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The Anchor Inn

Lower Froyle, Hampshire

Rustic charmer The Anchor Inn brings the traditional Hampshire inn up-to-date with its quirky-cosy design and glorious open air dining on tasty Brit fare in its huge garden terrace.

Surrounded by nothing but sweeping fields in all directions, this locally lauded country pub feels like Hampshire’s best kept secret and you’ll be tempted to keep it that way. Both the country chic bedrooms and decorated restaurant are brimming with character; you’ll find surfaces teetering with a menagerie of curious objects and walls peppered with paintings, portraits and inspirational quotes on the fine pastimes of eating great food and drinking great wine. In short, our kind of place.

Highlights

  • Food glorious food - the country fare is top notch
  • The assorted bedrooms have thoroughbred cottage style down pat
  • The vast garden means you can dine with Hampshire's rolling fields and hedgerows as your backdrop
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Rooms

Cottage chic is the best way to describe the bedrooms here where you have a choice of 5 eclectic boltholes furnished with sleigh beds, power showers and charming antique pieces. But it’s the Rupert Brooke suite with floor-to-ceiling french windows and private balcony offering fabulous views of Hampshire’s natural beauty that steals the show. Oh, and no need to worry about reading matter on a rainy day, you’ll find a stash of classic British tomes piled on desks or on the shelves in every room. Canine companions are also warmly welcomed.

The Menu

Chunky timbered ceilings (don’t forget to duck) and plenty of inviting cubby holes tempt you to linger in the cosy bar where delicious regional ales and craft spirits beckon, but the real draw here is the award-winning food so head through to the restaurant to sample the traditional British fare. The focus is on rich and seasonal with local game and fish making star appearances (think pig’s head ravioli, treacle cured salmon and cod with cockles and samphire) and if the sun is shining then the huge garden terrace offers the perfect suntrap for going al fresco. Miss the Sunday roasts at your own peril.

Private Dining

The rose-hued State Room stretches across one side of the building with the long table promising plenty of rustic banquet style feasts for up to 24. Paintings of historic British writers, poets and other proud patrons add to the old world feel and it even has its own private terrace should you feel the urge for a cigar or two. If you prefer to hole-up in the bar then there’s also the option to warm yourself by the open fire in the wood-panelled ‘Snug’ or ‘Saloon’.

Country Pursuits

SHOOTING

Smack bang in some of Hampshire finest partridge shooting country, The Anchor is a true sporting inn and naturally you’ll find shooting – both the real and clay pigeon kind – available here all year round. The pub also works closely with local estates such as the renowned Bighton Manor and are more than happy to help arrange a shoot tailored to you.

Also try:

  • River Itchen and River Meon: chalkstream fly fishing
  • Hampshire countryside: rambling and cycling

Culture & Heritage

JANE AUSTEN’S HOUSE

Uncover the fascinating life of one of Britain’s most beloved writers with a visit to Jane Austen’s House in Chawton. Just 12 minutes from The Anchor Inn, it was within the rooms of this beautiful cottage that Austen wrote all of her novels including favourites such as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and more – a must for literary fans.

Also try:

  • Waverley Abbey: English Heritage monastery and abbey
  • Watercress Line: take a trip on a classic British steam train
  • Winchester: boutiques, bookshops and cathedral

Nature

THE SOUTH DOWNS

Ancient woodlands and swooping chalk downs make this National Park a treasure of southern England and its many bridleways and footpaths mean you’ll be able to take advantage of the areas natural beauty. Perfect for a wellie-clad stroll.

Also visit:

  • Surrey Hill: Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Micheldever Wood: incredible bluebell walks

Getting Here

Nearest train station: Bentley, 52mins from London
Taxi from station: approx. 5mins
Drive: 1h23min from London, 31min from Winchester, 31min from Guildford, 51mins from Southampton

The Anchor Inn

Lower Froyle, Alton,
Hampshire GU34 4NA