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.
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
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Ramp access available
Allowed in bar
Allowed in restaurant
Allowed in garden
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.