The Thomas Lord is named after the founder of Lord's Cricket Ground who is buried in the nearby…
The Thomas Lord
“Country inn with impressive cricket connections”
WEST MEON, HAMPSHIRE
Thomas Lord, the eponymous founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground, retired to the pretty village of West Meon in 1830 and is buried in the churchyard. This beautifully restored pub has a bar decorated with cricketing memorabilia and it’s an agreeable setting for well-kept seasonal and guest ales, or a chilled glass of white chosen from the sophisticated range of wines. Herbs, salads and vegetables are grown in the pub’s own garden; otherwise the kitchen is supplied by local farms and small-scale producers. A typical meal might start with pigeon, Waldorf salad, candied walnut, celery, apple and blue cheese, followed by beef sirloin, beef dripping mash, braised shallot, shallot purée, sautéed kale.
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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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