With cities like Winchester, Portsmouth and Southampton at your disposal, add to that sports activities, wildlife parks, theme parks, museums, beaches and heritage sites that are second to none, a day out in Hampshire could easily become two, three or even four.
Hampshire’s acres of beautiful scenery are a delight for nature lovers who want to escape to the country. The woods and heaths of the New Forest, where ponies graze through oak-fringed glades, conceal some idylic rural pubs for refreshment or an overnight stop, such as The Drift Inn and Monty's Inn, both near Beaulieu and both with their sister hotels next door. Or for a lunchtime retreat from the world, seek out The Foresters Arms in Frogham.
Near Romsey, the enchanting George Inn at Dean is a charming building surrounded by countryside offering excellent locally sourced food.
Many beautiful villages nestle in the Test Valley, which is also blessed with an abundance of country pubs that specialise in local produce and offer a friendly place to enjoy real ale and rest your head for the night.
Find more information on Hampshire and an official tourism guide to the area.
This ivy-clad pub comes in the form of a listed Georgian coaching inn, with high ceilings and open fires, dating back to the 1830s.
A dreamy Cotswold inn serving award-winning food, the Swan pins its colours to the mast of the flagpole stood outside its doors.
Truly beautiful nestled in the historic surroundings of Nether Westcote the Feathered Nest has ale in its blood – its roots having grown from a Cotswold stone malthouse dating from around 1665.
Formerly a medieval hall house, The Cat’s tile-hung exterior fronts a delightfully pubby atmosphere buzzing with locals who are proud to share their hidden gem with visitors.
A white picket fence is what catches the eye on approach to this quaint 17th century village watering hole, located in the delightful village of East Clandon.
In a quaint village setting perched on the banks of the River Wey, the Stag is a perfect example of the very best that a Great British Pub can offer.
An enchanting grade II listed building dating back to the 16th century with a very distinctive eyebrow roof. Inside, it remains delightfully unspoilt retaining original features such as the inglenook...
Following a much welcomed refurbishment by the new hosts, this historic country pub in the woods at Stoke Row now has a new lease of life. You just have to turn into the car park to see the...
A whitewashed Georgian gem’ is the best way to describe this sophisticated village pub set in the stunning Sussex countryside.