The White Horse is centrally located in the ancient market town of Romsey that lies in the heart…
Background music in the 16th-century, timber-framed White Horse? Certainly not, although what you might well hear is a faint noise as crib players slap down their cards, the crackle of logs burning in the two large inglenooks, and the murmur of conversation. If you're eating, check the daily Skipper’s Catch board for its fresh, sustainable South Coast fish, and the main menu for Romsey chalk-stream cold smoked trout. Also listed could be rabbit and bacon pie; Lucknow Express Indian railway mutton curry; confit of Burgundy duck leg; and steaks, ribs and burgers. At least two roasts on Sundays, as well as goats’ cheese, beetroot and horseradish pie.
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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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