Not as old as its thatched roof might suggest, for this village pub was built in the mid-20th century to replace its burnt-down predecessor. If the pub's name rings a bell, it's probably because of the famous 1870s trial of The Tichborne Claimant, a crooked East End butcher pretending to be heir to a local baronetcy, and the subject of a 1998 film, starring John Gielgud. Antiques, prints and other artefacts attractively clutter the rustically furnished, dried-hop-strung bar, so there's plenty to look at as you relax with a pint of Hop Back or Red Cat real ale, or JJ's SuEcider (sic). Owner-chef Patrick Roper's short daily menus may well feature fillet of sea bream with creamy prawn sauce; medallions of pork tenderloin with apple and cider sauce; and mushroom tagliatelle, as well as at least one vegetarian option. A beer festival takes place in the tree-shaded garden over the Summer Bank Holiday weekend in August.
Open all year
Open all week
Opening times: Monday to Friday 11.45–3 (Tuesday to Thursday 6–10.30, Friday 6–11, Saturday 11.45–11, Sunday 12–7.30)
Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–2, Saturday 12–2.30, Sunday 12–3.30
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6–9
Food and drink
Set menu available
Restaurant menu available
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Ramp access available
Allowed in bar
Allowed in restaurant
Allowed in garden
Follow pub signs from B3046, south of A31 between Winchester and Alresford.