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On the banks of the River Itchen

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

On the banks of the River Itchen, in the pretty village of Ovington, this rose-covered pub is tucked down a short track that's part of the historic Pilgrim's Way running from nearby Winchester to Canterbury. Small rooms off the bar are characterised by subdued lighting, dark-painted walls, sturdy tables and chairs, high-backed settles, and trout-fishing and other rustic artefacts. Add the comforting log fire and one of Wadworth's real ales and the result is, well, pub heaven. The menu takes in boards, salads, sandwiches, small plates and main courses. Asian-style sesame duck and roasted squash salad, honey, soy and ginger dressing might be followed by home-made steak, porcini mushroom and peppercorn pie, buttered mash and seasonal greens. Finish with classic egg custard tart, clotted cream and fruit compôte or a board of British cheeses.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 11-3 6-11 (Saturday 11-11 Sunday 12-10.30)
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-8 (summer holidays all week 12-9.30)
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6-9, Sunday 12-8, (summer holidays all week 12-9.30)

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: 6X, IPA, Horizon, seasonal ales
  • Real ciders: Westons Rosie's Pig

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

A31 from Winchester towards Alton and Farnham, approximately 6 miles, left to Ovington. 0.5 mile to pub

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