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15th annual edition

HAMPSHIRE & ISLE OF WIGHT

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


You’ve never experienced dining quite like this before.


Welcome Welcome to the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Food & Drink Guide 2019. 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

Fa

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

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

Fordingbridge

WI

Ventnor

£25 to

£30

An Andover BD

Basingstoke & Deane

Fa

Farnborough

East EH Hampshire

Canningford House 38 Victoria Street Bristol BS1 6BY t: 0117 927 7167 e: editor@foodanddrinkguides.com w: www.foodanddrinkguides.com

Senior Editorial Assistants Robbie Masters, Tori Sharpe

SE

Southampton & Eastleigh

PS

Portsmouth & South Hampshire

NF New Forest Isle of Wight North NI Isle of Wight

Editorial Assistants Elle England, Jess Maples, Oli Bishop, Ella Fisher, Rosie Best Graphic Designer Jo Ley

EI

East Isle of Wight

WI

West & Central Isle of Wight

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 Spanish .................... 37 Mediterranean.......... 38 Tapas ....................... 40 Bistro ...................... 41 Bar & Restaurant ..... 42 Café ......................... 52 Farm Shop & Café.... 53 Farm Shop & Deli .... 54

Food & Drink Guide 2019

Editor Hannah Burton-Grieve

Wn Winchester

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.

Foreword ................... 2 Fine Dining ................ 3 Modern British .......... 5 Seafood.................... 11 British ..................... 11 Gastropub ................ 31 Modern European..... 34 Italian...................... 35

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Deli.......................... 54 Café & Restaurant .... 55 Traditional ............... 58 Thai ......................... 85 World Cuisine .......... 85 Indian ...................... 86 Chef Profiles ............ 87 Index ....................... 88

Photography Jason Mardell (www.jasonmardell.photography), Sean Dillow (www.thebigcheesephotography.com), Jason Swain (www.jasonswain.co.uk) Contributors Ian Burton, Faith Eckersall, Sara Mills, Jennie Saul, Olivia Greenway, Jane Sceales, Katie Dancey Project Manager Joe Packer Advertising Sales Matt Brentley, Simon Northcott, Emma Filby, Paul Balshaw, Sam Terrett, Tim Hall, Beth Doyle, James Morgan 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 2019.

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Foreword

Matt Whitfield It’s a fantastic time to eat out in Hampshire. With such a variety of establishments to choose from, there’s truly something for everyone. I was born in the New Forest and raised in Southampton, and I recently moved back to Hampshire having worked at the prestigious three-Michelin-star Eleven Madison Park in New York. It was an unbelievable experience but when the opportunity arose to return to The Montagu Arms Hotel – where I started my career – it just felt like the right decision. It’s an exciting time to work in Hampshire as more and more venues push for sustainable processes and place greater importance on local produce. It’s also clear that today’s diners expect more from their local pubs and restaurants, which creates an exciting challenge for many businesses. I consider myself extremely lucky to work in a region so rich in remarkable producers and growers. There’s such a vast array of exciting ingredients on our doorstep; it really is a food-lover’s dream. My team and I collect produce from the kitchen garden every day and ingredients often find themselves on the plate within an hour of being picked. We bake warm sourdough infused with hand-picked rosemary, as well as serving salad featuring vegetables and herbs taken from the garden. Having a real respect and connection to our produce allows us to showcase dishes with provenance to be proud of and a story to tell. Some of my favourite chefs in the area follow a similar line of thinking and it’s something I try to encourage young chefs to get excited about. No matter what you’re looking for when choosing somewhere to dine out in Hampshire, with so much choice across the region you’re sure to eat well. Brockenhurst favourite Cambium, headed by Alistair Craig, never fails to impress, and the region’s welcoming gastropubs and sunny beer gardens are a consistent hotspot for locals and an attractive prospect for visitors from near and far. I hope you’ll use this guide to discover what this beautiful county has to offer and would love to welcome you to The Montagu Arms Hotel soon.

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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

NF

If you’re looking to indulge in the heart of the New Forest, 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 page 87) 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 start of 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 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 has 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: Mon-Fri 7am-10am; 7pm-9.30pm; Sat 8am-11am, 7pm-9.30pm; Sun 8am-11am

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Fine Dining NF

*

£70

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

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The Terrace Restaurant  Location The Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZL t: 0845 468 1436 w: www.montaguarmshotel.co.uk e: reservations@montaguarmshotel.co.uk Nestled in the heart of Beaulieu village is the elegant Montagu Arms Hotel. The Montagu Arms’ flagship restaurant The Terrace showcases head chef Matthew Whitfield’s extraordinary talent for creating innovative modern British dishes. Since taking up the post in January, Whitfield has reinvented the à la carte and tasting menus. Whitfield brings an exemplary record to the restaurant, having previously worked for New York’s three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park. From the moment we were ushered into the restaurant, we knew we were in for a treat. The intimate dining room overlooks manicured lawns and pristine hedges, while inside mellow lighting and forest hues of green and auburn soften the edges of the oak wood panelling. The atmosphere is warm, with friendly and attentive staff setting the tone for an unforgettable culinary experience. We sampled the seven-course tasting menu, which is prepared with the utmost consideration to texture and aroma as well as flavour – there’s a stroke of genius in every creation. Each dish showcases an element of local produce – be it picked straight from the restaurant’s organic kitchen garden, from across the New Forest, or from neighbouring coastal counties Hampshire and Dorset. We started with the Jerusalem artichoke salad with garden-grown herbs, pickled mushroom and orange yolk from a freshly laid hen’s egg, followed by sublime slow-cooked squid served with delicate shiitake mushroom consommé. Next, we sampled the roasted fillet gurnard accompanied by Bolognese and fennel purée, and the exquisite Szechuan pepper duck with sensational bursts of ginger, orange and roasted cumin. Both dishes were executed to perfection and presented superbly. Charismatic sommelier Sergio was on-hand to pair dishes with iconic world wines from an extensive list. For a final flourish, a heavenly cheese trolley was served, alongside a lime and lemongrass sorbet served with spiced pineapple and coriander, and a mouth-watering chocolate bar with milk sorbet and coffee. With three AA rosettes to its name, it’s only a matter of time before The Michelin Guide graces The Terrace with a star. We’ll certainly revisit soon, but next time we’ll stay so we can savour the delicious breakfast too. *Price represents the cost of a three-course meal from the set menu and a glass of wine.

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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 Set in a magnificent Victorian-era mansion amidst 66 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and grounds, visitors are surrounded by grace and grandeur as soon as they arrive at Tylney Hall. Widely regarded as the go-to destination for a memorable dining experience, this little piece of paradise forms a perfect escape. The two-AA-rosette-awarded Oak Room Restaurant is truly a place for special occasions. Oak-panelled walls, long silk curtains with tasselled swags and spectacular chandeliers create a sumptuous setting, while guests can enjoy beautiful views of the garden and lawns. Executive chef Michael Lloyd joined in 2016 and has since worked his magic, presenting refreshing and innovative menus with a distinctly British twist. Incorporating the freshest ingredients possible, Lloyd wowed with a tasty amuse-bouche of honeyed carrot with star anise, followed by homemade bread – which I always appreciate. Starters comprise seven delectable dishes; my honey-whipped goat’s cheese served with paper-thin onion wafers and soaked prunes managed to both whet my appetite and delight my palate, while my partner’s creamy cauliflower soup had the added interest and flavour of artichoke. After some deliberation choosing my main course, I settled for the pea and truffle risotto. The dish had the perfect balance of seasoning, the fresh spring pea flavour bursting to the surface, with just a touch of Parmesan and truffle. My partner plumped for the duo of Cornish seafood, comprising stone bass and salmon served with lobster bisque. A keen seafood-lover, he was extremely impressed with the freshness and flavour of the dish. I was by now replete, but my partner indulged in dessert, opting for homemade ice cream. With a crumb base and served with fresh strawberries, he declared it a total triumph. Excellent coffee and petits fours rounded off an exceptional meal. To complement the food is an award-winning wine list, with an excellent selection of home-grown options as well as some carefully selected worldwide favourites. The attentive and knowledgeable team is always on-hand for recommendations. The elegant yet warm surroundings, attention to detail and exemplary service make any visit an unforgettable experience. It’s no surprise that this is such a popular destination.

BD £20 to

£30

Food Served: Mon 6.30pm-10pm; Tues-Sun 12.30pm-2pm, 6.30pm-10pm

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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. 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 selection of cheese.

£27 to

£43

Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-9pm

It’s the finer details that set Beresfords apart. The seasonal menu changes regularly to make the most of the finest local produce available. Beresfords’ ethos centres on bringing people together and allowing them to indulge in sumptuous two-AA-rosette-awarded food in a relaxed atmosphere. The exquisite tasting menu features carefully selected wine to complement each dish and is guaranteed to tantalise your tastebuds. Fantastic cuisine, an extensive wine cellar and expert hospitality can be enjoyed in the newly refurbished stylish restaurant, while the cocktail bar is the perfect place to enjoy a few top-notch drinks.

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. Modern British

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

Fa

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 Mark 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 tea.

£15 to

£25

‘...unique menus...’ 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 in which Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays to 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. 6

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Chewton Glen

Modern British

 Location New Milton, BH25 6QS t: 0844 625 2825 w: www.chewtonglen.com e: reservations@chewtonglen.com

NF

Set in 130 acres of its own grounds, Chewton Glen is a luxury hotel and spa located on the edge of the New Forest National Park. Its rural location affords this hotel a sense of peace and tranquillity that’s ideal for couples enjoying a relaxing weekend break, while ramblers love its proximity to some of the UK’s best walking routes.

£17 to

£33

Guests at Chewton Glen can choose from a range of rooms, including classic rooms, garden rooms, master suites and hot tub and hotel suites. The newly installed treehouse suites also offer visitors the opportunity to really immerse themselves in the great outdoors and each one boasts impressive views of the surrounding landscape. Since its opening, Chewton Glen has built up a particularly excellent reputation for its dining options. As well as the luxurious Dining Room restaurant, the hotel is home to The Kitchen – a more casual eatery that has been developed in collaboration with noted TV chef James Martin. Inside, the open-plan layout and large windows afford the space a light and airy feel while also allowing guests to watch the chefs at work. The à la carte menu is available throughout the week and head chef Adam Hart delights in using produce grown in the restaurant’s own beds and greenhouses, ensuring maximum flavour and freshness in his dishes. The selection of starters includes a number of appetising plates: try the mouth-watering salt and vinegar pork scratchings or the grilled tiger prawns with roast lemon – these are perfectly juicy and packed with flavour. Moving on, the list of mains encompasses superfood salads and sumptuous burgers, as well as homemade pizzas and grilled dishes such as beer-brined chicken supreme and salt-aged rib-eye steak. Famous for his sweet-tooth, James Martin has also developed an irresistible list of desserts for The Kitchen. Who can resist a warm chocolate and raspberry mousse, or cinnamon churros with Bailey’s dipping sauce? Attached to The Kitchen you’ll also find the cookery school, where members of the public can learn from experienced chefs. Classes can focus on anything from summer salads to spicy curries, beautiful breads to bespoke gin. There are even courses for kids – these are a great way to get them interested in food.

Open: Mon-Thurs noon-2pm, 6pm-11pm; Fri & Sat noon-2pm, 5pm-11pm; Sun noon-2pm, 6pm-11pm

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Modern British

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

Wn

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.

£28 to

£32

‘...high-quality ingredients are spun into imaginative dishes...’

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

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From the first sip of the Italian house wine to the last bite of 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, pumpkin, 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 surrounds, 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 you can call the hotel directly.

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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 Originally a 16th-century coaching inn, the George & Dragon was extensively refurbished four years ago. Owner Patrick Vaughan-Fowler and his dedicated team ensured that the pub was sensitively restored and decorated to retain its original character and preserve its historic features. The aim was to elevate the pub beyond its former charm with the addition of comfortable guest bedrooms with modern amenities, a relaxed and inviting interior and a stunning food offering to match. Focused on local, seasonal ingredients, head chef Sam and the dedicated team at the George & Dragon cook up a storm, creating new dishes every week that demonstrate a clear love of the craft. For Sam it’s all about making the best use of the highest quality ingredients and produce when it’s at its freshest. An ever-growing pantry of menu staples is made fresh in-house, including bread, sauces and condiments – the team has even created a fermentation chamber so that fresh produce can be pickled and preserved to maximise the use of each ingredient and reduce food waste. Alongside a dazzling menu of modern British delicacies, George & Dragon prides itself on its tapas lunch menu. The menu offers plenty of choice, and dishes may include the likes of Marmite potatoes with truffle cream, and pheasant and chorizo skewers. 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 team to create innovative seafood specials on a daily basis. Equally seasonal, local and carefully selected are the drinks on offer at George & Dragon. From the constantly rotating range of craft spirits from exciting British distillers and unique cocktails to the extensive wine list, there’s something for every palate and pocket. Owner Patrick’s background in the industry is evident from the impressive array of lesser-known European varietals. Village inns don’t come much better than this. There’s 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. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the website for upcoming events.

An £18 to

£30

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

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Modern British

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

Wn

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, 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 2006 and strive to produce hearty, modern British cuisine.

£15 to

£25

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 slow-roasted, pulled Hampshire lamb with radish, date and pine nut salad, and green tahini dressing, or perhaps the delicious chicken liver parfait accompanied by toast, salad, and onion jam. For your main, the roasted pork fillet with bubble and squeak, vegetables and chorizo cream sauce, and the red cabbage and shittake mushroom Bolognese with brown rice pasta and pecan Parmesan, both come highly recommended. To complete your Open: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, meal, the chocolate and fudge 6pm-11pm; brownie with butterscotch ice cream Sun noon-6pm 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 Jack Russell  Location Netherton Hill, Faccombe, Nr. Andover, SP11 0DS t: 0844 625 3697 w: www.thejackrussellinn.com e: enquiries@thejackrussellinn.com

An £25 to

£40

Food Served: Mon-Thurs 8am-10am, noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm; Fri & Sat 8am-10am, noon-3pm, 6pm-9.30pm; Sun 8am-10am, noon-7pm

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.

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.

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The Deck

Seafood

 Location Thorney Road, Emsworth, PO10 8BP t: 0844 502 8487 w: www.thedeck.me e: hello@theemsworthdeck.co.uk

PS Occupying a modern restaurant overlooking the beautiful Emsworth Harbour, The Deck is an all-day destination which is sure to please. Open seven days a week, The Deck is a popular location for get-togethers with friends and family yet is £25 to equally suited to an intimate dinner. The Deck’s balcony provides tranquil waterside £30 views and is the perfect spot to while away an afternoon or settle in for an evening. The Deck can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner, evening drinks, and even coffee and cakes. Sourcing quality local produce is the name of the game at The Deck, so you’ll only find the finest catches and cuts on offer. Specialising in seafood, the list of main courses has something for everyone. Delectable dishes include pan-fried fillet of sea bream accompanied by hand-cut chips and a side salad, or perhaps the beautiful tempura-battered hake fillet. The Deck’s famous seafood platter remains popular, including fresh lobster, hand-picked crab, mussels, crayfish, smoked salmon and more. Alternatively, choose The Deck Open: cheeseburger or the Mediterranean salad. Guests can also choose from Sun-Wed 8.30am-5pm; Thurs-Sat 8.30am-11pm an imaginative daily specials list. (hours vary seasonally) To accompany the tempting menu, The Deck has an extensive list of premium gins from local suppliers and a magnificent cocktail list which is well worth seeking out. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, why not try The Deck’s own-brand coffee? As a spot in which to dine, relax and take in the scenery, The Deck is an unbeatable destination.

The Still & West

British

 Location 2 Bath Square, Old Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2JL t: 0844 502 8406 w: www.stillandwest.co.uk e: stillandwest@fullers.co.uk

PS Fully refurbished in 2017, The Still & West is a stunning Grade II listed pub situated at the entrance to the harbour in Old Portsmouth, where smart modern style mingles with traditional nautical charm. Promising fine food and drink £23 to and sublime views over the Solent, it’s a special place in which to relax at the £38 water’s edge. The Still & West serves incredible fresh food all day, under the watchful eye of head chef Luke Emmess. Start your day with something delicious from the breakfast menu, or visit later on for the fantastic seafood dishes, not least some of the best fish and chips in the area – you can even take them away. Alongside the main menu and chef’s signature dishes, you can indulge in a traditional Sunday roast – book a table to make sure you don’t miss out. As well as Fuller’s award-winning ale and craft beer, The Still & West offers an extensive wine list featuring exceptional hand-picked bottles from across Open: the globe. There’s a select range Mon-Sat 9.30am-11pm; of great-quality cocktails for those Sun 9.30am-10.30pm seeking variety – the signature Bloody Mary is the perfect way to celebrate the weekend. If you fancy a warming drink to stave off the cool sea breeze, the team has you covered with a great selection of hot drinks, including coffee that’s freshly made with Fuller’s Brewer Street blend. Celebrating a special occasion? Whether it’s a wedding, Christmas do or a big birthday bash, The Still & West is a fantastic venue for a private event. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2019

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British

The Old Mill Restaurant  Location Botley Mills, Botley, SO30 2GB t: 0844 625 1691 w: www.oldmillrestaurant.co.uk

SE

The Old Mill occupies an historic building in Botley with origins that can be traced back over a thousand years. Eventually converted into a mill in the 17th century, the site is now home to this popular eatery. Inside, The Old Mill boasts the benefits of 21st-century dining while retaining traditional charm in keeping with its historic roots. Exposed brickwork and original features from the mill are complemented by tasteful statement furniture and low-key lighting. This esteemed venue is steeped in history and its unique setting makes for a wonderful visit. Three unique dining rooms ooze individual character, providing an atmosphere that ticks every box, whatever the occasion. One of these rooms can be booked for private dining for up to 20 people so it’s the ideal place for celebrating a special occasion or a business dinner.

£22 to

£35

The talented chefs (chef profile page 87) create beautiful dishes from locally sourced ingredients to satisfy all tastes and dietary requirements. Starters such as pigeon breast served with spinach, apple, walnut and caramelised red onion chutney, and seared scallops with black pudding crumb, smoked bacon, sweet pepper purée and truffle Béarnaise sauce are sure to hit the spot. Follow with the likes of lamb fillet accompanied by Duchess potatoes, roasted vegetables, rosemary, mint jus and parsnip crisps, or the vegetarian risotto with roasted sweet potatoes, red onion, sweet peppers, mange tout and parsley. You’ll want to leave room for a mouth-watering homemade dessert such as the warm chocolate brownie with fresh raspberries, Belgian chocolate sauce, raspberry coulis, white chocolate, and clotted cream ice cream. On Sundays, diners can feast on a hearty Sunday lunch, choosing from a selection of locally sourced meats with all the trimmings and lashings of gravy. Open: Tues-Fri noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm; Sat noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-11pm; Sun noon-4.30pm

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To accompany the food, there’s an excellent list of wine available by the glass, which certainly adds to the pleasure of dining here. Guests can choose from a selection of house wine from local suppliers, as well as several rotating guest wines from the Three Choirs Vineyard in Wickham. Thanks to a winning combination of excellent food and drink, a unique setting and attentive staff, The Old Mill is the perfect destination for any food-lover.

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The Bold Forester

British

 Location Beaulieu Road, Marchwood, Nr. Southampton, SO40 4UQ t: 0844 502 2946 w: www.theboldforesternewforest.co.uk e: info@theboldforesternewforest.co.uk

NF

Nestled on the edge of the New Forest, The Bold Forester occupies a picturesque location surrounded by luscious countryside and open fields. Its setting makes The Bold Forester a popular stop with visitors walking the beautiful trails of the New Forest, and as a dog-friendly venue this pub also welcomes four-legged explorers. For those visiting nearby cities this is a great stop off too: Southampton is just across the Solent and offers great shopping and sightseeing opportunities, while the historic cathedral city of Salisbury is within easy driving distance.

£22 to

£42

Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a friendly and attentive team of staff, each of whom are dedicated to creating a memorable and relaxed dining experience for you and your party. Begin with a drink – perhaps a pint of real ale or a crisp, refreshing cider – before perusing the food menu in the comfort of the stylish but traditional dining room. The food at The Bold Forester is all home-cooked and prepared to order. The team of dedicated and passionate chefs enjoys using local ingredients and menus are seasonal, meaning you’re guaranteed a fresh and tasty meal. To begin, select an appetising starter. The prawn and crayfish cocktail is a great British classic, while the curry-roasted cauliflower bhajis have a tasty kick. If you’re looking to treat yourself, start with something luxurious: opt for the pressed confit duck and chicken and apricot terrine with pear and blackberry chutney. The menu of mains comprises vegetarian and meaty dishes. Peruse the Green Grocery selection and discover mouth-watering plates such as mac and cheese and butter bean and red lentil chilli, or choose the fillet of wild boar or duo of olive- and herb-crusted lamb from the Chef’s Table list. In addition to the regular menu, The Bold Forester is open for morning coffee and also serves afternoon tea. Enjoy dainty finger sandwiches alongside scones, cakes and your choice of tea or coffee – this is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion. At the weekend, guests are also offered an irresistible Sunday roast. Book one of the large tables and bring the whole family, or simply stop by with a partner and catch up over a delicious lunch.

Open: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Sat 10am-9.30pm; Sun 10am-9pm

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British

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 pan-fried scallops, New Forest beef and desserts like pecan pie with bourbon 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 elegant 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.

NF £20 to

£30

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

The White Star Tavern

 Location 28 Oxford Street, Southampton, SO14 3DJ t: 0844 625 7459 w: www.whitestartavern.co.uk e: whitestar@fullers.co.uk The White Star Tavern is a superb dining destination located in the heart of Southampton. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, you’re sure of a warm welcome and outstanding hospitality whatever time you visit. Inside the stylish decor provides a chic and serene environment in which to dine, giving a nod towards the city’s maritime heritage. Pop in for lunch and enjoy one of the delicious sandwiches, or visit for a stellar evening meal and start with the likes of beetroot, spelt, ricotta and pomegranate salad, or salt and pepper squid with nam jim dipping sauce. Move on to a main course of asparagus, pea and lemon gnocchi with goat’s cheese, red pepper and pine nut pesto, or the flavoursome lamb loin and belly with peas, goat’s curd, and boulangère potatoes. The 24oz côte de boeuf also goes down a treat, and The White Star serves some of the best fish and chips around. Pair with a pint of Fuller’s London Pride ale and soak up the atmosphere.

SE £20 to

£30

Open: Mon-Thurs 7am-11pm; Fri 7am-midnight; Sat 8.30am-midnight; Sun 8.30am-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 The Jolly Farmer is the ideal destination for lovers of the countryside, occupying an enviable position near the picturesque Alice Holt Forest and Frensham Pond Nature Reserve. 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 grilled lamb kofta with cucumber, pomegranate and mint raita, and flatbread. 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 the jerk chicken burger with triple-cooked chips? Alternatively, you might like to indulge in sweet potato and Manchego hash enhanced by a baked egg, charred Cos lettuce, and smoked chilli romesco sauce. A trip to this popular eatery isn’t complete without perusing the pudding menu and indulging in the likes of scrumptious lemon posset with shortbread.

EH £21 to

£30

Open: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 9.30am-11pm; Sun 9.30am-10.30pm 14

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The Royal Oak Beaulieu

British

 Location Hilltop, Beaulieu, SO42 7YR t: 0844 502 3351 w: www.theroyaloakbeaulieu.com e: info@theroyaloakbeaulieu.com

NF

The Royal Oak Beaulieu dates back to 1848 and boasts a stunning rural location on the edge of the village of Beaulieu. With views of the New Forest’s famous heaths, this classic country inn is a popular stop for cyclists, walkers and horse-riders – you’ll even find five horse corrals in the garden. Having recently undergone refurbishment, The Royal Oak offers a charming new dining room and snug while retaining its original charm and character. The log-burning fire keeps the pub cosy and a small gallery of pictures and photographs offers an insight into the establishment’s history.

£22 to

£37

Begin your visit with a trip to the bar. There’s a vast array of quality cask ale on offer, including Ringwood Best and Ringwood Fortyniner, as well as a varied selection of cider, spirits and mixers. For those who prefer grape to grain, there’s a list of wine sourced from around the world. Choose a chilled glass of white for a hot summer’s day or a warming red to accompany your food. The menu at The Royal Oak caters for all tastes and the attentive team works hard to accommodate special dietary requirements. Dishes vary seasonally, all of which are homemade and freshly prepared on the premises each day. You can expect delights such as apple-cured salmon and chilli and coriander arancini to start your meal, while the list of sharing platters comprises a mouth-watering charcuterie board and baked Camembert with garlic, rosemary and walnuts. For those popping in for a midday meal, both the ploughman’s lunch and the farmer’s lunch are popular choices and sandwiches, which are served on your choice of granary bread or ciabatta, are light and tasty. If you’re craving something more filling, why not plump for a pizza? Cooked in a pizza oven, options range from a traditional Margherita to a vegetarian choice topped with goat’s cheese, tomato, caramelised onion marmalade and mixed mushrooms. Alternatively, perhaps you’ll opt for one of the pub classics: the maple-glazed pork belly is sweet, succulent and full of flavour and the steak and ale shortcrust pie is homemade and hearty. On Sundays, guests at The Royal Oak are also treated to a delectable Sunday roast, complete with sides of seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy.

Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-9.30pm; Sun noon-9pm

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British

Cams Mill  Location Cams Hall Estate, Fareham, PO16 8AA t: 0844 502 8399 w: www.camsmill.co.uk e: camsmill@fullers.co.uk

PS

Located right on the water’s edge in the market town of Fareham, Cams Mill occupies an impressive building that’s steeped in history. It’s clear that attention to detail is important at Cams Mill and is evident not only in the food, but also the decor. Inside you’ll find huge wooden beams, flickering log fires and a grand wooden staircase, making for a striking yet cosy environment in which to imbibe. Perhaps the biggest selling point at Cams Mill is the huge patio area that can seat up to 60 diners. It’s a real suntrap with stunning views across the water – the perfect spot in which to relax and while away a warm summer’s day.

£22 to

£26

Food is served throughout the day, so whether you’re looking for brunch, lunch or an evening meal, the team has you covered. The menu changes seasonally to make the most of the fine, fresh ingredients available at varying times of the year, and local Hampshire produce is used wherever possible. Discover sumptuous starters like chicken Open: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; liver and Fuller’s Bengal Lancer Sun noon-10.30pm parfait with toasted brioche and red onion jam, or perhaps one of the sharing platters available throughout summer. Tempting mains could include Cornish Orchards cider-braised South Coast pork belly with an apple and sage croquette and sage jus, or tea- and hop-smoked haddock fillet with bubble and squeak, poached egg and Hollandaise. There’s also an ever-changing specials board to choose from. British

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

PS

Admire the stunning views across Emsworth Harbour over a pint of London Pride at this delightful watering hole. Once an Old Mill, The Ship Inn is now a popular pub and purveyor of excellent seasonal fare. Open from 9.30am daily £22 to for breakfast and coffee, The Ship Inn is the perfect location for walkers and £33 visitors to stop off and enjoy the views. A wonderful pub for all seasons, The Ship Inn boasts a large outdoor area – the ideal spot in which to watch local wildlife – and on rainy days guests can warm up by the fire and enjoy board games with friends. Choose to dine in the upstairs restaurant or downstairs bar area. The fresh food menu is served from noon every day; you might start with pan-seared tiger prawns with chilli and coriander, or a caramelised shallot and thyme tart with grilled goat’s cheese. For mains choose from Frontier-battered fish and Open: house chips or malt and barley smoked cod with Charlotte potatoes, wilted Mon-Thurs 9.30am-11pm; spinach and chive butter sauce. If Fri & Sat 9.30am-11.30pm; fish doesn’t excite you, there’s a Sun 9.30am-10.30pm wide selection of vegetarian and vegan options, like the delightful butternut squash and sweet potato tagine with apricot and toasted almond couscous, while tasty meat options include yassa-marinated pork rib-eye with spiced corn on the cob and sweet potato fries. To finish, sample the Vintage Ale sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and Fuller’s buffalo milk salted caramel ice cream or the ever-popular Paul’s chocolate brownie. 16

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The Mayfly

British

 Location Fullerton, Nr. Stockbridge, SO20 6AX t: 0844 625 3593 w: www.mayflyfullerton.co.uk e: mayfly.office@fullers.co.uk

An

If you’re traversing the town of Stockbridge, locals will be sure to point you in the direction of The Mayfly. Located on the banks of the River Test, The Mayfly is a superb establishment offering relaxed dining in stunning surrounds. Diners can take a seat next to the river and watch leaping trout and gliding swans go past; it’s a truly idyllic setting in which to drink and dine. The terrace area is ideal for a laid-back al fresco drink: explore the bar’s excellent collection of unique craft beer, cask ale and stout – you’re bound to find your new favourite pint whenever you visit The Mayfly.

£18 to

£23

The main menu showcases traditional pub grub with a modern interpretation, and boasts plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Starters such as the tea- and hop-smoked haddock and spring onion fishcake are sure to impress, while the toasted focaccia with tomato and pine nut caponata is another Open: delicious option. Main courses Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; might see the likes of roast chicken Sun noon-10.30pm with Cajun-roasted chickpeas, caramelised onions and butternut squash salad, and crispy soft-shell crab burger stacked with guacamole, sweet soy, green chilli and mango mayonnaise. For a lighter meal, opt for a fantastic salad of heritage beetroot, Laverstoke mozzarella, orange and pumpkin seeds. You won’t want to miss out on the superb Sunday roast, boasting a choice of succulent meats with all the trimmings.

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 £25 to unmistakably British menu, which takes full advantage of its idyllic rural location £45 – think fresh game, fabulous seafood and locally grown vegetables. It’s 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 and free-range chicken with lemon and thyme stuffing. From the à la carte, select the seasonal curried Bar Open: cauliflower soup with homemade Parmesan grissini, and follow with the lemon Mon-Sat noon-11pm; sole accompanied by cherry tomatoes, samphire and spring onions cooked in a Sun noon-6pm sharp lemon and caper butter. The kitchen team updates the menu regularly to Food Served: Mon-Sat 8.30am-10.30am, make use of each season’s produce. noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; Weary travellers and their Sun 8.30am-10.30am, four-legged friends can rest up in noon-4pm one of eight cottage-style guest rooms. 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. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2019

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The Alice Lisle  Location Rockford Green, Ringwood, BH24 3NA t: 0844 502 8408 w: www.thealicelisle.co.uk e: alicelisle@fullers.co.uk

NF

Pleasantly situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park, The Alice Lisle is a fantastic pub with a stellar food and drink offering. With its idyllic countryside location, this cosy pub is ideal for lovers of the great outdoors. Why not pop in for a hearty lunch after exploring the surrounding area with your dogs, going for a cycle ride, or enjoying a pleasant ramble by the nearby Blashford Lakes? The pub also boasts a huge landscaped garden as well as a playground to keep little ones entertained, making it the perfect spot for the whole family.

£20 to

£30

Inside, the decor blends modern and traditional chic style: exposed brick walls and beams meld with tasteful shades of sea-green and grey. Those dining can enjoy tasty starters such as black pudding and leek croquettes with Bramley apple ketchup, and chicken satay skewers with bean shoot and coriander salad and peanut dipping sauce. Follow with the likes of olive, spinach, tomato, feta Open: and pesto linguine, or tea- and Mon-Fri 10am-11pm; hop-smoked haddock and salmon Sat 11am-11pm; fishcakes with sauce gribiche. There Sun noon-10pm are numerous drinks to choose from to accompany your meal, but we’d recommend sampling the excellent selection of Fuller’s real ale. To finish, choose from one of a number of tempting puddings – perhaps the banoffee cheesecake with salted caramel sauce, or a selection of delectable British cheese with celery, grapes, apples and quince jelly. British

The White Hart  Location London Road, Overton, RG25 3NW t: 0844 502 2951 w: www.whitehartoverton.co.uk e: info@whitehartoverton.co.uk

BD

Nestled in the quaint village of Overton for over five centuries, The White Hart provides top-notch food and drink alongside luxurious and comfortable rooms, all in the stylish surrounds of this historic inn. This wonderful establishment is a popular spot for get-togethers with friends and family; visitors invariably return thanks to the delicious food and friendly service they receive. In summer, the garden patio is the perfect place to while away long sunny afternoons, while the cosy interior offers a homely ambience in the winter months.

£18 to

£35

The seasonal menus represent a well-executed and flavour-focused take on British cuisine, with fresh, local produce kept at the forefront of what’s on offer. You might start with the likes of seared scallops with celeriac purée and crispy pancetta, or the delicious Persian chicken skewers with fattoush salad and baba ganoush. For the main event, opt for the poached smoked haddock served with Open: Cheddar mash, samphire, a poached egg, and crispy anchovies. A superb range Mon-Fri 7.30am-11pm; of pub classics, burgers and vegan Sat 8am-11pm; options completes the offering. Sun 8am-10.30pm Understandably, the Sunday roast is particularly popular so booking in advance is advised. The 12 individually designed en-suite bedrooms provide the perfect base for those looking to explore the area. The friendly, relaxed atmosphere and welcoming staff make a visit to The White Hart an all-round delightful experience, no matter when you stop by. 18

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The New Forest Inn

British

 Location Emery Down, Nr. Lyndhurst, SO43 7DY t: 0844 502 3313 w: www.thenewforestinn.co.uk e: info@thenewforestinn.co.uk

NF

The New Forest Inn may be off the beaten track, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more charming and quintessentially English country inn. Situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park, this family-run pub was founded in the 18th century and frequently sees the area’s resident ponies amble past. If you’re looking for great food and a true taste of the Hampshire countryside, The New Forest Inn is the place for you. Inside, visitors are greeted by a beautiful sight: a traditional and welcoming dining room complete with wood panelling, as well as an impressively stocked bar. During spring and summer, the garden and sheltered outdoor seating area is bustling with visitors soaking up the sun and making the most of warm weather. Beautiful flowers and luscious greenery provide a beautiful backdrop to rival the most quaint of English country gardens.

£19 to

£28

‘...a beautiful backdrop...’ The food at The New Forest Inn is inspired by classic British cuisine and guests will be delighted to find a varied and tempting menu brimming with locally sourced ingredients. To kick things off, opt for tempura-battered tiger prawns or a selection of warm artisan breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. For spice-lovers the chicken or paneer tikka skewers are a popular starter. The list of mains includes a selection of grilled dishes and burgers, as well as imaginative vegetarian options such as cauliflower macaroni cheese and vegan seasonal vegetable tagine. In true British style, there’s also a range of homemade pies on offer – including fish pie and venison and redcurrant pie – and dishes such as bangers and mash and succulent duck breast are regular favourites. Guests will also find a specials board and the team strives to accommodate visitors with dietary requirements.

‘...comfortable guest bedrooms...’ In addition to all this, The New Forest Inn is home to four simple and comfortable guest bedrooms. With all the necessary amenities and a pet-friendly policy, this accommodation is perfect for a weekend away or a short rambling holiday.

Food Served: Mon-Sat 11.30am-9.30pm; Sun noon-9pm

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The Brookfield Hotel  Location Havant Road, Emsworth, PO10 7LF t: 0844 625 7522 w: www.brookfieldhotel.co.uk e: bookings@brookfieldhotel.co.uk

PS

Established in 1972, The Brookfield Hotel is a family-owned country hotel. Located between Portsmouth and Chichester, the house is set in its own landscaped gardens just outside the charming village of Emsworth. Its £20 to proximity to both the South Downs National Park and the beautiful south coast £33 makes The Brookfield the perfect destination for a weekend getaway, and the range of rooms means that you’re guaranteed a comfortable stay whatever your budget. Downstairs, The Brookfield’s restaurant welcomes residents and non-residents alike; stop by for a luxurious breakfast, a special afternoon tea, or evening cocktails with friends. At lunchtime, guests can also enjoy two courses for £15.50 or three for £17.95. Begin with a starter of Caesar salad or Food Served: flavoursome mini fishcakes before moving on to a main of mussel, clam and Mon-Sat 7.15am-9.30am, chilli linguine or a tasty onion tart. The desserts range from rich chocolate noon-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm; cheesecake to caramelised lemon Sun 8am-10am, noon-2pm, tart – you won’t be able to resist 7pm-9.30pm these homemade treats. In the evening, the offering is equally impressive, encompassing grilled dishes, traditional favourites and sumptuous creations like juicy duck breast with celeriac rosti and lamb rump with garlic and thyme mash. As well as all this, The Brookfield Hotel also welcomes private parties and the team is experienced at hosting weddings, christenings, wakes and conferences. British

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

Wn

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 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, coffee, cake 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 fish and shellfish is day-boat landed, MSC certified or sustainably Food Served: times may farmed. The team loves working vary, please call for details 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, as well as attitudes to animal welfare. 20

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The Royal Oak

British

 Location Christchurch Road, Downton, Nr. Lymington, SO41 0LA t: 0844 502 3354 w: www.theroyaloakdownton.com e: info@theroyaloakdownton.com

NF

Originally an 18th-century coach house, The Royal Oak occupies pride of place in the charming hamlet of Downton. This traditional country pub is a haven for even the most discerning foodies, offering classic British fare with a twist, and provides a relaxed space in which to enjoy casual drinks.

£23 to

£43

The interior of the restaurant is tastefully decorated: the restored fireplace, exposed brickwork and antique beams emphasise the venue’s history, while subtle green colours and large windows create a sense of spaciousness. During the winter months, the wood-burning fire keeps the dining room warm and comfy booths provide a cosy spot in which to unwind with family and friends. The team at The Royal Oak strives to uphold an extremely high standard of service so you can expect to feel well looked after here. The well-stocked bar offers a huge selection of drinks, ranging from quality cask ale such as Ringwood Best to Amstel lager and Thatchers cider. Wine aficionados will be delighted by the extensive wine list too: choose your favourite red, rosé or white and enjoy by the bottle or glass. For those dining at The Royal Oak, the food menu promises a feast of traditional flavours created with locally sourced ingredients, and all freshly prepared to order. At lunchtime, you can expect appetisers such as wild boar and apple parfait and salt and pepper calamari, followed by mains of beer-battered haddock with hand-cut chips and chicken breast with tangy tarragon and mushroom sauce. In the evening, the menu is just as impressive. Excite your tastebuds with a starter of spiced Thai-style fishcakes, or opt for a more traditional Scotch egg. Move on to the mains and choose from luxurious plates such as tender confit duck leg with honey-roasted breast and sweet and sour red cabbage, and simple classics like beef and ale pie. There’s a tempting selection of steaks and burgers on offer too, and the vegan shepherd’s pie is not to be missed. In addition to the fixed menu, the chefs at The Royal Oak also provide a regularly changing selection of specials – you can always find something new and exciting to try.

Open: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-9.30pm; Sun noon-9pm

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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

NF

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 Open: Tues 6pm-9.30pm; lamb for myself, and for my Weds-Sat noon-2.30pm, partner, blade of Hampshire beef 6pm-9.30pm in New Forest beer jus served 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-visit. British

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

NF

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.

£20 to

£30

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

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 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.

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. 22

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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 You can find The Royal Oak in the New Forest, just one mile from the picturesque town of Fordingbridge. The pub is known for its fantastic food and friendly service, so if you’re in the Fordingbridge area, The Royal Oak should be on your radar. You can expect a cosy setting in winter with a welcoming fire and plenty of intimate corners, while the well-kept beer garden is perfect for those hot summer days – you can even bring your four-legged friend along. This popular pub is full of character and provides a warm welcome to all.

NF £25 to

£30

‘...friendly service and delicious food...’ Executive chef Paul Somerville has over 25 years of experience and has twice been crowned Chef of the Year at the Dumfries and Galloway Life Awards, and forms a winning team with head chef Charlie Ellen. At The Royal Oak he’s created a menu that offers fresh, seasonal British pub food with modern flair. For starters, the beetroot and blue cheese risotto comes highly recommended, as does the crab and crayfish lasagne served with garlic bread. Move on to the mains and prepare to revel in sumptuous flavours and mouth-watering textures. The roast rump of lamb served with Dauphinoise potatoes, wild mushroom and Port jus is a firm favourite, while the fillet of hake and crayfish accompanied by new potatoes, seasonal vegetables and garlic butter is sure to please. Desserts are certainly worth saving room for – the plum tart with vanilla ice cream and toffee sauce is a real winner. You can also find a selection of pub classics including mouth-watering steak burgers and homemade pies, alongside a splendid light bites and Sunday lunch menu. Specials 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 rotates guest ales twice a week, so there are plenty of reasons to return to The Royal Oak. Durello – a refreshing alternative to Prosecco – is also served. This pub receives praise for its impeccable, friendly service and delicious food, giving diners just what they want. Your first visit to this wonderful pub is guaranteed to be one of many.

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British

Weybrook Park Golf Club  Location Rooksdown Lane, Basingstoke, RG24 9NT t: 0844 625 7308 w: www.weybrookpark.co.uk e: info@weybrookpark.co.uk

BD

Having hosted two US Open champions and one Ryder Cup captain, Weybrook Park Golf Club has established itself as a premier club amongst keen golfers. Set just outside Basingstoke, the club is easily accessible from the nearby M3 while also providing a peaceful and secluded location in which to pass an afternoon. Although home to a thriving member’s club, Weybrook Park Golf Club also welcomes non-players and one-off visitors, and everyone is invited to enjoy the club’s beautiful restaurant and bar.

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Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-6.30pm; Fri & Sat 8am-7.30pm; Sun 8am-7pm Food Served: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm; Sat & Sun 8am-4pm

Overlooking the Hampshire Downs, the upstairs dining area boasts high-vaulted ceilings and a beautiful view across the countryside. With a spacious and modern feel, this is the perfect place to catch up with friends over a drink – the bar has an impressive selection of beer, ale, fine wine and spirits. For younger visitors, there’s also a range of soft drinks.

Why not order a snack to accompany your beverages? Choose from a sandwich, baguette or wrap – the Weybrook club sandwich is a firm favourite – or opt for a warm toastie. If you’re feeling a little more peckish, the main menu is bound to tempt. Fish and chips and pie of the day are just a couple of the tasty British classics on offer and on Sundays guests go home raving about Weybrook’s mouth-watering carvery. *Price range represents the cost of a main and drink. British

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

Wn

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 £20 to dog-friendly pub. The large garden and recently improved children’s play area £30 meanwhile, make for a fantastic suntrap retreat in the summer months, and ample parking makes life easier for those coming by car. This wonderful establishment also boasts an outdoor pizza oven, perfect for those warm summer days with the family. 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 Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm; faces. New Forest and Hampshire meats and Lymington fish catches feature heavily on the menus and specials board, while there are always several intriguing Fri 11am-midnight; vegan dishes on the menu. Throughout the year the team hosts special events Sat 10am-midnight; nights – make sure you check out the Sun 10am-10.30pm 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. 24

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The Drift Inn

British

 Location Beaulieu Road, Beaulieu, Nr. Lyndhurst, SO42 7YQ t: 0844 625 7356 w: www.driftinn.co.uk e: bookatable@driftinn.co.uk

NF

The scenic environs of the New Forest provide an idyllic backdrop to The Drift Inn. After working up an appetite rambling through the delightful surrounds, this terrific country inn provides the perfect pit-stop. Friendly staff and the homely scent of woodsmoke greet you as you step through the door.

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The chefs champion local produce and source the freshest ingredients to sate your appetite. Settling down next to a roaring fire, I started with a pear and walnut salad with sweet cranberries, walnut praline, and a balsamic dressing, while my partner plumped for the parsnip soup with locally baked bread – perfect for a blustery winter’s day. For the main course, I chose the beautifully delicate beetroot risotto with creamy Rosary goat’s cheese, paired with a pint of Orchard Pig cider for good measure. Craving something warming before we braved the elements outside, my partner chose comforting battered Food Served: Mon-Sat halloumi with paprika wedges and 7am-10am, noon-9.30pm; basil purée. There’s always a little Sun 7.30am-10am, room left for pudding, so we ended noon-9.30pm proceedings with a chocolate brownie accompanied by a fresh scoop of New Forest ice cream.

£30

This family-friendly inn offers a cosy corner for couples, but with a play area outside and miles of footpaths to explore, it’s also the perfect destination to bring the whole family.

The Anchor Inn

British

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

EH 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 £40 every 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 Fri noon-2.30pm, to 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 is dog-friendly too. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2019

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

Fa

This historical inn, dating back to the 17th century, is full of charm, with plenty of nooks and crannies for intimate dinners and family gatherings. Andrew and Sisi Ryder reopened this magnificent establishment in 2009, and with their £18 to passion for provenance and seasonality, they have firmly established The Phoenix £25 as one of the best eateries in Hampshire. The menu features homemade pub classics that are sure to please. Popular staples include dishes such as devilled lamb’s kidneys and haunch of venison with braised red cabbage. There’s also a range of refined seafood courses such as the ever-popular Scottish king scallops, as well as Jersey rock oysters, when in season. Head chef Gavin Rees has embraced gluten-free dining and veganism and has introduced stunning dishes such as chargrilled aubergine with quinoa, Open: Mon-Sat wild mushrooms, tomato, basil sauce and toasted almonds, alongside elegant fish 11.30am-11pm; dishes and salads. Sun noon-10.30pm General manager Helen Freeman Food Served: Mon-Sat and her young team have elevated noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm; service standards and modernised Sun noon-9pm the drinks offer, introducing non-alcoholic gin, lager and cider. The extensive wine list includes organic and bio-dynamic wine, offering 25 wines by the glass. The peaceful garden is a haven for lazy summer afternoons, while the roaring log fire in the bar keeps everyone cosy in the winter. No matter the occasion, you’re guaranteed a wonderful time at The Phoenix Inn. British

White Hart  Location Reading Road, Sherfield-on-Loddon, RG27 0BT t: 0844 625 5753 w: www.whitehartsherfield.com e: whitehartsherfield@youngs.co.uk

BD

Following an extensive refurbishment, the White Hart has been given a new lease of life with lovely new decor and an uplifting family-friendly atmosphere. This terrific establishment retains its original charm with exposed brickwork and oak beams throughout. A pub for all seasons serving fare to match, visitors flock to the White Hart to enjoy a meal beside the fire in winter just as readily as they do to relax with a pint in the large beer garden during warmer months. You can even bring your four-legged friends.

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Focusing on fresh, seasonal produce and consistency, the food offering is second to none. Start with the likes of pork and chicken terrine served with apple chutney, or salt-baked beetroot tart accompanied by red onion and goat’s cheese. Next, follow with the delicious pork Tomahawk steak served with crushed potatoes and cherry tomatoes, or perhaps choose from one of the homemade pies on offer. In fairer months, why not indulge in a mouth-watering burger from the popular burger shack? Finish your weekend in style and stop by for the delectable Sunday roast – booking in advance is highly recommended. Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-9pm; Sun noon-8pm

Another string to the White Hart’s bow is the gin garden. Available for private hire and with its very own gin menu, it’s the perfect place to wind down with friends. If gin isn’t your thing, the well-stocked bar is sure to please with an excellent selection of regularly rotating ale, wine and more. 26

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The Hawkley Inn

British

 Location Pococks Lane, Hawkley, GU33 6NE t: 0845 468 1486 w: www.hawkleyinn.co.uk e: info@hawkleyinn.co.uk

EH

Located in the stunning, picturesque village of Hawkley, this pub is the jewel in the crown of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and enjoys stunning views of the South Downs National Park. The Hawkley Inn’s fresh, locally sourced fare is popular with locals, tourists and foodies alike. With the option of daily specials and an extensive wine list, it’s no surprise The Hawkley Inn has achieved TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Menus change daily and are dependent on what can be sourced fresh and locally, ensuring there’s always something new and exciting to try. Alongside the well-loved Hawkley classics, the summer season favours pescatarian delights such as fresh crab, pan-fried sea bass on a bed of rainbow chard, or chunky fillet of cod in a mussel and clam chowder. Come gaming season, the menu boasts its much lauded wild duck cottage pie with celeriac and parsnip mash, or the succulent breast of pheasant with Parma ham, red cabbage and sweet potato. Alternatively, visit on a Sunday for one of The Hawkley’s exceptional roasts.

£25 to

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Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-9pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-3pm

A recent finalist for the AA’s Friendliest B&B of the Year award, this wonderful inn offers five beautifully decorated bedrooms and a generous English breakfast. The Hawkley Inn is perfectly situated to explore the surrounding countryside.

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 a Victorian-style roll-top bath 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; Fri noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm; you can bring your dog too. Only two hours’ drive from London, Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-8pm this 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 2019

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

PS

Entering the spacious and airy dining room at The Seahorse, we felt immediately relaxed. Like a breath of fresh air, the first thing you notice is the bright, coastal-themed interior boasting cool blues, evocative paintings, and ample space to unwind. Just a stone’s throw from Stokes Bay beach and Alver Valley Country Park, this is the perfect destination for a lovely pre- or post-meal wander on a summer’s evening.

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To begin, we dived enthusiastically into our starters of creamy garlic mushrooms, and ciabatta with baba ganoush and hummus. The homemade dips were both rich in taste and packed flavour – we had soon waded through the lot. As you’d expect, The Seahorse serves an excellent selection of seafood dishes, alongside traditional pub classics. After much deliberation, I plumped for the surf and turf: wholetail scampi and chargrilled rump steak. Cooked rare, my steak was perfectly tender and complemented the deliciously crispy scampi. My dining partner’s beer-battered fish was deliciously fresh and was served Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-11pm; with a gorgeous portion of chips Fri & Sat 9am-midnight; and homemade tartare sauce. For a Sun 9am-10.30pm final flourish, I was recommended the homemade cherry Bakewell tart with Chantilly cream, and I am truly glad I went for it. With regular quizzes and live music events throughout the year, you’ve every reason to stop by The Seahorse, where quality dining, friendly service, and a wonderful location await. British

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 on 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. 28

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Bourne Valley Inn

British

 Location St Mary Bourne, Nr. Andover, SP11 6BT t: 0844 625 7697 w: www.bournevalleyinn.com e: enquiries@bournevalleyinn.com

BD

Bourne Valley Inn is a traditional British pub nestled in the scenic village of St Mary Bourne. Boasting nine beautiful en-suite bedrooms and a restaurant that serves classic English fare, Bourne Valley Inn is a major draw for locals and visitors alike. This traditional inn retains its character, with wooden beams, exposed stonework, and a well-stocked bar offering wine, spirits, and a great selection of ale. The Bourne Valley Inn is also dog-friendly, so nobody need miss out. The kitchen team takes great pride in the food served, and the impressive bill of fare is crafted using the best local ingredients. To start, I ordered the fresh haddock fishcake topped with a poached egg, while my wife was enamoured with her serving of rich, creamy butternut squash soup. To follow, I plumped for the delectable lamb breast, which was perfectly tender and brought to life by the exquisitely flavoursome jus accompanying it. My wife’s pea and asparagus risotto with Parmesan crisp was equally impressive.

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£32

Open: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm

To finish our meal on a sweet note, we had to try the mille-feuille. The thin, crispy pastry, separated by layers of smooth whipped cream, was hiding tangy rhubarb and crushed apple – an inspired combination. Bourne Valley Inn is a true gem and will stay near the top of my list for a long time.

The Alverbank Hotel

British

 Location Stokes Bay Road, Alverstoke, Gosport, PO12 2QT t: 0844 625 7663 w: www.alverbank.co.uk e: info@alverbank.co.uk

PS

Formerly a seaside villa for British gentry, a royal host, a pilot training school, and now a country house hotel, The Alverbank oozes historical charm. Its sweeping staircase, open fireplaces and dining room are some of the Victorian features under restoration by local entrepreneurs David Thomson, Abby Thomson and Fiona Gibbins. The trio’s vision is simple: to enhance the property’s natural character with fresh coastal styling. Future plans to add a conservatory will emphasise the breathtaking vista across Stokes Bay Beach and the Solent, stretching as far as the Isle of Wight.

£20 to

£30

‘...seasonal British fare...’

The menu champions traditional and seasonal British fare, and the beautiful garden is perfect for al fresco dining. Generous starters such as cod and prawn fishcakes, wild mushroom bruschetta and silky-smooth pâté are all perfectly balanced. To follow, there’s hearty Open: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm; pub fare like scampi or sausage and Sat & Sun 8am-11pm mash. My friend’s homemade wagyu beefburger was packed with flavour, while my moules marinières was equally gratifying and came with gorgeous homemade sourdough. All of the devilish desserts are impossible to resist. With such a great selection on offer it was difficult to choose. I pondered over peanut parfait with shards of meringue, as well as Eton Mess, but my love of chocolate won out and I plumped for a brownie paired with intense coffee ice cream. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2019

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The King’s Head  Location Main Road, Hurlsey, SO21 2JW t: 0844 625 7684 w: www.kingsheadhursley.co.uk e: enquiries@kingsheadhursley.co.uk

Wn

Nestled in the picturesque village of Hursley lies The King’s Head. A firm favourite with locals and visitors alike, The King’s Head is everything a country inn should be: welcoming, family-friendly and with an excellent bill of £24 home-cooked fare to boot. It’s no wonder this wonderful village inn has to £40 won Hampshire’s Best Pub at The National Pub & Bar Awards for three consecutive years. Every effort has been made to source produce as locally as possible, and the kitchen team uses these ingredients with skill and precision. To start, we chose the Hampshire venison salami with beetroot sorbet, and the beautiful twice-baked cave-aged Cheddar cheese soufflé. To follow, I plumped for the aged Hampshire rib-eye steak cooked rare and accompanied by smoked paprika chips, vine tomatoes, and parsley butter, while my wife tucked into the succulent panko chicken Supreme served with Jersey Royals, asparagus, baby carrots and orange dressing. Both Open: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm dishes comprised a medley of colours and textures and were a total delight. Our enjoyable evening ended with a mouth-watering sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and stem ginger ice cream, and an excellent selection of sorbets. Planning a stay in the region? Each of the eight beautifully appointed en-suite rooms has been finished to an impeccable standard with plenty of contemporary comforts. The King’s Head is the perfect home away from home. British

The Woolpack Inn  Location Totford, SO24 9TJ t: 0844 625 7540 w: www.thewoolpackinn.co.uk e: info@thewoolpackinn.co.uk

Wn

The Woolpack Inn is a delightful country pub nestled in the picturesque hamlet of Totford in Candover Valley. This pretty inn occupies a beautiful building and boasts a homely setting where relaxation is inevitable; the pub’s flagstone floors and beamed ceilings create a cosy setting for ramblers, cyclists and locals alike. Dine in the sunshine in the spacious beer garden or curl up in front of the flickering log fire while sipping a pint of ale in winter – this is the perfect destination, whatever the season.

£25 to

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To begin, we selected the marinated burrata and heirloom tomatoes with pesto and pine nuts, and the salt beef Scotch egg served with spiced tomato mayonnaise, both of which were gorgeous. To follow, we opted for herb-crusted sea bream with courgette and basil purée, and flawless Heineken-battered haddock Open: with triple-cooked chips, mushy peas and homemade tartare sauce. For a final Mon-Fri 11.30am-11pm; flourish, we plumped for the Yorkshire rhubarb and custard with honey and Sat 11.30am-midnight; oats, and the roasted vanilla burnt Sun noon-10.30pm cream with praline and white chocolate crumb. Each dish was superb, and with attentive service from the waiting team the evening was a real joy. It’s no surprise that locals and visitors alike love this charming pub, with an excellent range of drinks behind the bar, plus eight beautiful bedrooms available for those wishing to stay over – this makes an ideal destination for a quick tipple, excellent meal or a countryside retreat. 30

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The Links Tavern

British

 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 devilled mushrooms served with a duck egg and brioche. Follow with the likes of roast cannon of South Coast lamb enhanced by olives, courgettes, charred baby gem and red wine gravy. The menus are seasonal and change regularly, so on warmer days you may prefer a lighter option like roast beetroot and fennel salad finished with spelt, pickled shallots, watercress, spinach and herbs. With such an excellent range of drinks on offer, there’s an option to accompany every dish.

EH £21 to

£36

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

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.

NF £24 to

£36

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

The William Walker

Gastropub

 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 Buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese dip, and chicory, walnut and Stilton salad with honey dressing. Hearty mains include the braised South Coast lamb shank with celeriac Dauphinoise and red cabbage. After visiting this exceptional venue, you won’t be able to resist stopping by again.

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£20

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Gastropub

The Bird in Hand

 Location 269 Lovedean Lane, Lovedean, Nr. Waterlooville, PO8 9RX t: 0845 468 1329 w: www.lovedeanbirdinhand.co.uk Wn e: enquiries@lovedeanbirdinhand.co.uk 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. Locals £20 to are already aware of the delicious menu and amazing service The Bird in Hand £25 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 pan-seared scallops with tempura tiger prawns, pea shoots and sweet chilli mayo, and the salmon Scotch egg accompanied by mustard dill and charred lemon. Traditional mains are given small twists to emphasise the attention to detail from the experienced chefs. Slow-roast belly pork with buttered kale, crispy crackling and spiced apple chutney is a firm favourite with diners, as is the sea bass with pea and chorizo risotto. The Bird in Hand also caters for all dietary requirements, with special vegan and dairy- and Open: gluten-free menus. please see website for The sparkling aperitifs add to the opening hours entire experience if you fancy a little tipple – the Bird Royale made up of 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 around 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. Gastropub

The Old Vine  Location 8 Great Minster Street, Winchester, SO23 9HA t: 0844 625 3273 w: www.oldvinewinchester.com e: reservations@oldvinewinchester.com The Old Vine is a stunning Grade II listed hotel, bar and restaurant set in the beautiful city of Winchester. This 18th-century inn is steeped in history, and located just minutes from Jane Austen’s house, Winchester College and the Great Hall. The Old Vine is also brimming with awards – including winning bronze at the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2019 – and should be top of everyone’s foodie hit-list when visiting the area.

Wn £21 to

£25

The varied menu showcases seasonal and local Hampshire produce. Starters include New Forest wild mushrooms with garlic and thyme; venison terrine with red onion relish and toast and butter, and smoked haddock Scotch egg accompanied by curried mayonnaise dip. Main courses feature a range of tempting options including meat-free dishes and a daily changing fish specials Open: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; board. The Old Vine cottage pie comes highly recommended, as does the Sun 10am-10.30pm delicious roasted guinea fowl wrapped in prosciutto with leek and pea risotto. Food Served: Sun-Fri The Old Vine is featured in noon-3pm, 6.30pm-9pm; the Good Beer Guide 2019, so Sat noon-3pm, unsurprisingly the bar is well 6.30pm-9.30pm 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. 32

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The Rose and Thistle

Gastropub

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

NF

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.

£21 to

£28

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 ales on tap, with popular choices Open: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, such as Doom Bar, Butcombe and 5pm-10.30pm; Ringwood Best. The bar staff are Sat 11am-10.30pm; self-confessed cider fanatics so Sun noon-6pm 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.

The Bugle

Gastropub

 Location High Street, Hamble, 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. Inside, visitors are £15 to greeted by an inviting, rustic setting, established by exposed brick and woodwork, £30 oak tables, 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, honey and French mustard mayo before sampling pan-fried rump of lamb served Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm; with saag aloo new potatoes, Canarian red mojo sauce and coriander cress. Fri & Sat 11am-midnight; For the truly carnivorous, locally sourced grill selections such as 28-day-aged Sun noon-11pm 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 2019

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Modern European

Watermark Restaurant & Bar  Location 36-38 The Boardwalk, Portsmouth, PO6 4TP t: 0844 502 9266 w: www.watermark-bar.com e: manager@watermark-bar.com 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 furnishings create a stylish and comfortable environment that, when paired with the restaurant’s uninterrupted views across the Port Solent waterways, establishes a cool, calm air of sophistication.

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£29

Watermark offers a menu that regularly changes to make the most of seasonal ingredients. The delicious all-day menu caters to all tastes and features a range of dishes from well-loved classics to vegetarian and vegan options. Breakfast and afternoon tea are also available, making Watermark Restaurant & Bar the perfect destination no matter what time of day you call in. If you’re an early-riser, why not enjoy a morning coffee or tuck into a delicious breakfast? 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. If you’ve a special occasion coming up, why not choose Watermark to host it? From weddings to corporate events, the experienced team will ensure a wonderful visit. Open: Mon-Thurs 10am-10.30pm; Fri & Sat 10am-1am; Sun 10am-10pm

Modern European

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 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 an understandably popular destination. This outstanding inn seamlessly blends its railway heritage with Art Deco-style decor to create a unique, stylish environment in which to while away the hours.

£25 to

£30

Open: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm; Sat & Sun 8am-11pm Food Served: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, 6.30pm-10pm; Fri & Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-6pm

With à la carte and tapas menus to peruse, diners can explore classic and modern flavours in a new and exciting way. The seasonal menus make use of locally sourced produce where possible and offer excellent value. Well-presented starters include potted smoked trout served with pickled cucumber, crème fraîche, watercress pesto and crostini, and chicory tart accompanied by pear salad, pickled walnuts, and blue cheese. Delight in mains such as stuffed turkey breast wrapped in streaky bacon, served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and Port and cranberry jus, or the delicious beef Bourguignon accompanied by pomme purée, heritage carrots and broccoli.

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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; large enough to accommodate get-togethers of family and friends, the space is still intimate enough to retain a real sense of rustic Tuscan charm. For this reason it is always advisable to book in advance.

£15 to

£25

‘…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.

Albero

Italian

 Location Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7RL t: 0844 625 7318 w: www.alberobrockenhurst.com e: info@alberobrockenhurst.com

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A passion for authentic Italian cuisine and a dedication to excellent service has been the secret to Albero’s success. This charming restaurant is located in the heart of the New Forest and brings a taste of the Mediterranean to its rural English setting. The chefs here believe in freshly preparing each of their dishes to ensure maximum flavour – the pasta is made from scratch every day – and the hugely varied menu offers something for every palate. Albero’s boasts a relaxed ambience and the stylish interior – complete with olive trees – emphasises the restaurant’s Italian focus. Take a seat and order an aperitif: friendly servers are happy to make recommendations and help you navigate the wine list. The selection of delicious meals ranges from pasta and salads to pizza and calzone, but why not begin with some small plates? The sautéed squid is a popular option, but if you prefer to start simple opt for classic marinated olives and focaccia.

£20 to

£25

Open: Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 5pm-10pm; Sat & Sun noon-10pm

When it comes to choosing your main, you can’t go wrong with a homemade pizza – you can even watch it being prepared in the open pizza oven. Toppings include all the classics as well as a tasty vegan option. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, the fresh gnocchi comes highly recommended, and the pollo ruspante – free-range chicken cooked in a subtly tangy white wine sauce – is a mouth-watering delight that’s sure to satisfy. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2019

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Enzee – Brockenhurst  Location Station Approach, Brockenhurst, SO42 7TW t: 0844 625 7589 w: www.enzeebrockenhurst.com Bringing an authentic taste of Italy to Brockenhurst, Enzee is a thriving family-friendly restaurant in the heart of the New Forest. Over the years, the team has gained a fantastic reputation and Enzee continues to thrive on a combination of top-quality food and excellent service.

The menu at Enzee is a sumptuous feast of Italian classics, while the ever-changing selection of chef’s specials means there’s always something new to sample. Begin with a traditional antipasto or a light goat’s cheese, pear and walnut salad. Alternatively, for those dining in large parties, simple sharers such as garlic bread, olives and bruschetta are ideal. On the list of mains you’ll discover a range of tempting pizzas: options range from a classic Margherita to flavoursome frutti di mare. Of course, no great Italian Food Served: restaurant is complete without a range of authentic pasta dishes and Mon 5.30pm-late; the selection here includes creamy spaghetti carbonara, homemade Tues-Sat noon-2pm, lasagne al forno and vegetarian 5.30pm-late; penne arrabiata. If you’re craving Sun noon-2pm, 5pm-late something heartier, be sure to try the juicy steak or the tasty pollo cacciatore – pan-fried chicken with mushrooms, peppers and mixed olives in a tangy tomato and white wine sauce. To accompany your meal, Enzee proposes a range of specially selected wines from Caltanissetta in Sicily and offers an amazing cocktail list. The restaurant even hosts special live music evenings – be sure to check the website for more details. Italian

Ennio’s  Location Town Quay, 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, £28 to directly facing the old waterfront and Southampton Water. £32 Famous for its traditional homemade cuisine, the menu at Ennio’s represents a traditional and authentic taste of real Italian cooking. Using fine fresh 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 a 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. 36

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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 are popular with locals and regulars. New guests are tempted in by a range of delicious food and a regularly changing specials board. The typically Spanish atmosphere is enhanced by a charming interior, and guests are always guaranteed a warm welcome.

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£24 to

£28

‘...charming interior...’ We chose a medley of tapas from an extensive selection – it was almost too hard to choose, but the friendly and attentive staff were on-hand with recommendations, and to explain the more unusual menu items. Next, we selected from the specials board, plumping for 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. Other main course dishes that are sure to delight the palate include the vegetarian paella, and the Iberico lamb in a red wine and apple jus served with crispy capers and potatoes. We couldn’t resist rounding off our delicious feast with dessert and plumped for the mouth-watering churros served with warm chocolate, followed by a selection of Spanish cheeses served with membrillo and toast, both of which were exceptionally tasty. 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.

‘...medley of tapas...’ 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 available for the warmer months. Whenever you choose to visit, you’re sure to be impressed by the outstanding food and drink at La Regata. *Price range represents the cost of two tapas, a main and a glass of house wine.

Open: Mon-Thurs noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm; Fri noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm; Sat noon-10.30pm; Sun noon-9pm

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Mediterranean

Giorgio’s Mediterranean

 Location 6-8 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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Head to the New Forest and amidst the verdant scenery you’ll find the magnificent Burley Manor. First impressions don’t get much better than that of the approach to the beautifully restored manor. 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.

£25 to

£35

The menu is reworked every season to make the most of the finest local produce available, with many ingredients coming from the New Forest. Starters come in the form of 16 delectable modern tapas dishes. We plumped for the crispy squid and burnt chili mayo, lamb kibbeh, cucumber and tangy yoghurt alongside beer- and treacle-cured beef and wild mushroom arancini – all of which were a total triumph. Fresh bread is offered along with two tasty dipping sauces. The knowledgeable sommelier was more than happy to recommend the perfect wine pairing for our meal. With over 25 rotating wines available by the glass, there’s truly something for everyone. As you might expect, choosing your main course is a difficult task with so many tempting dishes on offer. For me it was the pasta of the day, a light concoction of tomatoes, feta and linguine. My partner couldn’t resist the pan-fried hake with a generous helping of baked clams, Iberico ham and hazelnut. The side dishes are another joy, with interesting salads and a delightful selection of seasonal vegetables. The mouth-watering dessert menu makes life extremely complicated for the sweet-toothed. The saffron and honey cake with honeycomb and clotted cream was enticing, as was the Alexander chocolate mint fondant with white chocolate ice cream, but in the end it was raspberry soufflé with Alexander rose chocolate and sorbet for myself, while my partner was delighted with his crema Catalana with almond polvorones. Attentive service coupled with stylish yet secluded surrounds ensure that your visit is as memorable as can be.

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

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Tapas

Ralph’s Wine, Gin & Tapas Bar  Location 22c Elm Grove, Hayling Island, PO11 9EF t: 0844 625 7707 e: reservations.ralphs@outlook.com

PS

Tucked away on Hayling Island, an easy walk from the beach, is Ralph’s Wine, Gin and Tapas Bar. Re-opened after an extensive refurbishment, this stylish venue is a firm neighbourhood favourite. Inside, the industrial-style lighting and comfy booths create a striking aesthetic, while the friendly staff and relaxed ambience ensure a memorable visit, whatever the occasion. This is the perfect place to gather for evening drinks, and while you’re there why not enjoy a bite to eat? With a choice of cosy seating and high-backed bar stools, this spot is equally perfect for an intimate dinner or a group gathering.

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£16 to

£20

The team at this family-run venue is passionate about providing the best possible customer service and ensuring that all visitors have a great time. The result is a vibrant, buzzy atmosphere where guests feel right at home. There is also a partially covered patio garden with pretty lights and hanging flower baskets. This enchanting spot is perfect for soaking up the rays in summer with a signature cocktail or a chilled gin and tonic. With such an extensive selection of artisan spirits and fine wine you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Open: Tues & Weds 4pm-11pm; Thurs & Fri 4pm-midnight; Sat 11am-midnight; Sun noon-10pm

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Though you may visit for a casual drink, it’s well worth staying to dine. Made using the finest local ingredients, delectable tapas dishes such as crispy tempura prawns, baked Camembert and chorizo in red wine with red onion marmalade provide the perfect accompaniment to a bottle of Spanish wine. Vegetarian visitors will find themselves equally well catered to with popular favourites like patatas bravas, blue cheese and sherry mushrooms and bruschetta heaped with mozzarella, tomato and basil. Ideally suited for sharing, the array of tapas offers something for everyone, but if this doesn’t tickle your fancy why not plump for one of the sharing boards? Choose from the popular antipasti board with cured meat, crusty bread and cheese, or opt for crackers, chutney and a diverse range of cheeses. Alongside the tapas and sharing boards you’ll find irresistible British dishes like barbecue pork belly bites and even crispy Yorkshire puddings stuffed with roast beef, spicy horseradish, Brie and chutney. With live music nights, top-quality food and drink and attentive staff, a visit to Ralph’s is an absolute must. *Price range represents the cost of two tapas dishes and a glass of house wine.

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Tapas Barcelona

Tapas

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

SE Located in the heart of Southampton’s Cultural Quarter – adjacent to the Nuffield Theatre and a short walk from the Mayflower Theatre, Tapas Barcelona is the perfect venue for day-trippers, city residents and * £19 theatre-goers alike. On arrival, the uniquely decorated venue transports visitors to to the streets of Barcelona as they dine in the shadow of Gaudi’s Casa Batlló. £23 Offering a wide range of sharing plates, traditional and contemporary dishes and a superb choice of wine, Sangria and cocktails, this wonderful venue is undeniably Spanish in ambience and taste. The regularly updated menu bursts with flavour and colour and lists many Spanish favourites including patatas bravas in a spicy tomato sauce, crispy squid, serrano ham croquettes and marinated sardine fillets. With gluten-free and vegan options available, there’s truly something for everyone, ensuring guests enjoy a relaxed dining experience. Those with a soft spot for dessert Open: hours vary seasonally, can round off their meal from a please see website for details selection of Spanish favourites, including orange and cinnamon crema Catalana, pistachio biscotti and churros and chocolate. The popular restaurant is conveniently located for pre-theatre dining, a lunchtime snack or a celebratory meal. It is also available for private hire and hosts regular Flamenco nights and live Spanish music. *Price range represents the cost of three individually priced tapas dishes and a large glass of wine.

The Boat House Café – Swanwick

Bistro

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

PS

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.

£5 to

£20

‘...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. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2019

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Bar & Restaurant

Becketts  Location 11 Bellevue Terrace, Southsea, PO5 3AT t: 0844 502 9154 w: www.beckettssouthsea.co.uk e: info@beckettssouthsea.co.uk

PS

Becketts has been a well-regarded Southsea fixture for over 30 years, upholding a glowing reputation for exceptional food, drink and service. Conveniently located near the seafront and a short walk from Gunwharf Quays, its current owners took the helm at the start of 2016 and quickly began refurbishing the historic building. Keen to sustain 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 now boasts several dining rooms, a well-stocked bar, a private dining room and guest accommodation.

£20 to

£30

‘...locally grown and reared produce...’

Open: Mon-Thurs 8am-11pm; Fri & Sat 8am-midnight; Sun 8am-9pm

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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 baked Camembert and chorizo served with sunblushed tomato focaccia and chilli jam, and monkfish scampi served with lemon and dill tartare sauce. Another starter that exceeds expectations is the pan-seared scallops, smoky bacon and pea risotto finished with chorizo oil. The mains are just as exciting. You might opt for the barbecue pork belly served with a spring onion and potato rosti, charred sweetcorn and green bean salsa, or Thai-style bream fillet accompanied by sticky coconut rice, mango purée, sambal and charred pak choi. A number of innovative vegetarian and vegan dishes ensure that everyone’s well catered for. You can expect to find plates such as homemade basil gnocchi with delicious pesto and red peppers, and the tempting crispy tofu bowl laden with Keralan sweet potato and spinach curry. Desserts are well worth saving room for. Highlights include the pretty mango, passion fruit and white

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chocolate cheesecake, lemon and poppy seed polenta cake, and spiced pecan and treacle tart. Sunday lunch is a fine occasion too, with options that include crisp pork belly and roast marinated beef topside with potatoes roasted with garden herbs, seasonal vegetables, and a giant Yorkshire pudding. Booking in advance is advised due to popularity. To enhance its offering of delectable fare, Becketts showcases an excellent selection behind the bar. Offering a broad array of wine from around the world, alongside an impressive list of beer and ale, Becketts also presents a compelling choice of cocktails. The expert bartenders can mix up anything from a French Martini to an English Garden. Visit on Thursdays and guests can take advantage of the two-for-one offer on all cocktails. If you aren’t sure what tipple you fancy, just ask the helpful staff for a recommendation. With Moules Tuesday and Prosecco Wednesday, there will always be a reason to return regardless of when you visit. Becketts’ bottomless brunch remains extremely popular with locals and visitors alike. Nestled inside the charming new courtyard room, bottomless brunch is available every day from 10am until 2pm. Guests can feast on a selection of deli dishes and can enjoy bottomless drinks including Prosecco, Mimosa and Bloody Mary.

‘...boutique bedrooms...’

For those wishing to stay overnight, there are six beautiful boutique bedrooms to choose from. Recently awarded Best Boutique Hotel by Southsea Folk, Becketts’ individually designed bedrooms are sure to delight. Each of the six rooms has its own en-suite bathroom and is decorated in a stylish yet homely manner to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, speak to the team in advance about private hire of the venue. From private dining to corporate events, Becketts is the ideal place to host your next do. Whatever the occasion, the knowledgeable team will ensure a memorable visit. Visit the website for more information. With such a wide array of beautiful dishes and tempting drinks, there’s something for everyone at Becketts. Add that to the delightful interior, friendly staff and stylish accommodation, and it’s easy to see why this fantastic establishment is so well received.

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Bar & Restaurant

Banana Wharf  Location Ocean Village, Southampton, SO14 3JF t: 0844 625 3198 w: www.bananawharf.co.uk e: oceanvillage@bananawharf.co.uk

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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.

£18 to

£25

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

Open: hours vary seasonally, please see website for details

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 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 and chunky chips for two, plus two sides of your choice 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

 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 the exceptional service is friendly, efficient and knowledgeable.

£23 to

£26

Swan Hotel

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 Bar Open: from noon using fresh and local produce including their very own Manor Farm beef, Mon-Sun 11am-11pm which is reared on the family farm. The chefs work tirelessly to make the menu Food Served: unique. The kitchen caters for all dietary needs and there is an array of vegan and Mon-Sat 7.30am-9.30pm; vegetarian options. The well-crafted Sun 7.30am-8.30pm menu also suggests the perfect wine to complement your meal, indicating 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 – where 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. 44

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Seashells Lounge Bar & Restaurant

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 37 High Street, Hythe, Nr. Southampton, SO45 6AG t: 0844 502 2936 w: www.seashellshythe.co.uk e: seashellsrestaurant@hotmail.co.uk As its name suggests, Seashells Lounge Bar & Restaurant enjoys a stunning coastal setting, overlooking Southampton Water. With its spacious, light restaurant and gorgeous sun terrace, this restaurant is the perfect place to soak up the beauty of your surroundings while watching the boats come and go from one of the world’s most famous ports. The bar is stocked with a fantastic selection of real ale, beer and spirits. The wine list also offers bottles sourced from all over the world – a chilled glass of white is the perfect accompaniment to a warm summer evening, and the flavoursome house red pairs perfectly with a rich, juicy steak. At Seashells, food is served throughout the day, and every dish is prepared to order and made with locally sourced ingredients. Between 10am and midday, visitors can indulge in a sumptuous cooked breakfast; hearty appetites will love the full English breakfast, while those looking for a sweet snack can opt for a simple slice of toast with jam or marmalade. The team works hard to accommodate guests with dietary requirements and there are dairy-free and gluten-free menus on offer, as well as a new vegan menu – just ask your friendly server. At lunchtime, choose from a varied selection of sandwiches. Fillings such as tender roast beef and horseradish, chargrilled chicken and lemon mayonnaise, and bacon, lettuce and tomato are served in soft, lightly toasted ciabatta alongside a side of chips. If you’re craving something a little more substantial, select a British classic such as crispy battered fish and chips, or sample the sumptuous Seashells burger – a homemade beef patty served in a pretzel bun. In the evening, this beautiful modern restaurant provides the perfect setting for everything from a romantic date to a birthday meal. Begin with pan-seared scallops served on a bed of celeriac purée before diving into the indulgent surf and turf dish, comprising juicy rump steak with king prawns, onion rings, roasted vine tomatoes and mushrooms. Alternatively, choose a simple starter of mushroom bruschetta followed by Gressingham duck breast with raspberry sauce, or vegetarian courgette and lemon risotto. With such a wide and varied selection of menus and ever-changing specials, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice at Seashells.

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Bar & Restaurant

The Concorde  Location Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, SO50 9HQ t: 0844 625 3529 w: www.theconcordeclub.com e: info@theconcordeclub.com

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Celebrated as the oldest jazz club in the UK, The Concorde club remains the go-to destination for an evening of entertainment in Hampshire. The all-encompassing venue occupies a beautiful old schoolhouse on the outskirts of Southampton and boasts unrivalled facilities. Whether you’re after an intimate meal for two, a night out with friends or a corporate events space, The Concorde offers a variety of settings and menus, whatever the occasion. Choose the laid-back ambience of The Fig lounge bar for a casual drink or a relaxed meal with the soothing sounds of live jazz in the background. The Ellington Room is the perfect choice for an evening of unforgettable entertainment and exceptional dining. The choice of dining spaces means that every taste is catered for. We chose The Ellington Room which was hosting an amazing American divas show featuring Madonna and Cher tribute acts.

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‘...go-to destination for an evening of entertainment...’ The menu of contemporary British cuisine reflects the hard work and passion of The Concorde’s dedicated team, resulting in an ever-changing menu using the best locally sourced produce available. My marvellous starter of cod and crab fishcakes was perfected with a hit of chilli heat from the accompanying dipping sauce, while my partner’s cauliflower soup was equally pleasing. I followed with a mouth-watering braised featherblade steak accompanied by a medley of roasted vegetables and potato gratin. My partner’s butternut squash risotto with Parmesan shavings was delectably fresh and perfectly seasoned to highlight the delicate flavours. To finish I couldn’t resist the exquisite crème brûlée, while my companion’s pineapple, passion fruit and raspberry vacherin was both a delight to observe and a dream to eat.

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The Concorde is an extremely versatile venue, catering to everything from lunch with friends on the sunlit woodland terrace, to beautiful wedding ceremonies. A truly unique establishment, this family-owned business excels at turning a meal out into a memorable dining experience. After a night of dining, dancing and drinks, guests can opt to stay overnight at the Ellington Lodge Hotel, which is part of, and adjacent not only to The Concorde, but to the Lakeside Country Park as well. You’ll want to return time and again.

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Holiday Inn Winchester

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Telegraph Way, Winchester, SO21 1HZ t: 0844 625 7735 w: www.hiwinchester.co.uk e: info@hiwinchester.co.uk

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Located just outside the cathedral city of Winchester on the edge of the South Downs National Park, Holiday Inn Winchester provides the perfect escape. Whether you’re travelling for leisure, on business or with the family, its handy location means this hotel is within easy reach not just of Winchester, but also the South Downs National Park and some truly picturesque walking trails.

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Holiday Inn Winchester is also home to the recently opened Odyssey Restaurant, Bar & Pizzeria. A stylish venue, this is the perfect place to visit for a relaxed meal and friendly service. Once seated in the sleek dining room, take time to peruse the excellent menu – you’ll find a mix of pub classics as well as eclectic dishes showcasing flavours from around the world. Whet your appetite with some delectable nibbles – the pork scratchings with apple purée is a classy twist on a classic flavour combination – or begin with a delicious starter of salmon, lemon and dill fishcakes. The selection of mains offers something for all tastes and appetites with the likes of wild mushroom ravioli and mouth-watering rib-eye steak, as well as beer-battered fish and chips served with minted peas and red onion salad. The rustic homemade pizzas, made using Laverstoke Park Farm buffalo mozzarella, consistently delight diners. Choose the roast chicken, rocket and walnut pesto pizza, or perhaps the garlic butter, crayfish and fresh lime toppings. Sunday lunch remains a popular affair and is worth the trip alone. The well-stocked bar is brimming with an expertly chosen range of wine, cider, and premium spirits, and a selection of lager and ale – just ask a member of staff for a recommendation. After you’ve finished your spectacular meal, why not extend your stay? With 131 bedrooms, ranging from classic double and twin accommodation to a luxurious suite, there’s truly something for everyone. Another string to Holiday Inn Winchester’s bow is the flexibility of its private hire facilities. From corporate events to weddings, the experienced team can cater to your needs and will ensure a memorable visit. Catering for up to 180 guests, the beautiful location on the edge of the South Downs National Park makes every visit a magical occasion.

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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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No.5 Bridge Street combines excellent food and friendly service in delightful surrounds. A stylish boutique bar and restaurant with rooms in Winchester, the modern interior is the perfect environment for enjoying quality fare with friends and £20 family. The terraced garden, meanwhile, offers an idyllic spot for soaking up the sun, to £30 which is best done while enjoying a tipple from the restaurant’s list of organic wine. The experienced team of highly skilled chefs has created an enticing modern British menu using the freshest seasonal produce and locally sourced ingredients. Whether you are planning to have a light bite or a delicious three-course meal, expect beautiful dishes and exciting flavour combinations. The roast lamb chop and belly with spiced aubergine, cucumber, yoghurt, ras al hanout and mint couscous comes highly recommended, as does the salt-baked celeriac served Open: with toasted walnut, celery, grape mustard, raisin purée and Shropshire Blue Mon-Thurs 8am-11pm; cheese. The daily specials board ensures there’s always something new and exciting Fri & Sat 8am-12.30am; to try, while the Sunday menu is Sun 8am-10.30pm sure to delight. For those with a sweet-tooth, the 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. 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. Bar & Restaurant

Hilton at the Ageas Bowl  Location Botley Road, West End, Southampton, SO30 3XH t: 0844 625 4470 w: www.ageasbowl.com

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Located on the edge of Hampshire County Cricket Club’s official grounds, you can’t get any closer to the action than the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl. With a plethora of deluxe and executive guest rooms as well as plush suites, this hotel £21 to offers a comfortable stay on a variety of budgets. £41 In addition to the hotel’s accommodation, luxurious eforea spa and outstanding location, the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl is also home to Lakeview Bar. A laid-back atmosphere and excellent range of wine, beer and spirits makes this the ideal spot in which to unwind after a day of watching the cricketing action. For those looking for a bite to eat, the menu offers a selection of tasty light bites, freshly made sandwiches, satisfying British classics and sumptuous afternoon tea. Your choice of eateries at the Hilton doesn’t end there: on the upper ground floor of the hotel you’ll Food Served: find Beefy’s – a modern British please call for details restaurant and bar named after cricketing icon Sir Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham, inspired by his passion for fine food and wine. The restaurant’s ingredient-led dishes are made with the region’s best seasonal produce. The extensive wine list has been curated by Sir Ian himself, providing a selection of world-class wine to suit every palate, including Botham Wines. A plethora of other accompanying tipples is also available. This is the ideal venue for dining with friends, or simply enjoying a Sunday lunch with family. 48

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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 Open: with an open-plan interior, original Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm; beams and stunning stained glass Fri noon-midnight; windows, The Vestry expertly hosts Sat 11am-midnight diverse and bespoke weddings, (only open on Sundays for leaving the wedding couple free Mayflower Theatre showings) to create an event that suits their desires. The team 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.

Inn on the Beach

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 97 Sea Front, Hayling Island, PO11 0AS t: 0844 625 7359 w: www.innonthebeach.co.uk

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Occupying an unbeatable location, Inn on the Beach lives up to its name with a setting right on the shore of the south coast of Hayling Island. With a cosy stylish bar, complete with log-burning fires and comfy booths, Inn on the Beach is the ideal place to pass a winter’s evening while the spacious restaurant and the light, airy conservatory are popular during the summer. Why not stop by and admire the sunset as you sip your drink and indulge in a tasty meal?

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‘...log-burning fires and comfy booths...’ The menu includes traditional British favourites as well as fresh seafood dishes. At lunchtime, a freshly made sandwich with chunky chips provides the perfect accompaniment to a pint of real ale, and in the evening plates range from stone-baked Margherita pizza to steamed mussels with apples, leeks and a tangy cider cream. For those who fancy something hearty, the steak and ale Open: pie with mash and roasted root Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; vegetables is guaranteed to Sun 11am-10pm satisfy, and the halloumi burger with caramelised onion chutney is a flavoursome vegetarian choice. There are vegan options too, meaning that all palates are satisfied. A special occasion is a great excuse to treat yourself to afternoon tea at Inn on the Beach. Bring a friend and enjoy a relaxed catch up over tea, sandwiches and delicious fruit scones. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2019

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Bar & Restaurant

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 £22 to an afternoon spent shopping in Southampton’s extensive West Quay shopping £26 centre, or are staying the night before heading off on a cruise, Novotel is the ideal destination. 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 and white wine fricassee. Sandwiches Open: and pizzas are also served Mon-Sun 7.30am-11pm 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

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 £14.50 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 Sunday lunch menus offer a wide 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. Open: Mon-Sat 11am-late; Sun noon-5pm

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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 from an independent pub. Sitting neatly along a residential street off Warsash Road, it’s held dear by the local community and also extends a warm welcome to those popping in from further £15 to afield. The historic building has a listed frontage; its facade reflects an appreciation £20 of British pub tradition and the pub has won awards for its beautiful hanging baskets. Children are thoroughly spoiled by the outdoor play area that includes a fantastic bouncy castle throughout summer. 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 tuck in to crispy potato skins for a more traditional dish. A choice of Mon-Sun 11am-midnight classic British dishes for the main course is sure to please. We recommend choosing Food Served: Mon-Fri the steak and ale pie or the fresh fish noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm; of the day, both of which are served Sat & Sun noon-9pm with seasonal vegetables and a choice of potato. 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. Café

Kimbridge Barn  Location Kimbridge Farm, Kimbridge, Nr. Romsey, SO51 0LE t: 0844 502 2908 w: www.idealcollection.co.uk e: events@kimbridgebarn.co.uk

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Set in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, Kimbridge Barn is renowned for its scrumptious food and outstanding service. Having been recently renovated, this idyllic café and tearoom offers a cosy escape during the winter months and a * £8 light and airy space in which to relax in the summer. The breakfast and brunch to offering is impressively varied, with a combination of hearty, filling dishes £16 and sweet options. A bowl of organic porridge is the perfect fuel for a day of exploring, while the gluten-free sweet potato hash is a particularly popular dish for brunch. If you’re visiting at lunchtime, the selection of sandwiches and toasties offers a variety of delicious options for those after a light bite. If you’re looking for vegetarian plates, try the creamy pearl barley risotto with Jerusalem artichoke and sherry vinegar caramel. Every day, the freshly made dish of the day offers a warming and tasty classic – expect the likes of chicken Kiev with Lyonnaise potatoes and classic fish and chips. Open: If you’re planning an event, why Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; not choose to host it at Kimbridge Sat & Sun 9am-6pm Barn? From corporate dinners to birthday celebrations, the experienced team will ensure you have a memorable visit for all the right reasons. The gorgeous rustic barn can accommodate up to 100 seated guests, while The Boot Room offers more intimate dining. Whatever your reason for visiting, Kimbridge Barn is the perfect destination in which to while away a morning or afternoon. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink. 52

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Café Coco

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 Location 2 Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2EF t: 0844 502 7741 Situated adjacent to the University of Portsmouth’s student union and a short walk from the university library, Café Coco can be found inside Gun House and offers a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere for students and the general public to meet and unwind.

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The friendly staff at Café Coco prepare fresh and tasty treats and the £12 regularly changing selection means there’s always something new to try. At lunchtime, you’ll find a great array of light bites that are guaranteed to fuel a productive afternoon. Jacket potatoes can be enjoyed with toppings such as roasted vegetables, tuna mayonnaise, baked beans or barbecue chicken, and the bacon baps are always a big hit. The salad bar is a fixture at Café Coco throughout the year, incorporating couscous, hummus and homemade coleslaw. However, if you fancy something heartier, you won’t be disappointed by the range of hot meals available, including an excellent selection of vegan and Open: Mon-Fri 8.30am-3pm gluten-free dishes. The menu typically features the likes of spicy chilli con carne, mouth-watering casserole and comforting vegan shepherd’s pie. Like any good café, Café Coco also supplies a range of homemade sweet treats. Whether it’s a slice of sticky chocolate cake, flavoursome carrot cake or a warm scone with jam and cream, you’re sure to find something to tempt your sweet-tooth. Café Coco is a lovely café that truly caters to all requirements. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink.

Wellington Farm Shop

Farm Shop & Café

 Location Welsh Lane, Heckfield, RG27 0LT t: 0844 625 7732 w: www.wellingtonfarmshop.co.uk e: info@wellingtonfarmshop.co.uk

Fa The award-winning Wellington Farm Shop occupies a rather secret spot in the Hampshire countryside, yet is conveniently situated between Reading and Basingstoke. If you’re a fan of home-cooked food and locally sourced produce, * £8 this is the place for you. The café is focused on lunchtime fare, with a fantastic to selection of sandwiches, salads, hot meals and seasonal specials. The sausage £12 and onion pie is delicious and comes with mustard mash and buttered greens – the sausages are handmade by the butcher on-site so are available to buy. The bavette steak sandwich is another firm favourite with customers – the beef comes from the farm shop’s very own Hereford beef that grazes on the surrounding water meadows. Should you fancy a coffee, the beans from local Read’s Coffee make exceedingly flavoursome brews, best accompanied by a slice of cake. Open: Mon-Sat Aimed at supporting local farmers and British produce, the Farm Shop is 8.30am-5.30pm; a treasure trove for food-lovers – only the best local ingredients are sold, Sun 8.30am-4.30pm ensuring superior flavour and Food Served: Mon-Sun quality. At the cheese counter, you 8.30am-3.30pm will find a large range of British and Continental varieties, including award-winning Barkham Blue and Village Maid Cheese from Risely. Those with a sweet-tooth will even find honey and honeycomb from the hives on the estate. The knowledgeable staff have sampled everything and are ready to assist with whatever you may need. *Price range represents the cost of a sandwich, cake and cup of tea. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2019

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Good Life Farm Shop & Café

Farm Shop & Deli

 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.

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*Price represents the cost of a sandwich, cake and coffee from the café. Farm Shop Open: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 10am-5pm Café Open: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 10am-4pm

Thyme & Tides

Deli

 Location High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6HE t: 0844 502 9592 w: www.thymeandtidesdeli.co.uk e: enquiries@thymeandtidesdeli.co.uk Opened in July 2010, Thyme & Tides is a popular deli, bistro and fishmonger in Stockbridge. Inside, you’ll find a fantastic range of foods from English cheese and chorizo, to local sourdough breads and Isle of Wight vine tomatoes, as well as a superb selection of wine, cured meat and organic vegetables. The bistro is the perfect place to meet a friend for a quick coffee, breakfast or light lunch. Visit on a Friday night for fish and chips or one of the monthly supper clubs. The fish and shellfish counter (open from Tuesday to Saturday) is traditionally laid out with an emphasis on freshness and sustainability – the majority of the produce comes from the day-boats of Cornwall in Looe. This wonderful establishment only uses carefully selected suppliers. Whatever your reason for visiting, you’re sure to be impressed by Thyme & Tides.

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Open: Mon-Thurs 7.30am-5pm; Fri 7.30am-8pm; Sat 7.30am-6pm; Sun 9am-4pm

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Boathouse No.4 & No.7

Café & Restaurant

 Location Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ t: 0844 625 2795 w: www.dockyardevents.com e: enquiries@dockyardevents.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 squid ink grissini with Parma harm and herb pesto, or the skin-on fries with Boathouse mayo are excellent choices. Of the full-flavoured starters, cod and chorizo fishcake with golden beetroot, tomato and crispy kale, and the warming red lentil, sweet potato and coconut soup are two particular highlights. Mains include local beer-battered cod with chips, crushed peas and homemade tartare sauce, and aubergine steak served with sweet potato fries and a fresh salad. 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’s 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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0844 625 5698 A classic bar that offers sophisticated pub food, well chosen wine and cocktail masterclasses.

0844 625 5773 Café, restaurant and food shop founded in 1991 by Antonio and Priscilla Carluccio. Authentically Italian and deliciously fresh.

0844 625 5902 Neapolitan-style pizza, with a flavourful slow-rise sourdough crust and a variety of traditional and innovative toppings.

0844 625 5912 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.

North – 0844 625 7460 South – 0844 625 7466 Home to the legendary Portuguese, flame grilled PERi-PERi chicken and all served in a fun relaxed environment.

0844 625 7461 Talented ‘Pizzaiolos’ and passion combine for a mouthwatering authentic experience every time.

0844 625 5783 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.

0844 625 7445 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.

0844 625 5884 Wagamama is the Japanese-inspired sensation combining fresh and nutritious food with friendly service and value for money.

0844 625 5915 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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Traditional

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

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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 or cask-conditioned ale.

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Small plates that double up as starters provide the perfect lunchtime treat for those who like to share. Tuck in to the likes of chilli beef nachos loaded with guacamole and sour cream, popcorn chicken with tarragon mayonnaise and breaded Laverstoke mozzarella with chilli jam. If you stop by in the evening, you’ll find a menu bursting with the likes of buffalo lasagne with garlic bread and salad, hanger steak with peppercorn sauce and the delectable pie of the day. There are also a large number of tasty vegetarian dishes on offer; discover Open: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; flavoursome plates such as the Sun noon-10.30pm falafel burger topped with tomato, onion, lettuce, gherkins and cumin mayo, and served with crispy house chips. To finish, why not treat yourself to the scrumptious apple and blackberry crumble with crème anglaise? Visit on Sunday and enjoy an impressively flavoursome roast dinner comprising top-quality seasonal ingredients and local meat.

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

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Nestled in the heart 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 regularly rotating cask-conditioned ale. Favourites include Gale’s Seafarers, Fuller’s London Pride and Hophead from Dark Star Brewing Co. 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. The lovely garden is the perfect place to soak up the sunshine in the warmer months, whether you’re cooling down with a refreshing pint of lager or enjoying a hearty al fresco meal.

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‘...oasis for all seasons...’ When it comes to food, The Oak Inn holds a stellar reputation for serving Open: top-quality pub favourites as well Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm; as delicious seasonal delights Sun noon-10.30pm served with modern flair. If you’re in the mood for a hearty meal, start with the likes of goat’s cheese and walnut salad with chargrilled squash. To follow, why not try pan-roasted duck breast with fondant potato, caramelised shallots, kale and red wine jus? For dessert, the raspberry and lime posset with homemade shortbread is sure to delight. 58

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The Selborne Arms

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 Location High Street, Selborne, GU34 3JR t: 0844 625 7730 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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Whether you prefer the cosy atmosphere of the bars or the more intimate dining room, you can dine from a superb menu that offers a range of traditional and Open: innovative dishes that meet the Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm; venue’s high standards. There’s Fri & Sat 11am-midnight; a play area in the garden for Sun noon-11pm children, and a wishing well (hours vary seasonally) barbecue is 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.

De Havilland Arms

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 Location The Key, Elvetham Heath, Fleet, GU51 1HA t: 0844 502 8437 w: www.dehavillandarms.co.uk e: dehavillandarms.fleet@hall-woodhouse.co.uk Fa The De Havilland Arms – named after Geoffrey de Havilland, the famed manufacturer of historic aircraft – is a charming setting with traditional features such as exposed brickwork, a warming fire, and candles on each table creating £16 a cosy atmosphere. In fine weather head outside to the large terrace, which can to £28 seat 60 sun-seeking patrons. Brunch is available until 4pm and proves popular with locals – think full English, French toast, and smashed avocado with cherry tomatoes atop toasted focaccia. We visited in the evening and perused the extensive offering. The menu features a selection of favourites and there’s a specials board listing an array of tempting dishes that make deciding what to choose a difficult task. I opted for the satisfyingly retro prawn and avocado cocktail with a delicately spiced Marie Rose sauce, while my partner plumped for the tasty lamb kofte. To follow, I Open: Mon-Sun 10am-11pm sampled a delicious chargrilled Food Served: chicken Caesar burger, stacked with Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; streaky bacon and melted Monterey Sun noon-8pm Jack. My husband’s main of lamb medallions with creamy Dauphinoise potatoes and seasonal greens was also a hit. For pudding we shared a hearty portion of apple and sultana crumble with lashings of custard. Smooth, aromatic coffee rounded off our evening, which was enhanced throughout by the friendly, attentive staff. A visit to this charming spot comes highly recommended. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2019

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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

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Ensconced in the New Forest at the edge of the charming village of Ashurst, this excellent 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 £15 to refreshments outside to the extensive garden and enjoy the stunning vistas. The £20 pub is as dog-friendly as they come, making it the perfect pit-stop for those exploring the New Forest National Park with their canine companion in-tow. Those dining have a range of tasty dishes to choose from, and everything is made from scratch using fresh, seasonal produce that’s locally sourced wherever possible. For a relaxed grazing meal, opt for a sharing board like the bar board, comprising Cornish Orchards sausage roll, pork pie, pork scratchings, Fuller’s black pudding Scotch egg, apple sauce, piccalilli and fresh bread, or plump for a selection of small plates to sample a range of flavours. Options include tempura king prawns with Japanese mayo and salt and pepper squid with Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; smoked paprika aioli. For a more Sun 11am-10.30pm traditional choice, the Fuller’s Frontier-battered fish and chips with crushed peas and tartare sauce 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. Traditional

The Old House at Home  Location Newnham Green, Hook, RG27 9AH t: 0844 502 3075 w: www.oldhousenewnham.uk e: oldhousenewnham@btinternet.com

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Grab a cool pint of ale, take a seat in the charming dining room and prepare to enjoy the quintessential British pub experience. With an emphasis on high-quality food and unbeatable hospitality, The Old House at Home offers a welcome worthy of its name – you’ll immediately feel at home here.

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Open: Tues-Fri noon-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-8pm Food Served: Tues-Fri noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm; Sat noon-9pm; Sun noon-6pm

Since being taken over by new owners, this eatery has gained a loyal following of locals and an excellent reputation with visitors. The menu at The Old House at Home centres around local ingredients and the selection of dishes changes regularly to reflect the availability of seasonal produce. If you’re popping in for lunch, expect a variety of traditional mains such as honey-glazed ham with egg and chips, and Parsonage Farm charcuterie board.

In the evening, the baked Camembert is a favourite among many guests and mains range from homemade pie with seasonal vegetables to a ratatouille and aubergine stack with applewood smoked Cheddar. Stop by on Wednesday to check out the pub’s popular steak night and enjoy a juicy Hampshire-farmed sirloin steak or vegetarian special, followed by dairy-free ice cream or apple and blackberry crumble. The thriving well-stocked bar boasts a wide selection of vodkas and gins, all of which are Hampshire-based. The Old House at Home is the perfect choice, whatever the occasion. 60

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The Trusty Servant Inn

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 Location Minstead, Nr. Lyndhurst, SO43 7FY t: 0844 625 7317 w: www.thetrustyservant.co.uk e: info@thetrustyservant.co.uk

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more charming and quintessentially British pub than The Trusty Servant Inn. Set in the unspoilt village of Minstead, this delightful venue overlooks the village green and is set amongst a plethora of adorable thatched cottages, surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the New Forest. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some of the area’s native ponies ambling past.

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The Trusty Servant is a particularly popular start and end point with walkers and cyclists. In fact, the spacious garden area is the ideal place to relax following a morning of exploring and you can bring your four-legged friends for a drink and a rest too. Inside the pub, you can expect to be greeted by an exceptionally friendly and polite team of staff as well as a welcoming, traditional interior. Exposed beams and rustic furniture create a comfortable and laid-back ambience and there’s plenty of seating available, whether you’re ordering a pint of your favourite real ale or indulging in a hearty meal. As reliable as its name suggests, the food here is always home-cooked and prepared fresh to order. Its setting means that the chefs have access to a wealth of high-quality, locally sourced produce and with an extensive and varied menu there’s something available for every palate. Why not pop in first thing in the morning for a taste of The Trusty Servant’s breakfast offering? Choose a traditional full English breakfast, a tasty dish of eggs Florentine or one of the tempting breakfast bagels. Stopping by for lunch? Why not split several dishes from the dedicated sharing menu? The baked Camembert is gooey and indulgent – best enjoyed next to the roaring open fire – and the creative vegan sharing board comes with homemade pickles, vegan mozzarella sticks, beetroot hummus and flatbread. If you’re searching for something heartier, check out the list of classics and chef’s choices: the flavoursome steak and kidney pie is virtually irresistible and the lamb shank hot pot is the perfect winter warmer. For those looking for a peaceful weekend escape, The Trusty Servant is also home to five newly refurbished en-suite rooms. Its central location makes it the ideal base for exploring the New Forest.

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The George Inn  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 pub...’ The pub has an excellent reputation among 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 Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; with all the trimmings, together Sun noon-6pm with its fantastic selection of wine 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 and Friday evenings and all day Saturday. Welcoming dogs, children and muddy boots, The George Inn boasts a spacious beer garden and provides the quintessential British pub experience. Traditional

The Snakecatcher  Location Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7RL t: 0844 625 7302 w: www.thesnakecatcher.co.uk e: info@thesnakecatcher.co.uk

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Named after legendary local figure Harry Mills, The Snakecatcher can be found in the village of Brockenhurst. Set in the New Forest National Park, this traditional English pub is just a short drive from the nearby cities of £20 to Southampton and Winchester and draws a crowd of locals and visitors alike. £25 As a family-friendly pub, The Snakecatcher welcomes guests of all ages and kids will love the outdoor play area. Inside, flagstone flooring, wooden panelling and exposed brickwork emphasise the history of the building while creating a familiar and cosy atmosphere. There is also a mural dedicated to the pub’s namesake and for those who are curious, you can even see his grave at the local church. The food at The Snakecatcher is everything you’d expect from a traditional British pub. Delicious starters such as homemade soup of the day and Open: Mon-Weds noon-11pm; crispy, deep-fried whitebait are bound to whet your appetite Thurs-Sat noon-11.30pm; and, at lunchtime, freshly made Sun noon-10.30pm sandwiches provide a tasty refuel. If you’re looking for something heartier, perhaps you’ll be tempted by one of the chef’s famous burgers. Opt for a succulent cheeseburger or try a spicy Cajun chicken burger if you fancy something a little different. Other dishes range from refreshing salads to venison sausages and mash. Sharing platters such as loaded nachos make a great accompaniment to a round of drinks. 62

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The Beach House

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 Location Park Lane, Milford on Sea, SO41 0PT t: 0844 502 8827 w: www.beachhousemilfordonsea.co.uk e: beachhouse.reception@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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Occupying a prime position on the clifftop at Milford on Sea, with views stretching over to The Needles, this relaxed eatery boasts a hearty bill of fare served up in glorious surrounds. The building itself is no less impressive; the grand entrance and 19th-century features were retained when 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.

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We started with a seafood plate and polished off every crumb of the delicious whitebait, lightly dusted calamari, prawn and avocado cocktail and crab mayonnaise. I was in the mood for real comfort food and chose a hearty vegan Open: falafel burger in toasted focaccia to follow. My partner opted for the smoked Mon-Sun 8am-10.30pm haddock fishcakes accompanied by flavoursome Provençale sauce, which was Food Served: Mon-Sun equally delicious. We rounded things off with chocolate brownie, the perfect 8am-11.30am, noon-9pm treat for those with a sweet-tooth. Heavenly chocolate sauce was served over a warm, fudgey brownie, while a scoop of Devonshire cream ice cream cut through the rich chocolate perfectly. 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 to admire the sea views reaching as far as the Isle of Wight. The Beach House also offers accommodation for those looking for an idyllic weekend away.

The Westgate

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 Location 2 Romsey Road, Winchester, SO23 8TP t: 0844 625 1694 w: www.westgatewinchester.com e: info@westgatewinchester.com

Wn The Westgate sits proudly at the top of Winchester’s charming high street, just a stone’s throw from its namesake – the city’s ancient medieval fortified gateway. Its relaxed ambience and friendly team of staff make The Westgate £19 to the go-to place for both visitors and locals, whether it’s for a quiet drink with £31 friends or a private celebration. If you’re looking to escape for the weekend, you could even book a room at The Westgate. Its central location makes it ideal for exploring Winchester and airy, elegant rooms guarantee a restful night’s sleep. The menu at The Westgate comprises fresh seasonal ingredients, all prepared to order and presented beautifully. Food is served throughout the day and at breakfast, dishes range from fluffy homemade pancakes to eggs Florentine. At lunchtime, homemade sandwiches include tempting fillings such as chunky fish fingers, bacon and creamy Brie, and succulent sirloin beef, Open: while larger dishes like burgers Mon-Thurs 7am-11pm; and beer-battered haddock are Fri & Sat 7am-midnight; Sun 8am-10pm consistent favourites too. In the evening, the à la carte menu is a big hit, offering a range of British classics that pair perfectly with a pint of real ale or a glass of wine. Try the vegan vegetable pie served with crisp herby potatoes, opt for tender confit duck leg with creamy Dauphinoise potatoes or treat yourself to a juicy burger – you won’t be disappointed. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2019

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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

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Once an historic coaching inn, The Fox & Hounds is the perfect place to seek refuge. Situated in the heart of Lyndhurst, the pub offers easy access to the beauty of the New Forest, and car-enthusiasts will be pleased to know that Beaulieu National Motor Museum is also close by. Decorated in a traditional country style with exposed brick, flagstone floors and wooden beams, it’s the ideal spot in which to enjoy a bite to eat and a pint of cask ale. The pub also boasts a delightful terrace where guests can relax in the sun with some nibbles and a chilled glass of wine.

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Tuck into crisp tempura king prawns with Japanese mayonnaise to begin with, or perhaps a light starter of heritage beetroot with Laverstoke buffalo mozzarella, orange and pumpkin seeds. If you’re feeling peckish, follow with half a rotisserie chicken marinated in harissa and served with raisin, almond and mango couscous and lime and honey crème fraîche. For a tasty vegetarian alternative, enjoy a spiced chickpea fritter with grilled spring onions, caraway-pickled cucumber Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; and a rocket and tomato salad. To Sun 11am-10.30pm finish, indulge your sweet-tooth with the likes of Vintage Ale sticky toffee pudding with Fuller’s buffalo milk salted caramel ice cream. With weekly quiz nights, live music evenings and even the occasional ale festival, there’s always an enticing reason to visit The Fox & Hounds. It’s no surprise the pub was named Best Country/Village Pub 2018 at the Fuller’s Pub of the Year competition, placing in the top four for the title of Pub of the Year ahead of 400 other venues. Traditional

Off The Rails  Location Station Road, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0QT t: 0844 625 3356 w: www.offtherailsyarmouth.co.uk e: offtherailsyarmouth@gmail.com

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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 success. Sunday barbecues showcase unique cuts of marinated meat alongside fresh fish and grilled vegetables; booking is essential in order to secure your place. When the weather turns colder, 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 herb 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. Open: Weds & Thurs 9am-4pm; Fri & Sat 9am-4pm, 6pm-10pm; Sun 9am-4pm

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Empress of Blandings

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 Location Romsey Road, Copythorne, SO40 2PF t: 0844 502 8441 w: www.empressofblandings.co.uk NF e: empressofblandings.copythorne@hall-woodhouse.co.uk Perched on the edge of the beautiful New Forest, the Empress of Blandings is the perfect destination for diners seeking traditional cuisine in a picturesque £16 to setting. This country pub is full of charm, and is named after the famous £28 literary pig created by comic author P.G. Wodehouse – which explains the vast array of porcine figurines that line the shelves of the venue. These unusual ornaments have been donated by customers and staff members from as far as America and Bulgaria. After perusing the menu and blackboard specials, my partner and I opted to treat ourselves to a whole baked Camembert spiked with garlic and thyme, served with bread, celery and carrot sticks for dipping. I then selected a Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Picpoul de Pinet from the well-compiled wine list to accompany my main Sun noon-10.30pm course: the kitchen’s take on the classic chicken Caesar salad, which was Food Served: satisfying in every sense. I also Mon-Sat noon-9pm; sampled a little of my companion’s Sun noon-8.30pm West Country sirloin steak. Cooked rare, it looked delicious and was so 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, rich and delicious, this dessert is a coffee-lover’s dream. Following a creamy coffee from the Colourful Coffee range, I was on my way, leaving behind a charming pub I will be returning to.

The House Martin

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 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 £16 leisurely stroll. With its bright, contemporary decor and dog-friendly vibe, The to £28 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 chandeliers – I enjoyed a generous serving of potato skins with Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; a cheese rarebit topping and crisp smoked bacon, followed by honey-roasted ham Sun 11.30am-10.30pm accompanied by a brace of eggs, Food Served: triple-cooked chips and picalilli Mon-Sun noon-9pm – nostalgic perfection. Unable to manage a full-sized pud, I elected to try one of the mini puds on offer – a chilled, seasonal fruit crumble – just enough of a sweetener to finish the meal, but no deterrent to enjoying the fudge that accompanied my coffee. With a charming 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 time and again. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2019

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The Jolly Sailor  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 and restaurant in Bursledon is to the perfect destination for visitors from land or sea – you can moor your boat £28 on the pontoon 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 adorn the pub and add to its 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 to soak up the sun, making The Jolly Sailor a great choice all year round. The traditional menu features a range of choice to suit all tastes. Perhaps influenced Open: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; by our nautical surrounds, my partner and I both opted to start with seafood Sun 10am-10.30pm dishes: pan-fried tiger prawns for me and crisp whitebait with tartare Food Served: sauce for her. To follow, I opted for Mon-Sat noon-9pm; the perfectly cooked gammon steak Sun noon-8pm with traditional accompaniments of grilled tomato, mushrooms, garden peas, triple-cooked chips and a slice of pineapple, while my partner raved about her chorizo chicken, which came in a stew of Mediterranean veg and chorizo accompanied by buttery mash and wilted kale. With spectacular views, a warm, friendly atmosphere and a first-rate menu, The Jolly Sailor is a fantastic destination that’s worth seeking out. £16

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The Osborne View

 Location Hill Head Road, Fareham, PO14 3JP t: 0844 502 8968 w: www.osborneviewhillhead.co.uk e: osborneview.hillhead@hall-woodhouse.co.uk 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 £16 range of hot drinks from the ethically minded Colourful Coffee Co. to £28 Upstairs there are plenty of cosy nooks in which to curl up and enjoy the sweeping sea views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Downstairs you’ll find a spacious restaurant area with a 12-seat 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. Those visiting for brunch can sample delights such as shakshuka, French toast and croque Open: Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; Provençale – sourdough baked with tomato and onion chutney, topped with Sun 11am-10.30pm Badger beer cheese sauce and mature Cheddar and grilled to golden perfection. Food Served: We stopped by in the evening and chose succulent steak frites – a classic Mon-Fri 10am-9pm; combination of flat-iron steak and Sat 10am-9.30pm; crispy fries with a choice of smoked Sun noon-8.30pm black garlic or crab butter – and Badger beer-battered fish and chips. When choosing between Black Forest sundae and fruit crumble proved too difficult, we satisfied our cravings with a trio of mini puds – a great way to sample a selection of tasty options. The Osborne View is a delightful spot for all occasions; for fantastic food, seasonal ale and the warmest of welcomes, it’s the perfect choice. PS

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The Prince of Wales

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 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. 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 between fish, scampi and battered sausage with proper chips, while you can expect American-style dining on Saturday night. 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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Open: Mon-Thurs 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Fri & Sat 11.30am-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm

Lady Hamilton

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 Location 21 The Hard, Portsmouth, PO1 3DT t: 0844 625 1709 w: www.theladyhamilton.com Conveniently located nearby Gunwharf Quays and Portsmouth’s bustling harbour, The Lady Hamilton is a popular destination with locals and visitors alike. Inside, you’ll be instantly charmed by the friendly welcome, cosy interior, and the aroma of delicious home-cooked food. You can expect a range of fine pub classics, with sumptuous favourites such as battered cod served with chips and mushy peas, and gammon steak with chips, salad, and a pineapple slice or fried egg. A selection of sandwiches and daily specials completes the offering. Round off your weekend with the delicious home-cooked Sunday roast, complete with all the usual trimmings. Whether you’re seeking a relaxing pint of real ale, a hearty meal, or a comfortable night’s rest, this tremendous establishment is sure to impress.

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Bat & Ball

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 Location Breamore, SP6 2EA t: 0844 625 7749 w: www.batandballbreamore.co.uk 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 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 and 2018 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 that’s 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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Open: Mon-Sun noon-11pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6.30pm-9pm; Sun noon-3pm Traditional

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 Located in the village of Clanfield, this delightful family- and pet-friendly pub is renowned for its delicious food and great range of seasonal cask ale. The pub’s large beer garden boasts sweeping views over the glorious South Downs countryside, and with plenty of off-road parking, it’s the perfect place for hikers, cyclists and dog-walkers to relax before or after exploring the local area. Why not extend your visit and stay in one of the 20 beautiful en-suite bedrooms? Whether you’re stopping by for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’re sure to be impressed by the food on offer. Beer-battered halloumi with sweet potato chips, pea purée and tartare sauce is a delicious twist on a modern classic, while the malt- and barley-smoked cod with tarka dahl, onion bhaji and pickled vegetables is another mouth-watering option. Thanks to the spacious dining room and outdoor garden marquee, all manner of functions can be easily catered for, from business meetings to family celebrations.

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

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 Plough

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 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 £16 to pub’s countryside theme – think agricultural tools adorning the walls, colourful £28 trinkets on 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 veggie board, which provided the opportunity to sample an array of tasty nibbles. The four-part platter consisted of hummus and baba ganoush with croutes; mixed olives and feta; warm falafel with tzatziki; and smoked paprika- and maple-marinated tempeh skewers. For my main course, I opted for sumptuous cod au vin – a generous cut of flaky fish in red wine and Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; bacon sauce. Every mouthful was a symphony of moreish flavours. My partner Sun 11am-10pm was thrilled with the dish she chose: Food Served: RSPCA-assured British rose veal. Mon-Thurs noon-9pm; The tender meat was bursting with Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm; flavour and cooked to perfection. We finished on a sweet note with Sun noon-8pm a rich chocolate and coconut torte served with almond cream, a delightful dessert that just so happened to be vegan. With a winning combination of great food, a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful location, The Plough is an excellent destination for any occasion.

The Portsmouth Arms

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 Location Hatch Warren, Basingstoke, RG22 4RA t: 0844 502 8439 w: www.portsmoutharmshatchwarren.co.uk e: portsmoutharms.hatchwarren@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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In the warm, friendly buzz of this very popular destination, oak beams abound, candles flicker invitingly, and the aroma of delicious food pervades. £16 to The Portsmouth Arms caters for all tastes and occasions, with plenty of £28 choice on offer. You’ll find traditional pub classics like burgers, steaks and pies, alongside more adventurous dishes such as cod au vin, Moroccan lamb tagine and vegan mac and cheese. From the wonderful selection available, we chose to start with a Butcher’s Plate to share, comprising succulent pork belly bites, lamb kofte, glazed sausages and Buffalo hot wings. Each element was as delicious as the last, and provided a tasty opening to the meal. To Open: follow, I indulged in a chicken Kiev with smooth mash, green beans and roasted Mon-Thurs 11am-11.30pm; tomato sauce. Beautifully presented and with succulent and tender meat, this Fri & Sat 11am-midnight; main course was a delight. My wife chose the pan-fried salmon pavé served Sun noon-11.30pm atop potato hash with braised Food Served: leeks, cabbage and peas – a fish Sun-Thurs noon-9pm; dish that impressed even this Fri & Sat noon-10pm seafood sceptic. To round things off in style, we opted for the sticky toffee and rum sponge and the apple and sultana 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. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2019

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The Frog & Wicket

 Location The Green, Eversley Cross, Eversley, RG27 0NS t: 0844 625 3711 w: www.thefrogandwicket.co.uk e: frogandwicket@fullers.co.uk Situated opposite the historic Eversley Cross cricket ground, The Frog & Wicket is a wonderful establishment with an air of sophisticated country chic style. The relaxed atmosphere provides welcome respite – pop in for a refreshing pint and enjoy the excellent range of seasonal ale on offer; 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 such as flavoursome vegan chilli, and yassa-marinated pork rib-eye with spiced corn on the cob and sweet potato fries. 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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£37

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

The Fox & Pelican  Location Headley Road, Grayshott, Nr. Hindhead, GU26 6LG t: 0844 502 8574 w: www.foxandpelican.co.uk e: foxandpelican@fullers.co.uk

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Situated close to the iconic Devil’s Punchbowl, the highest hill in Surrey, The Fox & Pelican is ideally placed for ramblers and lovers of the great outdoors. It’s the ideal place to stop for a drink after a tiring day, and with such a range of wine, ale, spirits and soft drinks you won’t be short of options to quench your thirst. The food at this quintessential village pub is as impressive as the beautiful surrounds. The kitchen team has made an art of hearty traditional dishes, and there are some especially tempting options for seafood-lovers. You might start with London Porter-smoked salmon with lemon and malted wholegrain bread followed by a sumptuous main of Moroccan-style vegetable and feta tagine with herb couscous. Visitors with a sweet-tooth should be sure to check out the pudding menu, which boasts delights like apple and blackberry crumble with crème anglaise, and vegan chocolate ice cream.

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

The Yew Tree

 Location Lower Wield, Nr. Alresford, SO24 9RX t: 0844 502 3365 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 72

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The 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 BD 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 £17 to your stay. £25 Real ale, branded beer, spirits and a selection of wine accompanies 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-cent beef patty in a warm bap is one of the best) plus plenty of traditional pub favourites – beer-battered fish and chips, lamb or venison liver, and homemade pies are real crowd-pleasers. Local game also features heavily on the menu when in season – pheasant and bean Open: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm casserole and venison madras are both highly recommended. Wholesome Food Served: Mon-Sat roast lunches are served on noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; Sunday but be sure to book in Sun noon-6pm 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, if you’re eating and drinking at the pub – just email or call ahead to book a pitch for the night.

The Compasses Inn

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 Location East End, Damerham, SP6 3HQ t: 0844 625 2317 w: www.compassesinndamerham.co.uk e: compassesinn@yahoo.co.uk Nestled in the heart of Damerham, The Compasses Inn is the quintessential village pub. A genuinely friendly atmosphere is complemented by a hearty menu of British fare, a well-stocked bar and a charming rural location, creating a space that’s ideal for everything from casual drinks with colleagues to family gatherings. Why not stop by after a walk around the New Forest?

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‘...friendly atmosphere...’ The restaurant at The Compasses Inn is home to a dedicated team of chefs, all of whom are passionate about using fresh local ingredients in their cooking. Local butchers supply high-quality beef for the rich beef Bourguignon and juicy burgers, sausages for the classic bangers and mash, and juicy cuts of succulent prime steak. The golden scampi – which is served with peas, chips Food Served: Tues-Sat and homemade tartare sauce – comes from a local fishmonger, as does the noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm; delicate, flaky sea bass. For Sun noon-3pm lunchtime diners, the list of light bites offers a tempting range of smaller plates. Try the gooey mac and cheese, or opt for a classic club sandwich. If you’re staying in the area, consider booking a room at The Compasses Inn. Every room has its own en-suite and each has been tastefully decorated, emphasising its own unique character and creating a space that’s cosy and comfortable. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2019

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Open: Thurs & Fri noon-3pm, 5pm-10pm; Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-4pm

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The Cartwheel Inn  Location Whitsbury, Fordingbridge, SP6 3PZ t: 0844 625 7476 w: www.cartwheelinnwhitsbury.com Set on the edge of the picturesque New Forest, The Cartwheel Inn has everything you could ask of a traditional British pub. A beautiful countryside location combines with a laid-back ambience to create a truly relaxed and inviting venue where guests can really unwind. Stop by with a few friends or bring the whole family for Sunday lunch and experience it for yourself – you won’t be disappointed. Now under the leadership of experienced and award-winning chef Paul Somerville, The Cartwheel has flourished, gaining a loyal local following and attracting visitors from all over the country. Paul is a passionate advocate of fresh local produce and every one of his delicious dishes is crafted with the freshest ingredients he can find. The menu at The Cartwheel focuses on classic British flavours, with a few more experimental plates thrown in for good measure. Starters range from a creamy leek and potato soup, served with freshly baked bread, to vegan sweet potato falafel with refreshing beetroot hummus. During winter, the gooey and indulgent baked Camembert is a popular choice too: studded with rosemary and garlic, this is comfort food at its finest. Although the food selection is subject to change, the kitchen team takes care to cater to for every palate all year round. If you fancy something spicy, why not opt for a main of delicious homemade Thai red curry? Or perhaps you’ll sample the delicate roasted hake, which is served with new potatoes, asparagus and a luxurious lobster cream. For burger-lovers, The Cartwheel’s famous beefburger is not to be missed: a mouth-watering stack of juicy steak, seasonal leaves, tomato, onion chutney, bacon and smoked Brie, this tasty plate is a feast of flavours. If you have any room left, be sure to sample the chef’s sumptuous desserts: the white chocolate cheesecake is perfectly complemented by a tangy raspberry crumble, and the cheeseboard is ideal for those who prefer a savoury treat. To accompany your meal, order a drink from the bar’s impressive selection. The range includes a variety of real ale, local cider, high-quality wine and spirits – if you can’t decide, just ask your friendly server for a recommendation. This excellent establishment intends to extend its opening hours once its accommodation becomes available, so keep your eyes peeled for more information.

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The Wellington

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 Location 62 High Street, Old Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2LY t: 0844 625 7468 w: www.wellingtonportsmouth.co.uk e: book@wellingtonportsmouth.co.uk

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The Wellington traces its roots back to 1710 and is a valuable part of Old Portsmouth’s cultural heritage. Located next to the iconic Square Tower and just a short walk from the sea, this popular Victorian-style restaurant boasts a comfortable and stylish interior and a relaxed ambience that’s greatly enhanced by the friendly team of staff. Its laid-back atmosphere makes The Wellington the perfect place for meeting friends, and an ideal location for special occasion celebrations. Why not stop by on a Friday and unwind to the music of a live jazz band? At The Wellington, the menu revolves around high-quality locally sourced produce. The team is particularly passionate about using seasonal ingredients, so the menu is constantly evolving and changing to ensure there’s always something new and exciting to try. Many guests begin their visit by perusing the wine list, where you’ll find an impressive array of bottles sourced from all over the globe, including moreish reds, refreshing whites and luxurious Champagnes. If you prefer grain to grape, select a pint of local beer or ale to begin your evening instead. Although the food selection changes regularly, a typical starter offering is varied and appetising, encompassing tasty plates such as succulent pan-fried scallops, flavoursome British mussels, creamy salmon roulade and comforting homemade soup. The mains are similarly tempting and hearty, ranging from classic beef Wellington and rich Stroganoff to crispy fish and chips. Throughout the year, you’ll find a delicious assortment of tasty vegetarian options too. However, if you can’t see something that appeals to you then don’t hesitate to contact the team – they’ll be delighted to offer you alternatives. In addition to all this, The Wellington provides an irresistible Sunday roast for weekend visitors. Pop in and you’ll find a choice of succulent, freshly cooked meats, sumptuous veggie dishes and a whole host of trimmings. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, or simply looking to treat yourself, you could even book an afternoon tea at this elegant eatery. Comprising a generous supply of freshly brewed tea, plenty of dainty finger sandwiches and glorious cakes, this tea is the recipe for a truly perfect day.

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

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The ideal rural retreat, you’ll find The Swan Inn in the countryside that borders Hampshire and Surrey – a 15-minute drive from Thursley National Nature Reserve and a short distance from Winkworth Arboretum. The Swan’s 11 en-suite rooms are perfect for ramblers exploring the local area, providing a comfortable home-away-from-home feel.

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Open: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm; Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 9am-10.30pm

Having earned a coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence the team at The Swan is dedicated to creating a memorable and enjoyable dining experience for every customer. Inside, the decor blends the modern and traditional, creating a space that’s cosy and spacious in equal measure. Take a seat and begin by perusing the gorgeous menu. Dishes change seasonally to make the most of local produce available but you might find starters like cauliflower and cheese soup and the celeriac and lentil salad. At lunchtime, the selection of sandwiches includes an American club sandwich as well as honey roast ham with mustard – these make for delicious midday snacks.

For something heartier, peruse the list of mains. If you fancy a pub classic, try the hearty sausage and mash with onion gravy, or the homemade beefburger in a soft brioche bap. Alternatively, the jerk pork tenderloin with sweet potato purée and mango salsa is juicy and full of flavour, and the vegetable Wellington with sautéed Jersey potatoes provides a tasty vegetarian option.

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The Mill at Gordleton  Location Silver Street, Hordle, SO41 6DJ t: 0844 502 2910 w: www.themillatgordleton.co.uk e: info@themillatgordleton.co.uk

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Set on the banks of the River Avon, you’ll find The Mill at Gordleton in the village of Hordle, just a short drive from the New Forest National Park and a stone’s throw from the south coast.

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With its cosy interior and beautiful river terrace, The Mill is the ideal venue for both winter and summer – kids and adults alike will love the secret garden, where there’s a range of sculptures and artworks on display.

£46

Open: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm; Sat 7.30am-11pm; Sun 8am-10.30pm

The delicious à la carte menu changes regularly but guests can expect various modern British classics, all freshly prepared to order. If you fancy something rich and hearty, opt for the braised mutton shepherd’s pie or the juicy seared venison with Dauphinoise potatoes, spinach and cauliflower. Vegetarians aren’t forgotten here either – try the mouth-watering vegetarian sausage cassoulet or the cauliflower and chickpea tagine.

On Thursdays, be sure to stop by for the restaurant’s surf and turf night, and on Sundays why not pop in for a roast? Choose from beef, lamb or guinea fowl with all the trimmings, or opt for a vegetarian cauliflower and squash tagine with couscous. Make a break of it, and stay the night in one of The Mill’s charming rooms. Each one is full of character and offers all the modern amenities you need for a comfortable stay. 76

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The Mortimer Arms

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 Location Romsey Road, Ower, SO51 6AF t: 0844 625 7324 w: www.mortimerarms.co.uk e: info@mortimerarms.co.uk

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You’ll find The Mortimer Arms perched on the edge of the New Forest. Set in the pretty hamlet of Ower, this traditional village pub was once a grand Victorian house – home to a wealthy dowager – and has been sympathetically converted to create a comfortable and inviting inn. The friendly team of well-trained staff eagerly welcomes guests of all ages and you can even bring the four-legged members of your family along. Why not pause and refuel after a walk around the picturesque moors and The New Forest National Park? You could stop by on your way to the nearby coastal city of Southampton, with its various shopping and sightseeing attractions.

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The interior of The Mortimer Arms is stylish and cosy – a perfect fusion of modern and traditional, with tasteful touches such as dried hops garlands adorning the bar. Upstairs, you’ll find 15 boutique en-suite rooms, including three superior double suites and a twin room. Each room has been thoughtfully decked out to retain the character and charm of this historic building, while also incorporating mod-cons such as tea- and coffee-making facilities and televisions. The inn’s location makes it the ideal spot to rest your head during a peaceful weekend away in the New Forest. At the bar you’ll find an enticing selection of real ale, keg beer and fine wine. If you’re feeling peckish, be sure to check out the food menu – you won’t be disappointed by the huge range of delectable British classics available. The twice-baked cheese soufflé starter comes highly recommended and moreish mains such as homity pie and sizzling vegetable fajitas are bound to satisfy. For meat-eaters, the Old Timers menu and the grilled selection lists indulgent delights such as rich steak and Guinness pie, sausages of the day with seasonal vegetables and mash, and juicy cuts of local steak. Alternatively, if you fancy something a little different, opt for one of the chef’s cookbook dishes: perhaps you’ll be tempted by the spicy Thai monkfish curry or the tasty Shanghai duck breast with sesame noodles. Indeed, this varied selection means there’s something for everyone – there’s even a dedicated children’s menu for younger diners.

Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Fri 8am-9.30am, noon-9.30pm; Sat 8am-10am, noon-9.30pm; Sun 8am-10am, noon-9pm

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The Navigator  Location 286 Bridge Road, Lower Swanwick, SO31 7EB t: 0844 502 2489 w: www.thenavigatorswanwick.co.uk e: info@thenavigatorswanwick.co.uk

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Located at Swanwick Marina, The Navigator celebrates the great British seafaring tradition, making the most of its stunning coastal location and serving fresh fish and seafood. Step inside and admire the cosy, stylish interior before ordering a drink at the well-stocked, wood-panelled bar. On sunny days, many diners choose to sit in the restaurant’s beautiful conservatory dining area, which offers views of the marina’s boats.

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Make your way to Swanwick first thing in the morning for a taste of The Navigator’s sumptuous breakfast offering: choose from the likes of Continental breakfast, a traditional full English, and eggs Royale. The main menu champions traditional and seasonal British fare, regularly changing to make the most of local produce. Think starters like seafood linguine, crispy quinoa falafels, or Open: a light smoked trout, pink grapefruit and fennel salad. For your main, opt for Mon-Thurs 7am-11pm; the popular pan-fried sea bass Fri 7am-midnight; with crushed new potatoes and Sat 8am-midnight; tenderstem broccoli, or try the Sun 8am-10.30pm corn-fed chicken with sweet celeriac purée and Madeira cream. If you’re looking for a hearty pub classic, you won’t be disappointed by the juicy beefburger, while the vegan curry with naan bread is a warming and flavoursome alternative. Younger diners will love the children’s menu, where they’ll find a selection of perfectly proportioned pub classics such as ham, egg and chips. Traditional

The Wheelright’s Arms  Location 27 Emsworth Road, Havant, PO9 2SN t: 0844 502 2484 w: www.wheelwrightshavant.co.uk e: info@wheelrightshavant.co.uk

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Set in the charming town of Havant, you’ll find this 150-year-old pub just off the A27, halfway between the prominent cities of Portsmouth and Chichester. Located just a short walk from Emsworth Harbour, The Wheelwright’s Arms is the perfect place to end a coastal stroll – you can even bring your dog with you to enjoy the warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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Open: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 9am-11pm; Sun noon-10pm Food Served: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm; Fri noon-9pm; Sat 9am-9pm; Sun noon-7.30pm

Begin your visit with a pint of real ale from Upham Pub Company’s own brewery. For beer enthusiasts, there’s a range of craft beers and for guests who prefer the grape to the grain, the extensive wine list includes exquisite wine from all over the world. During the warmer months, why not sip your drink outside in the pub’s charming beer garden?

Feeling peckish? The seasonal menus at The Wheelwright’s Arms provide a fantastic array of hearty meals and light bites. The chefs here prioritise the use of seasonal local ingredients so dishes change regularly. However, you can expect tasty options such as a triple-decker club sandwich at lunchtime, and mouth-watering mains including tender, slow-cooked shoulder of lamb in the evening. The menu here caters for a variety of dietary requirements; vegans are offered a fresh and flavoursome vegetable stir fry with soy and lime dressing, as well as a spicy vegan curry. 78

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Alfie’s

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 Location 157 High Street, Winchester, SO23 9BA t: 0844 502 9957 w: www.alfieswinchester.com

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Located in the heart of Winchester, visitors to Alfie’s can expect a lively and friendly atmosphere, great beer and wholesome food. It’s perfect for a night out with friends – catch up over a relaxed game of pool, enjoy live sports or soak up the warm summer evenings outside in the garden area.

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‘...lively and friendly atmosphere...’ Inside, the style is cosy and traditional; at its heart Alfies is a classic English pub. Wind your way through the various nooks and crannies to find a secluded spot for a meal, or take a seat at the bar and order from the huge selection of craft beer, cider, fine wine and ale. Why not order some snacks to accompany your drinks? Indulge in cheesy chips, try a plate of crispy onion rings, or sample the loaded potato wedges, which come smothered with bacon and cheese. For those stopping by later in the evening, the late-night menu offers an array of tasty plates including hot dogs, nachos and a vegan burger.

Open: Mon-Sun 11.30am-3am

On the main menu, British pub classics such as battered cod and chips, sausages and creamy mash and rich shepherd’s pie are listed alongside light bites such as chicken Caesar salad, Welsh rarebit and a range of homemade sandwiches and ciabattas. With a range of rooms and spaces including the charming snug, located just off the main bar, Alfie’s is also the perfect place for group celebrations.

The Castle Inn

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 Location 91 High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1BQ t: 0844 625 7710 w: www.thecastleinniow.co.uk

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The Castle Inn is a beautifully preserved pub in the heart of Newport. Flourishing under new ownership, we were greeted warmly by Simon, one of the landlords, who talked us through the history of his pub with infectious enthusiasm. His tales of the ghost who frequently leaves five pence pieces around the place had us both hooked; it is after all rumoured to be the most-haunted pub in Britain.

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As the rain poured outside, we happily warmed ourselves by the roaring fire while perusing the extensive menu. The menu showcases the best of Britain, and every effort has been made to source produce as locally as possible. To start, we enjoyed breaded Brie wedges with cranberry sauce, and salt and pepper chicken enhanced by barbecue sauce and salad. Next, I was tempted by the homemade cottage pie, but instead opted for the mouth-watering double beefburger, while my partner’s liver and bacon served with mash and peas was a welcome Open: throwback to traditional pub grub. Sun-Thurs 11am-11pm; The evening ended on a high note Fri & Sat 11am-1am thanks to my chocolate and vanilla panna cotta and a moreish crème brûlée for my companion – both equally delicious and presented immaculately. With a well-kept beer garden, a delicious bill of fare and live music and quiz nights throughout the week, we’ll undoubtedly be returning soon. This historic inn is a fantastic destination that’s worth seeking out. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2019

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The Talisman  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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Widely regarded as one of the best pubs in the area, The Talisman is alive with the inviting sound of chatter and laughter on any given night of the week. Inside, to open fires, candlelit tables and cosy book-lined corners create a homely feel, and £28 when the sun is shining, guests flock to the sizeable beer garden filled with pergolas and comfy seating. The menu is packed with pub classics including mouth-watering burgers, and Badger beer-battered fish and chips. Our eyes were drawn to the specials board, but I decided that only steak could suffice. Settling on the 8oz 28-day-aged sirloin Open: with grilled tomatoes, flat mushrooms, watercress and fries, my succulent cut Mon-Thurs 10am-11pm; was chargrilled to perfection. My companion enthused over her rich lamb tagine, Fri 10am-midnight; which she declared utterly divine. Unbeaten by our large platefuls, we enjoyed a Sat 10am-11pm; slice of vegan chocolate and coconut torte with almond cream, and a warm Sun 11.30am-10.30pm chocolate brownie with Salcombe Food Served: Mon-Thurs Dairy ice cream. Throughout our noon-9pm; visit we found the service to be just Fri & Sat noon-9.30pm; right: informal and laid-back, but Sun noon-8pm attentive at the right moments. 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. £16

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The Running Horse  Location 88 Main Road, Littleton, Nr. Winchester, SO22 6QS t: 0844 502 2907 w: www.runninghorseinn.co.uk e: info@runninghorseinn.co.uk A relaxed and welcoming venue, The Running Horse can be found on the outskirts of Winchester and provides the perfect setting for anything from a casual drink with colleagues to a celebratory family meal. With food served throughout the day, the team here is delighted to welcome diners for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Running Horse has even been awarded two AA rosettes in recognition of their commitment to great hospitality and unbeatable quality.

Wn £19 to

£33

‘...cosy dining room...’ The breakfast offering encompasses well-loved classics such as eggs Benedict and a full English breakfast, as well as hearty Scottish porridge with golden syrup. Lunchtime diners are offered a list of freshly made sandwiches: fillings include chargrilled chicken with garlic mayo and gem lettuce, and beer-battered cod Open: fingers with tartare sauce. The main menu at The Running Horse has something for Mon-Fri 7.30am-11pm; everyone and changes seasonally to Sat 8am-11pm; incorporate the finest local produce. Sun 8am-10.30pm Expect mouth-watering starters such as pan-seared scallops with cauliflower purée, and twice-baked cheese soufflé, as well as tasty mains – the roast haunch of venison with butternut fondant is rich and satisfying and the mushroom and goat’s cheese burger is a delicious vegetarian twist on a pub classic. Enjoy your food in the stylish, cosy dining room or eat outside in the pub’s spacious garden area. 80

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The Thomas Lord

Traditional

 Location The High Street, West Meon, Nr. Petersfield, GU32 1LN t: 0844 502 2912 w: www.thethomaslord.co.uk e: info@thethomaslord.co.uk

Wn Enveloped by the stunning Hampshire countryside, The Thomas Lord is a beautifully restored traditional village pub. As well as offering an excellent range of real ale and a delicious menu of great British fare, this venue also boasts five luxury £18 to wooden cabins. Each has its own en-suite bathroom, king-size bed and porch – £25 these cosy retreats are perfect for those visiting the Meon Valley on walking, fishing or business trips. Food is served at The Thomas Lord throughout the day, and menus change seasonally to ensure there’s always something new and exiting to try. Enjoy hearty plates such as eggs on toast, a sausage sandwich or a full English for breakfast, and at lunchtime choose from a selection of bar snacks, sandwiches and mains. The sharing boards are also a popular option with lunchtime guests – choose from a classic charcuterie board or roasted Camembert with tomato chutney and toasted bread. During the warmer months, many diners choose to Open: enjoy their meal outside in the pub’s Mon-Fri 7.30am-11pm; charming garden. There’s even an Sat 8am-11pm; outdoor pizza oven which operates Sun 8am-10.30pm during summer. Those visiting in the evening will find themselves spoilt for choice. Try the vegetarian truffle gnocchi with woodland mushrooms and sunblushed tomatoes, or opt for a juicy rib-eye steak with hand-cut chips and peppercorn sauce. The crispy ale-battered fish and chips is popular with diners of all ages, and the burger with sweet barbecue sauce is irresistible.

The Hawk Inn

Traditional

 Location Sarson Lane, Amport, SP11 8AE t: 0844 502 2329 w: www.hawkinnamport.co.uk e: info@hawkinnamport.co.uk

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Set in the village of Amport and surrounded by rolling countryside and thatched cottages, The Hawk Inn is a quintessentially English country pub. With stunning views, an impressive seasonal menu of British fare and a welcoming atmosphere, The Hawk has everything you could ask for and more – there are even a few stylish boutique rooms available for out-of-town visitors.

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Choose a seat in the cosy lounge or outside on the pretty sandstone terrace before ordering from the extensive drinks list – wine has been sourced from all over the world, including France, South Africa and Australia. Next, peruse the menu – expect a tempting selection of tasty starters, mouth-watering mains and delicious desserts all crafted from seasonal ingredients. You might find starters of venison Scotch egg served with apple and black pudding purée, followed by a classic burger made with your choice of beef, chicken or cod. Alternatively, sample the leek and potato rosti before moving on to a main Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-11pm; of tender confit duck leg or Sat 8.30am-11pm; creamy roasted butternut squash Sun 8.30am-10.30pm linguine. The juicy steaks are consistent favourites too, each accompanied by hand-cut chips, roasted mushrooms, tomato and peppercorn sauce. At lunchtime, guests are offered an array of freshly made sandwiches. Try the succulent pulled pork burger or opt for the Cajun chicken BLT wrap – a spicy twist on a well-loved classic. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Guide 2019

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The Queens College Arms  Location Aldermaston Road, Pamber End, Nr. Tadley, RG26 5QR t: 0844 502 8443 w: www.queenscollegearms.co.uk e: queenscollegearms.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 to University, which has owned the land for centuries. Large wooden beams, £28 rustic decor and quirky corners welcome guests after a long day. This pub is a local hub at the heart of the community, serving quality food, tasty Badger ales and a varied selection of wine. When we visited, the menu offered choices to delight my vegan friend as well as an array of meat and fish dishes. My starter of baked goat’s cheese was enhanced by the sweet flavours of honey and orange, a combination that delighted the palate. My main course of 8oz flat-iron steak was beautifully Open: cooked with deliciously smoky flavour and a superb accompaniment of Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm; crab butter. My companion opted to start with Buffalo tempeh accompanied by vegan garlic mayo and proclaimed Sun noon-10pm that the tempeh was the best Food Served: she’d ever tasted. Her main of pea, Mon-Sat noon-9pm; mint and basil arancini was served Sun noon-8pm with homemade pesto, roasted root vegetables and tenderstem broccoli, and proved to be another fantastic vegan option. We rounded things off with a decadent apple and sultana crumble with salted toffee and Badger beer sauce, and a selection of refreshing fruit sorbets. £16

Traditional

The Seven Stars  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

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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 £16 to dining area. We were welcomed into the warmth of the large bar, which is £28 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 less of an appetite. To start, I couldn’t resist a steaming bowl of soup with a warm crusty baton, while my partner opted for rabbit and cured pork terrine with Melba toast and pickled blackberries. We followed with rich, Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; creamy homity pie encased in buttery pastry with a herb crumb top, and a Sun 11.30am-10.30pm trio of flavoursome game sausages Food Served: Mon-Sat with creamy mash and Badger noon-9pm; Sun noon-8pm ale gravy. For dessert, I enjoyed a rich chocolate and coconut torte – a delicious addition to the pub’s vegan offering – while my partner savoured glorious coffee and walnut panna cotta topped with caramelised walnuts. We’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. 82

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The Bishop on the Bridge

Traditional

 Location 1 High Street, Winchester, SO23 9JX t: 0844 502 9124 w: www.bishoponthebridge.co.uk e: bishoponthebridge@fullers.co.uk 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. 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. 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. 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. Those dining might start with the likes of feta, basil and sesame cakes with tomato relish and watercress, followed by butternut squash and sweet potato tagine with Moroccan-style couscous.

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£20

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

The Red Lion

Traditional

 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. 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 Laverstoke mozzarella with ratatouille and grilled ciabatta, and tea- and hops-smoked haddock kedgeree topped with a poached egg. You could follow this with a triumphantly fruity raspberry and lime posset with shortbread or a creamy scoop of Laverstoke Park Farm buffalo milk ice cream.

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£27

Open: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm

The Bat & Ball

Traditional

 Location Hyden Farm Lane, Clanfield, Nr. Waterlooville, PO8 0UB t: 0844 502 9096 w: www.batandballclanfield.co.uk e: batandball@fullers.co.uk You can expect a cheerful reception from friendly staff at The Bat & Ball, and the warm welcome is extended to canine companions too. This delightful pub occupies a picturesque spot amidst beautiful countryside between the villages of Clanfield and Hambledon. Renowned locally for its cricketing history, The Bat & Ball 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. There’s an excellent range of well-kept ale, and much more. The menu has a range of options to suit all tastes, including the chef’s signature dishes and seasonal specials – why not try the malt- and barley-smoked cod accompanied by Charlotte potatoes, wilted spinach and chive butter sauce?

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The Old Customs House

 Location Vernon Building, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3TY t: 0844 502 8403 w: www.theoldcustomshouse.com PS 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, £23 to settle down on a comfy leather sofa with a large glass of rich La Vuelta malbec; £32 in summer, the Edwin Fox Marlborough sauvignon blanc 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 rich, ruby-coloured ESB. For those wishing to dine, highlights include a sumptuous starter of London Porter-smoked salmon Scotch egg, and flavoursome mains such as Fuller’s Frontier lager-battered fish and chips with mushy peas and tartare sauce, and Norfolk chicken Kiev with bacon, oyster mushrooms, mash and spinach. Open: Vegan diners are well catered for with the Kentucky fried seitan burger Mon-Thurs 9.30am-11pm; with vegan coleslaw. Platters Fri & Sat 9.30am-midnight; such as the Greek mezze selection Sun 9.30am-10.30pm and Hampshire ploughman’s are perfect for sharing, be it for a light lunch à deux or a snack to accompany a round of drinks. Round off your meal with a decadent dessert of treacle tart accompanied by buffalo milk vanilla ice cream. If you prefer to finish on a savoury note, there’s an excellent cheeseboard featuring mature Cheddar, Stilton and Somerset Brie with sweet quince jelly, celery, grapes, apple and crackers. Traditional

The Peat Spade Inn  Location Village Street, Longstock, Nr. Stockbridge, SO20 6DR t: 0844 502 2419 w: www.peatspadeinn.co.uk e: info@peatspadeinn.co.uk

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Set in the riverside village of Longstock, The Peat Spade Inn is nestled in the heart of the Test Valley – a picturesque rural area popular for fishing. The team at The Peat Spade delights in welcoming guests throughout the day, whether you’re stopping by for a drink, a sumptuous dinner or staying the weekend in one of the inn’s beautiful rooms. Why not stop by after your next fishing trip? You could also make a pit-stop during a countryside walk – you can even bring your dog into the cosy bar area.

£23 to

£45

‘...variety of scrumptious British classics...’

The seasonal menus here centre on locally sourced produce and there’s something available to suit every palate. For early-risers, the breakfast menu Food Served: Mon-Thurs is irresistible, encompassing everything from a full English to smoked salmon 7.30am-9.30am, Benedict. At lunchtime, you’ll be greeted by a tempting selection of freshly noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-9pm; made sandwiches, snacks and Fri 7.30am-9.30am, sharing platters, as well as tasty noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; mains such as rib-eye steak with Sat 8am-10am, noon-2.30pm, hand-cut chips, and halloumi 6pm-9pm; Sun 8am-10am, salad with figs, beetroot, pecans noon-3pm, 6pm-8pm and avocado. From the evening menu, guests can expect a variety of scrumptious British classics. You can’t go wrong with a Cumberland sausage ring, mashed potato and flavoursome onion gravy, and the battered fillet of hake with chips and pea purée is a firm favourite with visitors of all ages. 84

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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 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.

Wn £20 to

£25

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

Located opposite the prestigious Guildhall, Palm Pan Asia is the perfect venue for Thai tapas, as well as signature dishes from the à la carte and great value set menus. With fresh meat, fish Open: Mon-Sun noon-2.30pm, and vegetables delivered daily, the 6pm-11pm team prides itself on using only (last orders 10.30pm) the best produce in its 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.

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 * £15 the first floor of The Marlands Shopping Centre in Southampton there’s cuisine to available from across the continents, meaning all palates will be more than £17 satisfied. Arrive with an appetite, as diners can expect to undergo a culinary journey from the depths of America to the tropics of Thailand. 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 can witness passionate chefs cooking fresh fare before their very eyes, adding Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, to the friendly atmosphere these 5pm-10.30pm; Fri noon-3pm, restaurants boast. All of this is 5pm-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; available at excellent value for Sun & Bank Holidays money and under one roof. Travelling noon-10.30pm 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 2019

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Indian

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. Hailed as the Best Asian Restaurant at the Asian Curry Awards, Gandhi is the Indian eatery to visit. 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 a unique blend of aromatic ingredients used by a team of 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 josh, bhuna masala and Madras. If you’re in beautiful Winchester, this is one of the best traditional Indian restaurants you’ll find in the city. 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

Indian

Diya  Location 3 Eastgate Street, Winchester, SO23 8EB t: 0844 625 7532 w: www.diyauk.com e: reservation@diyauk.com

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Diya is located in the heart of Winchester, just a short walk from the cathedral and adjacent to the famous statue of King Alfred the Great. Specialising in authentic Indian cuisine, Diya has developed an outstanding reputation for its delicious, homemade fare and friendly, attentive service.

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£26

‘...outstanding reputation...’

The kitchen team at Diya knows the importance of using high-quality ingredients and each dish is made with the finest local produce before being cooked in the tandoor oven or over the traditional open grill. Kick off your visit with some starters – you could even order a selection to share. Try the spicy onion bhajis or the seasonal vegetable samosas for something light, or opt for the succulent scallops pan-fried in luxurious cumin and yuzu lime butter. The list of mains is equally varied, encompassing traditional curries such as korma, tikka masala and bhuna, as well Open: Mon-Sun noon-2pm, as more unusual dishes: why not 6pm-11pm sample the Noble Duck – perfectly seared duck breast marinated in honey and mustard – or the rich and creamy Goan king prawns, made with chilli and coconut milk? To complement your meal Diya offers an impressive array of sommelier-selected wine as well as freshly baked bread and tasty homemade chutneys. 86

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Alistair Craig – Cambium – Pg 3

Chef Profile

Alistair’s career began at Cambium’s sister establishment, The Terrace Restaurant at The Montagu Arms in Beaulieu. He left in 2013 for the two-AA-rosette-awarded 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.

‘...exciting flavours and exceptional presentation...’ After three years, Alistair has returned to the beautiful New Forest at Careys Manor’s flagship restaurant, Cambium and has held the position of head chef for three years. With the natural beauty of the New Forest as his inspiration, Alistair’s menu focuses on showcasing the seasons with quality ingredients sourced from regional suppliers. He believes the enjoyment of food should engage all of your senses with exciting flavours and exceptional presentation considered in equal measure.

Dean Knibbs – The Old Mill Restaurant – Pg 12

Chef Profile

Dean’s career in hospitality began at the age of 14 when he worked as a pot washer in his local pub. He continued his catering education at Highbury College in Portsmouth, and it wasn’t long before he began moving up the ranks. He was thrown in at the deep end as head chef of a busy pub at the tender age of 18. Dean is currently at the helm of The Old Mill in Botley, where he focuses on serving crowd-pleasing British dishes made using the finest local produce. He describes his cooking style as fresh and unfussy, and prides himself on allowing the ingredients to speak for themselves.

‘...describes his cooking style as fresh and unfussy...’ Dean loves working in the region and relishes the buzz of a busy service and the gratification that comes from satisfying diners. Dean firmly believes that to succeed as a chef you must be patient, have an undying passion for what you do and appear in control, even when you’re not.

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Index Albero – Brockenhurst ...............................35

Hampshire Farmers’ Markets ....................51

Ralph’s Wine, Gin & Tapas Bar – Hayling Island .....40

Alfie’s – Winchester ..................................79

Hampshire Hog, The – Clanfield .................68

Red Lion, The – Chalton ............................83

Alice Lisle, The – Ringwood .......................18

Hawk Inn, The – Amport ..........................81

River Cottage Kitchen – Winchester ...........20

Alverbank Hotel, The – Gosport .................29

Hawkley Inn, The – Hawkley ......................27

Rose and Thistle, The – Rockbourne............33

Anchor Inn, The – Lower Froyle .................25

Hilton at the Ageas Bowl – Southampton ...48

Bakers Arms, The – Droxford ...................10

Holiday Inn Winchester – Winchester.........47

Banana Wharf – Southampton ...................44

House Martin, The – Barton on Sea ...........65

Bat & Ball – Breamore ..............................67

Inn on the Beach – Hayling Island..............49

Bat & Ball, The – Clanfield ........................83

Jack Russell, The – Faccombe ....................10

Beach House, The – Milford on Sea ...........63

Jolly Farmer, The – Blacknest ....................14

Becketts – Southsea ..................................42

Jolly Farmer, The – Warsash......................52

Seashells Lounge Bar & Restaurant – Hythe ...45

Bell Inn, The – Brook ................................14

Jolly Sailor, The – Bursledon......................66

Selborne Arms, The – Selborne ..................59

Beresfords – Brockenhurst ...........................6

JRC Global Buffet – Southampton..............85

Seven Stars, The – Stroud .........................82

Bird in Hand, The – Lovedean ...................32

Kimbridge Barn – Kimbridge .....................52

Ship Inn, The – Langstone .........................16

Bishop on the Bridge, The – Winchester .....83

King’s Head, The – Hurlsey .......................30

Snakecatcher, The – Brockenhurst .............62

Boat House Café, The – Swanwick .............41

La Perle – Milford on Sea ..........................22

Station House, The – Haslemere.................34

Boathouse No.4 & No.7 – Portsmouth .......55

La Regata – Southampton..........................37

Still & West, The – Portsmouth ..................11

Bold Forester, The – Marchwood ................13

Lady Hamilton – Portsmouth .....................67

Swan Hotel – Alresford .............................44

Bourne Valley Inn – St Mary Bourne ........29

Links Tavern, The – Liphook ......................31

Brookfield Hotel, The – Emsworth..............20

Lismoyne Hotel, The – Fleet .........................6

Bugle, The – Hamble ................................33

Manor at Sway, The – Sway .......................22

Burley Manor – Burley .............................39

Mayflower, The – Lymington ......................27

Café Coco – Portsmouth.............................53

Mayfly, The – Fullerton ..............................17

Cambium – Brockenhurst.............................3

Mill at Gordleton, The – Hordle ................76

Cams Mill – Fareham ................................16

Mortimer Arms, The – Ower ......................77

Thyme & Tides – Stockbridge .....................54

Cartwheel Inn, The – Fordingbridge ...........74

Navigator, The – Lower Swanwick..............78

Trusty Servant Inn, The – Minstead ............61

Chewton Glen – New Milton .........................7

New Forest Inn, The – Emery Down ..........19

Vestry, The – Southampton ........................49

Compasses Inn, The – Damerham ...............73

New Forest, The – Ashurst .........................60

Watermark Restaurant & Bar – Portsmouth ...34

Concorde, The – Eastleigh .........................46

New Place Hotel – Shirrell Heath ................8

Wellington Farm Shop – Heckfield .............53

De Havilland Arms – Fleet .........................59

No.5 Bridge Street – Winchester ...............48

Wellington, The – Portsmouth ....................75

Deck, The – Emsworth ...............................11

Novotel – Southampton .............................50

Westgate, The – Winchester ......................63

Diya – Winchester .....................................86

Oak Inn, The – Bank .................................58

Westquay – Southampton .........................56

Drift Inn, The – Beaulieu ..........................25

Oak Room Restaurant, The – Rotherwick ......5

Empress of Blandings – Copythorne ...........65

Old Customs House, The – Portsmouth........84

Ennio’s – Southampton ..............................36

Old House at Home, The – Havant ..............58

Enzee – Brockenhurst ................................36

Old House at Home, The – Hook.................60

Fox & Goose, The – Greywell .....................73

Old Mill Restaurant, The – Botley ..............12

Fox & Hounds, The – Lyndhurst ................64

Old Vine, The – Winchester ........................32

Fox & Pelican, The – Grayshott ..................72

Osborne View, The – Fareham ....................66

White Horse, The – Otterbourne .................24

Frog & Wicket, The – Eversley ...................72

Palm Pan Asia – Winchester ......................85

White Star Tavern, The – Southampton ......14

Gandhi – Winchester .................................86

Peat Spade Inn, The – Longstock ...............84

William Walker, The – Winchester .............31

George & Dragon – Hurstbourne Tarrant ......9

Phoenix Inn, The – Hartley Wintney ...........26

Woolpack Inn, The – Totford ......................30

George Inn, The – Vernham Dean ...............62

Piccolo Mondo – Southampton...................35

Yew Tree, The – Highclere ..........................17

Giorgio’s Mediterranean – Bishop’s Waltham ...38

Plough, The – Bursledon ............................69

Yew Tree, The – Lower Wield .....................72

Golden Pheasant, The – Lower Farringdon...68

Port Solent – Portsmouth...........................70

Isle of Wight

Good Life Farm Shop & Café – Winchester ...54

Portsmouth Arms, The – Basingstoke .........69

Castle Inn, The – Newport .........................79

Grand Café – Southampton ........................50

Prince of Wales, The – Farnborough ...........67

Hillside – Ventnor......................................28

Hampshire Bowman, The – Bishop’s Waltham ...68

Queens College Arms, The – Pamber End....82

Off The Rails – Yarmouth ...........................64

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Royal Oak Beaulieu, The – Beaulieu ...........15 Royal Oak, The – Downton .........................21 Royal Oak, The – North Gorley ...................23 Running Horse, The – Littleton...................80 Seahorse, The – Gosport ...........................28

Swan Inn, The – Chiddingfold ....................76 Talisman, The – Park Gate .........................80 Tapas Barcelona – Southampton ...............41 Terrace Restaurant, The – Beaulieu .............4 Thomas Lord, The – West Meon .................81

Weybrook Park Golf Club – Basingstoke .....24 Wheelright’s Arms, The – Havant...............78 White Buck, The – Burley ..........................31 White Hart – Sherfield-on-Loddon .............26 White Hart, The – Overton .........................18


Barley to Beer OUR OWN AWARD WINNING BARLEY USED EXCLUSIVELY TO BREW OUR BEER

Take a trip to Southwick Brewhouse to taste our beers. • Our brewery shop also stocks 175 different beers from all parts of the British Isles, along with ciders, country wines and gifts. • Don’t forget to pay a visit to our Victorian Steam Brewery Museum, with free entry and tours available on request.

WWW.SOUTHWICKBREWHOUSE.CO.UK

Southwick Brewhouse, Southwick, Fareham, PO17 6EB 023 9220 1133 OPEN Weds-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun & Bank Holidays 11am-4pm


Explore the home of Bombay Sapphire gin in the heart of Hampshire Just 15 miles from Winchester and 60 miles from London, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery is in a conservation area with over 1000 years of history. Discover unique architecture, fascinating heritage and delicious cocktails at the home of Bombay Sapphire gin.

Book your gin experience today: distillery.bombaysapphire.com Accessible by train and shuttle bus from Overton and Micheldever stations

Bombay Sapphire Distillery | Whitchurch | Hampshire | RG28 7NR

0844 625 7429

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Hampshire & Isle of Wight Food & Drink Guide 2019  

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