Hampshire Journals

The Delights of Hampshire

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A travel journal to Hampshire by frangliz

Woods in Southwick Photo, Hampshire, England More Photos
Quote: From a country park to a small village or an urban discovery centre, there is a variety of attractions in Hampshire. Lunch or dinner at a country pub is the perfect way to complete a day out.

The Chairmakers

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Restaurant | "Sunday lunch in the garden"

The Chairmakers Photo, Waterlooville, Hampshire
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Sunday lunchtime on a very sunny weekend in early spring: we'd intended to have a roast at one of the two pubs in the Hampshire village of Southwick, but both were full to bursting. We drove off, wondering if we would find anywhere nearby with a table; then my son and his partner remembered once going to a place called the Chairmakers at Worlds End near Hambledon. It is right out in the countryside and involves driving along some narrow twisty lanes – very pleasant on a sunny day if you are just a passenger. We managed to find a space in the car park, but the place was obviously busy and we were preparing ourselves for another disappointment. On entering, we were told that there were no tables inside ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2012

The Chairmakers
Worlds End, Hambledon
Waterlooville, Hampshire PO7 4QX
02392 255990

Red Lion Pub

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Restaurant | "A village pub lunch"

Red Lion Pub Photo, Southwick, Hampshire
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The Red Lion is one of just two pubs in the village of Southwick in Hampshire. My son's partner was born and brought up in the village; it's very difficult to get to by public transport, however, so soon after he passed his driving test they suggested we go there for a walk and some lunch. The December weather was mild and sunny, and we worked up an appetite with a walk through a small area of woodland and along the lake by the golf course. The other pub, the Golden Lion, is famous for having unofficially been the officers' mess in the period leading up to D-Day, when the Allied Commanders were based at Southwick House. It is, however, more of a drinking pub, and we decided on lunch at the Red Lion, w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2011

Red Lion Pub
High Street
Southwick, Fareham, Hampshire PO17 6EF
023 9237 7223

The Pub With No Name/White Horse Inn

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Restaurant | "It deserves a very good name"

The Pub With No Name/White Horse Inn Photo, Petersfield, Hampshire
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The Pub With No Name was in fact originally called the White Horse Inn, and it is the highest pub in Hampshire. It is situated in Priors Dean, about five miles north-west of Petersfield. The road bends and twists, and although you can find quite detailed directions of how to get there in the Internet, you really do need a sat nav. It is worth it, though, whether you are after beautiful countryside or good food.I used to have an aunt who lived in Petersfield, and I can remember she once took a group of about twelve of us to the Pub With No Name for lunch, probably to celebrate a birthday. My son has a book of the most interesting places to visit in the UK, and this pub is ranked number six ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 13, 2011

The Pub With No Name/White Horse Inn
Priors Dean
Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 1DA
01420 588387

Winchester Discovery Centre

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Attraction | "Discovering art in Winchester"

Winchester Discovery Centre Photo, Winchester, England
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Situated on Jewry Street in the city centre, Winchester Discovery Centre houses a public library, gallery, exhibition area, gift shop and coffee shop. I was visiting a friend one day, and we stopped at a small Internet cafe opposite the centre for coffee. She told me that she had thought we could visit the centre, but she didn't recommend their coffee. I took a seat in the cafe facing the window, and I couldn't help but notice a large banner outside the centre advertising their current exhibition. Entitled "The Figure in the Landscape," it was an exhibition of modern British sculpture that included works by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. I was delighted at the prospect.We went into the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2012

Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry Street
Winchester, Hampshire
01962 873610

The Five Bells

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Restaurant | "Five bells, two dogs and some good homemade food"

The Five Bells Photo, Petersfield, Hampshire
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After an afternoon walk at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Horndean, we were looking for a pub that served good food. Not far away is the little village of Buriton. My son and I could remember going to the Five Bells pub there with an aunt of mine who lived in Petersfield. We thought it was worth going to see if it was still as good as it used to be.The Five Bells is on Buriton High Street; the village is so small that the pub is easy to find. There is rather a steep slope in the forecourt, and my son's partner thought it was going to be tricky parking there. Then we realised there was a sign indicating a car park further back which was on more level ground.It was about 4.30p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2012

The Five Bells
High Street
Buriton, Petersfield GU31 5RX
01730 263 584

Queen Elizabeth Country Park

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Attraction | "Woodland or downland? Take your pick"

Queen Elizabeth Country Park Photo, Petersfield, Hampshire
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On an unusually mild Saturday afternoon in January, when there was even a little sunshine, we decided to visit Queen Elizabeth Country Park, not far south of the Hampshire town of Petersfield. The park covers around 1,400 acres of downland and woodland within the South Downs National Park. It opened in 1976, although I can well remember going for walks on Butser Hill and through the forests of Holt Down and War Down as a child, and they now make up the main areas of the park. Situated right beside the A3 Portsmouth to London road and clearly sign-posted, the country park is not difficult to find. At about 2pm it was easy to find a space in the car park, but bear in mind that this was January. In warme...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 25, 2012

Queen Elizabeth Country Park
Gravel Hill, Horndean
Petersfield, Hampshire
023 92595040

A south Hampshire village

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Woods in Southwick Photo, Hampshire, England
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Although the village of Southwick is just a few miles from where I live in Southsea, I had never been there until recently. I rely on public transport and the bus service to Southwick was very infrequent; I believe it was withdrawn altogether in autumn 2011. My son's partner was born and brought up in Southwick, however, so soon after he passed his driving test he suggested taking us there. It was a Saturday in early December when a group of locals were in the process of erecting a Christmas tree on the green beside the church.The village of Southwick is unusual in that it is entirely owned by the Southwick Estate; all properties in the village are rented except for the Church Lodge. All f...Read More