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Eating out in Hampshire - best restaurants

PUBLISHED: 16:42 09 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:42 09 March 2017

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Whether you’re looking for fine dining, pub food, a romantic meal for 2 or a taste of something from further afield, eating out in Hampshire really has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Looking for a location for a meal out? Below are restaurants of all sorts right across the county featured in Hampshire Life over the years.

Casa Italia

All you can eat rodizio dining is like nothing you’ve had before!

The Montagu Arms Hotel

The Terrace Restaurant is one of the finest restaurants in the New Forest.

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Benzo Bar & Kitchen

The newest addition of excellent places to visit in Southampton, Benzo Bar and Kitchen situated in Bedford Place.

Kutis Brasserie

Kuti’s Brasserie in the heart of Southampton, presents inventive Indian cuisine bursting with the flavours and traditions of India.

5 of the best afternoon teas in the SO postcode

For deliciously stylish afternoon tea venues, you can’t do better than those in the SO postcode.

5 of the best Indian takeaways in Hampshire

As much as we’d all love to dine out every night of the week, there isn’t always the time, so we’ve compiled a selection of great Indian takeaway options here in Hampshire.

The Manor at Sway, Near Lymington

Owner of the Manor at Sway, Tim Holloway, took over the hotel in 2014. Here he describes what visitors can now expect.

Tiger Lilly, Southampton

As one of Southampton’s most exclusive fusion restaurants offering both Chinese and Indian dishes, Tiger Lilly has built up its reputation over the recent years.

Bella Vita, North Baddesley

Bella Vita is a brand new Italian Restaurant located at The Ox Bar in North Baddesley. With a wide range of meat, pasta, pizza and seafood dishes Bella Vita is the perfect dining venue for all.

Bistro 8, Hamble

There are not many places we haven’t heard of when it comes to food and drink outlets in our local area, but hidden away on the edge of the Hamble in Universal Marina, Bistro 8 has managed to slip under our radar.

The Greyhound Inn, Broughton

Serving exceptional Thai cuisine, lunch & dinner seven days a week. Fine wine, real ale, cocktails & international lagers.

Gluten-free Hampshire: Restaurants, cafes, pubs and producers

Coeliac disease affects 1 in 100 people, and many more are seeing the health benefits after waving goodbye to gluten. Natalie French speaks to just a few of the county’s cafes, pubs and producers who are embracing the gluten free way.

Foresters, Church Crookham

A delightful country pub tucked away in the woods, just outside Church Crookham.

The Fox Inn, Tangley

The Fox Inn is a beautifully restored English country pub and Thai restaurant in the village of Tangley.

The Phoenix Inn, Hartley Wintney

The Phoenix Inn has earned a great reputation for high quality food, wine and service in the past six years under the ownership of Andrew and Sisi Ryder.

The Fur & Feathers, Basingstoke

Returned to “Free House” status in 2010 The Fur and Feathers is truly individual and independent with the freedom to stock the very best products.

7 great places for international cuisine in Hampshire - Taste authentic fare from a huge range of nations without ever stepping foot on a plane… Alice Cooke brings you her pick of the best.

The Manor at Sway, Lymingtom

December 2015 - Tim and Edlyn, the owners of The Manor at Sway, reopened its doors in February 2015. Since its reopening it has been named in the Top Ten Hotels in the New Forest by the Telegraph.

The Chesil Rectory, Winchester

Restaurant of the Year winner at the 2015 Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards.

Bugle Inn, Twyford

Best Hampshire Sunday Roast winner at the Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2015.

The Elderflower, Lymington

Best Hampshire Menu winner at the Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2015.

The Yew Tree, Highclere

Pub of the Year winner at the Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2015.

Chewton Glen, New Milton

Luke Matthews at Chewton Glen won Chef of the Year at the Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2015.

Cambium Restaurant, Brockenhurst

Winners of the Customer Service Award at the Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2015.

The Broadstreet Restaurant, Shedfield

August 2015 - If you’re looking for some good grub on the way out of or in to Southampton, then don’t just assume this is nothing more than a golf hotel and spa.

The Lounges, Southampton

May 2015 - A new restaurant has just opened up in Southampton’s brand new Admirals Quay development within Ocean Village.

The Greyhound on the Test, Stockbridge

April 2015 - The accolades that this place has won since then are many and well-deserved. They include Michelin pub of the year, Test Valley business of the year, two AA rosettes for the restaurant and four AA rosettes for the accommodation…but the list really does go on.

The Little Gloster, Gunard

Winner of the Restaurant of the Year award at the 2014 Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards.

New wine bar in Fleet - Cellar Magneval Wine Bar Café and Caveau

February 2015 - A touch of sophistication has arrived in Fleet this year with the opening of Cellar Magneval Wine Bar Café and Caveau.

Rick Stein and son Jack at their new Winchester restaurant

January 2015 - The Stein family have fallen hook, line and sinker for Winchester’s historical charm. We met with Rick and son Jack in their new high street restaurant to find out why.

Places to eat in Hamble

January 2015 - When it comes to finding a decent place to eat, you really are spoilt for choice in Hamble. Start at the top and wander down the cutesy cobbled High Street to find enough eateries to keep you full for a week. Devour delicious pan-fried scallops and fine wine at the River Rat Cellar and Kitchen.

New pub in Odiham - Bel & The Dragon at The George

December 2014 - The Country Inn will bring great British food, an extensive selection of fine wine, and comfortable style to this gorgeous part of Hampshire in a Grade-II listed building that retains many of its original features.

Secret restaurants in Hampshire

March 2014 - Secret restaurants popping up in bookshops, fields and basements are no longer just the preserve of London, they’re here in Hampshire too. We sent resident food writer Susie Carter to meet some of the people behind the county’s burgeoning underground restaurant scene.

The Navigator, Southampton

March 2014 - The Navigator pub, restaurant, private dining rooms and hotel fully embrace the iconic ambience associated with the seafaring traditions of this lovely part of Hampshire.

Purbani, Botley

March 2014 - The Purbani situated in the heart of the beautiful village of Botley, Hampshire and is the flagship restaurant in the Purbani chain.

The Bear and Ragged Staff, Romsey

February 2014 - With its open fires and curios dotted around, this 16th Century pub located in the heart of the Test Valley is a treasure trove of local paraphernalia. From vintage photographs to a parchment detailing the pub’s history, the place is steeped in nostalgia.

Aviator, Farnborough

October 2011 - Editor Elizabeth Barnett samples this months latest A la Carte menu from the Food and Drink Awards nominated Chef of the year, Andrew Donovan.

Bartons Mill Restaurant, Old Basing

February 2011 - Claire Pitcher visited Old Basing and discovered a restaurant tucked away near the village’s famous house.

Mango, Southampton

February 2010 - Cocktails and Thai curry is the thing at this informal, buzzy restaurant/bar.

Little Mere, North Gorley

July 2010 - Little Mere in North Gorley may look quaint and traditional from the outside, but its interior and menu promise fine dining delights.


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