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At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Beer festival
Open all year

Belonging to the Upham Group, this judiciously restored and rejuvenated, mid-1850s country pub lies in a favoured village to the north-west of Winchester. Before its acquisition it had been run by a succession of landlords, many of whom, says Upham had opted “for a leisurely lifestyle in lovely Littleton after hectic years in busy Southampton pubs”. A bit of a generalisation, perhaps, but fear not, things are different today as the pub’s new lease of life came with a thoroughly professional team – and it shows. The light, spacious interior proves just what a good designer can achieve: contrasting wall colours, wooden flooring, bookcases crammed with old tomes, and a large hatch revealing the kitchen. Needless to say, the real ales are from the Upham brewery, although guest ales get a look-in too. Cider fans will find Orchard Pig, and wine drinkers a good selection by the glass. Two AA Rosettes prove the continuing high quality and careful preparation of the food – all from trusted local suppliers. Look out for starters of smoked salmon ballotine with salmon eggs and chive Chantilly; and black pudding Scotch egg with HP mayonnaise. To follow might be salt beef hash, January king cabbage and poached egg; cassoulet with Toulouse sausage, lamb neck, confit duck leg and duck-fat crumbs; and butternut risotto with pickled onion, gorgonzola and gremolata. For dessert, dark chocolate and salt caramel fondant and hazelnut ice cream; or plum fool, yuzu curd and ginger crumb. An open area at the front features a cosy thatched cabana, and at the rear are tables and benches, beyond which overnight accommodation is arranged around the garden.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch opening: Mon-Sat 12-2.30, Sun 12-3.30
  • Dinner opening: Mon-Sat 6.30-9.30, Sun 6.30-9

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: Tipster, Punter & Stakes, guest ale
  • Real ciders: Orchard Pig

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

3m from Winchester, 1m from Three Maids Hill, signed from Stockbridge Rd

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