Resources for motorhome and campervan users in Hampshire
holiday parks, restaurants, places of interest, historic buildings, pubs, beaches, nightlife and much more
Green Pastures: Located on the outskirts of the New Forest, Green Pastures is a family run farm and caravan site.Green Pastures Farm is ideal for families as there is plenty of space for children to play in full view of the caravans and tents. It is also peaceful enough to be able to unwind after a busy working week. Green Pastures is very well situated for access to main routes for days out, such as to Salisbury, Winchester, Southampton, Portsmouth, Romsey or Bournemouth: Green Pastures Farm, Whitemoor Lane, Ower, Romsey, SO51 6AJ, Tel: +44 023 8081 4444
Wyke Down Touring Caravan Park: Wyke Down blends old and new. A family owned business, which combines a touring caravan and camping park with a country pub and restaurant. Diversifying from a farm to pub and restaurant using the original 19th century barn and developing the other farm buildings. “Camra” award winning pub serving local real ale beers, good variety of wine with bar food and a la carte menu in the restaurant, We also have a golf driving range. Picket Piece, Andover, SP11 6LX, Tel: 01264 352048
Glen Orchard Holiday Park is one of the leading caravan parks in the area and proud to be a family run business! The holiday park offers excellent self catering holiday accommodation in a beautiful landscaped setting. Boasting superb panoramic views of the Isle of Wight and Jurassic coast, Glen Orchard Holiday Park is close to fantastic beaches and of course the wonderful New Forest National Park. Walkford Lane, New Milton, BH25 5NH, Tel: 01425 616463
Welcome to Two Hoots Campsite. This is a quiet, adult only 1½-acre level grass site nestled in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, less than a mile from the famous Watercress Steam Railway, 4 miles from the quaint Georgian town of Alresford. There are 5 caravan/motor home pitches, 2 are hard standings for winter pitches & electric hook-ups. Run under the Camping and Caravanning Club, non-members may join on site.
Restaurants in Hampshire
Wykeham Arms: Tucked between the cathedral and the college, this ancient and very cosy hostelry is bursting with character and atmosphere. The walls are festooned with hats; naval, military, mortar boards, a bishop’s mitre, top hats and school caps plus cartoons by famed artist Ronald Searle. Sit at an old school desk or other seating in a nook, cranny or alcove in this hive of activity and tuck in to traditional and delicious fare such as pies, stews and roasts. There’s more refined dishes on offer too including chicken liver parfait, beef fillet and sea bass. 75 Kingsgate Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9PE, Tel: 01962 853834
Pebble Beach: There’s views of the Needles from the large terrace of this outstanding beachfront restaurant. South coast seafood is unsurprisingly the big draw here with everything from simply prepared shellfish including crab, langoustine and oysters to pan-fried sea bass with char-grilled fennel and orange and thyme butter. But a plethora of menus means that all the bases are covered from a Wiltshire ham and wholegrain mustard sandwich in the bar to a slow cooked beef daube with red wine, bacon, mushrooms and pearl onions in the restaurant. Marine Drive, Barton-on-Sea, Tel: 01425 627777
Brassiere Blanc: For most people, dinner at Raymond Blanc's temple of fine dining Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons is a once in a lifetime treat. But a meal at his casual French brasserie is an altogether more affordable option. Situated in the modern harbour-side Gunwharf Quays development the Brasserie is the perfect place to grab a bite after exploring the city's naval history at the nearby dockyard or strolling round and picturesque Old Portsmouth. 1 Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3FR, Tel:02392 891 320
The Anchor Inn: Mind your head on the low wooden beams as you make your way through to the dining room. The atmospheric bar is a great place for a drink, but don't linger so long that you miss out on the great food. The menu covers all the bases with pub favourites such as devilled whitebait with tartare sauce, and Bramley apple flavoured pork sausages with mash and shallot gravy. But talented chef Kevin Chandler shows off his fine dining pedigree with a beautifully cooked piece of turbot served with a chowder-like accompaniment of mussels, cockles, new Cornish potatoes, peas and baby spinach in a cream sauce. Lower Froyle, Tel: 01420 23261
The Black Rat: This handsome 18th century building used to be a pub. Exposed beams and brickwork and chunky wooden tables still give the place a homely feel, but the focus now is firmly on food and wine. There's a cosy first floor bar for those all important pre-dinner drinks, then its straight down to the main dining area to sample ex-Chez Bruce chef Chris Bailey's modern British menu. While the produce might be local, with some even coming from the restaurant's own allotment, the cooking style ranges much further afield. 88 Chesil Street, Winchester, Tel: 01962 844465
The Greyhound Inn is a converted 15th century coaching inn serving modern European cuisine and has seven boutique guest rooms. The open plan dining area has bare floor boards, solid wood furniture, a roaring fire and dark low hanging beams. Savoy-trained chef Alan Haughie's menu mixes the classic with the contemporary. Start with a simple dish of chargrilled asparagus with fried duck egg or the more modern combination of lamb breast with smoked eel and spiced lentils. Mains range from sirloin steak with.... . The Greyhound on the Test 31 High Street, Stockbridge Tel: 01264 810833
The Cliff House: This stylish and welcoming restaurant with rooms has a lot going for it. First there's the enviable location close to the New Forest with gorgeous views over the Solent from its terrace and restaurant. Then there's the dedicated kitchen team who make everything from bread for the dinner table to scones for afternoon tea and who source the best local ingredients, even going as far as foraging the coast to collect wild plants themselves. You'll be welcomed like an old friend into the bright and airy sun lounge or smartly appointed Bay dining room..... Barton on Sea, New Milton, Tel: 01425 619333
La Perle: If the people of Milford on Sea weren't lucky enough to live in a lovely spot by the sea and near the New Forest, they can now celebrate having their own little slice of France in the form of this charming family owned modern bistro with its smart black wood chairs and tables, white painted tongue and groove and bold patterned wallpaper. Chef and owner Lionel Sene has worked in some top spots including the Hotel Crillon in Paris and brings his classical cooking skills to British produce. Start with Moules Marinière with Cornish mussels followed by....60 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QD, Tel: 01590 643557
Manor Restaurant: There's proper grown up fine dining on offer at this elegantly formal hotel restaurant in the heart of the New Forest. Well spaced, linen covered tables, comfortable high backed upholstered chairs and a warm colours of buttermilk yellow and cadmium orange on the walls make for a welcoming space that by day is flooded with light through picture windows. Chef Chris Wheeldon's distinctly modern menu is based on free-range and local produce which he transforms into delicious, intricate and beautifully presented dishes. Careys Manor Hotel, Brockenhurst, Tel: 01590 623551
Pub Grub in Hampshire
The Bedes Lea is a great locals pub in North Baddersley, a large village between Southamoton and Romsey. It offers a lively mix of sports and entertainment throughout the week and weekends and combines this with a busy food trade which has now extended to include a carvery at weekends. The pub has recently been updated and offers improved comfort and decor in which to enjoy a well kept ale or glass of wine. Rownhams Lane North Baddersley Southampton Hampshire SO52 9LW Tel: 02380 732684
The Jolly Roger is one of Gosport's premier pub/restaurants and has wonderful views across into the historic boatyard at Portsmouth. The bar area has traditional charm with oak beams and real fires with a great range of traditional ales and other drinks. The restaurant is large and airy and offers an extensive a la carte menu or daily specials board and the patio has uninterrupted views across the water. Jolly Roger, 156 Priory Road, Gosport PO12 4LQ Tel:02392 582584
Welcome to The Crown Inn, a traditional pub set deep in the heart of Hampshire's beautiful Test Valley. We offer a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere for drinking and dining. Our cosy bar, comfortable restaurant and secluded beer garden provide year round enjoyment, and our staff pride themselves on excellent hospitality and friendly service. We pride ourselves on the quality of our home cooked food, made using the best local ingredients. The team at The Crown Inn look forward to welcoming you! Romsey Road, King Somborne, Stockbridge SO20 6PW Tel: 01794 388360
The Bounty has recently been restored to its former glory, and under Sue it now offers a fabulous traditional pub in the heart of Basingstoke. Renowned for ales it offers 7 ales on a daily basis and seasonal festivals where up to 20 ales are available to sample. Food is available on a daily basis and Sunday roasts a speciality. The atmosphere is warm and friendly with weekly quizzes to engage the grey cells and a monthly music event to let the hair down. 81 Bounty Road, Basingstoke RG21 3BZ, Tel: 01256 320071
The Fox and Goose is a family run pub set in the heart of the tranquil village of Greywell, Hampshire. This superb example of a 16th century inn is located just a few miles from exit 5 of the M3 between Hook and Odiham. The pub is an ideal place to meet for lunch, dinner or even just for drinks. This quaint English country pub has a relaxed atmosphere. Its experienced staff will ensure you are well looked after during your visit. The Street, Greywell Hook RG29 1BY Tel: 01256 702062
The Barley Mow is situated on the Basingstoke Canal in the golden triangle that is made by connecting Hartley Wintney Fleet and Odiham in Hampshire and it's a twenty minute walk from Winchfield railway station. We pride ourselves on our service every bit as much as we do on the quality of our food and drinks. Our aim is to make your visit for whatever reason you choose to call an enjoyable one. Barley Mow, Winchfield, The Hurst Hook RG27 8DE, Tel: 01252 617490
The Phoenix Inn lies just off the main A30 at Phoenix Green, near Hartley Wintney, Hampshire. A friendly pub with a big heart, you can look forward to a warm welcome, and superb food and drink.Renowned for home cooked locally sourced produce, including Hampshire Hog sausage rings, and Whole ribs of beef from Grange Farm in Hurst. London Road, Hartley, Witney Hook, RG27 8RT, Tel: 01252 842484
The Bishops Blaize has rightly been recognised in the Good Beer Guide for the last two years. As a traditional pub with spectacular quality of all beer both Wayne and Paula take great pride in delivering a pub which is truly at the heart of the community. Pub and TV sports ensure that the pub is busy daily and look out for the Charity events for which the pub is famed. Bishops Blaize, 4 Winchester Road, Romsey, SO51 8AA, Tel: 01794 511777
Historic buildings & gardens
From 1809 until 1817 Jane Austen lived in Chawton village near Alton with her mother, her sister Cassandra and their friend Martha Lloyd. Restored to the rural Hampshire she loved, Jane turned again to writing and it was in this house that she produced all her novels, revising all previous drafts, including Pride and Prejudice, and writing her three later novels, including Emma, in their entirety. The house in which Jane lived so happily is now a museum to her life.
The Vyne was built in the 16th century for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII´s Lord Chamberlain. The masterpiece of the building is the central staircase by John Chute, with its fluted columns, all decorated in blue and white. In the rooms is a wealth of old panelling and fine furniture. It also contains a Tudor chapel with Gothic vaulting, murals and fine Renaissance glass. In the grounds are lawns, herbaceous borders, lakes and an early summer house.
John Montagu Building, Beaulieu : Palace House, once the Great Gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey, is the family home of Lord Montagu since 1538. The house contains splendid rooms full of fine portraits, pictures, furniture, photographs and many treasures collected by past generations from their travels around the world. History comes alive with real Victorian characters, tales from the Butler, Cook and Housemaids give a fascinating insight into the workings of a Victorian household, showing their life ‘Upstairs and Downstairs’.
The Palladian mansion Avington Park, overlooking the River Itchen near Winchester, is the quintessential English country retreat. From its beautifully painted main hall and Clermont's striking tempura painted designs filled with gold leaf in the drawing room to the gold plasterwork ceiling of the ballroom, this mansion is a treat on the eye at every turn. The stunning library has wonderful views over the south lawns, adjoining a pair of conservatories which flank the orangery, making this remarkable architectural gem a fabulous location for a corporate event, wedding, reception or for filming.
Mottisfont Abbey is a 12th century Augustinian priory which was converted into a private house after the Dissolution of the Monasteries and still contains the spring or `font´ from which its name is derived, and the cellarium from the old priory. The Abbey´s drawing room is decorated with Rex Whistler´s murals and the 20th century picture collection of Derek Hill is on display. It is set in the centre of a large estate that includes most of the village of Mottisfont and the grounds have magnificent trees, walled gardens and the National Collection of Old-fashioned Roses.
Home to nine generations of one family, the Elizabethan-built Breamore House on the edge of the New Forest is a treasure trove of wonderful paintings, tapestries and furniture. Overlooking the undulating Avon Valley, rather rarely this house still looks much as it would have done when it was built in 1583 by the Dodington Family with its pretty Tudor bedrooms, decorative 84 foot-long Great Hall and fascinating kitchens brimming with period detail. The Countryside Museum is an excellent companion to the house, providing a real insight into an era when villages had everything they needed within them....