The White Lion is a traditional 17th-century country pub in the beautiful Meon Valley. The…
The Bakers Arms
“Small village pub with country charm”
This is an unpretentious, white-painted pub with abundant country charm – the staff are friendly and the locals clearly love the place. The Bowman Brewery a mile away supplies the bar with Swift One and Wallops Wood, so why look any further afield, asks owner Adam Cordery. Pick from a list of hot filled baguettes, while over the big log fire a blackboard lists the main dishes. Among these will be the day's pie, burgers, sausages or steaks; and maybe roasted game with dauphinoise potatoes, red cabbage, celeriac purée and elderberry gravy; Bakers fish pie with gratinated cheese and potato topping, served with vegetables or dressed leaves; and Devon crab thermidor with skinny fries, slaw and lemon mayonnaise.
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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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