Gin Pairing Event at new Hampshire Pub

An exciting new pub and coffee shop is now open in the centre of Fleet – where the old Ask restaurant used to be. The site has had an extensive makeover and the new pub is called Hart House. It’s open throughout the day offering a place to enjoy drinks, snacks or meal crafted by its talented team of chefs. I have not had a chance to visit yet but it looks lovely and I’m hoping to pop in soon and sample the food!

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New pub for Hampshire – Hart House in Fleet

Something for Hampshire-based gin lovers to look forward to is Hart House’s forthcoming Sipsmith Gin Pairing Supper Club on 27th April. This event features three fabulous courses, each paired with a different Sipsmith Gin. Take a look at the pub’s events page for full details on the menu and how to book.


I’m hoping to jump on the train to Fleet and check out Hart House in the not too distant future – look out for a review soon!



Marvelous Makeover for Winchester Pub

What a beautiful bank holiday weekend it’s been! England can be such a pretty place in the sun and it certainly seems to put people in a good mood. Hopefully everyone’s managed to soak up some sunshine and enjoy a few cold beverages…I mostly enjoyed mine at the Queen Inn, Winchester, where they had a fabulous bank holiday beer festival.


The Queen Inn on Kingsgate Road, Winchester

Some of you may know that the Queen was recently closed for a refurbishment, well it’s now been open for about a month and I have to say it looks fantastic both inside and out! It is certainly worth a visit if you’ve not seen its marvelous makeover.


Cosy corner


Refurbished restaurant

If you’ve been to the Queen before, (many of you reading this certainly will be familiar with it!) you’ll remember that there used to be very little space between the bar and the back wall – this has all changed and it’s now ridiculously spacious by the bar! The new furniture and finishing touches look great too, check out these beer barrel tables…


Love the barrel tables!

The Queen is known for its plentiful outside seating areas and these were looking great too with beer tents up especially for the bank holiday festivities. As for the beers themselves…I didn’t actually sample any but the boys tell me they were good, there certainly was a fine looking selection of locally brewed ales on offer.


I’m a terrible blogger and have done my classic of enjoying a lovely meal and forgetting to take any photos – but I will say that the new menu at the Queen was really nice, lots of good hearty dishes. I’ve always loved their homemade soups and was pleased to see this was still on the menu, along with a ‘luxury fish pie’ – one of my favourite dishes – which I’m happy to report was done really well.

All in all the Queen is looking better than ever, you can’t beat its lovely location either – so why not take a sunny stroll along the water meadows and pay a visit? Let’s just hope this weather lasts!


The nearby Winchester water meadows looking spectacular in the sun

You can find out more about what’s going on at the Queen on their website

Another Top Hidden Gem…The Plough, Sparsholt

Well The Plough at Sparsholt is hidden in the literal sense of the word, in that it’s a bit off the beaten track out of Winchester, but thanks to its consistently good fare everyone seems to know about it. It’s one of those places that always delivers excellent, hearty food. It’s a real gem of a country pub, serving Wadworth ales and lots classic tasty dishes. There’s a cracking selection of more adventurous dishes too, such as the fabulous pan fried fillet of hake with king prawns and creamy leeks that I enjoyed last night (…the start of a diet breaking evening!).


The Plough on sunny day

What I really love about The Plough is the dessert menu…I’m actually not much of a sweet-toothed person but this place has all my favourites on one chalk board. There’s gorgeous New Forest ice creams – perfect for when you can’t manage a proper pudding! And I love their selection of classic desserts like bread & butter pudding, creme brulé, sticky toffee pudding…and this…


Treacle Tart with Clotted Cream


The Plough’s treacle tart with clotted cream is to die for! It’s simply gooey, gluttonous heaven on a plate…so good!

Have I tempted you to take a taxi out to Sparsholt yet? …do it! The Plough always delivers!

Great night…diet totally ruined…back on track on Monday xXx

A Foodie Feast to see in the New Year!

Many people will know The Bugle in Twyford’s a firm favourite place to go for me, it never disappoints! So that was where we headed for new year’s eve, and what an evening it was…

We started with a glass of local Danebury Vineyard Kir Royale and some lovely canapes…


There were many fabulous courses, including a beautiful crispy fillet of sea bass served on a lobster, lemon and saffron risotto…


This was then followed by a generous sized organic fillet of beef from Laverstoke Park Farm, which was delicious – served medium rare, it was cooked to perfection!


As if we had room for more, there was then a multiple dessert spectacular that we all somehow managed to demolish. To the best of my memory it was tart au citron, with a tangy lemon panacotta, ginger ice cream and a gooseberry brulee…all of which were divine. The gooseberry brulee was particularly scrumptious!


To finish off there was a selection of Hampshire cheeses and of course some port. I pretty much needed wheeling out of there I was so full to the brim with lovely food! All in all a cracking evening, spent with some of my favourite people – a wonderful way to see in the New Year.

Happy New Year!