The former Freefolk Arms took on its current name after the late Richard Adams, who lived in nearby Whitchurch, found fame in 1972 with his rabbity adventure tale. The unexpectedly famous hill itself lies just to the north of the inn. From the pub car park a few steps lead up through the garden into the quarry-tiled bar, where local brews, perhaps Cheriton, Itchen Valley, or Triple fff, will be ready and waiting. Among dishes here, and in the conservatory overlooking the garden, expect real ale-battered fresh haddock; pan-seared Hampshire venison; and mildly spiced mixed vegetable coconut curry. Home-made dessert options might include baked New York-style lemon and lime cheesecake, and caramelised white chocolate blondie. The River Test, famous for its trout, rises and flows nearby.
Facilities – at a glance
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £12.75
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Open all year
- Wide selection of Ales
- Wide selection of wines by the glass
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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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