While still the village local offering real ale, this restored - but still atmospheric - pub offers excellent food.
The kitchen offers a short seasonal menu, using local food when possible in a simple and unfuzzy style.
An early summer snapshot listed 'Goats' Cheese & Onion Tart with Pickled Beetroot & Salad'; 'Local Rabbit Terrine with Toast & Onion Jam'; 'Hampshire Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce & Shaved Parmesan' and 'Fried Chicken Livers on English Rabbit' among the starters.
'Pot-Roast Pigeon with Fondant Potatoes with Spinach & Garlic'; 'Pea, Broad Bean & Mint Risotto'; 'Grilled Hampshire Rib Eye Steak with Hand-Cut Chips & Bakers Butter'; 'Wild Black Bream with Saffron & Vegetable Broth, Mussels & Prawns' and 'Sausages, Mash & Onion Gravy' listed among the mains.
Perhaps finish with 'Crème Brulée'; 'Chocolate & Fudge Brownie with Butterscotch Ice Cream' or 'Apple & Blackberry Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream'.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00 (Sun 14.30); mains about £11 to £19; set L Sun £14.95
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 19.00-21.00; mains about £10 to £19
- Seats: 42, plus 18 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list travels the world, kicking off at around the £15 mark
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun
- Outside eating