Set in wonderful countryside, opposite a picturesque cricket pitch, the popular and enthusiastic landlord’s simple mission statement promises ‘Good honest food; great local beers; fine wines (lots of choice); and, most importantly, good fun for one and all’. There are 20 guest ale brewers on rotation, including Bowman Ales, Flowerpots and Hogs Back. Most of the food is sourced from Hampshire or neighbouring counties, and the menu reflects the seasons while keeping the regular favourites ‘to avoid uproar’. Sample dishes include gorgonzola and crispy bacon salad; or smoked duck and kumquat pâté, toast and spicy chutney, followed by Cumberland sausages, parsley mash and onion gravy; or Thai sweet potato, chickpea mushroom and bean curry with basmati rice. Finish off with cherry and mango semifreddo laced with Archers for afters. There is an annual cricket match and sports day in summer, and quizzes in the winter months.
Closed: 1st 2 weeks January
Days closed: Monday
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday 12–3 6–11 (Sunday all day)
Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12–2
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6.30–9, Sunday 6.30–8.30
Credit cards accepted
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
A339 from Basingstoke towards Alton. Turn right for Lower Wield.