salads alongside pizza, pasta and fish dishes. For those who enjoy dessert, Banana Wharf boasts a mouth-watering selection including its mind-blowing chocolate fondue, a selection of sweet crêpes, ice creams and the Banana Wharf Split – ideal for sharing. Banana Wharf also caters for children, who can choose from Banana Bob’s menu and enjoy a two-course meal and drink for £7.95.

‘...spectacular views over the marina and a varied and extensive menu...’ Every week diners relish Rib Stack Thursday – a stack of ribs for two and any two sides for only £20. A short walk from the city, this seafront eatery is the perfect location for both city visitors and berth holders alike. Bar & Restaurant

No.5 Bridge Street  Location 5 Bridge Street, Winchester, SO23 0HN t: 0844 502 8821 w: www.no5bridgestreet.co.uk

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At No.5 Bridge Street, modern British cuisine meets grazing-style dining. A stylish boutique bar and restaurant with rooms in Winchester, the modern interior is the perfect environment for sharing quality fare with friends and family. The terraced £20 to garden, meanwhile, offers an idyllic spot for soaking up the sun, which is best done £30 while enjoying a tipple from the restaurant’s list of organic wine. The evening grazing menu features meat, fish and vegetarian dishes for guests to enjoy as starters or grazing plates, as well as larger main courses. The range of dishes available on a given day is kept fresh and enticing thanks to the seasonal menu and a daily specials board. The restaurant’s grazing plate offering is balanced out by a selection of Hampshire beef cuts and patty options where guests can choose their own cut from the daily selection, all seasoned with the restaurant’s butter blend Open: and served with an array of side options. The roast lamb chop and belly with spiced Mon-Thurs 8am-11pm; aubergine, cucumber, yoghurt, ras el hanout and mint couscous is also popular. Fri & Sat 8am-12.30am; For those with a sweet-tooth, the Sun 8am-10.30pm temptation to finish a memorable meal with treats such as buttermilk panna cotta with Yorkshire rhubarb, parkin and ginger will be too great to resist. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner seven days a week. The private dining room is great for special occasions, seating 18 people. All of the above can be rounded off with a stay in No.5’s comfortable accommodation. This comes in the form of several beautifully designed boutique letting rooms, furnished with luxurious Egyptian cotton and Temple Spa toiletries. 60

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Charlie’s

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 2 The Square, Petersfield, GU32 3HJ t: 01730 303303 w: www.charliesrestaurants.co.uk  Location Bank Street, Bishop’s Waltham, SO32 1AN t: 01489 893348 w: www.charliesrestaurants.co.uk/bw e: enquiry@charliesrestaurants.co.uk If you’re undecided about what kind of cuisine you’re craving, Charlie’s is the ideal eatery for you. Serving Indian, American and Italian food, there’s something to suit every taste. There are two Charlie’s venues – the first can be found in the centre of the market town of Petersfield, just a short walk from the Flora Twort Gallery and Hampshire Farmers’ Markets. The second venue is positioned on Bank Street in Bishop’s Waltham, with a car park making it easily accessible. Three chefs rule each kitchen and each one specialises in American, Indian or Italian cuisine. Whether you decide to try a dish from each, or stick to one food type, you won’t be left hungry or disappointed. Diners will find all of their favourites – the Indian menu offers classic treats such samosas and lamb tikka. For mains, you can choose from a variety of traditional Indian dishes and add chicken, tiger prawns, lamb or vegetables. Charlie’s classic curries are packed with spices resulting in delicious flavours. The murag khyber ka pass is a firm favourite with regulars, and comprises marinated chicken breast with saffron, ginger and garlic cooked in a creamy saffron sauce and served with almonds, pistachios and pine nuts. The American menu will take you on a journey from New York to San Francisco. Think mixed grill of rump steak, chicken, half a rack of smoky barbecue ribs, chicken wings accompanied by roasted tomatoes, fries and salad. The burgers are crowd-pleasers and are stacked high with classic American ingredients. The Italian menu boasts authentic starters like bruschetta and spinach or beef meatballs in a garlic and tomato sauce. The eclectic pizza selection is mouth-wateringly good, and the pasta dishes are all created with finesse and style. Any Italian foodie will be spoilt for choice. The kid’s menu is another reason to bring the whole family along as children can eat for under £5 and get a main course, unlimited drinks and a dessert. The service is always top-notch and diners are made to feel welcome from the moment they enter. The beauty of Charlie’s is the combination of friendly and attentive front-of-house staff paired with a kitchen that produces quality, flavoursome food. If you decide to visit Charlie’s, you’ll find yourself a new favourite Italian, Indian and American restaurant all under one roof.

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Open: Sun-Fri noon-10pm; Sat noon-11pm

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Novotel  Location 1 West Quay Road, Southampton, S015 1RA t: 0844 625 3380 w: www.novotelsouthampton.com e: h1073@accor.com

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Located in Southampton’s city centre just five minutes from the cruise terminals, Novotel is ideally situated for those seeking a convenient and modern dining experience. Food is served all day, every day, so whether you’re stopping by after an afternoon spent shopping in Southampton’s extensive West Quay shopping centre, or are staying the night before heading off on a cruise, Novotel is the ideal destination.

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The varied menu offers starters like smoked duck and watercress salad served with roasted beetroot, figs and walnuts, and seared honey-mustard trout with pineapple, mango and jalapeño salsa. The main menu takes you on a journey around the world before you even begin your cruise; it offers a range of international cuisine. Particularly tempting options include grilled sea bass fillet drizzled with basil oil and served with Provençal vegetables and fries, and beetroot tortellini with goat’s cheese Open: and white wine fricassee. Sandwiches Mon-Sun 7.30am-11pm and pizzas are also served throughout the day. For those with a sweet-tooth, the warm chocolate brownie with ice cream is sublimely rich. Providing tasty, reasonably priced food in a relaxed environment, this modern, elegant restaurant ticks every box. The well-established drinks menu boasts a wide selection of spirits, wine, beer and cocktails, and the expert staff will guide you through the menu with ease. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, or for a convenient restaurant with a menu to suit all tastes, make sure you head to Novotel. Bar & Restaurant

The Jolly Farmer  Location Fleet End Road, Warsash, SO31 9JH t: 0845 468 1275 e: thejollyfarmerwarsash@gmail.com

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The Jolly Farmer delivers everything you could hope for in an independent pub. Sitting neatly along a residential street off Warsash road, it is held dear by the local community but also extends a warm welcome to those popping in from further afield. £25 to The historic building has a listed frontage; its facade reflects an appreciation of British £30 pub tradition and the pub has won awards for its beautiful hanging baskets. Children are thoroughly spoilt by the outdoor play area that includes a fantastic bouncy castle throughout the summer months. A beautiful marquee in the garden hosts a gin lounge in the winter; expect table service and thirst-quenching gin cocktails on weekend evenings. Booking is essential for this popular addition. Inside, the decor has been refreshed and modernised, but the rustic features keep it cosy. Food is fresh, ample in portion size and homemade. Start with the sticky duck Open: pancakes, or crispy potato skins for a more traditional dish. A choice of classic British Mon-Sun 11am-midnight dishes for the main course is sure to please. We recommend choosing the steak and Food Served: Mon-Fri ale pie or the fresh fish of the day, noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm; both served with a choice of potato Sat & Sun noon-9pm alongside seasonal vegetables. The homemade bread and butter pudding comes with plenty of ice cream, or custard for a simple yet delicious old-fashioned treat. Recently renovated, the adjoining guest accommodation is fully fitted with modern facilities, with homemade breakfast offered to guests upon waking. The pub also caters for functions, and organises live entertainment and barbecues throughout the warmer months. 62

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Thatched Cottage Hotel

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 16 Brookley Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7RR t: 0844 625 2783 w: www.thatchedcottage.co.uk e: reservations@escapeyachting.com

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The Thatched Cottage Hotel, dating back to 1627, is one of the New Forest’s best accommodation options. This lovely Grade II listed hotel is situated just a three-minute walk from Brockenhurst’s station; direct trains from London Waterloo take just 90 minutes, making this an ideal weekend getaway from the city. Should you prefer to drive, you’ll find free parking at the hotel. Brockenhurst can be found in the heart of the New Forest National Park, and the Thatched Cottage is within strolling distance of the village, forest and heathland. The hotel’s convenient location and easy transport links are just part of its appeal, though.

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The rooms are warm and cosy, combining modern essentials with historic charm, and there’s a lovely tearoom and garden. When you’re in need of respite after exploring the New Forest’s cycling trails and hiking routes, cosy up back at the hotel for a sumptuous afternoon tea, or perhaps try a tipple or two at one of the New Forest’s only gin bars. Open: Sun-Tues 11am-5pm; With over 300 gins to choose from, Weds-Sat 11am-8pm in addition to gin tasting flights, the Thatched Cottage is a gin-lover’s dream. The team at the Thatched Cottage ensures that everyone feels welcome, including your fourlegged friends – just give them a call to book a dog-friendly room so your pooch doesn’t have to miss out. *Price represents the cost of afternoon tea.

The Vestry

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 61 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GG t: 0844 625 2768 w: www.thevestryrestaurantandbar.co.uk e: manager@thevestryrestaurantandbar.co.uk The Vestry is one of the most historic and unique venues in Southampton. Built in 1846 in classic Normandy style, this historic destination is perfect whether you’re looking for a lunchtime treat or pre-theatre dining, need somewhere to host a private party or are after a signature gin and tonic or cocktail.

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The Vestry offers a diverse selection of sandwiches and burgers for those seeking something quick, as well as a varied set menu that showcases the best fresh, locally sourced food on offer. The Vestry also boasts a wide range of entertainment; from the popular dinner and dance nights to tribute acts and live music, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. With a fully stocked bar and a focus on speciality gin and tonics, this is a splendid space in which to celebrate all occasions. Spread over two floors with an open-plan Open: interior, original beams and stunning Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm; stained glass windows, The Vestry Fri 11am-midnight; expertly hosts diverse and bespoke Sat 11am-1am weddings, leaving the wedding (only open on Sundays for couple free to create an event that Mayflower Theatre showings) suits their desires. The team here will help organise your special day, from the ceremony to the wedding breakfast and reception, making it as relaxed and memorable an experience as possible. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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Abarbistro

 Location 58 White Hart Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2JA t: 0844 625 3521 w: www.abarbistro.co.uk e: info@abarbistro.co.uk Abarbistro occupies a central position in Old Portsmouth, and has a rich and interesting history. While the historic building dates back to 1784, Abarbistro’s concept and menu is modern. Hailed as one of Hampshire’s best restaurants and listed in The Good Food Guide for the past eight years, this fantastic establishment goes from strength to strength. The unique wine tasting room is stocked with 200 Old and New World wines, and visitors are encouraged to sample the vast selection. A selection of daily specials supplements the à la carte menu. Dive into salt and pepper squid or moules marinières to start, spaghetti vongole or crispy pork belly to follow, and complete your meal with the delicious banana and caramel parfait. The Sunday roasts change on a weekly basis and everything is made from local, fresh produce. Whether you visit for a three-course meal or stop by to discover the wine, you won’t be disappointed.

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The Mucky Duck

 Location 84 Hyde Street, Winchester, SO23 7DW t: 0844 502 8853 w: the.littlepubgroup.co.uk e: muckyduckwinchester@gmail.com The hard-working team at The Mucky Duck, a popular Winchester sports bar, is an eminently friendly bunch. They work hard to ensure that the smart establishment remains an easy-going, welcoming destination for the discerning ladies and gents who visit.

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‘…you’re assured of a great time…’ The Mucky Duck’s big screens show a full programme of sports fixtures to be watched while you relax on one of the comfy leather sofas or Chesterfields with a drink from the bar. You can also take a seat at a table to tuck into something from the menu of American-style pub grub. Plenty of local ale and beer, as well as wine and spirits, are sold behind the bar, so whether you’re visiting to watch a match or just to hang out with friends, you’re assured of a great time. Open: Mon-Thurs noon-11pm; Fri & Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-10.30pm Tearoom

The Old Station Tea Rooms Holmsley

 Location Holmsley, Burley, Nr. Ringwood, BH24 4HY t: 0845 468 1483 w: www.stationhouseholmsley.com e: info@stationhouseholmsley.com Deep in the heart of the New Forest, the historic and inviting surrounds of The Old Station Tea Rooms Holmsley provide the perfect backdrop for hearty breakfasts, leisurely lunches and delightful afternoon teas. Here, the interior showcases classic railway memorabilia and music hailing from the ‘50s and ‘60s. The food offering comprises a tempting range of classic British fare. Light options include daily changing soups and several rarebit inventions – the Stationmaster’s rarebit, with ham and a fried egg, is a real treat. Alternatively, if you’re looking to fuel a day’s strolling in the New Forest, wholesome dishes like classic ham, egg and chips or something from the range of homemade pies are sure to please. Before you leave, treat yourself to one of The Old Station’s homemade scones – you won’t be disappointed.

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Boathouse No.4 & No.7

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 Location Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ t: 0844 625 2795 w: www.historicdockyard.co.uk e: rwalton@baxterstorey.com In addition to housing The Mary Rose, HMS Warrior and HMS Victory, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is also home to two top-notch eateries, Boathouse No.4 and No.7. These spacious former boathouses are brilliant for families looking to sit back and relax after a day exploring the historical vessels and museums.

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Boathouse No.4 offers lunch, artisan coffee and high tea, in addition to more substantial meals. The nibbles while you wait are the perfect thing to share whilst perusing the menu; the spiced pork crackling with apple and rhubarb chutney, or the tiger prawn and chorizo tapas bowl are excellent choices. Of the full-flavoured starters, the smoked haddock soup with cave-aged Cheddar and toasted breadcrumbs, and the Brixham crab, chilli and smashed avocado bruschetta are two particular highlights. Mains include mussels in a rich sauce, vegan barley and roasted carrot risotto, and a grilled halloumi burger. The Sunday lunches are another reason to visit this venue; the locally sourced meat is excellent and portions ensure you’re not left hungry. The venue’s spacious setting makes it the ideal place to hire out for events such as birthday parties and weddings. For a more casual meal or snack created using only the freshest ingredients, Boathouse No.7 is the perfect choice. Menus change seasonally and produce is locally sourced. You’ll find a variety to tempt you, including a soup station, jacket potatoes, sourdough sandwiches and larger plates. The vegetarian dishes are mouth-wateringly good. We would recommend the mac and cheese with Sussex Charmer, leeks, semi-dried tomatoes and rosemary, accompanied by oven-fired garlic bread and chef’s salad. The sweet potato, spinach and cauliflower masala is packed full of flavour, transporting diners to the streets of India. The sandwiches are also very tempting; from Coronation chicken to the New York deli beef bagel, there’s something for everyone, and the vegetarian, meat and fish options leave you spoilt for choice. You don’t need a ticket to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to enjoy either of the two restaurants, and it is worth checking out their social media pages for special offers, competitions and events.

No 4 Open: Mon-Sun 10am-4pm No 7 Open: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm

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The Bay Tree Tea Rooms and Restaurant  Location 9 The Square, Bay Tree Walk, Wickham, PO17 5JQ t: 0844 625 3545 w: www.baytreetearooms.com e: carfink@hotmail.com

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The Bay Tree Tea Rooms and Restaurant is a hidden gem situated in the picturesque Wickham village square. You’ll be greeted with a warm welcome, a cosy atmosphere and a menu that mixes traditional and modern dishes. Owners Carol and Dave * £10 offer a comprehensive range of breakfasts, sandwiches, toasties, baguettes and to home-cooked meals made to order. The homemade steak and mushroom pie is £12 filled with plenty of steak and lashings of rich gravy, and is served with a choice of new or sautéed potatoes and seasonal vegetables – it’s a firm favourite with regular customers. All the cakes, waffles and desserts are made on-site using locally sourced ingredients. The gravity-defying lemon meringue made with free-range eggs and zesty lemons is a real showstopper. There are vegetarian and gluten-free options Open: available. Supporting other local independent businesses is very important to Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm; the team at The Bay Tree; you’ll find award-winning Alresford Moonroast coffee Sun 10am-4pm beans and speciality tea from All About Tea in Southsea, as well as free-range eggs from Claytons Eggs in Romsey, dairy products from Clarkes near Swanmore and fruit and veg from Wickham. There is an outside seating area where well-behaved dogs and their owners can sit back and relax, and they also have free Wi-Fi. The Bay Tree is family-friendly and wheelchair accessible, and everyone is made to feel welcome – make sure you check out their social media pages for any updates and announcements. *Price range represents the cost of a sandwich and slice of cake. Café & Restaurant

The Canteen  Location Point Battery & Barracks, Broad Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2FS w: www.thecanteen.co.uk e: info@thecanteen.co.uk

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Positioned on Portsmouth’s seafront, The Canteen occupies an archway in the newly regenerated barracks at Hot Walls. The decking area is arguably the best spot in which to sit and enjoy a delicious freshly brewed coffee or a refreshing, cool sauvignon whilst absorbing views of the Solent.

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‘...indulge in historic surrounds, beautiful views and delectable foodie delights...’ During the summer you can sample mouth-watering ice cream from The Hut. Whether you visit for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can be sure that the food is created using fresh, local produce.

Open: Mon-Weds 8am-6pm; Thurs-Sun 8am-9pm

Kick-start your day with lemon- and chilli-smashed avocado on toast with slow-roasted tomatoes, or tuck into caramelised red onion, garlic mushrooms, and Swiss cheese on toasted sourdough for a tasty lunch.

Dinner is served Thursday to Sunday, with flavoursome dishes like crabcakes, and spicy lamb massaman curry. Visit The Canteen to indulge in historic surrounds, beautiful views and delectable foodie delights.

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The Docks Coffee House

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 Location 44 Oxford Street, Southampton, SO14 3DP t: 0844 502 9061 w: www.dockssouthampton.com e: info@dockssouthampton.com

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Named Hampshire Life’s coffee shop of the year for 2017, The Docks Coffee House is situated on Southampton’s bohemian Oxford Street, just a stone’s throw from the vibrant city centre and a short walk from the bustling marina. Run by a husband-and-wife team that has travelled the world extensively and is passionate about the food they serve, this eatery’s diverse and exciting menu is matched by its delightfully quirky decor. Local art and eccentric light fittings complement a wall-sized walking map of Southampton. In keeping with the city’s marine history, the result is an eclectic interior that the team confesses has evolved through the years rather than working to a predefined design brief.

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‘...delightfully quirky decor...’ In addition to possibly the best coffee in Southampton, The Docks Coffee House offers a breakfast and brunch menu that includes dishes like their big breakfast, homemade sausage rolls, divine homemade cakes and avocado that’s served on sublime locally sourced sourdough bread. Gluten-free options like the Lyburn cheese and tomato quiche are also available. Those in the mood for an alcoholic beverage can opt for a local Hampshire beer to drink alongside brunch. Reflecting the owners’ ethos, the menu is seasonal and sustainable and features organically sourced items. The staff, who are passionate and knowledgeable about their coffee – produced by Winchester Coffee Roasters – instantly make visitors feel welcome. The café and its owners also actively participate in community events such as Women Who Do breakfast networking meetings, live music performances and talks, and Music in the City events, serving treats such as cream tea and Prosecco in the summertime. Customers are encouraged to take a pew in the outside seating area and watch the world go by while enjoying a refreshing cup of organic Earl Grey or the classic milkshake. This is the perfect spot on a warm summer’s day, with regular footfall from the cruise ship tourists providing ample opportunity for people-watching. Follow The Docks Coffee House’s social media pages to stay up to date with the latest events and offers.

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Garage Lounge  Location 1 Albert Buildings, Victoria Road South, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 2SP t: 0844 502 8527 w: www.thegaragelounge.co.uk e: info@thegaragelounge.co.uk

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Arriving at Garage Lounge, guests can’t help but be drawn in by the Southsea café’s vintage charm and antiquated character. During the day, the café is a haven for those discerning foodies in search of delicious brunches, lunches, and tea and coffee stops – made all the more special by the Lounge’s homemade cakes. In the evening, the atmosphere shifts as mood lighting illuminates the café’s eclectic collection of vintage furniture and period pieces, offering an intimate and inviting environment for a catch-up over dinner.

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‘...vintage charm and antiquated character...’ Garage Lounge menus showcase a host of popular dishes and, no matter the time of day, guests will easily find something they fancy. Start the day with favourites like the Garage Lounge breakfast; an amped-up take on the classic full English Open: Mon-Sun 7.30am-11pm complete with eggy bread, cheese and Béchamel sauce, bacon, sausage, mushroom, tomato and beans. From noon, Garage Lounge offers a fuller menu, treating diners to the likes of ox tail Guinness stew served with mashed potatoes, and macaroni cheese with Gruyère and prime-cut ham, served with garlic and mozzarella bread. The Lounge’s cakes are something of an institution in Southsea. The café bakes them daily, and also takes custom orders from those looking for a showstopper bake for a special occasion. Café

Brading Roman Villa  Location Morton Old Road, Brading, Isle of Wight, PO36 0EN t: 0845 468 1292 w: www.bradingromanvilla.org.uk e: info@bradingromanvilla.org.uk

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Brading Roman Villa has an award-winning visitor centre and museum, perfect for whiling away the hours of a relaxed afternoon, discovering our Roman heritage and enjoying beautiful and ancient exhibition pieces. The Forum Café £5 to has captured the Roman love of food with a tempting range of freshly prepared £15 food and homemade cakes. From inside and from the peaceful outdoor seating area, the large and spacious café has commanding and uninterrupted views across the stunning Isle of Wight countryside towards Sandown Bay. It can be accessed on foot if you are a keen walker, or by bicycle, and there is also a large car park. The menu is varied and utilises Isle of Wight produce where possible. I chose the delicious Roman-themed tabula convivia, a selection of cured meats, cheese, olives, roasted vegetables and tomato bread. My dining partner enjoyed creamy garlic mushrooms, also served with sundried tomato bread. Other choices Open: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm included sandwiches, baguettes, jacket potatoes, freshly made soup and macaroni cheese. A full range of coffee and tea is available, as is Isle of Wight cider and Goddards beer if you prefer something stronger. We sated our craving for something sweet with Bakewell tart and carrot cake before leaving, but flapjacks, coffee and walnut cake, and many more tempting treats were also there for the nibbling. For those looking to organise an event, the café can be booked for private functions including birthdays and weddings. 68

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The Tenth Hole

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 Location Eastern Parade, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO4 9RF t: 0844 625 3385 w: www.thetenthhole.co.uk Just a stone’s throw from Canoe Lake in Southsea, The Tenth Hole is home to the world’s oldest pitch and putt, and visitors are encouraged to enjoy a round before tucking into a satisfying treat. There’s a vast array of homemade cakes on offer, including classic favourites, cheesecakes and fruity varieties. The breakfast and lunch menus are on par with the famous, irresistible cakes. The Tenth Hole prides itself on using local produce in all of its dishes, and vegetarians won’t be disappointed with the numerous veggie options. With seating inside and out, and blankets provided when the weather is cooler, it’s a great destination all year round. During busy periods, staff hand out tasty cake samples to keep visitors occupied if they ever have to queue – surely reason enough to visit. The Tenth Hole is a lovely café that caters for all diets, ages and group sizes, so isn’t one to miss. *Price range represents the cost of a sandwich and a cake.

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Good Life Farm Shop & Café

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 Location Springvale Road, Headbourne Worthy, Winchester, SO23 7LD t: 0844 502 8291 w: www.goodlifefarmshop.co.uk e: info@goodlifefarmshop.co.uk If you’re planning a visit to Good Life, get ready to indulge in some wholesome, homemade farmhouse food. In the farm shop you’ll find a huge range of artisan cheese, home-grown Alder Ridge vineyard English sparkling wine and a wonderful selection of cakes, among other tasty produce. Elsewhere on-site, a traditional butchery, charming gift room, relaxing plant centre, and glorious blooms from their florist await – this is the perfect place to while away an afternoon. Sit down and relax in the café, where the team is always eager to please and offers courteous and considerate service. Relax by the roaring fire or soak up the sun on the terrace. Customer satisfaction is central to the Good Life ethos, and the friendly team is happy to guide visitors through the simple yet thoughtful café menu. *Price represents the cost of a sandwich, cake and coffee from the café.

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Manydown Farm Shop

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 Location Scrapps Hill Farm, Worting Road, Basingstoke, RG23 8PU t: 0844 502 8317 w: www.manydownfarmshop.co.uk e: info@manydownfarmshop.co.uk The Manydown Farm Shop is a must-visit for those who truly appreciate fine locally sourced, artisan food. From its humble beginnings as a butcher shop, Manydown has expanded to offer all kinds of quality, ethical and seasonal produce. Visitors will be tempted by artisan cheese, jam and chutney, freshly baked bread and the mouth-watering range of delicious meat pies.

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‘...has everything any foodie could want...’ Manydown’s butchery is still very much the beating heart of their farm shop, staffed by highly skilled butchers trained in the traditional art of butchery. They offer customers the finest free-range meat available in the area and customer service to match. Put simply, this place has everything any foodie could want under one roof. Open: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 8.30am-5.30pm; Sun 10am-3pm Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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Wellington Farm Shop  Location Welsh Lane, Stratfield Saye, RG27 0LT t: 0118 932 6132 w: www.wellington-farm-shop.co.uk e: info@wellington-farm-shop.co.uk

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Wellington Farm Shop occupies a rather secret spot in the Hampshire countryside, between Reading and Basingstoke. An expansion has tripled the size of the on-site café, meaning there’s even more opportunity to sample wonderful home * £8 cooking and superb produce. The café has brought with it a focus on lunchtime, with to a fantastic selection of sandwiches and hot meals available. Fishcakes are made using £12 fresh seafood and served with buttery new potatoes, and the fish fingers with Bloody Mary ketchup mustn’t be missed. Certain dishes, the popular chilli con carne for example, can be enjoyed in the café or taken home from the farm shop to relish later. Should you fancy a coffee, you’ll find beans from local Read’s Coffee. Open: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm; Somewhere in the region of 50 per cent of the products available in the farm Sun 9am-4pm shop are sourced from local suppliers, ensuring superior taste and quality. All Food Served: meat is locally sourced and prepared on-site by the three butchers, who are Mon-Sun 9am-3pm always available to advise customers when selecting cold cuts, joints, steaks and traditional products like faggots, pies and pastries. At the cheese counter, you’ll find a large range of British and Continental cheeses, including award-winning Barkham Blue and Village Maid varieties from Riseley, and a local baker delivers fresh loaves and speciality breads every morning. For the sweet-toothed, there’s even honey and honeycomb from hives on the estate. Wine is sourced from Berry Bros & Rudd in Basingstoke. Completing the experience, the knowledgeable staff have sampled everything and are ready to assist – they can even help make up hampers and gifts. *Price range represents the cost of a sandwich, cake and cup of tea. Traditional

The White Hart  Location 139 London Road, Holybourne, Nr. Alton, GU34 4EY t: 0844 625 3723 w: www.whitehartholybourne.com e: hello@whitehartholybourne.com

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This Cask Marque-accredited pub has an exceptional selection of real ale, lager and cider. Drinkers can enjoy a perfectly poured pint in the spacious beer garden, children can make use of the outdoor play area and those who fancy a bite to eat will love the option to dine al fresco. If the weather is a bit colder, head inside to the dining area, which is separate from the main bar, to tuck into something from the vast menu.

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The menu has a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options alongside delicious pizzas and burgers. To start, indulge in the salt and pepper calamari, followed by truffle risotto or the Parmesan-crusted rack of lamb. Sunday lunch means traditional roasts such as topside of beef, root vegetable and nut roast and leg of lamb with all the trimmings. The children’s roast dinner is exceptionally good Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; value for £8. The regularly changing specials board caters for many tastes and Sun noon-10.30pm dietary requirements and allows Food Served: Mon-Fri head chef Lorne Robertson to noon-3pm, 5pm-9pm; demonstrate his finesse. The White Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 8am-8pm Hart has six bedrooms for those who want to stay the night. With such beautiful countryside walks surrounding this traditional pub, you can plan a whole weekend away with The White Hart at the centre of your stay. Check out the website for local walking routes and events hosted by the pub.

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The Star Inn

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 Location East Tytherley Road, Lockerley, SO51 0LW t: 0844 625 3383 w: www.thestarinn.co e: info@thestarinn.co

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You can find this characterful 17th-century inn ideally positioned on the edge of Lockerley’s cricket green. This charming pub is steeped in history and surrounded by the famous New Forest woodlands, National Trust’s Mottisfont Abbey and chalk stream fishing spots. Locals have been raving about the service and food on offer at The Star Inn for years – as soon as guests arrive at the inn, they’re greeted with a warm welcome from the staff and a roaring log fire. Expect traditional British pub food, friendly service and a bar full of local ale and lager. Hailed as a stand-out traditional pub in Hampshire and having been awarded two AA rosettes, this quintessentially English pub should be at the top of every pub-goer’s list.

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‘...this quintessentially English pub should be at the top of every pub-goer’s list...’ After working alongside celebrity chef John Torode, head chef Lee returned to Hampshire, bringing his talent and creativity with him. Traditional British fare is emphasised, with an assortment of classic pub dishes to choose from. The light bites on offer range from the freshly made soup of the day served with freshly baked ciabatta to deep-fried whitebait. The main menu offers plenty of choice, whether its beer-battered cod and chips or hand-cut ham with two fried eggs, chips, creamy coleslaw and a fresh leafy salad you’re craving. The seasonally changing specials board is dedicated to offering fresh, local produce. However, regulars will tell you that you can’t visit The Star Inn without sampling one of the chef’s burgers. Choose from a beefburger, Cajun chicken burger or a spiced bean burger, all of which are topped with cheese, beetroot, bacon, salsa or onion chutney. The Star Inn also offers both Continental and full English breakfasts for those who stay overnight. Add the three beautifully decorated bespoke bedrooms filled with all the amenities that you could possibly need, along with the delicious food and local ales, and The Star Inn ticks every box. The beer garden and bar area are dog-friendly, so why not bring your four-legged friend along?

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Tichborne Arms

 Location Tichborne, Alresford, SO24 0NA t: 0844 625 3516 w: www.tichbornearms.co.uk e: tichbornearms@xln.co.uk You’ll find this atmospheric thatched pub tucked away in the South Downs National Park. Enjoy craft beers in the spacious garden while taking in views of Tichborne Manor, or do as we did and indulge in the finest country dining. Seated at a candlelit table by the cosy fire, we started with locally sourced wild garlic linguine served with ciabatta, and smoked salmon pâté – incredible dishes that demonstrated the quality ingredients and the talent of chef Sybil. I then tucked into a generous serving of lamb’s liver and bacon with creamy mashed potatoes bathed in glorious gravy, while my friend enjoyed a beautifully golden steak and ale pie with thin-cut chips. For dessert we adored the butterscotch and praline chocolate brownie served with cream. This idyllic pub, where old games like Shove Ha’Penny are played in the bar, will become your favourite haunt.

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Harvest Home

 Location Southwick Road, Denmeade, PO7 6LB t: 0844 625 3534 w: www.harvesthomedenmeade.co.uk e: darrenanchor@btinternet.com Surrounded by beautiful woodland, Harvest Home is a delightful Hampshire country pub that’s rich with heritage – General Eisenhower and his troops camped out here before the D-Day landings. Nowadays, the pub is the cornerstone of the community, and the famous Denmeade charity bike race starts and finishes at this all-encompassing venue. Fans of real ale will feel right at home with the rotating selection of local ale. Throughout the week visitors can expect different special offers; Thursday is curry night, with all-you-can-eat curry priced at £8 and on Friday you can treat yourself to a bottle of Prosecco for £10. The kitchen prides itself on using local and fresh produce, and the team’s Sunday roasts are renowned for exceptional value and exquisite taste. With its spacious beer garden, local real ale, delicious home-cooked food and beautiful surroundings, the Harvest Home will certainly hit the spot.

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The Golden Lion

 Location High Street, Fareham, PO16 7AE t: 0844 625 3584 w: www.goldenlionfareham.co.uk e: thegoldenlionfareham@hotmail.com Renovated in 2016, this historic Grade II listed building is the perfect pub to visit if you fancy good, home-cooked food, live music and al fresco dining. Awarded the Master Cellarman award and listed in The Good Pub Guide, at The Golden Lion in Fareham you’ll always get the perfect pint. The Golden Lion has everything you could want from a country village pub. Throughout the week the pub plays host to a number of events; Tuesday night is pie night and Thursdays are quiz night, so don your thinking cap and enjoy an evening of entertainment at this idyllic country pub. Start and finish your weekend at The Golden Lion with fish night on Friday, steak night on Saturday and their famous roasts on Sunday. The special gin menu is another reason to visit, with interesting gin expertly combined with exotic garnishes and tonic.

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The Royal Oak

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 Location Ecchinswell, Nr. Newbury, RG20 4UH t: 0845 468 1451 w: www.royaloakecchinswell.co.uk e: info@royaloak-ecchinswell.co.uk

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If you’re planning a relaxing Sunday stroll through the Downs, or a weekend drive through the countryside, why not begin or end at The Royal Oak? Ideally located in Ecchinswell, The Royal Oak is a country pub par excellence. Situated just a stone’s throw from the well-traversed Watership Down and taking advantage of the area’s charming, picture-postcard scenery, the team can assure guests of a warm welcome and stellar pub fare. What better way to round off the weekend?

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The team that mans this countryside inn does so with pride and passion, upholding the pub’s reputation as the go-to haunt for unpretentious, exceptional-quality food and drink. Authentic to a tee, guests can expect real ale, real food and real atmosphere.

‘…guests can expect real ale, real food and real atmosphere…’ Everything on the menu is made in-house by a team of talented chefs. The bill of fare changes regularly, keeping pace with the seasons and taking advantage of the best Hampshire produce available. Think starters of slow-roasted pork belly with cider and honey reduction, crab and risotto cakes, and whitebait in a delicate light and crispy batter. Taking daily deliveries of freshly landed fish from Brixham Market, the talented kitchen team has earned a reputation for their stand-out signature fish and chips, usually made with haddock in crisp, golden lager batter, and served with triple-cooked chips, petits pois and homemade tartare sauce. You could instead opt for the homemade Stilton and caramelised onion burger, prepared with mince from local family butcher Wyatts and served on a brioche bun with gourmet chips, hunter’s chicken with smoked bacon, barbecue sauce, gourmet chips and tenderstem broccoli, or perhaps spinach and pine nut risotto with Parmesan shavings.

‘…taking advantage of the best Hampshire produce available…’ The Royal Oak’s bar is stocked with an expertly chosen range of wine, cider and premium spirits, and a selection of real ale fit to impress even the most ardent aficionado. Additionally, there are always at least two craft ales on tap at any given time, sourced from the region’s local brewers.

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The Horse & Groom

 Location 2 Broad Street, Alresford, SO24 9AQ t: 0844 502 9104 w: www.horse-and-groom-alresford.co.uk e: horseandgroom@fullers.co.uk This Grade II listed 17th-century coaching inn is bursting with attractive traditional features like old stonework, exposed ceiling rafters and open wood fires. This is paired with a contemporary country-chic style, lending The Horse & Groom an effortless charm. After enjoying a bracing walk along the nearby Alresford Millennium Trail, why not pop into this dog-friendly establishment to quench your thirst? You can enjoy a glass of wine, innovative craft lager, tasty real ale or choose from an array of soft drinks. The menu makes great use of locally sourced produce and features popular pub classics like the Chalcroft Farm beefburger or the vegan chilli. For those with a sweet-tooth, don’t miss the flourless chocolate sponge with confit orange. You can make this quaint pub the location of your next family celebration or work event – the dining room has space for up to 50 people. Call or email for full details of function offers and how they can be tailored to meet your needs.

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The Crown Inn

 Location The Square, Bishop’s Waltham, SO32 1AF t: 0844 625 3721 w: www.crowninnbishopswaltham.co.uk e: crown.bishopswaltham@fullers.co.uk With picturesque listed buildings, a well-preserved high street and the striking ruins of its palace, the medieval market town of Bishop’s Waltham is a haven for history-lovers. Sitting in the heart of the town in a delightful 16th-century coaching inn is the popular pub and hotel The Crown Inn. With eight luxurious bedrooms, it’s the perfect place to retreat to at the end of a busy day. Visitors can refresh themselves with an outstanding real ale – sample the likes of London Pride, Seafarers and Southern Star. The Crown also holds great appeal for foodies, who can enjoy the likes of devilled mushrooms with duck egg and sweet brioche to start. Follow with tender lamb and roasted faggots served with creamy flageolet beans adorned with salsa verde. To finish, the lemon tart with smooth raspberry sorbet will not disappoint.

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The White Hart

 Location High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6HF t: 0844 625 3705 w: www.whitehartstockbridge.co.uk e: whitehart.stockbridge@fullers.co.uk This characterful pub and hotel is set in Stockbridge, one of the smallest towns in the UK, and one that strikes the perfect balance between town and country. Take a room at The White Hart to enjoy the delights of walking, cycling and fishing, or plan a jaunt to nearby Winchester and Salisbury. As well as chic en-suite bedrooms, this welcoming establishment has a menu bursting with modern classics. If you’re meeting friends for a drink, the sharing platters are the perfect accompaniment and come in vegetarian, meat and fish varieties. For something a little more substantial, savour roasted monkfish with lemon mashed potato and Kalamata olives. For the traditionalists among you, hearty steak and ale pie with horseradish mashed potato, red cabbage and rich gravy is sure to please. There’s a superb range of Fuller’s real ale and a great selection of wine and spirits, so whatever you order there’s a tipple to complement your choice.

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The Selborne Arms

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 Location High Street, Selborne, GU34 3JR t: 0843 155 1051 w: www.selbornearms.co.uk e: selbornearms@gmail.com

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Owners Nick and Hayley Carter have been at the helm of The Selborne Arms since January 2001, and have established a reputation for serving exquisite food and drink in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The Carters are keen supporters of Hampshire fare and source the majority of the produce used in the kitchen from as close to their doorstep as possible. Expect to see Mr Whitehead’s cider and apple juice, real ale from many superb local microbreweries, wine from Priors Dean Vineyard, cheese from Lyburn Farmhouse, meat from local farms and much more. Considering the level of care taken over provenance, it’s no surprise that The Selborne Arms has won so many awards over the years.

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‘...friendly and welcoming atmosphere...’ Whether you prefer the cosy atmosphere of the bars or the more intimate dining Open: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, room, you can dine from a superb menu that offers a range of traditional and 6pm-11pm; Sat 11am-11pm; innovative dishes that meet the Sun noon-11pm venue’s high standards. There’s a Food Served: Mon-Sat play area in the garden for children, noon-2pm, 7pm-9pm; and a wishing well barbecue is Sun noon-3pm, 7pm-8.30pm available for parties in the summer too. If you need another reason to visit, consider heading along to Zig-Zag Fest, Selborne’s annual beer and wine festival, which is part-hosted by the pub and takes place during the first weekend of October.

The Bosun’s Chair

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 Location Station Street, Lymington, SO41 3BA t: 0844 625 3373 w: www.bosunschairlymington.co.uk e: info@bosunschairlymington.co.uk

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You’ll find this charming modern pub in the heart of Lymington, just a short walk from the Town Quay, the bustling high street and right next to the train station. Occupying three storeys of a former coach house, The Bosun’s Chair has recently been taken over by local friends Jim and Peter, who also own The Grapes on Oxford Street in Southampton. They have extensively refurbished the pub, including the five double letting rooms and the glorious beer garden. Visitors can choose from a great wine selection from Bibendum Wines and award-winning ales from Wadworth Brewery. There is also an extensive selection of gins, which prove very popular with locals and visitors alike.

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Renowned for its unique and contemporary take on classic pub food, the menu at The Bosun’s Chair changes daily; diners can expect to see beautifully cooked dishes like hay-smoked chicken with new potatoes and spinach hash. The homemade burgers are always a popular option, as is the stunning fish and chips. The head chef’s Open: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm curries are renowned in the area Food Served: for their quality, and the Sunday Mon-Sun noon-9pm roasts are always popular, so advance booking is advisable. During the warmer months diners can enjoy the sun in the spacious garden, and dogs are always welcome at The Bosun’s Chair.

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Coach & Horses

 Location 11 Southampton Road, Cadnam, SO40 2NF t: 0844 625 3702 w: www.coachandhorsescadnam.com e: coachandhorsescadnam@gmail.com Recently renovated, the Coach & Horses is a fantastic restaurant and pub located in the centre of Cadnam, in the New Forest. This excellent establishment was taken over mid 2017 by a local family with hopes of restoring a well-loved traditional pub feel. The outstanding seasonal menu and daily specials boards feature home-cooked, hearty food made from 100 per cent locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant’s cosy setting is perfect for everything from family get-togethers to a casual meal. There’s a lovely, welcoming atmosphere, and owners Debi and Rob go above and beyond to ensure visitors have a memorable experience. The pub’s centrepiece is the spacious bar, where you’ll find a plentiful selection of wine, spirits, beer, ale and a wonderful gin collection, alongside great company and fantastic drink deals. Expect family fun days, regular car shows, bike nights and Bank Holiday events, and the team delights hungry pub-goers with spectacular barbecues.

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The Bounty Inn

 Location 81 Bounty Road, Basingstoke, RG21 3BZ t: 01256 320071 w: www.thebountyinnbasingstoke.co.uk The Bounty Inn is the ideal traditional country pub, as it boasts a large beer garden, local ales on tap and hearty food. Adjacent to the town’s cricket ground and next to All Saints Church, this local pub is the heart and soul of Basingstoke.

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A scene for foodies and ale connoisseurs, The Bounty Inn is one of only a couple of independent eateries in Basingstoke. The kitchen strives to produce topquality pub food, for example the fresh fish on the menu. The head chef has been cooking in Hampshire for years and so knows where to source the best local produce for his classic menus and enticing daily specials board. After a long walk around the town, head for The Bounty Inn for a hearty pub meal served by friendly staff. You will love this country pub set on the edge of a bustling town.

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Bat & Ball

 Location Breamore, SP6 2EA t: 0844 625 3464 w: www.batandballinn.net e: schinkel@btinternet.com Located in the quaint village of Breamore on the outskirts of the New Forest, this charming eatery has earned an enviable reputation for its exceptional value and distinct menu. Offering British classics and traditional South African cuisine, you’ll find the likes of beer-battered cod and chips alongside kangaroo and zebra steaks. I started with salt and pepper squid served with deliciously zesty mayonnaise, while my partner was enamoured with her choice of mushroom crostini. I followed with an equally well-presented main course of Brie and cranberry Wellington with a sumptuous mushroom sauce, and ended the meal with cherry Bakewell tart – a harmonious blend of sharp and sweet flavours. Potable options include a varied selection of beer and wine, all served by friendly staff. It’s worth reserving a table, as this popular village pub draws in crowds from all over Hampshire and beyond.

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The White Hart

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 Location Old Romsey Road, Cadnam, Nr. Southampton, SO40 2NP t: 0845 468 1461 w: www.whitehart-cadnam.co.uk NF e: white.hart.cadnam@brunningandprice.co.uk The White Hart, found just minutes off the M27, is a modern country pub with impressive food and staff that guarantee a wondrous welcome to all who pass through £18 to its doors. The well-stocked bar specialises in real ale, wine and spirits, while the food £30 offering combines traditional classics with modern cooking techniques. On the evening we visited, we were seated in the comfortable new garden room extension, where we admired the eclectic photography as we chose our starters. My partner enjoyed roasted tomato and courgette soup infused with delectable black olive tapenade, while I loved the generous serving of smoked salmon served with crème fraîche, honey-pickled shallot rings and Melba toast. Open: Mon-Sat Feeling thoroughly relaxed and well taken care of, I continued with a main course 10.30am-11pm; of tender braised lamb shoulder with Dauphinoise potatoes, tasty vegetables and a Sun 10.30am-10.30pm red wine and rosemary reduction. Food Served: Mon-Thurs My partner tucked into an ample noon-9.30pm; serving of aubergine, red pepper and spinach lasagne with roasted cherry Fri & Sat noon-10pm; tomatoes. The verdict? Excellent, Sun noon-9pm and perfectly matched with a glass of French pinot noir. An utterly divine white chocolate panna cotta with strawberries concluded the meal for me, and a creative combination of sorbet flavours (that I may or may not have pinched a spoonful of) cleansed my partner’s palate for the drive home.

Fighting Cocks

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 Location 78 Clayhall Road, Gosport, PO12 2AJ t: 0844 625 3586 w: www.thefightingcocksgosport.com e: info@thefightingcocksgosport.com

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The Fox Inn

 Location Green Lane, Ellisfield, Nr. Basingstoke, RG25 2QW t: 0844 625 3370 w: www.thefoxpubellisfield.co.uk e: lucydowsett@live.co.uk In the heart of the Hampshire countryside, this unassuming little inn is just waiting to be discovered. The pub’s charming interior is cosy and comfortable with a roaring log fire, and a warm welcome awaits. A concise menu of home-cooked meals ensures that there’s something for everyone; my partner and I had no trouble choosing. The succulent breaded king prawns with sweet chilli dip appealed instantly and the baked Camembert with cranberry sauce was irresistible. Craving something hearty, I tucked into short-crust chicken and chorizo pie, which was a great choice. The vegetarian cheeseburger, which came with wonderful homemade chips, was a cheese-lover’s delight. With a plentiful pudding selection, you’ll be spoilt for choice. We were really impressed with this little gem; the portions were generous and cooked to perfection, and prices were pocket-friendly.

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The Old Beams Inn

 Location Salisbury Road, Ibsley, Nr. Ringwood, BH24 3PP t: 0844 625 3384 w: www.theoldbeamsinn.co.uk e: newforestpubgroup@gmail.com The Old Beams Inn is a refurbished coaching inn, although parts of the building date back to the 11th century. The Old Beams is a unique pub and restaurant situated in the New Forest that boasts a cosy atmosphere in the winter, complete with an open fire. Lovely beer gardens mean that you can bask in the sunshine while enjoying the scrumptious, seasonal food that’s prepared fresh every day.

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After ordering drinks at the bar, play a game of pool or table tennis with your friends and family. Live music is played every month and a delicious carvery, with an array of meat, vegetables and homemade gravy, is dished up every Sunday. The new owners will be introducing an outdoor barbecue and cocktail bar this summer, so watch this space. Both small and large parties are welcome, and the venue is also available to hire for private functions. Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun noon-10pm Traditional

The King’s Head

 Location The Square, Wickham, Nr. Fareham, PO17 5JN t: 0844 502 9108 w: www.kingsheadwickham.co.uk e: kingshead.fareham@fullers.co.uk Surrounded by Meon Valley countryside and miles of beautiful walks, the charming village of Wickham is a fabulous destination. At its heart lies The King’s Head, a well-loved community pub with a broad selection of real ale and top-notch home-cooked food. Locals and passersby sit side-by-side enjoying the cheerful atmosphere and cosy surrounds. With a warm, crackling fire and a charming beer garden, The King’s Head is a pub for all seasons. Bring friends, family and canine companions – friendly staff offer an enthusiastic welcome to all. Those dining might start with grilled Rosary goat’s cheese with poached rhubarb, pea salad and mint dressing. Follow with sumptuous blackened salmon with buttered new potatoes and an avocado, tomato and tarragon salad, or comforting macaroni cheese. Great for intimate occasions as well as larger events, you can’t go wrong with The King’s Head.

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The Tally Ho

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 Location Fleet Hill, Eversley, Nr. Hook, RG27 0RR t: 0845 468 1455 w: www.tallyho.hcpr.co.uk e: tally.ho@homecountiespubs.co.uk

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Tally Ho is an old English expression used to enliven the hounds during a hunt. In a similar vein, this pub, having adopted this phrase as its name, is doing much to excite the palates of its clientele. My starter of sticky honey, ginger and sesame chicken wings with Asian salad and soy dressing was delicious, while my partner enjoyed the baked Camembert with apricot and hazelnut crumb, chutney and toasted ciabatta.

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‘...enjoy the imaginative offering...’ Vegetarians will enjoy the imaginative offering set before them here – sweet potato, cauliflower and chickpea tagine with lemon couscous, baked flatbread and tzatziki was an inspired alternative for my main course, but my partner entered full carnivore mode and thoroughly enjoyed the cider-braised pork belly with sage fondant potato, pineapple purée, samphire, leeks and crackling brought to him.

Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-10.30pm Food Served: Sun-Thurs noon-9pm; Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm

Desserts were a seasonal delight; glazed lemon tart with raspberry sorbet and dark chocolate terrine with raspberry cream and raspberry compote proved to be perfect finales. This establishment, which a few years ago closed temporarily after suffering serious fire damage, has clearly risen from the ashes.

Dog & Crook

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 Location Crook Hill, Braishfield, SO51 0QB t: 0845 468 1428 w: www.dogandcrook.co.uk e: miriam_arthur4@hotmail.co.uk

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The Dog & Crook can be found in the heart of Hampshire, in the idyllic village of Braishfield. A perfect village inn, the pub is surrounded by rolling countryside and boasts charming decor. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the area, the Dog & Crook’s reputation for high standards certainly shows in the six new en-suite rooms. This is a welcome addition to this quiet and picturesque village.

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‘...the pub is surrounded by rolling countryside and boasts charming decor...’ Work up an appetite exploring the surrounding countryside on foot – we recommend Sir Harold Hillier gardens and arboretum – then return to the pub for some of the finest traditional fare in the area. The kitchen team sources produce carefully, so you know you’re tucking into Food Served: Mon-Sat the best of the best. You might like to start with mushrooms in creamy noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9pm; Stilton sauce, before choosing Sun noon-3pm from the main courses. The homemade beef, Guinness and mushroom pie is a firm favourite, as is the rump steak with scampi. Burger-fans will delight in the broad selection of homemade burgers. There are gluten-free options galore, as well as vegan and vegetarian dishes, so nobody has to miss out. No wonder Dog & Crook is so popular. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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The Pilgrim Inn

 Location Hythe Road, Marchwood, Nr. Southampton, SO40 4WU t: 0844 502 9130 w: www.pilgriminnmarchwood.co.uk e: pilgrim.inn@fullers.co.uk From its thatched roof to the attractive exposed brick and ceiling beams found in the bar, The Pilgrim Inn epitomises the charming traditional pub. Bursting with character, it’s a popular spot with both locals and passersby. This fantastic venue also offers well-appointed boutique bedrooms to weary travellers in the New Forest area. For those dining, the menu is bursting with favourites. Enjoy the likes of juicy chicken supreme with truffle and wild mushroom tagliatelle served in a creamy white wine sauce. Guests with a sweet-tooth will relish the chocolate brownie sundae, or if you prefer more traditional delights, the apple, rhubarb and almond crumble will not disappoint. The Pilgrim also hosts regular themed evenings during the week – pop by to experience pie night, curry night, or chargrill Thursday. On Gin Monday, guests can choose from numerous varieties each paired with a complementary tonic; it’s the perfect excuse to meet friends for a drink.

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The Swan

 Location 27-29 High Street, Arundel, BN18 9AG t: 0844 625 3727 w: www.swanarundel.co.uk e: swanhotel.arundel@fullers.co.uk A short distance from the magnificent Arundel Castle and the town’s beautiful cathedral is The Swan Hotel. This wonderful traditional country pub has 14 inviting bedrooms and the staff can arrange special pamper packages should you wish to indulge a little more. If you’re gathering with friends, treat yourself to a Fuller’s cask-conditioned ale, or choose a gin from the outstanding collection. Sip a Plum & Vanilla Sour – a delectable concoction of Portobello Road gin, homemade plum syrup, a dash of lemon juice and vanilla bitters. Why not tempt your tastebuds with one of the hearty traditional dishes on the menu? Sample delights like avocado bruschetta with roasted tomato salsa, or chicken liver and Armagnac parfait with fig chutney and sourdough. Main courses include herb-crusted hake with braised leeks served in a delicate parsley sauce.

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Open: Mon-Thurs 7am-11pm; Fri 7am-midnight; Sat 8am-midnight; Sun 8am-10.30pm Traditional

The Bear & Ragged Staff

 Location Stoneymarsh, Michelmersh, Nr. Romsey, SO51 0LB t: 0844 502 9095 w: www.bear-and-ragged-staff.co.uk e: bearandraggedstaff@fullers.co.uk Visitors to Michelmersh will find this amiable establishment standing proudly in a shroud of pretty countryside. Within easy reach of a series of beautiful gardens, The Bear & Ragged Staff is a popular spot with nature-lovers, and is also of interest to golf-enthusiasts thanks to its close proximity to Wellow, Paultons and Romsey golf courses. Pop by after a game to sample the range of cask-conditioned ale, or perhaps plump for a craft lager like Frontier. The Bear & Ragged Staff is a popular destination with walkers, and after a ramble in the surrounding countryside we’d recommend stopping for a hearty meal. You might opt for a starter of juicy chicken goujons with rich cumin ketchup, followed by a generous helping of vegan chilli with fresh guacamole. To finish, indulge in apple and blackberry crumble accompanied by light crème anglaise and a cup of tea – what could be better?

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The Railway Inn

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 Location Station Hill, Curdridge, SO30 2DN t: 0845 468 1462 w: www.therailwayinnbotley.com e: info@therailwayinnbotley.com

Wn Situated between the villages of Botley and Curdridge, The Railway Inn is a friendly, family-owned and -run pub where delicious food is the main focus. To complete the family feel, the pub’s dog is never far from sight, and other £15 to four-legged friends are just as welcome. During the summer, the beautiful £25 garden is an idyllic spot in which to spend a leisurely afternoon. We started our meal by sharing a gooey Camembert served with crostini and a cranberry and orange jam; it was an absolute delight. For the main event, I opted for the homemade vegan curry of the day. The team is extremely accommodating to dietary requirements, so you won’t have any trouble finding an option to suit you. I polished off every mouthful of my aromatic sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry accompanied by cardamom-scented jasmine rice and crisp flatbread. My partner plumped for the mushroom and Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm; broccoli pappardelle alfredo complete with deliciously creamy garlic sauce, which proved to be every bit as Fri & Sat 11am-midnight; Sun 11am-10pm delicious as it sounds. Food Served: The spacious bar is stocked with Mon-Thurs noon-9pm; locally brewed ale, carefully Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm; selected wine and a variety of soft drinks – the pub’s drink offering Sun noon-7pm covers all bases. The Railway Inn is also renowned for its sumptuous Sunday roast with a choice of slow-roasted meat and a vegan nut roast – we can’t wait to come back and try it.

The Oak

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 Location Smannell, Nr. Andover, SP11 6JJ t: 0845 468 1477 w: www.theoaksmannell.co.uk e: theoaksmannell@outlook.com

An With miles of countryside offering a beautifully remote setting, The Oak in the village of Smannell has all that you could ask of a traditional English pub. With a fortnightly quiz night, bar billiards and a dartboard, the inviting atmosphere £17 to experienced by visitors leaves no uncertainty that the customer comes first here. £22 Once seated in the rustic dining room – a cosy space featuring exposed brick walls and handsome oak beams and flooring – browse a menu of carefully chosen, locally sourced pub fare. Start with coconut-crusted prawn skewers served with sweet chilli sauce, before tucking into Cajun sea bass with crushed potatoes and spicy salsa – perfect for enjoying outdoors on the patio if the weather allows, or in the bright, airy conservatory. Hearty classics such as steak and mushroom Open: Tues-Fri noon-3pm, pie, seasonal vegetables and sautéed potatoes, intensely rich game casserole 6pm-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; and a hearty Sunday roast – served with all the usual trimmings – complete a Sun noon-6pm fantastic menu. Round off a meal at The Oak with one of many tempting sweets. The desserts change regularly; the spiced apple and sultana crêpe cake is immensely popular, as are the pub’s numerous New Forest ice cream flavours. Thirst can be quenched by Wadworth real ales and a substantial list of world wines. Exclusive hire of the pub’s conservatory can be organised by prior arrangement, as can special events such as afternoon teas. Whether you pop in for a Sunday roast, a spot of relaxed evening dining, or for drinks with friends, a warm welcome from the team can be expected. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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The Cromwell Arms

 Location 23 Mainstone, Romsey, SO51 8HG t: 0844 502 9097 w: www.thecromwellarms.com e: cromwellarms@fullers.co.uk Cosy armchairs, cask-conditioned ale and superb British cooking are the order of the day at The Cromwell Arms. The interior was refurbished in 2017 and the result is a light and bright space that’s ideal for socialising. Situated on the edge of Romsey, this jovial establishment retains a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. Visitors looking to dine can savour roast rump of lamb with a feta, fennel and quinoa salad sprinkled with juicy pomegranate seeds. Alternatively, tuck into a plate of olive oil gnocchi with strips of rich mozzarella, shallots and pine nut pesto. With a choice of meat and all the trimmings, sumptuous Sunday roasts are great for all the family. The venue’s delightful marquee can seat up to 200 guests for weddings and formal events. This eclectic venue also boasts a number of attractive guest rooms, providing visitors with a comfortable night’s sleep.

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Open: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm; Sat 8.30am-11pm; Sun 8.30am-10.30pm Traditional

The Frog & Wicket

 Location The Green, Eversley Cross, RG27 0NS t: 0844 625 3711 w: www.thefrogandwicket.co.uk e: frogandwicket@fullers.co.uk The Frog & Wicket is a wonderful establishment with an air of sophisticated country chic. It’s situated opposite the historic Eversley Cross cricket ground and the relaxed atmosphere provides a welcome respite. Pop in for a refreshing pint – with such an excellent range of seasonal ale, it’s hardly surprising that The Frog & Wicket has appeared in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide on multiple occasions. It’s not just the beer that sets this venue apart – the head chef has created a fantastic food menu that’s bursting with classic favourites. Gather with friends to enjoy plates of tender confit rabbit terrine, and harissa-spiced chicken with couscous and roasted peppers. This versatile spot also has two large function rooms that can be hired for private parties. For an evening of fun and games, enquire about the popular skittles alley, or for more formal events, arrange dinner or drinks in the Long Room.

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The Bishop on the Bridge

 Location 1 High Street, Winchester, SO23 9JX t: 0844 502 9124 w: www.bishoponthebridge.co.uk e: bishoponthebridge@fullers.co.uk Situated on the banks of the River Itchen, just a stone’s throw from Winchester Cathedral, The Bishop on the Bridge is the perfect spot in which to relax after a day spent exploring the historic city. With delicious food, an impressive drinks selection and a chilled ambience, it’s no wonder this excellent pub receives rave reviews from all who visit. Inside the striking red-brick building you’ll find homely traditional decor complete with wooden tables and a cosy fire. On sunny days diners flock to the extensive outside terrace to dine al fresco and enjoy picturesque views of the flowing river. Those dining might start with the likes of goat’s cheese and caramelised red onion tart, followed by venison Bolognese with tagliatelle, sage and Parmesan. Renowned for its excellent range of drinks, the bar is stocked with constantly rotating ale, craft lager, artisan soft drinks and a spectacular wine collection.

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The George Inn

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 Location Vernham Dean, Nr. Andover, SP11 0JY t: 0844 502 1654 w: www.thegeorgeatvernhamdean.co.uk e: contact@thegeorgeatvernhamdean.co.uk

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Dating back to the 17th century, The George Inn is a beautiful old-fashioned village pub with historic fireplaces, oak beams and open fires. Situated in the beautiful thatched village of Vernham Dean in the heart of the Test Valley, the surrounding area boasts some wonderful walking and cycling routes, as well as an abundance of traditional country pursuits. What better way to top off a day spent outside than with a hearty pub meal?

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‘...a beautiful old-fashioned village...’ The pub has an excellent reputation among the locals for serving delicious, great-quality food. The seasonally changing menu is created using the best locally sourced ingredients, including meat and vegetables from in and around Andover and seafood from Brixham. The George is particularly well-known for its homemade beer-battered fish and chips and Sunday roasts with Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; all the trimmings, together with Sun noon-6pm its fantastic selection of wines and five local real ales. The latest offering is wood-fired pizzas, which are handmade in a retro Citroën van; they’re available on Thursday evenings and all day Friday and Saturday. Welcoming dogs, children and muddy boots, The George Inn boasts a spacious beer garden and provides the quintessential British pub experience.

The Derby Inn

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 Location North Warnborough, Nr. Hook, RG29 1HD t: 0845 468 1453 w: www.derbyinn.co.uk e: info@derbyinn.co.uk

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This idyllic family-run country pub is known for its quality ale, delicious food and friendly service. The range of local beer and ale on offer represents the best of Hampshire breweries and when the weather permits, visitors are encouraged to take a pew in the beautiful beer garden, especially when you can make the most of happy hour every day from 4pm until 6pm.

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The à la carte offers a varied selection of fish, meat and vegetarian starters. Pan-fried wood pigeon with black pudding, new potatoes and watercress salad, crispy whitebait with homemade tartare sauce and a squeeze of lime, and breaded Brie with cranberry sauce are all popular starters. The main menu includes fresh supreme mussels, charred rump of lamb and the locals’ favourite, beer-battered cod and chips. The burgers are equally impressive, topped with Open: Mon-Sat noon-10pm; the likes of bacon, Cheddar, Camembert and chilli jam. The homemade puddings Sun noon-6pm range from British pub classics Food Served: like sticky toffee pudding to Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, Italian-style chocolate parfait 6pm-9.30pm; Sun & Bank served with fudge, honeycomb Holidays noon-5pm and salted caramel ice cream. The Sunday roast is a firm favourite; expect quality meat, seasonal veg and all the trimmings. Whether you book a three-course meal with family and friends, or stop by to sample one of the local ales after walking your pooch, this dog-friendly pub is worth visiting. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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The Old House at Home

 Location 2 South Street, Havant, PO9 1DA t: 0844 625 3696 w: www.oldhouseathomehavant.co.uk e: oldhouseathome@fullers.co.uk Located in the heart of bustling Havant, this attractive 17th-century pub is bursting with traditional country charm. Rustic decor combined with friendly staff creates a truly cosy ambience that’ll have you returning again and again. Work up an appetite in nearby Queen Elizabeth Country Park before dropping in for a hearty lunch and a pint of craft beer. If you stop by in the evening, you’ll find a menu bursting with the likes of pork belly croquettes and breaded halloumi with sweet chilli jam. For mains, visitors can enjoy beloved pub classics like Frontier-battered fish and chips with mushy peas and tartare sauce. There are also a large number of tasty vegetarian dishes on offer; discover the likes of butternut squash and sweet potato tagine with apricot and toasted almond couscous. To finish, why not treat yourself to a scrumptious slice of treacle tart with Fuller’s ice cream?

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The Chairmakers

 Location Worlds End, Nr. Waterlooville, PO7 4QX t: 0844 625 3610 w: www.thechairmakers.co.uk e: chairmakers@fullers.co.uk Tucked away in the charming village of Worlds End, just a short drive from buzzy Portsmouth, is The Chairmakers. Offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, this cosy establishment is perfect for anyone hoping to escape the city for a while. Draw up a chair next to the fire and enjoy a hearty meal and a refreshing pint of Fuller’s craft beer. The tasty small plates are perfect for sharing with friends: tuck into fish goujons with tartare sauce, juicy lamb kofta with tzatziki and crisp potato and leek croquettes. To follow, you might enjoy tagliatelle with rich venison Bolognese topped with Parmesan, or perhaps the roast vegetable and Cheddar quiche. To finish, you can’t do better than a delectable slice of treacle tart with vanilla ice cream. If you’re planning a meal out at the weekend, it’s well worth bearing in mind that this popular eatery serves a delightful Sunday carvery with a choice of succulent meats and crispy roast potatoes.

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Open: Mon-Thurs noon-11pm; Fri & Sat 11.30-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm Traditional

The Prince of Wales

 Location 184 Rectory Road, Farnborough, GU14 8AL t: 0845 468 1393 w: www.theprinceinfarnborough.co.uk e: reltoninns@hotmail.co.uk This award-winning local favourite in the heart of Farnborough has earned a reputation for its selection of top-quality real ales – take your pick from five regular ales, four guest varieties and a session ale. No wonder it has held the local awarding body of CAMRA’s prestigious Pub of the Year title, as well as previously placing in CAMRA’s top 16 pubs in the UK. Home-cooked food features on the new menu. The lovely lunchtime offering comprises homely dishes like local butcher’s sausages with smooth mash and real gravy, and comforting ham, egg and chips. Monday is curry night, which means you can tuck into a tasty homemade curry of your choice. On Friday, fish and chip shop-style fare takes centre stage – choose from fish, scampi and battered sausage with proper chips. As you might expect from a traditional pub, fantastic roast lunches are served on Sundays, and they’re most definitely worth visiting for. The pub even hosts a beer festival in October.

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Fox & Goose

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 Location The Street, Greywell, RG29 1BY t: 0845 468 1463 w: www.foxandgoosehampshire.co.uk e: bookings@foxandgoosehampshire.co.uk

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Sitting pretty in the heart of tranquil Greywell, a fine 16th-century inn awaits. Whether you’re drinking or dining, the team at this family-run country pub will welcome you with open arms and ensure you’re well looked after during your stay.

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Real ale, branded beer, spirits and a selection of wine accompany a menu of home-cooked British fare. Satisfy your appetite with a starter of breaded whitebait and tartare sauce or baked Camembert with warm ciabatta and homemade chutney. Tasty mains include an array of gourmet burgers (the homemade 100-per- Open: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm cent beef patty in warm ciabatta is one of the best) plus plenty of traditional pub Food Served: Mon-Sat favourites – beer-battered fish and chips, hand-cut gammon steak with bubble and noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; squeak and traditional pie of the day are real crowd-pleasers. When in season, Sun noon-6pm look out for dishes made using local game. Wholesome roast lunches are served on Sunday but be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Located just a hop, skip and jump from the Basingstoke Canal and River Whitewater, this is a popular destination amongst walkers, cyclists and boaters – where better to find refreshment than the Fox & Goose? Free camping is also available on the grounds – just email or call ahead to book a pitch for the night.

The Talisman

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 Location Bridge Road, Park Gate, Nr. Southampton, SO31 7GD t: 0844 502 8824 w: www.talismanparkgate.co.uk e: talisman.southampton@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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The Talisman is widely regarded as one of the best pubs in the area; it’s alive with the inviting sound of chatter and laughter on any given night of the week. Inside, open fires, candlelit tables and cosy book-lined corners create a homely feel. The service is just right: informal and laid-back, but attentive at the right moments. Outside, there’s a sizeable beer garden filled with pergolas and comfy seating. The menu is packed with pub classics including mouth-watering burgers stacked with Monterey Jack cheese, comforting stew, and Badger beer-battered fish and chips. Our eyes were drawn to the specials board – the lamb and chorizo pie was very tempting, but I decided that only steak could suffice. Settling on the 10oz rib-eye with garlic butter and chunky chips, my succulent cut was chargrilled to perfection. My companion enthused over her steak and ale pie encased in buttery pastry, which she declared utterly divine. Unbeaten by our large platefuls, we enjoyed seasonal crumble packed with juicy fruit, and a warm chocolate brownie with lashings of chocolate sauce.

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Open: Mon-Thurs 10am-11pm; Fri 10am-midnight; Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 11.30am-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Thurs 10am-9pm; Fri & Sat 10am-9.30pm; Sun noon-8pm

With a fantastic selection of ale and wine, and hot drinks by the Colourful Coffee Company, The Talisman has everything a British local should: perfectly pulled pints, a fantastic atmosphere and delicious food. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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The Mill House  Location Hook Road, North Warnborough, Nr. Hook, RG29 1ET t: 0845 468 1459 w: www.millhouse-hook.co.uk e: mill.house@brunningandprice.co.uk

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Whispers of the past surround you at The Mill House. Sitting proudly amid modern day hustle and bustle, this pub and restaurant is resplendent with historical features, including a water wheel that was used for grinding corn until 1895, reminding patrons of the building’s legacy.

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Open: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-9.30pm

There’s plenty of choice when deciding where to sit and eat. The great hall, where traders once bartered for goods manufactured by the mill, is full of striking latticed windows and wood panelling, while the old storage barn is a more intimate and cosy space. You’d be hard pressed to find a more picturesque setting than outside behind the River Whitewater (the mill’s old power source).

Our meal featured filling dishes inspired by the best recipes from around the globe. To start, the sharing charcuterie platter whet our appetites perfectly. My main course of cauliflower, chickpea and almond tagine transported me to the lively souks of Morocco, while my dining partner’s teriyaki sea bass salad accompanied by crispy wasabi rice balls and pickled ginger was an Oriental feast. The evening ended on a high note thanks to the hot waffle topped with caramelised banana and toffee sauce for me, and berry and apple crumble with custard for my companion. We’ll undoubtedly be returning soon, next time to sample the Sunday roast that comprises a choice of lamb, beef or pork, and is accompanied by all of the expected delicious trimmings. Traditional

The Leather Bottle  Location Reading Road, Mattingley, Nr. Hook, RG27 8JU t: 0845 468 1457 w: www.leatherbottle.hcpr.co.uk e: leather.bottle@homecountiespubs.co.uk

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It’s important that diners can enjoy top-notch ingredients at affordable prices, and this is exactly where The Leather Bottle in Mattingley excels. The menu is constantly evolving to enable diners to fill their boots without paying over the odds, and, judging by my meal, they’ve definitely succeeded in this regard.

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Open: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm Food Served: Mon-Thurs noon-9.30pm; Fri & Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-9pm

My starter of a well-crafted croquette of crispy pork cheek came perched atop a portion of Parma ham cut through with seasonal, tart rhubarb compote. Across from me, my dining companion devoured velvety smooth, powerfully flavoured blue cheese and hazelnut cheesecake balanced with a verdant celery and grape salad, decoratively topped with wine-soaked poached pear slices. Both dishes proved an astonishing start to the meal.

Our main courses had a hard act to follow, but exceptional earthy spinach and red lentil dal complemented my tandoori-cooked hake for an altogether delightful dish. My dining partner polished off the braised lamb shoulder with Dauphinoise potatoes, tenderstem broccoli and red wine jus, all before a dessert of sticky toffee pudding bathed in glorious golden sauce. In days gone by, travellers wending their way between Reading and Southampton would stop at this watering hole for sustenance. I’d suggest the modern-day wanderer give it a try too. 86

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The Black Boy

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 Location 1 Wharf Hill, Winchester, SO23 9NQ t: 01962 861754 w: www.theblackboypub.com e: enquiries@theblackboypub.com

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The Black Boy was the first venture from hospitality entrepreneur David Nicholson. Inspired by his thirst for great drinking spots and knowledge of the industry, he opened The Black Boy in 1995. In the 22 years since, The Black Boy has proved time and time again that you can’t beat a traditional British pub. The pub is brilliantly positioned on Wharf Hill, tucked away from the bustling High Street, but close enough to all of Winchester’s main attractions. It’s within walking distance of the famous Winchester College and the historically renowned medieval Wolvesey Castle.

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‘...quirky and eccentric pub...’ Featuring four or five home-cooked meals, the daily changing menu showcases a tasty range of British pub fare like the classic beefburger. Alongside the daily specials, you can choose from a selection of classic sandwiches made using wholemeal or white freshly baked bread, which is delivered daily from the local bakery. Packed to the brim with delicious fillings such as fish fingers and Coronation chicken, the sandwiches are served with a choice of chips or homemade soup. The traditional Sunday roasts are probably what The Black Boy is best known for. The pub doesn’t take bookings, so we would recommend arriving early before they sell out. The team offers a choice of lamb, chicken and beef and there’s always a tempting vegetarian option available. The bar offers five real ales on tap, which are sourced locally from Hampshire breweries wherever possible. The bijoux wine selection is expertly chosen, but The Black Boy’s separate gin bar, featuring over 70 different gins, sets it apart from other local pubs. The friendly staff are always on-hand to help you choose. Anyone who has been to The Black Boy will enthuse about the decor of this quirky and eccentric pub; the walls are adorned with stuffed animals, model aeroplanes, books and firemen’s buckets. There’s a cloistered, heated garden, and dogs are welcome inside and out. This charming pub is the perfect place to visit throughout the year, regardless of the weather. *Accommodation at sister business The Black Hole.

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The Red Lion

 Location Chalton, Nr. Waterlooville, PO8 0BG t: 0844 625 3698 w: www.redlionchalton.co.uk e: redlion.chalton@fullers.co.uk Set in a remarkable 12th-century building with a backdrop of sweeping Hampshire countryside, it’s easy to be charmed by The Red Lion in Waterlooville. Make the most of the outdoor space and sit in the expansive garden with a refreshing pint of Fuller’s organic golden ale, Honey Dew. From this position you can take in the venue’s attractive exterior, thatched roof and picturesque surrounds. On cooler days, admire the view from the cosy interior that features characterful traditional decor. Wherever you opt to sit, take advantage of the excellent cooking and sample delights such as South Coast lamb faggots with creamy potato, roasted shallot gravy and mushy peas. You could follow this with a triumphantly creamy Knickerbocker Glory or plump for a scrumptious slice of treacle tart and a smooth cup of coffee.

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The Bat & Ball

 Location Hyden Farm Lane, Clanfield, Nr. Waterlooville, PO8 0UB t: 0844 502 9096 w: www.batandballclanfield.co.uk e: batandball@fullers.co.uk The Bat & Ball occupies a picturesque spot amidst beautiful countryside between the villages of Clanfield and Hambledon. Renowned locally for its cricketing history, this wonderful pub is situated directly opposite Broadhalfpenny Down cricket club – you can even watch matches from the comfort of the pub garden. Aside from the cricket, you’ll find miles of picturesque walking trails nearby, as well as Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Combine this enviable location with fantastic food and drink and you’ve got more than enough reasons to stop by. You can expect a cheerful reception from friendly staff, and the warm welcome is extended to canine companions too. There’s an excellent range of well-kept ale, and much more besides. Specialising in fresh local game, the menu has a range of options to suit all tastes, including fresh fish specials and seasonal creations – the roasted Jerusalem artichoke risotto is particularly delicious.

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The Old Cottage Restaurant

 Location 14 West Street, Ringwood, BH24 1DZ t: 0844 625 3195 w: www.oldcottagerestaurant.co.uk e: oldcottagerestaurant@googlemail.com Boasting a prime position on the River Avon, The Old Cottage Restaurant is a family-run restaurant established in 1989. Dine in the garden in the summer or sit by a warm and cosy fire in the winter. The menu includes a wide variety of meat, fish, shellfish and game, depending on what’s in season. Vegetarian, vegan and special diets are well catered for, so nobody has to miss out. Expect to see the likes of crab, lobster, mussels, scallops, king prawns, skate wing and Dover sole on the specials board, with pheasant and partridge during the winter months. Your little ones are also welcome, and there’s a children’s menu available. The varied wine list has been carefully chosen to provide quality and value for money. Above the restaurant you’ll find two apartment suites suitable for short breaks and holidays. A warm welcome awaits at The Old Cottage.

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Prince Consort

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 Location Victoria Road, Netley, Nr. Southampton, SO31 5DQ t: 0844 502 1584 w: www.theprinceconsortpub.co.uk

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A welcoming and convivial atmosphere, lovingly prepared traditional fare, and exceptional value for money are what sets Prince Consort apart as a much-loved Southampton haunt. Homely, comfortable and inviting, the pub’s interior offers plenty of cosy corners and warmly lit dining areas for small and large groups of friends and family to retreat to.

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The kitchen prides itself on serving home-cooked, crowd-pleasing pub fare, with the small team making everything from scratch. Think along the lines of breast of chicken topped with crispy smoked bacon, barbecue sauce and Cheddar, served with chunky chips and a crisp garden salad; and hand-battered fish in real ale Open: batter served with chips, mushy peas, tartare sauce and a lemon wedge, and Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; your expectations won’t fall short. Those with smaller appetites are catered for Sun noon-10.30pm with jacket potatoes and baguettes with a range of tasty fillings, and traditional Food Served: Mon-Thurs ploughman’s lunch platters. The noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; pub’s specials board is always Fri & Sat noon-2.30pm, populated with a few enticing 6pm-10pm; Sun noon-6pm options to throw your decision-making skills a curveball. On Sundays, the Prince Consort serves a popular three-meat roast, and if you’re planning on staying in the region overnight, the pub also boasts several comfortable letting rooms that are the perfect base from which to explore Southampton.

Off The Rails

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 Location Station Road, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0QT t: 0844 625 3356 w: www.offtherailsyarmouth.co.uk e: offtherailsyarmouth@gmail.com A visit to this award-winning restaurant, which is situated beside the beautiful Mill Copse and housed in what was once Yarmouth train station, is a truly unique experience. The friendly team provides first-class service and a mouth-watering selection of freshly prepared dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Off The Rails has a warm, friendly ambience complete with an inviting log fire, and is known as the most dog-friendly restaurant on the Isle of Wight. Having been named Best Pit-Stop Whilst Out Adventuring at the 2016 My Isle of Wight Awards, it’s no surprise that Off The Rails is a great place to rest and recharge during a busy day exploring Yarmouth and the surrounding area.

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During the summer months, the famous wood-fired asado barbecue is a roaring Open: success. Sunday barbecues showcase unique cuts of marinated meat alongside Weds & Thurs 9am-4pm; fresh fish and grilled vegetables; booking is essential in order to secure your place. Fri & Sat 9am-4pm, When the weather turns colder, 6pm-10pm; Sun 9am-4pm Sundays at Off The Rails are all about comforting roasts. The evening à la carte includes delights such as crab linguine with homemade lobster bisque, citrus, fresh herbs and lemon and garlic breadcrumbs. With plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options also available, this charming establishment produces high-quality food for everyone. The old Yarmouth train station has been given a new lease of life and is worth visiting any time of year. You can also hire the venue for all manner of functions. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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The Hampshire Bowman

 Location Dundridge Lane, Bishop’s Waltham, Nr. Southampton, SO32 1GD t: 0845 468 1409 w: www.hampshirebowman.com e: info@hampshirebowman.com Set in the heart of a beautiful hamlet, the iconic Hampshire Bowman is a real ale and cider specialist with craft brews from all over Great Britain. It’s a must for anyone searching for a rural idyll. There are many fine walks to be enjoyed in the nearby countryside – the walk between Dundridge and Bishop’s Waltham, finishing with lunch and a pint at The Hampshire Bowman, is a fine way to spend a relaxing day. The bar menu, which can be enjoyed throughout the pub, is full of deliciously simple, home-cooked, traditional favourites, while the daily specials demonstrate the chefs’ more adventurous sides. The Hampshire Bowman is also dog-friendly, with two pub dogs in residence. The locals create a buzzing atmosphere in this unspoilt free house. Here, great beer, locally sourced fresh food and a warm welcome await all visitors.

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The Golden Pheasant

 Location Gosport Road, Lower Farringdon, Nr. Alton, GU34 3DJ t: 0845 468 1452 Awarded East Hampshire CAMRA’s prestigious Pub of the Year award in 2016 and having come runner-up in 2017 for their outstanding beer and ale, quality food, welcoming ambience and hospitality, The Golden Pheasant has – not surprisingly – earned a devoted following of regulars as well as Cask Marque and TripAdvisor awards. Known for quality dishes, both knowledgeably sourced and freshly prepared on the premises, this Hampshire free house is a home-from-home corner of foodie heaven worth knowing about. The star of the show is undoubtedly The Golden Pheasant’s fish and chips: locally sourced and freshly landed cod in crisp, light golden batter served with triple-cooked chunky chips. Pair truly exceptional food with a relaxed and unpretentious dining environment, an atmospheric bar stocked with expertly selected local ale, 20 selected craft gins and a small but carefully drafted list of wine, and you’re left with a traditional foodie haunt that mustn’t be overlooked.

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The Royal Oak

 Location Hilltop, Beaulieu, SO42 7YR t: 0844 502 8809 w: www.theroyaloakbeaulieu.co.uk e: info@theroyaloakbeaulieu.com We arrived at The Royal Oak, which boasts a beautiful setting in the New Forest, and took in our surroundings while sipping a glass of merlot selected from a broad range of wine. The warmth of the atmosphere is enhanced by the rustic charm of the decor and the friendly and attentive staff. Choosing from the menu proved difficult, but I was thrilled with my starter of mushrooms in cider and rosemary. For the main course, I couldn’t resist the perfectly tender duck breast served with well-seasoned fondant potato and fresh kale. The delicious dish was sweetened with a redcurrant reduction and presented beautifully. Sticky toffee pudding with creamy custard brought the meal to a close, and had me vowing to return again soon for the Sunday roast. You’ll also find daily specials, themed food events every month and a beer and cider festival in the summer. For those in search of local, home-cooked food in a picturesque setting, you can’t do better than The Royal Oak.

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The Seven Stars

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 Location 56 Winchester Road, Stroud, Nr. Petersfield, GU32 3PG t: 0844 625 3352 w: www.sevenstarsstroud.co.uk e: sevenstars.stroud@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

EH The Seven Stars is a hugely popular haven for everyone from families and well-behaved dogs to country walkers and cyclists. On arrival we admired the attractive architecture that linked the original building to the barn and modern £18 to dining area. Manager Claire welcomed us into the warmth of the large bar, which £30 is stocked with Badger beer, wine and flavoursome Rocket Espresso to please even the most discerning coffee drinkers. We relaxed in the beautiful dining room and sipped chilled sauvignon blanc as we marvelled at the menu, which has an array of options for vegetarians, vegans, meat-lovers and gluten-free diets, as well as smaller portions for those with smaller appetites. To start, I couldn’t resist the generous prawn cocktail Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; dressed with fruity vinaigrette, while my partner indulged in juicy tiger prawns Sun 11am-10.30pm pan-fried in garlic butter and served with sourdough and garlic mayonnaise. We Food Served: followed with pressed confit duck served with seasonal greens and a delectable Mon-Thurs noon-9pm; red wine sauce, and spice-crusted Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm; hake atop rosemary potatoes and Sun noon-8.30pm glorious roasted red onions – a symphony of fresh flavours. For dessert, I enjoyed a rich chocolate and coconut torte – a new addition to the pub’s vegan offering – while my partner savoured a glorious coffee and walnut panna cotta topped with caramelised walnuts. I’ll definitely be returning to enjoy a lazy summer lunch on the flower-bedecked patio, or perhaps sample a Sunday roast complete with unlimited Yorkshire puddings and rich gravy.

The Queens College Arms

Traditional

 Location Aldermaston Road, Pamber End, Tadley, RG26 5QR t: 0844 502 8443 w: www.queenscollegearms.co.uk e: queencollegearms.pamberend@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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When you enter The Queens College Arms your eyes will be drawn to the array of mortar boards hanging from the ceiling – a nod to Queens College at Oxford University, which has owned the land for centuries. This dog-friendly pub with its rustic decor of wooden beams and tartan chairs caters for everyone.

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The menu offered a handful of choices to delight my vegan friend as well as an array of meat and fish dishes. The ham hock and pea terrine starter was enhanced by caramelised onions and a slice of sweet brioche. My main course of spice-crusted hake was beautifully cooked with crispy skin, perfectly flaked fish and a superb accompaniment of rosemary potatoes. My companion opted for caramelised tofu and roasted vegetable salad and advised me that the tofu Open: was delicious – much better than she could cook at home. Her vegan shepherd’s Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm; pie was filled with layers of Sun noon-10.30pm mushrooms, lentils, tomatoes and Food Served: kale – a fantastic vegan option. Mon-Sat noon-9.30pm; The trio of mini puds were a delight Sun noon-8.30pm – the seasonal fruit crumble and mini trifle were the lightest I’ve had the pleasure of tasting, while the coffee and walnut panna cotta was heavenly. The Queens College Arms is at the heart of the community, serving quality food, Badger ales and a varied selection of wine. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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The Mortimer Arms

 Location Romsey Road, Ower, SO51 6AF t: 0844 502 8806 w: www.mortimerarms.co.uk e: info@mortimerarms.co.uk We were greeted with a warm welcome when we entered The Mortimer Arms on a chilly March evening. As we walked through the cosy bar towards the spacious restaurant, the heat from the feature fireplace felt incredibly inviting. We were expertly guided through the extensive menu by the staff, settling on an innovative starter of falafel fritters in crispy curried batter, with coriander and lemon hummus to share. The main dishes were more than generous. I was delighted with my choice of the crispy pan-fried sea bass fillets with crushed new potatoes in creamy saffron and white wine sauce. It was a tough choice for dessert, but I couldn’t resist the crème brûlée with homemade shortbread. The spacious beer garden is perfect for al fresco dining on a warm summer’s evening. Accommodation is also available if you fancy a weekend away.

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The Cricketers Inn

 Location Curdridge Lane, Curdridge, SO32 2BH t: 0844 502 8479 w: www.cricketersinncurdridge.com If you like your pub food fresh, tasty, and served in stylish surroundings, The Cricketers Inn is the perfect pub for you, located in the heart of the Meon Valley. The menu boasts all of the classics including lasagne, sumptuous pies and battered haddock. We started off with deliciously crisp calamari and fresh mussels. For my main course, I enjoyed supreme of cod with plenty of crispy kale from the specials menu, while my partner dived into a half rack of expertly cooked ribs, smothered in flavoursome barbecue sauce. Equally we could have gone for the goat’s cheese and red onion tarte Tatin for a veggie starter, followed by a main of Mediterranean salad with halloumi. The desserts were just as good – Nutella brownie and ice cream for me and a proper bread and butter pudding for my partner. With plenty of places to sit, both inside and out in the spacious beer garden, The Cricketers Inn is the perfect pit-stop.

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The Yew Tree

 Location Lower Wield, Nr. Alresford, SO24 9RX t: 01256 389224 w: www.the-yewtree.org.uk Along a tree-lined country road that winds through gorgeous Hampshire countryside is The Yew Tree – a pub that truly complements its surroundings. Inside you’ll always find cheerful staff, home-cooked, locally sourced food, a fine selection of real ale and wine and, of course, Tim, the happy-go-lucky proprietor. Tim can often be found behind the bar or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

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How do you fancy chicken, smoked bacon and chorizo pub pie topped with mash and cheese? Or perhaps roasted duck leg confit with fig and green peppercorn sauce and herby roasted potatoes will tempt. Tim’s ethos is firmly rooted in fine, honest food that’s sensibly priced, and you’d be hard pushed to find a happier atmosphere in which to enjoy it. Food Served: Tues-Sat noon-2pm, 6.30pm-9pm; Sun noon-2pm, 6.30pm-8.30pm 94

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The Portsmouth Arms

Traditional

 Location Hatch Warren, Basingstoke, RG22 4RA t: 0844 502 8439 w: www.portsmoutharmshatchwarren.co.uk e: portsmoutharms.hatchwarren@hall-woodhouse.co.uk In the warm, friendly buzz of this very popular destination, oak beams abound, candles flicker invitingly and the aroma of delicious food pervades.

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£15 to We chose to start with crispy whitebait with tangy tartare sauce, and a bowl £23 of fresh leek and potato soup served with a hot, crusty roll. The Portsmouth Arms can cater for all tastes, from vegan to venison and everything in between. There’s a menu for every occasion, with plenty of choice on offer. You’ll find traditional pub grub like burgers, steaks and pies, and more adventurous dishes Open: Sun-Thurs 11am-11pm; such as coq au vin, Moroccan lamb tagine and mushroom rigatoni. From the Fri & Sat 11am-midnight wonderful selection available, I indulged in the venison Stroganoff with its diced Food Served: gherkins, pickled red onions and fluffy long grain rice. Beautifully presented Sun-Thurs noon-9pm; and with succulent and tender venison, this main course was a delight. My wife Fri & Sat noon-10pm chose the hake. Coated in a subtly spiced crust and served with garlic and rosemary potatoes, this fish dish was simply superb. To round things off in style, we opted for the treacle tart and the summer fruit crumble – pure comfort food. The attentiveness, conviviality and overall ambience of The Portsmouth Arms make it a wonderful place to dine, drink and relax. I should know – I return as often as possible.

The Plough

Traditional

 Location Portsmouth Road, Bursledon, SO31 8BT t: 0844 502 8801 w: www.ploughbursledon.co.uk e: plough.bursledon@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

SE This charming country pub in the beautiful village of Bursledon boasts a delightful dining area alongside a large bar where patrons can quench their thirst with a refreshing Badger ale. Inside, the farming-inspired decor enhances the pub’s £15 to countryside theme – think agricultural tools adorning the walls, colourful trinkets on £25 the windowsills, and two log-burning fires to keep diners warm and cosy. There’s also a gorgeous beer garden that’s perfect for warmer weather. The varied menu features a range of well-loved classics. To start, my partner and I shared the meat board, which came presented on a large, rustic wooden tray. The three-part platter provided the perfect start to our meal, and comprised spicy Buffalo wings that were perfectly complemented by the flavoursome lamb kofta with tzatziki, Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; and wonderfully seasoned roasted new potatoes. For my main course, I opted for Sun 11am-10pm sumptuous salmon pavé – a generous 8oz cut of flaky fish atop potato tartare hash, Food Served: with braised leeks, cabbage and peas. Every mouthful was a symphony of moreish Mon-Thurs noon-9pm; flavours. My partner was thrilled with Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm; the pork belly dish she chose from the specials board. Served with Sun noon-8pm creamy mashed potato and red cabbage, the crispy pork was bursting with flavour and cooked to perfection. We finished on a sweet note with a rich chocolate and coconut torte served with almond cream, a delightful dessert that just so happened to be vegan. Thanks to a winning combination of great food, a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful location, The Plough is an excellent destination for any occasion. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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The Hampshire Hog

 Location London Road, Clanfield, Nr. Waterlooville, PO8 0QD t: 0844 625 3558 w: www.thehampshirehog.co.uk e: hampshirehog@fullers.co.uk This delightful British pub in the village of Clanfield is renowned for having delicious food and a great choice of seasonal cask ales, and 20 beautiful en-suite bedrooms. The Hampshire Hog is a family- and pet-friendly pub with a large beer garden overlooking the striking South Downs countryside. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily and the freshly prepared Sunday carvery draws in the locals every week. London Pride beer-battered fish and chips and the blackened salmon, avocado, tomato and tarragon salad with buttered new potatoes are popular choices from the current menu. Thanks to the spacious dining room and outdoor garden marquee, events, meetings and family celebrations can easily be catered for. With plenty of off-road parking, this is the perfect location for hikers, cyclists and dog-walkers to relax and explore the local area. There are also ample attractions for shoppers and history-hunters in the nearby Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Gunwharf Quays retail outlet.

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The Old Customs House

 Location Vernon Building, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3TY t: 0844 502 8403 w: www.theoldcustomshouse.com e: oldcustomshouse@fullers.co.uk Situated in one of Portsmouth’s original naval buildings, The Old Customs House is a charming spot to retreat to after a long day. On chilly evenings, settle down on a squashy leather sofa with a large glass of rich La Vuelta malbec; in summer, the San Valentino pinot grigio is best enjoyed in the shade of the attractive courtyard. If wine isn’t your tipple of choice, this Fuller’s pub boasts a superb collection of real ale – perhaps sample the zesty, seasonal ale Spring Sprinter. For those wishing to dine, the pan-roasted duck breast is particularly good, and comes with fondant potatoes, caramelised shallots and red wine jus. Follow with chocolate and hazelnut mousse complemented by sharp blackcurrant coulis. If you prefer savoury, there’s an excellent cheeseboard featuring mature Cheddar, Yorkshire blue and Waterloo Brie with sweet quince jelly and crackers.

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Open: Mon-Thurs 9.30am-11pm; Fri & Sat 9.30am-midnight; Sun 9.30am-10.30pm Traditional

The Oak Inn

 Location Pinkney Lane, Bank, Nr. Lyndhurst, SO43 7FD t: 0844 502 8410 w: www.oakinnlyndhurst.co.uk e: oakinn@fullers.co.uk Perched on the edge of the New Forest National Park, The Oak Inn is an oasis for all seasons. As you’d expect from a Fuller’s pub, there’s an exceptional range of cask-conditioned ale, including the particularly tasty light amber ale, Seafarers. With wood-panelled walls, beamed ceilings and scrubbed wooden tables, The Oak Inn certainly lives up to its name. The traditional country decor, coupled with quirky touches like vintage milk churn bar stools, gives this pub a charming, cosy ambience. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a hearty meal, starting with the likes of succulent seared pigeon with black pudding and watercress salad drizzled in raspberry dressing. To follow, why not pair delectable chestnut and celeriac gnocchi with a crisp glass of white wine from the extensive wine list? For dessert, don’t miss the highly popular bread and butter pudding with a scoop of ice cream.

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The Jolly Sailor

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 Location Lands End Road, Bursledon, SO31 8DN t: 0844 502 8414 w: www.jollysailoroldbursledon.co.uk e: jollysailor.southampton@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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Boasting stunning waterfront views, The Jolly Sailor is a true gem perched right on the Hamble River. This outstanding pub-restaurant in Bursledon is the perfect £20 to destination for visitors from land or sea – you can moor your boat on the pontoon £35 while you dine or enjoy a drink at the well-stocked bar. The interior features everything you could want from an authentic riverside venue: oars, ropes, lanterns, maps and knot-tying instructions make up the decor, adding to the pub’s unique charm. We were seated next to the roaring log fire, which was perfect for a chilly winter evening. During warmer months, diners can head to the sizeable outside area, making The Jolly Sailor a great choice all year round. Open: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; The traditional menu features a range of choice to suit all tastes. To start, I Sun 10am-10.30pm couldn’t resist the crab mayo with malted sourdough. The mouth-watering meat Food Served: was perfectly complemented by creamy mayo and a zingy lemon wedge. My Mon-Sat noon-9pm; partner was equally thrilled with Sun noon-8pm her choice of vegan Buffalo tempeh wings served with crudités and vegan garlic mayonnaise. To follow, I opted for the perfectly cooked pan-seared duck breast with wonderfully creamy Dauphinoise potatoes, while my partner raved about her tarragon chicken, which came with a creamy herb sauce, delicately seasoned new potatoes and peppered green beans. With spectacular views, a warm, friendly atmosphere and a top-class menu, The Jolly Sailor is a fantastic destination that’s worth seeking out.

The Osborne View

Traditional

 Location Hill Head Road, Fareham, PO14 3JP t: 0844 502 8968 w: www.osborneviewhillhead.co.uk e: osborneview.hillhead@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

PS The Osborne View is a relaxed family-friendly pub packed with maritime heritage in the heart of Hill Head. A large open bar features plenty of Badger ales courtesy of brewer Hall & Woodhouse, in addition to a varied wine list and a fantastic range of £15 to hot drinks from the ethically minded Colourful Coffee Co. £23 Upstairs there are plenty of cosy nooks to curl up in and enjoy the sweeping sea views across to the Isle of Wight. Downstairs you’ll find a spacious restaurant area with a 12-seater private dining room that can be reserved for special occasions. Outside, an impressively spacious garden backs on to the beach, making it the perfect spot for a cool drink on a sunny day. The menu features freshly prepared classics like Cumberland sausages, pies, burgers, steaks and Open: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; Sunday roasts, as well as lighter bites like grilled tuna and spiced crusted Sun 10am-10.30pm hake. Sharing boards are great for a tasty lunchtime treat while tiny tastes are Food Served: catered for with a special children’s menu. Mon-Thurs noon-9pm; We chose succulent steak frites – Fri & Sat noon-10pm; a classic combination of flat-iron Sun noon-8.30pm steak and crispy fries with a choice of sauces and flavoured butter – and lemon Dover sole from the specials board. When choosing between treacle pudding and fruit crumble proved too difficult, we satisfied our sweet-tooth cravings with a trio of mini puds that proved to be delicious. The Osborne View is a great spot for all occasions; for fantastic food, seasonal ale and the warmest of welcomes, it’s the perfect choice. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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The New Forest

 Location Lyndhurst Road, Ashurst, SO40 7AA t: 0844 502 8404 w: www.newforestashurst.co.uk e: newforest@fullers.co.uk Ensconced in the New Forest at the edge of the charming village of Ashurst, this excellent dog-friendly establishment provides the perfect base for those exploring the beautiful surrounding area. Relax with a pint of ale in the cosy bar or take your refreshments outside to the extensive garden and enjoy the stunning vistas. Those dining have a range of tasty classic dishes to choose from, and everything is made from scratch using fresh, seasonal produce that’s locally sourced wherever possible. The succulent Owton’s dry-aged sirloin steak comes highly recommended, and you won’t want to miss out on the phenomenal roast served on Sundays. The decision to hold your event here – be it large or small – is a smart one, as The New Forest boasts an airy conservatory and spacious garden, both of which afford glorious views across the forest and are available for private hire.

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The Mayfly

 Location Fullerton, Nr. Stockbridge, SO20 6AX t: 0844 625 3593 w: www.mayflyfullerton.co.uk e: mayfly.office@fullers.co.uk When you visit Stockbridge, locals will be sure to send you to The Mayfly. Located on the bank of the River Test, The Mayfly is a superb setting for relaxed dining in stunning surrounds. Diners can take a seat next to the river and watch leaping trout and gliding swans go past. The terrace area is the ideal place to enjoy one of the bar’s unique craft beers, cask ales and stouts – you’re bound to find your new favourite pint whenever you visit The Mayfly. The main menu boasts plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options and serves traditional pub grub with modern twists. The corn-fed chicken supreme with truffle and wild mushroom tagliatelle in a creamy white wine sauce and crispy kale is popular, and the Black Cab ham, Lycroft Farm egg and chips served with apple sauce is also a firm favourite.

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The Fox & Hounds

 Location 22 High Street, Lyndhurst, SO43 7BG t: 0844 625 3642 w: www.foxandhoundslyndhurst.co.uk e: foxandhounds@fullers.co.uk Once an historic coaching inn, The Fox & Hounds is the perfect place to seek refuge. Situated in Lyndhurst, the pub offers easy access to the beauty of the New Forest. Decorated in a traditional country style with exposed brick, flagstone floors and wooden beams, it’s the ideal spot to enjoy a bite to eat and a pint of cask ale. Tuck into a hearty plate of smoked mackerel pâté with crème fraîche and a slice of sourdough. If you’re feeling peckish, follow with half a rotisserie chicken with triple-cooked chips and grilled corn, perhaps paired with a glass of Oliver’s Island golden ale. For a tasty vegetarian alternative, enjoy a chickpea falafel burger with cumin mayonnaise. To finish, indulge your sweet-tooth with the likes of vanilla panna cotta with rhubarb, meringue and ginger crumb. With weekly quiz nights, live music evenings and even the occasional ale festival, there’s always an enticing reason to visit The Fox & Hounds.

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The House Martin

Traditional

 Location Christchurch Road, Barton on Sea, BH25 6QF t: 0844 502 8445 w: www.housemartinnewmilton.co.uk e: housemartin.bartononsea@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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Situated just minutes from Barton on Sea’s clifftop, stunning views of the Solent make The House Martin the perfect place to recover from a bracing walk or £15 to leisurely stroll. With its bright, contemporary decor and dog-friendly vibe, The £23 House Martin is worth seeking out. A varied menu offers everything from fish dishes and steaks, to burgers and pub classics. You’ll also find a specials board and a separate menu for children, as well as freshly cooked Sunday roasts. This Hall & Woodhouse-owned pub offers lunchtime sandwich menus as well as dinner, fine wine, real ale and an extensive selection of coffee and tea. Dining beneath a plethora of assorted birdcages suspended from a sky-high vaulted ceiling – some containing enormous glittering Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; chandeliers – I enjoyed a generous serving of crispy whitebait with tartare sauce, Sun noon-10.30pm followed by classic coq au vin served on a bed of creamy mash, accompanied Food Served: by honey-roasted carrots and Savoy Sun-Weds noon-9pm; cabbage. Unable to manage a full-sized pud, I elected to try one of Thurs-Sat noon-9.30pm the mini puds on offer – a chilled, seasonal fruit crumble with custard – just enough of a sweetener to finish the meal, but no deterrent to enjoying the fudge that accompanied my coffee. With a new manager and recently refurbished outside dining area, as well as a cosy snug complete with a log burner and well-stocked bookshelves, you’re sure to want to return to The House Martin.

The Empress of Blandings

Traditional

 Location Romsey Road, Copythorne, SO40 2PF t: 0844 502 8441 w: www.empressofblandings.co.uk e: empressofblandings.copythorne@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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Located on the edge of the New Forest, this charming Hall & Woodhouse pub welcomes walkers and their dogs. Nestled in the village of Copythorne, The Empress of Blandings is at the heart of its community.

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After perusing the menu and blackboard specials, I opted for the garlic field mushrooms in a creamy white wine sauce to start, while my partner enjoyed light and crisp arancini. I selected a Picpoul de Pinet from the well-compiled wine list to accompany my main course from the daily specials board: classic fish stew, comprising salmon, smoked fish, shellfish and potatoes in a mildly spiced sauce. I also sampled a little of my companion’s rib-eye. Cooked rare, it looked delicious and was so buttery and tender that the knife glided through it effortlessly. After deliberation I chose a dessert of coffee panna cotta covered with sweet, sticky caramelised walnuts. Indulgent, Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; rich and delicious, this dessert is a Sun noon-10.30pm coffee-lover’s dream. Following a Food Served: creamy coffee from the Colourful Mon-Sat noon-9pm; Coffee range, I was on my way, Sun noon-8.30pm leaving behind a charming pub I will be returning to. With easy parking, a warm welcome, fantastic food and wine, and a renowned Sunday roast, The Empress of Blandings ticks every box.

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De Havilland Arms  Location The Key, Elvetham Heath, Fleet, GU51 1HA t: 0844 502 8437 w: www.dehavillandarms.co.uk e: dehavillandarms.fleet@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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Following a refurbishment in November 2017, the De Havilland Arms – named after the famed manufacturer of historic aircraft – retains many traditional features, such as exposed brickwork, a warming fire, and a fresh flower display in old pewter beer £15 to jugs on each table. In fine weather the large terrace can seat 60 patrons. £23 A new brunch menu is now available until 4pm and is proving popular with locals – think full English, French toast, and smashed chilli avocado on toasted sourdough. The small plates of lamb kofta, Buffalo chicken wings and glazed chipolatas are great for sharing between a group and the variety means that there is something for everyone. For dinner, I opted for the satisfyingly simple potato skins with a cheesy topping, while my partner chose homemade tomato soup – just what was needed on the chilly day we visited. To follow, I sampled small portions of the delicious rigatoni with Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; wild mushrooms and hot, crispy Sun noon-10.30pm fried tofu with fresh salad leaves. Food Served: My husband’s spiced hake with Mon-Sat noon-9pm; roasted rosemary new potatoes and Sun noon-8pm spinach was also a hit. For pudding we shared treacle sponge with lashings of custard and the berry and frangipane tart from the specials board. Well-prepared coffee rounded off our evening, which was enhanced by the friendly, attentive staff. The bar has both bottled Badger beers and cask options on draught, as well as a comprehensive wine list. Traditional

The Beach House

 Location Park Lane, Milford on Sea, SO41 0PT t: 0844 502 8827 w: www.beachhousemilfordonsea.co.uk e: beachhouse.reception@hall-woodhouse.co.uk Occupying a prime position on the clifftop at Milford on Sea, this relaxed eatery boasts both spectacular views and hearty meals. The building itself is no less £17 to impressive; the grand entrance and 19th-century features were retained when £24 Hall & Woodhouse expertly restored The Beach House in 2014. Adding to the charm, resident cat Sir Lancelot can often be found lounging in a warm spot. We started with a vegetarian board and polished off every crumb of the delicious falafel, garlicky houmous, flatbread and olives. When it came to the main course, I was in the mood for real comfort food and chose a hearty squash and chickpea burger – it did not disappoint. My partner opted for the roasted vegetable and Open: Mon-Sat 8am-11pm; halloumi bake which was equally delicious, with golden halloumi baked to Sun 8am-10.30pm perfection. Rounding things off was the chocolate brownie, the perfect feast for Food Served: those with a sweet-tooth. Heavenly chocolate sauce was served over a warm, Mon-Sun 8am-10am, fudgey brownie, while a scoop of noon-9pm Devonshire cream ice cream cut through the rich chocolate perfectly – a truly indulgent dessert. Steeped in history, this is the perfect spot for a tasty meal and refreshing drinks, followed by a sunny stroll on the seafront. With a sunroom and sea-facing terrace also on offer, I can’t wait to return for a summertime lunch with sea views reaching as far as the Isle of Wight. The Beach House also offers accommodation for those looking for an idyllic weekend away. NF

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The Bridge Tavern

Traditional

 Location 54 East Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2JJ t: 0844 502 8412 w: www.bridge-tavern-portsmouth.co.uk e: bridgetavern@fullers.co.uk You’ll find The Bridge Tavern positioned on Old Portsmouth’s Camber Dock, a beautiful area with a buzzy atmosphere. The Bridge Tavern is the last pub standing on Old Portsmouth’s famous East Street – and for good reason. The menu boasts traditional pub food with a modern twist. Expect the likes of honey and mustard sausages and duck liver pâté with caramelised onion jam on Golden Pride sourdough to start. Follow this with grilled plaice, spring onions and lemon new potatoes served with charred gem and aioli or perhaps opt for the sweet potato, chickpea, spinach and quinoa salad topped with pomegranate and tahini. The menu changes with the seasons and thanks to its ideal seaside location there’s a daily fish special too. Enjoy the delicious food while sipping a refreshing glass of wine or beer by the waterfront. This family-friendly pub is a haven.

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Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm; Sat noon-9pm; Sun noon-6pm

Madhuban

Indian

 Location 94 Station Road, Liss, GU33 7AQ t: 0844 625 3084 w: www.madhubanrestaurant.co.uk e: info@madhuban.co.uk It’s no wonder Madhuban has outlasted its counterparts, having celebrated their 30th anniversary last year. This family-run business has won plenty of praise over the years, continuously gaining attention at the British Curry Awards and from The Michelin Guide and Cobra’s Good Curry Guide. So highly regarded is the north Indian cuisine, the restaurant’s own range of sauces are now sold around the UK. The menu features all the Indian classics you’d hope for, and also boasts incredible innovative dishes. The chicken tikka Darjeeling is popular amongst regular diners, who love this curry’s mouth-watering combination of authentic flavours. The expert front-of-house service ensures that every dining experience is one to remember for all the right reasons. No wonder they’re still going strong, 31 years on. If you are in the area you need to try out this award-winning Indian.

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The Raj

Indian

 Location 1 Old Milton, Green Parade, Christchurch Road, New Milton, BH25 6QA t: 01425 610488 w: www.therajnewmilton.co.uk e: help.theraj@hotmail.com

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With over 30 years’ experience and a traditional 200-year-old cooking style, The Raj produces quality, flavoursome Indian and Bangladeshi dishes. The team prides itself on the unobtrusive, relaxed and friendly service that diners receive while indulging in authentic home-cooked curries. Whether you’re a curry-fanatic or are new to the diverse flavours of regional Indian cuisine, the varied and vast menu means there is something to suit all tastes. You’ll find classics like Ceylon curries alongside more adventurous Raj specialities like the Moghal Emperor, cooked with fresh cream to create a mildly spiced, tasty sauce. All curries can be served with duck, chicken, lamb or prawns, and there’s plenty of choice for vegetarians and vegans too. Enjoy the incredible food whilst sipping Indian lager or a glass of wine and immerse yourself in this traditional Indian dining experience.

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Gandhi  Location 163-164 High Street, Winchester, SO23 9BA t: 0845 468 1349 w: www.gandhirestaurant.com e: info@gandhirestaurant.com

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If you’re looking for a balance of traditional and modern Indian cuisine, beautifully presented signature dishes, high-quality ingredients and chefs with decades of expertise, look no further than Gandhi. Recently hailed the Best Asian Restaurant by Asian Curry Awards, Gandhi is the Indian eatery to visit. Now celebrating over 30 years in Winchester – which surely says something – and with a reputation for impeccable service, Gandhi offers an elegant and relaxing dining experience, from the pleasant decor to the friendly staff.

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‘...beautifully presented signature dishes, high-quality ingredients and chefs with decades of expertise...’ The extensive menu showcases the unique blend of aromatic ingredients used by the passionate chefs to create novel dishes such as slow-cooked ox cheek with chillies and jeera potatoes, and tandoori duck with hints of cinnamon in a medium-heat, fragrant sauce. While the chefs continue to concoct new dishes all the time, Gandhi offers all the classic Indian favourites too, including rogan, bhuna masala and, everyone’s favourite, Madras. If you’re in beautiful Winchester, this is one of the best traditional Indian restaurants you’ll find in the city. The locals who dine here will happily verify that visitors are guaranteed top-quality food and service every time. Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm

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Shapla  Location 60 West Street, Alresford, Nr. Winchester, SO24 9AU t: 0844 502 8573 w: www.theshapla.com

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Over the past two decades, Shapla has established itself as a true part of Alresford’s heritage. A stunning 16th-century building provides the backdrop for atmospheric dining, retaining character thanks to original fireplaces and £18 to other stunning period features. A refurbishment has afforded this outstanding £25 Indian eatery both a sense of timelessness and a state-of-the-art kitchen. Here, dishes are a fusion of classic Indian and traditional balti-style cooking, which enhances the flavours of the fantastic fresh ingredients and produce that the restaurant sources. The team at Shapla keeps a keen focus on modernity, boasting flagship signature dishes that launch Indian cuisine into the 21st century. Dishes such as Bengal roast duck (seared tender duck breast cooked in a masala of caramelised onion), malaidar pyaazi (a marriage of chicken and lamb in lemongrass-infused sauce that’s fiery and full-bodied) and Shapla’s three-spiced fish (freshly caught fillets of fish pan-fried in sweet and spicy sauce, fragranced with Open: Mon-Sun noon-2.30pm, a hint of rosewater) are enticing 5.30pm-11pm alternatives to the much-loved classics that also feature on the menu. Whatever you opt for, there’s no doubt you’ll be left truly captivated. A restaurant that’s eminently popular with Winchester’s foodies, this outstanding Indian establishment is the perfect place to end a day spent strolling around the charming town of Alresford.

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Koh Thai Tapas

Thai

 w: www.koh-thai.co.uk Open: please see website for details A veritable explosion of Koh Thai Tapas restaurants has hit the south in recent years, the latest settling itself on Lymington’s High Street. Situated in the heart of this pretty Georgian town and just minutes’ walk from the beautiful quay, Koh Thai Tapas, with its soft lighting, panoramic pictures of spectacular mountain sunsets and numerous Buddha statues, takes you directly from the streets of England to the ‘land of smiles’. Appealing to visitors and locals alike, the restaurant offers a vast array of authentic Thai dishes that can be enjoyed as a main meal or tapas, and even offers a bespoke service, putting together your favourite dishes for you.

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The friendly, knowledgeable staff are more than happy to discuss the menu with you and explain what each dish is – including the level of heat. Even better for the uninitiated, there’s the opportunity to put yourself in the hands of the experts and enjoy a Thai tapas taster, a two-course meal created for you using the restaurant’s most popular dishes, taking into account any allergies or special dietary requirements you may have. This is what we plumped for when we visited. After much deliberation with the lovely server, an array of stunning dishes arrived. The first course consisted of four Thai fishcakes, four duck and cucumber jumbo spring rolls with hoisin sauce, and four pieces of prime pork skewered on bamboo. This was followed by red curry chicken simmered in coconut milk, and tamarind duck served with seaweed and crispy noodles, accompanied by jasmine rice, sticky rice and egg noodles. Every dish was cooked to perfection, every mouthful was utterly delicious and all was served with a smile.

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Offering takeaways and lunches, award-winning cocktails, alcoholic beverages and desserts, plus the opportunity to dine al fresco in the magical Chiang Mai garden in the summer months, this is one restaurant I’ll definitely be re-visiting.  Location 4a Endless Street, Salisbury, SP1 1DL t: 0844 625 2905  Location 80 The Hundred, Romsey, SO51 8BX t: 0844 625 2913  Location 33 Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8RY t: 0844 625 2914  Location 113 High Street, Lymington, SO41 9AP t: 0844 625 2921  Location 2 Southampton Road, Ringwood, BH24 1HY t: 0844 625 2924  Location 8 Kings Road, Portsmouth, PO5 3AH t: 0844 625 2934

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Palm Pan Asia

Thai

 Location 166-167 High Street, Winchester, SO23 9BA t: 0845 468 1348 w: www.palmpanasia.co.uk e: info@palmpanasia.co.uk

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Dining at Palm Pan Asia takes you on a culinary journey through Thailand and South East Asia. This innovative, chic and stylish restaurant has captivated Winchester’s foodies with its opulent, spacious interior, delicious food and tempting cocktails. This fantastic establishment was crowned Best Pan Asian Restaurant at the Asian Restaurant Awards for 2018. The menu is populated with inspired signature dishes such as beef rendang, crispy sea bass with mango, and lamb shank with massaman curry, as well as a plethora of classic Thai curries and stir-fries.

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‘…a culinary journey through Thailand and South East Asia…’

Located opposite the prestigious Guildhall, Palm Pan Asia is the perfect venue for Thai tapas, à la carte for signature dishes as well as some great-value set menus. With fresh meat, fish and vegetables delivered daily, the team prides itself on using only the best produce in the dishes. Here, everything is done with heart and soul, creating a genuinely welcoming atmosphere. Whether you’re celebrating with a romantic dinner or gathering with friends and family, Palm Pan Asia has something for all. This authentic Thai and Pan Asian restaurant is built on passion and pride and needs to be experienced to be believed. Thai

273 Thai Eatery  Location 273 Portswood Road, Southampton, SO17 2LD t: 0844 625 2861 w: www.thaieatery.co.uk e: enquires@thaieatery.co.uk

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If you’re looking to sample traditional Thai cuisine in a warm, friendly atmosphere, this charming establishment is the perfect choice. Upon arrival we were greeted by the alluring aroma of authentic South East Asian dishes, £17 to which left us eagerly anticipating the meal to come. Inside, the decor is cosy £25 and modern with a clear Thai influence – think golden statues, colourful art adorning the walls and fairy lights twinkling overhead. The varied menu features a large selection of tempting meat and seafood dishes, alongside plenty of vegetarian options. We began our meal by sharing the mixed starter, which comprised six popular Thai plates including mouth-wateringly tender pork rib and refreshingly zesty fishcake. I opted to follow with Weeping Tiger, a melt-in-the-mouth grilled beef fillet that added a touch of theatre to the evening. The dish arrived on a sizzling griddle plate that was then doused in Cognac before being set alight by our waiter. My partner Open: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, was equally impressed with her 6pm-11pm roasted duck, which was served with lashings of sweet-and-sour tamarind sauce, thin crispy noodles and seaweed. Intrigued by the dessert options, we sampled sticky rice and banana fritters with ice cream and fresh fruit. The thoroughly delicious food and welcoming staff ensured our visit was memorable for all the right reasons. For a dining experience that offers something a little bit out of the ordinary, it doesn’t get better than 273 Thai Eatery. 104

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Leelawadee

Thai

 Location 9 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GF t: 0844 625 3197 w: www.leelathai.co.uk e: leelathai@outlook.com

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Situated just a stone’s throw from the Mayflower Theatre in the centre of Southampton, Leelawadee serves Thai food that is as fresh and appealing as the white flower it was named after. Diners can expect a warm and friendly atmosphere with excellent service and competitively priced food that is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate.

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As well as traditional Thai delights of green and red curries like the popular panang, Leelawadee also offers exotic specialities such as crispy cod with chilli sauce and Thai coconut pancakes, which are simply out of this world. Other stand-out dishes include the unctuous barbecue spare rib starter and mouth-wateringly good papaya salad with its divine balance of tangy, umami, sweet and salty flavours. As well as being perfectly placed for theatre-goers, this restaurant offers a Open: Mon-Sun noon-2.30pm, very affordable lunch menu and a 5pm-10.30pm well-sized function room is the ideal setting for larger parties and private dining. The team also offers a ten-per-cent student discount at lunchtime. Whether you’re going to watch a show or are simply craving some authentic and satisfying Thai food in the centre of Southampton, Leelawadee is the perfect destination. Within easy reach of the railway station and nearby car parks, its location could not be more convenient.

JRC Global Buffet

World Cuisine

 Location The Marlands Shopping Centre, Civic Centre Road, Southampton, SO14 7SJ t: 023 8020 1758 w: www.jrc-globalbuffet.com e: southampton@jrc-globalbuffet.com

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If you’re feeling peckish but can’t decide what sort of food you fancy, the renowned JRC Global Buffet is the place for you. At the modern yet relaxed restaurant on the first floor of The Marlands Shopping Centre in Southampton there’s cuisine available from across the continents, meaning all palates will be more than satisfied. Arrive with an appetite, as diners can expect to undergo a culinary journey from the depths of America to the tropics of Thailand.

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Menus change regularly, adapting to suit the season’s offerings. You could dine on sticky ribs coated in a delicious Brazilian glaze or dim sum, before tucking into a creamy Goan fish curry or Italian pizza. If you have a sweet-tooth, why not finish your feast by sampling from the delicious range of desserts, which includes a magnificent chocolate fountain? Buffets are interspersed with cooking stations, where guests Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, can witness passionate chefs cooking 5pm-10.30pm; Fri noon-3pm, fresh fare before their very eyes, 5pm-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; adding to the friendly atmosphere Sun & Bank Holidays these restaurants boast. All of this noon-10.30pm is available at excellent value for money and under one roof. Travelling foodies will also be delighted to discover that the Southampton restaurant is just one of numerous JRC Global Buffets in the UK. *Price range represents the cost of the dinner buffet. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2018

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Alistair Craig – Cambium – Pg 5 Alistair’s career began at Cambium’s sister establishment, The Terrace Restaurant at the Montagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu, working as sous-chef under the wing of head chef Matthew Tomkinson. He left in 2013 for the two-AA-rosetted Horseshoe Inn in Scotland. His position as head chef there gave him full responsibility for running the kitchen and creating a delicious menu of traditional Scottish dishes.

‘...focusing on simplicity, quality ingredients and exacting flavours...’ After three years, Alistair has returned to the beautiful New Forest at Careys Manor’s flagship restaurant, Cambium. With the natural beauty of the forest as his inspiration, he has some very exciting plans for the new menu, focusing on simplicity, quality ingredients and exacting flavours. Alistair’s inspiration for his dishes begins with finding the best regional ingredients and fresh produce.

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Matthew Tomkinson – The Terrace Restaurant – Pg 7 Lured by the prospect of working late into the night and captivating diners through culinary skill and expertise, Matthew Tomkinson discovered his aspiration to pursue a career as a chef early on. Undertaking a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management at the University of Central England, it wasn’t until Matthew actually got into the kitchen, cooking, that his talent and skill really started to take shape and develop.

‘...he enjoys the challenge of cooking fish and meat to perfection...’ Matthew is celebrating his tenth year as head chef at The Montagu Arms in Beaulieu. Matthew can often be found in the sauce section of the kitchen, where he enjoys the challenge of cooking fish and meat to perfection. His hard work and dedication have certainly paid off, seeing him and the restaurants he’s worked in earn a plethora of awards and accolades to date.

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Andy Straw – The Manor at Sway – Pg 31 Head chef Andy Straw started and perfected his career in The Manor at Sway’s kitchen. His calm and diplomatic manner, combined with his attention to detail, sets Andy apart as a master of his trade. He believes that a kitchen should be a hub of creativity, and this is evidenced in his dishes. You’ll find beautifully presented plates with exquisite flavours that are bound to bring back nostalgic memories for whoever is lucky enough to sample them.

‘...takes inspiration from the countryside surrounding The Manor at Sway...’ The food Andy produces is rustic and casual and he takes inspiration from the countryside surrounding The Manor at Sway. The kitchen uses vegetables from The Manor’s own garden and New Forest game, when in season, can often be found on the menu. Andy’s ambitions for The Manor at Sway this year are to keep improving the skill set of his already very talented and dedicated team. 106

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Index Hampshire 273 Thai Eatery – Southampton ..............104 Abarbistro – Portsmouth............................64 Alice Lisle, The – Ringwood .......................28 Anchor Inn, The – Alton.............................20 Artisan – Eastleigh ....................................43 Bakers Arms, The – Droxford.....................16 Banana Wharf – Southampton ...................60 Bat & Ball – Breamore ..............................76 Bat & Ball, The – Clanfield ........................88 Bay Tree Tea Rooms, The – Wickham .........66 Beach House, The – Milford on Sea..........100 Bear & Ragged Staff, The – Michelmersh ...80 Becketts – Portsmouth ...............................39 Bell Inn, The – Brook ................................24 Beresfords – Brockenhurst .........................10 Bird in Hand, The – Lovedean ....................51 Bishop on the Bridge, The – Winchester .....82 Black Bottle, The – Winchester ..................47 Black Boy, The – Winchester......................87 Black Rat, The – Winchester ........................6 Boat House Café, The – Birdham ...............37 Boat House Café, The – Swanwick .............37 Boathouse No.4 & No.7 – Portsmouth ........65 Bosun’s Chair, The – Lymington .................75 Bounty Inn, The – Basingstoke ...................76 Brasserie Restaurant – Hayling Island ..........8 Brewhouse – Fareham ...............................49 Bridge Tavern, The – Portsmouth .............101 Bugle, The – Hamble-le-Rice......................53 Burley Manor – Burley ..............................45 Cambium – Brockenhurst.............................5 Cams Mill – Fareham ................................28 Canteen, The – Portsmouth ........................66 Chairmakers, The – Worlds End .................84 Charlie’s – Petersfield, Bishop’s Waltham...61 Chestnut Horse, The – Easton ....................15 Coach & Horses – Cadnam .........................76 Concorde, The – Eastleigh..........................57 Corner House, The – Winchester ................22 Courtyard, The – Portsmouth .....................14 Cricketers Inn, The – Curdridge .................94 Cromwell Arms, The – Romsey ...................82 Crook & Shears – Upper Clatford...............90 Crown Inn, The – Bishop’s Waltham...........74 CXO Bar & Bistro – Southampton ..............38 De Havilland Arms – Fleet .......................100 Derby Inn, The – North Warnborough ........83 Docks Coffee House, The – Southampton ....67 Dog & Crook – Braishfield .........................79 Empress of Blandings, The – Copythorne ....99 Ennio’s – Southampton ..............................40 Exchequer, The – Crookham Village ...........31 Fighting Cocks – Gosport ...........................77 Foresters Arms, The – Frogham .................90 Fox & Goose – Greywell .............................85 Fox & Hounds, The – Lyndhurst .................98 Fox Inn, The – Ellisfield.............................78 Frog & Wicket, The – Eversley Cross..........82 Gandhi – Winchester ...............................102 Garage Lounge – Portsmouth .....................68 George & Dragon – Hurstbourne Tarrant ....11 George Inn, The – St Mary Bourne.............91 George Inn, The – Vernham Dean ...............83 Giorgio’s Mediterranean – Bishop’s Waltham ...44 Golden Lion, The – Fareham ......................72 Golden Pheasant, The – Lower Farringdon ...92

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Good Life Farm Shop & Café – Winchester...69 Grand Café – Southampton ........................58 Green Man, The – Winchester ....................19 Greyfriar, The – Chawton ...........................51 Hampshire Bowman, The – Bishop’s Waltham ...92 Hampshire Hog, The – Clanfield .................96 Harvest Home – Denmeade ........................72 Haven, The – Lymington ............................34 Hawkley Inn, The – Hawkley ......................91 Herb Pot Bistro, The – Ashurst ..................35 Holiday Inn Eastleigh – Eastleigh ..............56 Holiday Inn Southampton – Southampton ..58 Horse & Groom, The – Alresford ................74 House Martin, The – Barton on Sea ...........99 Jack Russell, The – Faccombe ....................12 Jolly Farmer, The – Blacknest ....................30 Jolly Farmer, The – Warsash......................62 Jolly Sailor, The – Bursledon......................97 JRC Global Buffet – Southampton............105 Jurys Inn Southampton – Southampton ......59 King Alfred, The – Winchester ...................22 King Charles – Kings Worthy ....................50 King’s Head, The – Wickham .....................78 Koh Thai Tapas – Salisbury, Romsey, Winchester, Lymington, Ringwood, Portsmouth ............103 La Lambretta – Fordingbridge ...................40 La Perle – Milford on Sea ..........................26 La Regata – Southampton..........................43 Leather Bottle, The – Mattingley................86 Leelawadee – Southampton......................105 Lemoni Grill – Southampton ......................46 Links Tavern, The – Liphook ......................30 Lismoyne Hotel, The – Fleet .......................14 Madhuban – Liss .....................................101 Manor at Sway, The – Sway .......................31 Manydown Farm Shop – Basingstoke .........69 Mayflower, The – Lymington ......................23 Mayfly, The – Fullerton ..............................98 Mill House, The – North Warnborough .......86 Mortimer Arms, The – Ower ......................94 Mucky Duck, The – Winchester ..................64 New Forest Inn, The – Emery Down ...........52 New Forest, The – Ashurst .........................98 New Place Hotel – Shirrell Heath ..............13 No.5 Bridge Street – Winchester ...............60 Novotel – Southampton .............................62 Oak Inn, The – Bank ..................................96 Oak Room Restaurant, The – Rotherwick ....17 Oak, The – Smannell..................................81 Old Beams Inn, The – Ibsley.......................78 Old Cottage Restaurant, The – Ringwood ....88 Old Customs House, The – Portsmouth........96 Old House at Home, The – Havant ..............84 Old Station Tea Rooms Holmsley, The – Burley ...64 Old Vine, The – Winchester ........................48 Olive Leaf, The – Hayling Island .................12 Osborne View, The – Fareham ....................97 Palm Pan Asia – Winchester ....................104 Phoenix Inn, The – Hartley Wintney ...........29 Piccolo Mondo – Southampton...................41 Piecaramba – Southampton, Winchester ....20 Pilgrim Inn, The – Marchwood ...................80 Plough, The – Bursledon ............................95 Portsmouth Arms, The – Basingstoke .........95 Prince Consort – Netley .............................89 Prince of Wales, The – Farnborough ...........84 Queen Charlotte Inn – Andover...................50

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Queens College Arms, The – Tadley.............93 Queens Head, The – Ludgershall .................46 Railway Inn, The – Curdridge .....................81 Raj, The – New Milton .............................101 Ralphs Wine, Gin & Tapas Bar – Hayling Island ...42 Red Lion, The – Odiham .............................27 Red Lion, The – Chalton.............................88 Rising Sun, The – Milland..........................53 River Cottage Kitchen – Winchester ...........29 Roebuck Inn, The – Wickham .....................21 Rose and Thistle, The – Rockbourne............48 Royal Exchange, The – Lindford .................27 Royal Oak, The – Beaulieu .........................92 Royal Oak, The – Downton .........................52 Royal Oak, The – Ecchinswell .....................73 Royal Oak, The – Lasham...........................16 Royal Oak, The – North Gorley ...................25 Seahorse, The – Gosport ............................25 Selborne Arms, The – Selborne ..................75 Seven Stars, The – Stroud .........................93 Shapla – Alresford ..................................102 Ship Inn, The – Langstone .........................30 Square Brewery, The – Petersfield ..............22 St James Tavern – Winchester ...................90 Star Inn, The – Lockerley ..........................71 Station House, The – Haslemere.................32 Still & West, The – Old Portsmouth ............24 Swan Hotel – Alresford..............................56 Swan Inn, The – Chiddingfold ....................10 Swan, The – Arundel .................................80 Talisman, The – Park Gate .........................85 Tally Ho, The – Eversley ............................79 Tapas Barcelona – Southampton ................41 Tenth Hole, The – Portsmouth ....................69 Terrace Restaurant, The – Beaulieu ..............7 Thatched Cottage Hotel – Brockenhurst......63 Three Lions, The – Stuckton.........................4 Tichborne Arms – Alresford .......................72 Truffles Restaurant – Fareham ...................33 Trusty Servant Inn, The – Minstead ............52 Verveine – Milford on Sea ...........................3 Vestry, The – Southampton ........................63 Watermark Restaurant & Bar – Portsmouth ...33 Wellington Farm Shop – Stratfield Saye ....70 Westgate, The – Winchester .......................18 Westquay – Southampton ..........................54 White Buck, The – Burley ..........................19 White Hart, The – Cadnam ........................77 White Hart, The – Holybourne ...................70 White Hart, The – Stockbridge ..................74 White Horse, The – Otterbourne .................26 White Star, The – Southampton .................24 William Walker, The – Winchester .............50 Wykeham Arms, The – Winchester .............19 Yew Tree, The – Highclere ..........................23 Yew Tree, The – Lower Wield .....................94

Isle of Wight Blue Crab Restaurant, The – Yarmouth.......35 Brading Roman Villa – Brading .................68 Hillside – Ventnor........................................8 Off The Rails – Yarmouth ...........................89 Royal Hotel, The – Ventnor ........................32


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