The Watership Down Inn

Whitchurch, Hampshire
+44 (0)1256 892254
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Delicious food and local draft ales, countryside walks and beautiful bedrooms at this cosy Hampshire inn - dogs welcome


7 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

A smartly renovated 19th-century pub with seven en suites; white linen and Watership Down lotions and potions. Breakfast is served in the conservatory or main bar: locally sourced eggs and bacon, Stornaway award-winning black pudding, Hobbs House bakery bloomer bread.

There is an abundance of things to do and see, walk through the water meadows, take a short stroll to the iconic Bombay Sapphire Distillery, or the multi-award winning Hardys Cottage Garden Plants. Head to Vale Farm Fishery for fishing in the pretty river Test, stop off at Test Valley or Drummer Golf Club for a round or head to Highclere Castle – Downton Abbey fans will like this one.

Meals cooked by the in-house chefs are delicious and seasonal; try the braised ox cheek and celeriac mash paired with a great selection of wine.

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We think you'll love

  • Exploring the area by foot
  • The very friendly staff
  • Eating great food
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You should know

  • There are no staff around at night
  • It gets busy at weekends so book for food
  • Don’t expect complete quiet until after closing time


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
2–3pm/6–10pm Mon to Thurs; 2–10pm Fri to Sun.
Check out
Booking restrictions
Singles £95. Family room for 3, £155.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Dog biscuits in the bar.

Dogs £15 per stay. Max. 2.

Dogs welcome in garden rooms; on lead in bar. South of Watership Down; just over the road from the river Test and water meadows. Many other walks nearby - recommended ones on website and in bar.

Starters from £6.75, mains from £15.


Nightly price
from £118
1 Family room for 4
From £160
6 Twin/doubles
From £118



Lovely Inn with friendly and hospitable staff, great food & spacious garden rooms. A lovely relaxing place to stay.

Kate, Milton Keynes

The Watership Down Inn offers a friendly welcome to all and provides comfy beds and contemporary bathrooms, breakfast, coffee, lunch, dinner or just a drink. Perfect for walkers, gardeners, gin lovers, great for meeting friends or family reunions and for those that love their food

Nicky, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Freefolk Priors is a small village just outside Whitchurch, an Anglo Saxon town packed with pubs and full of character. Touring the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery is fun for gin lovers and the Silk Mill is fascinating. Follow one of many walking routes into green countryside or visit Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants, a wonderful nursery run by RHS multi gold medal winners.

Local points of interest from Watership Down Inn

  • Bombay Sapphire Distillery - the home of Bombay Sapphire. You can tour the beautifully renovated site, and sample the delights on offer - only to have a short stroll (0.6 Miles) back to your accommodation.
  • Hardys Cottage Garden Nursery - recognised as one of the UKs leading plantsmens nurseries, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants was founded by Rosy Hardy in 1988 and has won many awards, including 23 RHS Chelsea Gold Medals.
  • Whitchurch Silk Mill is the oldest silk mill in the UK still in its original building. A gem of industrial heritage in beautiful, rural Hampshire, Whitchurch Silk Mill is a Georgian water mill that weaves silk using 19th century machines
  • Highclere Castle - OR, AS MANY OF YOU KNOW IT, 'DOWNTON ABBEY'! Just a stone's throw away and packed with history.
  • The City of Winchester boasts one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, the Castle and Greta Hall said to contain King Arthur’s Round Table. Only 20 mins by car
  • We have a seasonal menu and prepare and cook all dishes on site, we're proud winners of 2 Good Food awards for Gastro pub


Watership Down Inn

Philip and Jules bought the place when it was very run-down in about 2014 and utterly transformed it, adding in the new annexe, and landscaping the garden. They're off-site but check in every day - and the friendly front of house team will be there to welcome you.