Hampshire is one of the most beautiful counties in south England, boasting a whole host of attractions (Highclere castle perhaps being the most famous), pretty villages, coastal towns and miles of lovely countryside. So it’s hardly surprising there are plenty of high-quality places where you can eat, drink and shop.
Fantastic pubs and restaurants to suit every taste and budget.
If you are looking for the best places to eat in Andover, look no further. Here’s a short but useful guide to some of the top / popular restaurants in the town to help you choose the best one for your needs.
Alternatively, if you’re searching for the best places to eat in Newbury, you’re also in the right place. Follow our guide and you’re sure to find somewhere special, whether you’re looking for a traditional pub meal, a taste of internatioanl cuisine or somewhere for that special birthday treat.
A short stay in the county will show you that it has it all – everywhere from cheap and cheerful cafes, where you can grab a tasty bite to eat in-between shopping, to impressive top-notch restaurants suitable for celebrating that special occasion. You’ll discover there are plenty of gastro pubs in Hampshire, too, where you can sample the best in local produce and freshly made home-cooked food.
In Andover you could try the Hare & Hounds, which is a traditional country pub offering an excellent choice of home-cooked food, including mouth-watering steaks, fish, lamb and sumptuous Sunday lunch roasts. You can enjoy their roaring fires in the colder months, and be assured of a warm welcome whatever time of year you visit.
If your tastes are more exotic, why not try the Siam Orchid Thai Restaurant and Takeaway, also in Andover? The highly rated restaurant offers numerous traditional and authentic Thai dishes which you can either enjoy on the premises or take away to eat in the comfort of your own home.
Or there’s The Curry Leaf Indian restaurant, formerly known as the Curry Garden, which has been part of the local community for almost 30 years. Offering a cosy welcoming atmosphere, the restaurant provides a range of authentic Indian dishes, prepared using only the freshest ingredients. A chance to experience spicy and tasty Indian food without having to travel too far.
Close to Andover, The Lion At Clanville is another traditional restaurant offering a wide range of tasty fresh English dishes. The pub is a family-owned venue and offers a warm welcome whatever the occasion, with a varied menu to suit all tastes and a variety of drinks to complement your meal, whatever time of day you visit.
Staying with the traditional theme, The White Horse Inn, in nearby Thruxton, is a thatched, Grade 2 listed building which dates back to the 14th century. A cosy, welcoming and typically English pub with everything from light bar meals to sumptuous dinners, it has open fires in the winter to tempt you inside and a beer garden for those rare summer sunny days.
Nearby Newbury is not short of excellent eateries either. If you hanker for a taste of America, visit BooBars Smokehouse, where you can select from a number of mouth-watering American BBQ dishes, complete with authentic rubs, slaws and sauces. In keeping with the American methods of preparation, the meat here is cooked for around fifteen hours using a traditional wood fire. This makes sure the meat becomes tender and juicy, with a truly rich smoky flavour which will transport you to the good ol’ US of A.
Sticking with the American theme, Rio’s Burger Bar, offers a range of mouth-watering burgers in various sizes and meats, all with the usual suspects on offer as toppings. Whether you prefer beef, chicken or veggie-burgers, you will find something to suit here. Great for that Saturday evening meal or as a treat for the kids.
If fish is more your thing, and the Orient your style, The Sushi Maki offers a great range of authentic tasty sushi dishes to tantalise your tastebuds. Fantastic for those looking for something a bit different from steak and chips.
But if your tastes are more traditionally English, go along to The Fox in the pretty Peasemore village, a mere six miles from Newbury. The perfect country pub, nestled in lovely countryside, it offers a variety of fresh tasty meals and drinks from a number of sources.
Don’t Miss The George and Dragon
Here at The George and Dragon we offer those important little extras, like a warm welcome, a fantastic atmosphere and delicious, top quality, freshly made great-tasting food (including some fantastic desserts) from a varied menu, all of which will have you coming back for more.
A period gastro pub with character
The George and Dragon has a long history, starting life as a coaching inn in the 16th century. Our recent renovations have transformed this beautiful old building into a clean and fresh place to stay and eat while maintaining its traditional feel.
Fine Wine and Drink
Here you can sample a wide range of drinks, including those from the best local producers, as well as a full and comprehensive wine list to suit all tastes and budgets.
Superb food in a stunning location
Our food, too, is tantalisingly fresh and varied. Wherever possible we source ingredients locally to ensure freshness and quality (and reduce those pesky climate-harming carbon emissions). Our menu changes with the seasons, as it should do, and our fish comes in daily from Cornwall, allowing us to offer a range of constantly changing specials. And of course, we make sure that there are dishes available for vegetarians, after all, why should they miss out?
Of course we can provide you with a traditional Sunday roast to save cooking at home, thus avoiding the washing-up.
Accommodation and Dining
And if you want to stay overnight, we have a variety of rooms available on a bed and breakfast basis, each with a comprehensive range of facilities, including free Wi-Fi, tea- and coffee-making facilities, flat-screen TVs and hairdryers.
Be our Guest
So whatever your tastes, budget and culinary needs, you are sure to find a suitable hotel, restaurant, pub or other eatery within the highly attractive Andover and Newbury region. Why not come and see for yourself? You won’t be disappointed.