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Within the South Downs National Park

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu

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 – free-range chicken and pork terrine; smoked salmon and dill pâté ; Saida’s Mococcan chicken couscous; squash, butternut and leek stew; and The Trooper’s speciality, slow-cooked half shoulder of lamb. Among the desserts are pistachio meringue with Turkish Delight ice cream; and gin and sorbet martini. There’s a mid-week set menu too.

Opening hours

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

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Real ales available: Ringwood Best Bitter, Ballards, local guest ales

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • 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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