Searching for Hampshire’s best burger at: Chalk Valley, Southampton [series]

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Although I’ve enjoyed a few locally-sourced burgers made so far on my quest for Hampshire’s best burger, I haven’t visited anywhere so committed to serving local produce than Chalk Valley in Southampton.

This restaurant highlights everything on the menu that’s travelled less than 50 miles to land on your plate. Which isn’t too much of a challenge seeing as the beef for the burgers comes from Chalk Valley’s own herd of cattle near Stockbridge.… Read more

Belgian-style beers at the Unity Brewing Co preview night

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What will Hampshire’s newest brewery give to Southampton’s craft beer scene? I went along to the pre-launch preview night to find out about the brewery and sample the beers.

If you like good beer, Southampton’s never been short of decent places to drink.

And, in the last few years the Southampton craft beer scene has exploded with six micropubs, numerous beer bars and international chain Brewdog opening in the city.… Read more

Chocolate-flavoured cocktails at Chococo-Late, Winchester

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I’ve written before that I have a problem with chocolate.

In fact, as I write this, I’ve just devoured two KitKat Chunkys. And, worryingly, there’s still two more in the fridge…

(Don’t judge – a pack of four worked out better value than buying just one.)

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Fortunately, it’s not just solid chocolate that satisfies my cocoa cravings. For example, I’ve recently been drinking chocolate-tasting porter and stout beers.… Read more

Searching for Hampshire’s best burger at: Feed, Portsmouth [series]

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If you fancy something a little different to eat, the Gunwharf Quays leisure complex – with its glut of chain restaurants – isn’t the best place to go.

Head under the bridge towards the train station and Gosport Ferry though and you’ll find Feed – a cafe-cum-burger joint nestled cosily in one of the railway arches.

Feed used to only concentrate on breakfasts and typical cafe fare.… Read more

Six beautiful winter walks in south-east Hampshire

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Read on to discover six beautiful winter walks in south-east Hampshire. I’ve included detailed descriptions, maps and where to get refreshments along the way.

With its pretty villages, chalk streams, rolling downland, wide valleys and ancient forests, south-east Hampshire is a great place to go for a walk on a crisp, clear winter’s day. Especially if you finish up warming up with a cake in a cafe or with a beer by a roaring fire in a pub.… Read more

Searching for Hampshire’s best burger at: The Railway, Ringwood [series]

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I’ve fancied visiting The Railway in Ringwood since I heard of it when I was compiling my list of places to buy real ale to take away in Hampshire.

I finally got my chance on Sunday when we met up there with friends for lunch.

The pub, which dog-friendly and child-friendly, doesn’t usually serve burgers on Sundays. I was lucky in that they made an exception for me this time!… Read more