“Charming 19th-century village pub with a large garden” - AA Inspector
Converted from cottage into a beer house in around 1854, The Gamekeepers took on its current name in 1973 and 30 years later its present owners, Phil and Sandra Costello, arrived. Standing alone down a leafy lane in a village comfortably beyond Basingstoke’s eastern limits, the weatherboarded pub has a low-beamed, flagstone-floored interior and a covered well. The bar is certain to offer a choice of Hampshire-brewed real ales, Norcotts real cider from Devon, as well as 10 wines by the glass. On settling into a leather sofa to study the menu, you’ll find a typical starter of ham hock terrine, followed by mains including chargrilled venison loin or pan-roasted Creedy Carver duck breast. To round off, perhaps choose sticky toffee pudding with cream, or the Hampshire cheeseboard.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Sports TV
- Closed: 3
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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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