The downland that Richard Adams made famous in his classic 1972 novel lies four miles north of here. The inn's country-style interior features oak and quarry-tile flooring, a wood-burner and hardwood bar, from where some 100 different locally brewed real ales are offered – over time, of course. The wine list is similarly comprehensive. At lunchtime snails in garlic butter may be available; more conventional possibilities are beer-battered haddock, and home-made pie of the day. Evening choices could well include brie-filled chicken supreme in Parma ham; an 8oz rib-eye steak; and wild mushroom, thyme and pumpkin risotto.
Open all year
Open all week
Opening times: 12–3 6–11 (Friday to Sunday all day)
Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–2.30, Sunday 12–3
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6.30–9
Main course from12.75
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Ramp access available
Allowed in bar
Allowed in restaurant
Allowed in garden
From Whitchurch take B3400 towards Basingstoke. Pub in 1.5 miles.