The Bear & Ragged Staff , Michelmersh, Nr Romsey, 15/25

The Bear & Ragged Staff 15/25

BRS ext

Stonymarsh, Michelmersh

Romsey Hampshire

SO51 0LB

Tel: 01794 368602


Vegetarian: Yes

Parking: Own car park

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Average

bronze_crown LWL Bronze Award – Re Awarded November 2014 – Cost £££

November 2014 Revisited with friends. Looking very festive but yet again our food took ages to arrive and we were in a bit of a rush!P1100956  P1100957 

One of my friends had a rack of ribs, another had goats cheese fritters, another lamb’s liver and I had the fish & chips. They were fine, typical pub grub and all of them enormous portions! Some of them may be ordered as “Bistro” portions….. smaller & suitable for children. They all come with a choice of salad or vegetables and a choice of potato. Some of the items on the menu are marked with a C, they may be adjusted to suit a coeliac diet. We had various drinks and coffees so our bill was slightly under £££ CJ

August 2012 After completing a 5 mile hike around Mottisfont, we chose the Bear and Ragged Staff for our lunch.  We stopped off before the walk to pre-order as we were 12 and this pub does get busy! We had various choices from the Specials board, mainly fish dishes priced around £10.95. A Ploughman’s at £8.95, which was more like a ham and cheese salad with brown cottage loaf, apple, pickles, coleslaw etc.   Overall everyone was pleased, good size portions, separate side dishes of vegetables not over-cooked, and nicely presented. A few had puddings at £4.75 and coffees.

An establishment with a nice atmosphere, friendly staff and also it has a good sized outside eating area. We are happy to have upped the food score to 3/5. Cost £££ SM.

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December 2010 An in between Christmas and New Year get together and an important one, it was almost JI’s first outing since her hip op so an important occasion that needed to be celebrated!  We chose The Bear & Ragged Staff as it’s in her territory.

On entering very impressed with the cosy décor enhanced by a roaring fire and lots of different eating areas.  The usual drill, a credit card must be swiped to start a tab; never very keen on this practice but I suppose you can’t blame landlords in busy and large establishments, it also makes life easier when ordering food and drinks for several people.

The bar staff are friendly and efficient; we got our drinks very promptly.  Once we had made our food choices from quite a varied menu and specials board they took our food order quickly but then we had to wait about 45 mins for the food to arrive!

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Three of us decided to share a Fisherman’s Platter (pictured) to start with, it was massive and enough for lunch for 2; tasted rather “over fried” as did the other starter choices of Calamari and Whitebait and a main course Scampi.  The Potato Skins were fine. The mains choices of Fish & Chips and Chilli Con Carne (pictured) were enjoyed but sadly the rest of us had Lambs Liver (pictured) and it was so over cooked it was mushy. JI and I would have sent the liver back but we didn’t because we had already waited so long for it, also we were eating with our families and they get sick of us being LWL! I still think it may be worth giving them a 2nd chance at some time in the future as the pub does have a friendly atmosphere and they do advertise that they use lots of local suppliers for fresh food.There were 7 of us, we had 2 bottles of wine and various drinks, cost ££££Please help to spread the word by telling any restaurants you visit that you tried them because you were recommended by LWL in Hampshire… Thank you!

Ladies Who Lunch Scoring:

Quality of food 3/4
Variety of menu 3/4
Staff and service 3/4
Ambience & décor 3/4
Value for Money 3/5


Total Yummy Factor


Report: CJ & Update SM

5/5 = Cannot be improved upon, 4/5 = Very good, 3/5 = Good,
2/5 = Satisfactory, 1/5 = Poor, 0/5 = Terrible

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food & service. The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head)