This excellent restaurant has moved from it's small premises in nearby Heath Street to this beautifully-converted 17th century coaching inn. As well as benefiting from more space, there's also a pleasant terrace for fair weather dining.
Chef/proprietor Jake Watkins cooks to a very high standard, perhaps offering the likes of 'Cep and Truffle Risotto' (or maybe Turbot & Girolles), 'Fillet of Sea Bass with Ratatouille' or 'Smoked Haddock, with a Poached Egg and Velouté' as starters.
Maybe to be followed by 'Honey & Pepper-glazed Duck Breast with Truffle Mash'; 'Loin of Veal with Wild Mushrooms and Truffled Mash'; 'Monkfish wrapped in Bacon with Pear Purée and Bacon Velouté' or 'Pork with Black Pudding and a Calvados Sauce'.
Desserts maintain the high standard 'Apple Crème Brûlée, with stewed Apples and Apple Sorbet' and the unusual 'Salted Caramel Mousse wit Hazelnut Praline' being a good examples. Ingredients are very carefully sourced, the fish being line-caught, and many of the other offerings being wild or from a known local farm.
There is a separate vegetarian menu.
No mobile phones, and no children of under 8 years of age.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: L Tues-Sat, 12.00-13.30; set L £19.50 (2 courses), £25 (3 courses), Tasting Menu £42.50
- Dinner: D Tues-Sat, 19.00-21.30; set D from £39.50 (2 courses) to £48 (Tasting Menu 5 courses)
- Seats: 50, plus 25 outside
- Wine: A truly enormous wine list kicks off at around £20 for whites, mid £20's for reds, and offers about 6 by the glass
- Children's portions: No , and no children under 8
- Wheelchair access: No
- Nearest station: Petersfield Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Car park to the rear
- Closed: Sun & Mon; check Christmas openings