Originally a coaching inn for the aristocracy, parts of this secluded hotel date back to the 15th century. Indeed Elizabeth 1 is said to have stayed here, and huge fire places and Tudor bread ovens are still in place.
For dinners the elegant restaurant, with its crisp white napery and candles is romantic - particularly at night.
An interesting menu might include the likes of 'Terrine of Smoked Ham in Crisp Pastry with home-made Piccalilli'; 'Thai Spiced Crab Cake with Crab & Vanilla Soup' and 'Shallot Tart Tatin with glazed Goats' Cheese, Walnut Pickle and Herb Salad' among the starters.
Perhaps 'Steak and Oyster Pudding with slow-roast Root Vegetables, glazed Vegetables and Guinness Gravy'; 'Sea Bass with Confit Potato, Pancetta and Red Wine Jus' and 'Maize-fed Chicken with Truffle Rosti, Cauliflower Purée & Puy Lentil Jus' among the mains.
Desserts maintain the high standard - 'Hot Chocolate Tart with a Muscavado & Banana Ice Cream' - sets the style; or perhaps try their excellent cheese board.
- Lunch: all week; 12.30-14.00; set L from £14.95 (2 courses)
- Dinner: all week; 19.00-21.30; set D from £39.50 (3 courses)
- Seats: 50
- Wine: an excellent wine list offers plenty under the £20 mark and over half a dozen by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible, plus a special menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Liphook or Hazelmere Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Air conditioned
- Rooms available