STEEP, Petersfield, GU32 2DA
This 16th-century tile-hung gem is situated in a lovely rural location and has changed little over the years. The McCutcheon family has run it since 1929; sisters Claire and Nisa, both born and brought up here, are now the third generation with their names over the door. Tucked away off the road, it comprises two tiny bars - the 'public' is Tudor, with beams, tiled floor, inglenook fireplace, scrubbed tables, wooden benches, tree-trunk stools and a 'library'; the saloon (or Smoking Room, as it is still called) is Victorian. Beers are dispensed from barrels, there is no till and the toilets are across the road. Food is no-nonsence in keeping too: ham and pea soup; hot Scotch eggs (some days); cheddar ploughman's; and various quiches. The large garden has plenty of tables surrounded by country-cottage flowers and fruit trees. Quiz nights raise huge sums for charity, for which Claire's partner Tony grows and sells flowers outside. Ask about the Harrow Cook Book, a collection of customers' recipes on sale for charity. Children are welcome in the garden but not inside the pub.
Tel: 01730 262685
Please quote 'The AA'.
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12-2.30 6-11 (Sat 11-3 6-11 Sun 12-3 7-10.30)
Sun eve in winter
No coach parties catered.
Credit cards not accepted