Swanmore, Nr Southampton
Tel: 01489 877214
Gluten free: Just ask
Parking: Own car park
We were a lunchtime party of 7 visiting this family run traditional pub. Jonathan Westmacott and his wife took over the business when Jonathan’s father retired. Having been run by the family for over 40 years you get the feeling that it is an integral part of the village community; it looks after regulars and villagers alike with their own loyalty card and plenty of space for parties.
It has been an Ale House for over 300 years, the original building is still standing but it has been extended considerably over the years. It’s a pub with a rare set-up…. as well as the original building it has an extended bakery, butchery and kitchen. With home cooked bread and cakes and a butcher that comes to prepare the meat every week they are onto a winner!
From an extended menu – see their website – 3 chose the roast @ £8.95 which includes a pud from the chalk board. Meat choices – turkey, beef, lamb and pork. They all had lamb which came with loads of excellent roast potatoes and mixed vegetables. The puddings chosen were a deep fried mars bar with cream – very yummy! Choux buns with strawberry cream filling and a large chocolate, moussey creation. Two really enjoyed Somerset chicken – a home-made recipe with a unique sweet and sour flavour, apples, apple juice, cider, demerara sugar, with mushrooms and bacon finished with brandy and topped with cheese! Plus chips and vegetables £9.95. I chose an excellent chilli with wild rice at £7.95.
All generous portions and good flavours. We had coffee at £2.00 and a few beers and glasses of wine. Many dishes are gluten free. They also do a 2 course meal for £10.95, only certain dishes come into this category, and they have a Seniors deal on Thursday lunchtimes, very good value for money.
It is an extensive place and although busy we didn’t wait long after ordering our food at the bar. Not a day for sitting in the large garden but one to try next Summer. Friendly staff.
Ladies Who Lunch Scoring: The Hunters Inn, Swanmore
3/5 Quality of food
4/5 Variety of menu
3/5 Staff and service
3/5 Ambiance and décor
4/5 Value for money
17/25 Total yummy factor. Review SM
Ladies Who Lunch: score key
The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food and service.
The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head).
5/5 Cannot be improved upon
4/5 Very good
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