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Charming 19th-century village pub with a large garden

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Sports TV
Dog friendly

In 1841, what was then a cottage housed shoemaker Joseph Phillips, his wife Elizabeth, four children, his brother and a farm labourer. Around 1854, this being the date on two fireplace bricks in the dining room, one also with JP, the other with EP, it seems probable that Joseph decided shoes were career limiting and converted his cottage into a beer house, The Queen’s Head. This name survived until 1973, when it became The Gamekeepers; present owners Phil and Sandra Costello arrived 30 years later. Standing alone down a leafy lane in a village comfortably beyond Basingstoke’s eastern limits, the weatherboarded pub has a low-beamed, flagstone-floored interior and a covered well. The bar is certain to offer a choice of Hampshire-brewed real ales, Norcotts real cider from Devon, as well as 10 wines by the glass. On settling into a leather sofa to study the menu, you’ll find a typical starter of ham hock terrine, followed by mains including chargrilled venison loin or pan-roasted Creedy Carver duck breast. To round off, perhaps choose sticky toffee pudding with cream, or the Hampshire cheeseboard.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 31 December, 1 January
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: Monday to Friday 11–2.30 5.30–11 (Saturday 11–11 Sunday 11–10)
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 11–2.30, Saturday 11.30–9.30, Sunday 12–8
  • Dinner: Monday to Friday 5.30–9.30, Saturday 11.30–9.30, Sunday 12–8

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Sports TV
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M3 junction 6, A30 towards Hook. Right across dual carriageway after The Hatch pub. Pub signed.

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