The Jolly Drover
“Just out of town at the top of the hill” - AA Inspector
This pub was built in 1844 by a drover, Mr Knowles, to offer cheer and sustenance to other drovers on the old London road. For over 20 years it has been run by Anne and Barry Coe, who welcome all-comers to enjoy the large log fire, secluded garden, a choice of real ales and home-cooked food. The same menu is served in the bar and restaurant. Dishes include roast beef and Yorkshire pudding; 'Hodgepodge Pie' (pork, veal and lamb); chicken breast with bacon and Stilton sauce; and grilled whole plaice with white wine and parsley sauce. Gluten-free and vegetarian choices are also available.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Closed: false
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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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