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 Watership Down Inn, Whitchurch, Hampshire


Watership Down Inn
Freefolk Priors
RG28 7NJ

Tel: 01256 892254
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Zoe Lewis-Taylor
Just awful, truly awful. Avoid it.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Rating: No rosettes

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Rating: No rosettes

katrina pearce
delicious homemade food.
So glad we found this fabulous pub, loved everything about it. We will be returning very soon. We visited on Sat 26 Feb 2011, and while our dog made himself at home in front of the log fire we enjoyed a most delicious meal, I can highly recommend the mushroom and hazelnut wellington, and they even do alcaholic hot chocolate. Wish we lived nearer so this could be our local.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Rating: rosettes

Chris Barnes
Worst meal in 10 years
We travelled from Dorset,Hampshire,Surrey and London for a 60th birthday meal - it was lamentable.Chips cooked in old dirty oil,the cheapest half cooked chicken breast masquerading as 'roast chicken',inedible bean chilli,just awful.60th birthday ruined,absolute joke.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

Pete Vandepeer, Whitchurch
Watership Down new management
The Watership Down is now under new management since November 18th. We have only been in there once since but the signs are promising. Had the Sunday roast and it was excellent - good meat, fresh veg, crisp roasties and a huge Yorkshire pudding. All accompanied by a decent pint of Hobgoblin. The standard weekday menu reverts to the pub staples - pies, bangers & mash, burgers, baguettes etc. We are looking forward to trying them !
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Rating: rosettes

Andy Jolliffe
So disappointing!
Unfortunately I don't get to eat out anywhere near as often as I'd like to, and so try to go somewhere special when we do. The Watership Down has always been one of my favourites - great beers, good service, excellent home cooked food and reasonable value. So wow what a shock when I visited tonight! Ė and so much so that I felt compelled to write a review - something I would never normally do. On arrival the bar was deserted (on both sides), after a few minutes we were served drinks by the 'chef', while apparently his partner was on the phone in the kitchens. The greeting was friendly and welcoming after the false start and we were shown to our table with candles burning - nice touch - and which we'd reserved as it always used to be so popular, but tonight the place was nearly empty.
We were left with menu's and after waiting ages realised that perhaps we were supposed to order at the bar. We were and we did. Waited an age for it to arrive and when it did the main dishes (Steak Pie and Toad in the Hole ) were hot and wholesome, but both were served on a bed of frozen peas and limp and bland frozen carrots . I'd expect to get better from a Harvester at a fraction of the price. Decided to brave the desert thinking not much could go wrong with a cheese board - again so disappointing with dry crumbly cheeses (stilton and brie) served with a slightly stale french bread.
The foods not awful and we ate much of it - it's just about on a par with the large pub chains and the quantities were generous enough, but the quality was so far below the standard for which this pub had become famous. I'd like to wish the new owners well, but they'll need to improve the quality fast if they don't want to lose more 'regular' customers - I won't be making the effort to return any time soon, and if this evening was anything to go by it seems that maybe many others have had a similar experience. It is such a shame and loss to see a once previously thriving business almost completely empty of customers at 9:30pm on a Summer's evening, and I only hope The Watership won't become yet one more casualty adding to the statistics of pub closures.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Rating: rosettes

Dave Vickery
Watership Down Inn
Why are there so few pubs this good?
We found this last weekend whilst house hunting in the area. It was wonderful. Friendly? Yes, tick the box. Cosy? Yes, tick the box. Good homemade food? Yes, tick the box. Value for money? Again, yes, tick the box. This was a very rare example of doing what it says on the tin. The food WAS homemade (even the mayonnaise) Not a sign of a huge blackboard with a hundred and one dishes that a barmaid, unluckier enough to be nominated to work in the kitchen will happily take out of a box from the freezer and microwave for you. This pub had a good but small menu. It was just right. Good local food. Itís really not rocket science. Any landlord/chef-proprietor reading this would do well to take the lovely trip down to Hampshire to see how to do it right. If you havenít been, go. Ban the microwave. Five stars in my book, any day. Brilliant!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Rating: rosettes

Andy and Chloe Dale
We've just eaten the best food in the area to date
Great atmosphere, with lovely music, and ale. The food was freshly homemade, with lots of attention to detail. I had a delicious homemade burger and my wife had the brie de meaux tart. Outstanding!!!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Rating: rosettes

Andrew Vavvle
Supreme little pub, big-up yourselves
A fantastic pub, I must recommend the beans - a house speciality. Free-range chickens are a nice touch, and taste great. The landlord is baaaad on the air guitar. Watch out for the bull that is kept in the chicken shed round the back sometimes it escapes (there has only been one recorded fatality to date).
Saturday, October 8, 2005
Rating: rosettes

Mark Stinchcombe
The best pub ever?
A fantastic rural pub with a fine selection of real ales, fantastically priced food with large portions and the best pub quiz I have every been to.
Friday, January 14, 2005
Rating: rosettes

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Watership Down Inn
Freefolk Priors
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Tel: 01256 892254
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