33 thoughts on “Guest Book

  1. The Queen’s at Selborne pub has had better days, it is currently managed by a middle aged couple who lack communication skills. The staff are very young and inexperienced so consequently frustratingly slow. The food is too slow I waited nearly an hour for a fish platter and was surprised to discover that it was all fried in batter and tasted the same. A few weeks ago the pub had a really friendly and helpful young woman in charge but she seems to have moved on. The sandwiches are very good but I wouldn’t stop for lunch or evening meal.

  2. Recently I visited Woodfire in Stockbridge, the Old Chesil Rectory in Winchester and Cranes in Salisbury. I can recommend them all – a special mention for Cranes’ fantastic value set lunch. Woodfire is a pizza place owned by Thyme andTides, the deli/fishmonger/cafe opposite and it is very pleasant, good food andattentive staff. The Chesil is a good choice for a treat evening out. Couldn’t fault any of the dishes, they were all 4/5.

  3. I recently had dinner at the Hotel du Vin, Winchester, as a guest of a someone who was staying there. We were a party of about 6. After about 1/2 hour our mains had not arrived. Somewhat embarrassed, I took it upon myself to enquire of the waiter and they arrived suspiciously promptly. Had they been waiting at the serving hatch? Mine was ok, no more. Our host’s bouillabaisse looked like no bouillabaisse I’ve ever seen, some bits of fish & seafood with a dab of orange-coloured sauce. It was cold so he sent it back. The head waiter arrived and there was a long muttered conversation. The head waiter’s body language was not apologetic. Anyway the replacement dish arrived eventually. Later our waiter enquired if everything was ok. Our host said no, his bouillabaisse was cold and he’d had to send it back. The waiter replied that the restaurant had been unusually busy and the kitchen staff were stressed(!) Our host replied very restrainedly that that was not his problem. The little petits-fours- type sweets were , well, doughy and undistinguished, and we didn’t get free drinks or puddings or anything to make up for our host’s disappointment. I hope he got something off the bill!

  4. Just thought I would tell you about wonderful lunch today at the Purefoy Arms in Preston Candover. Superb food, excellent service with lovely, knowledgable staff. So nice to try somewhere new and find it actually exceeds expectations. First time I’ve left a comment although bought discount cards for friends and use your reviews – thank you.

  5. Toby Carvery, Bishopstoke. We went here in a large group over the Christmas period. We did try and book, but were told just to turn up, which we did. We arrived at 7.30 and were seated quickly. We all went for variations on the carvery (normal and vegetarian). It was only £7 each, so was great for a catch up meal with old friends. We were disappointed at 8.00 when the carvery closed, and more disappointed at 9.00 when they asked us to leave as they were closing. We weren’t expecting to stay late, but would have liked a drink in the bar area.
    Some of my friends decided to go to another local pub, which was open.

  6. Luzborough House, Romsey. My wife and I visited the Luzborough for the first time in many years. (We stopped going when we kept meeting our children and their friends there to our mutual embarrassment.) Had a good lunch which, despite a number of staff Christmas lunches, was served reasonably quickly. The menu is very much pub food but the setting in an old farmhouse is excellent. Recommend a revisit.

  7. The Wheatsheaf in Braishfield is now open again (and has been for about 18 months) under new management. The new team have decided to run it as a good local pub rather than an expensive gastro pub. As it’s close to JI a visit is called for. My wife and I went there for lunch the other day and had a wonderful meal of locally sourced lamb chops. Our daughter’s boyfriend is from the village and it seems the village have adopted it again as a local pub. We were up there to meet boyfriend’s extended family on Christmas Day and the place was heaving with locals. They were also serving lunch on Christmas Day. Thoroughly recommended.


  8. Watership Inn, Freefolk, Hampshire: This old country public house has recently been refurbished and has a warm and welcoming atmosphere as well as excellent food. We visited on a cold day in December to be greeted by a warm interior with log fire, sheepskins on the dining chairs and seating and even the new conservatory was warm. The food was very tasty with a good choice of starters and mains. The rabbit pate was an excellent starter with a warm, freshly made roll, chutney and young salad leaves. The chicken and mushroom pie was full of flavour, well cooked and served with a selection of fresh vegetables. Check out their website at http://www.watershipdowninn.com and if you are in the Freefolk, Overton, Whitchurch (Hampshire) area it is well worth a visit. In the summer there are plenty of tables in the garden, with views across the valley and Hardys Plant Centre is just up the road. I really hope it does well as they are doing a very good job so far. Highly recommended.

  9. Lunch today, after visiting the craft & design street market in Winchester was at the Cathedral Refectory. Excellent home-made venison pie! It’s not quite your elegant lunch venue – a bit more like a cafeteria and it is self-service – but for food quality, value and convenience it shouldn’t be overlooked.

  10. Tom’s Deli in Winchester, St George’s Street

    There is only one place for Italian coffee in Winchester and that is Tom’s Deli. Cappucino and panatone for £2.95 – can’t be beaten.

    Tom’s Deli used to Winchester Newsagents and has been run by Tom Romita for more years than I care to remember. Originally it was a newsagents with the distinction of selling a wide range of foreign papers. But then Tom added an Italian espresso machine in the corner.

    Tom went on to stock panatone and then panini and then fresh pasta and Italian cheese and Italian biscotti and so on. It’s now had a makeover so that the food and drink side is the majority and the newspapers are in the corner.

    Tom also runs The Abbots Mitre in Chilbolton with Sam La Gumina.

  11. Mr So in Winchester now Acer & Bamboo

    Mr So in Jewry has been a regular Saturday lunch haunt of myself and my wife for many years. We were very surprised on our last visit to find that it had changed hands. It’s now the Acer & Bamboo although it still says Mr So outside. So I guess the change is recent.

    The management has changed, so has the waiting staff and the menu. Our favourite lunch menu – the fixed price Dip Towe – has gone but there is an exciting new lunch menu at similar prices. Two courses for less than £10. The rendang was exceptionally good.

    The only drawback on our visit was the service. Food took a long time to appear which is not good for a lunch time service. The staff, probably new, were not very attentive and kept disappearing. They certainly did not take the main dishes away quickly and then immediately suggest desert. Also one of the staff didn’t really speak English which made ordering difficult and certainly would not permit any questioning of what the menu meant.

    However, having said that we’ll go back and give it another go. Hopefully it’s just teething problems.

  12. brasserie blanc winchester .3courses£15*00 dont bother,cutlery returned as dirty . my husbands starter was large tomato with lettuce from a packet .mains no better his fish was all bone my salmon was hidding and microwaved pudding were good for a top eatery its poor

  13. We decided to try the Olde George Inn Sunday evening 7-08-11 as we were in the area. Now this place advertises itself as “Superb A La Carte”
    So after looking at the menu we decided for starters to have warm salad of chorizo, squid and Piquillo peppers £6.95.
    Chicken liver and pistachio parfait with red onion marmalade and toasted sourdough £6.75.
    Well apart from the tasty Chorizo nothing about this dish was exciting and it was served in a nice chipped bowl with smear marks, mmm. I did point out to member of staff about the chipped bowl.
    Chicken liver was tasty and the plate was covered with smear marks.
    For mains we ordered Trio of fish served with twice cooked chips, pea puree and caper mayonnaise £14.50
    Harriott’s 21-day aged Rib eye steak with a wild mushroom gratin, rocket salad and twice cooked chips £18.95
    Once again our food was served on plates with smear marks on and even all the glasses and cutlery had stained water marks on.
    So what did our mains deliver, luke warm food, nothing exciting or tasty apart from the chips and the caper mayonnaise and another CHIPPED bowl.
    So the description “Superb A La Carte” well in my opinion they are no where near a “A La Carte Restaurant”.
    Poor food, poor service, plates covered with smear marks, chipped bowls, do I need to say more?
    Total score 1/5 and that was for the chips and caper mayo.
    £53 for 2 people in a “Superb A La Carte Restauruant” I probably would have had better food, better service and cleaner plates in a transport cafe. If you do visit this place, then that’s up to you.

  14. Some friends (also LWL card holders) and I have found The Old Forge at Otterborne consistently good recently. Excellent food, good service, no rush, and a very pleasant ambience. On recent visits it has been buzzing at lunchtime. We would be delighted if it could be included in your discount list – from what we have seen recently we feel they are very deserving.

  15. I’ve been tweeting about your Discount Card and a lovely lady came back with this!

    “@MissFayeGodwin Have used the Ladies who Lunch discount card for some two years and have to say it’s paid for itself over and over again.”


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