The Dolphin Inn
“16th-century coaching inn close to South Downs National Park” - AA Inspector
Like most of the village, this old coaching inn with magnificent chimneys once belonged to the Hursley Estate, which is now owned by IBM. It was built between 1540 and 1560, reputedly using timbers from a Tudor warship called HMS Dolphin (today’s less glamorous ‘ship’ is a shore establishment in Gosport). In the beamed bars you’ll find Ringwood Razorback and Fuller's London Pride plus Thatchers and Orchard Thieves ciders. In addition to sandwiches, baguettes and jacket potatoes, favourites include sausage and mash; mushroom and cashew nut stroganoff; and beer battered cod and chips.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Open all year
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About The area
Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.
If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.
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