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Within the South Downs National Park

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Wheelchair access
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

It calls itself the Pub on the Hill and, at an elevation of 220 metres, it's entitled to, although it sits in a dip. Allegedly a recruiting centre during the run-up to WWI, it backs on to Ashford Hangers National Nature Reserve. Inside are winter log fires, a spacious bar and a charming restaurant with a vaulted ceiling and wooden settles. Hampshire real ales Ballards and Ringwood Best are served in the bar, and the menu offers a wide range of tempting dishes – breaded whitebait; duck and apricot pâté; Angus rump steak; aubergine bake; and The Trooper’s speciality, slow-roasted lamb shank. Among the desserts are sticky toffee pudding and blackberry and cassis trifle.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas and New Year (contact pub for details)
  • Days closed: Sunday evening and Monday to Wednesday lunch (except Bank Holiday Monday lunch)
  • Opening times: 12–3 6–11
  • Lunch: Thursday to Saturday 12–2, Sunday 12–2.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Friday 6.30–9, Saturday 7–9.30

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets


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

Getting here

From A3 follow A272 Winchester signs towards Petersfield (NB do not take A272). 1st exit at mini-roundabout for Steep. 3 miles, pub on right.

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