Exhausted urban dwellers will unwind in this good old-fashioned pub. Remote it may be and surrounded by miles of green fields but there’s lots going on. Llamas to visit, jazz in the garden, a pub quiz once a month and a lively, bustling atmosphere. Staff are friendly and chatty, head chef David Totterdell turns out heart-warming pub favourites sourced from no further than 15 miles, is growing his own veg and herbs and does a bit of foraging to spice things up – nettles, wild garlic and blackberries.
Meat is from Wakelings Butchers, ale is local, wine comes from Surrey vineyards and their own cider is home-pressed from Hambledon apples. Muddy booted walkers rub shoulders with locals of all ages while the big fire crackles merrily and the volume increases.
In summer the fun spills out onto the terrace and the large rear garden – children will love tearing about and grown-ups will feel relaxed. Order a picnic and one of the llamas will carry the hamper along trails to a perfect spot along The Greensand Way. You can fall upstairs into bed too – bedrooms are not huge but they are fresh and pretty, some beamed, some panelled, all with rural views.