Things to do in Hampshire including event, pub and restaurant reviews and walking routes

Where to buy draught real ale and craft beer to take away in Hampshire

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It’s handy that we can now pick up bottled and canned real ale almost anywhere – supermarkets, corner shops, even some cafes an tea rooms now stock it.

However, while there are some nice bottle-conditioned ales out there, drinking real ale from bottles and cans doesn’t really do it for me. I much prefer it how it fresh, straight from the cask or keg.… Read more

Bar and Block, Whiteley – burger review

We can all agree that Monday is the “cheekiest” night of the week to go out, yeah?

Good, because it felt pretty damn cheeky heading out on a rare Monday night outing earlier this week. I even got extra cheeky points because it was my first day back at work after a week off.

Unfortunately, some of those extra cheeky points disappeared when we walked past Nando’s to go to another of Whiteley’s restaurants, Bar and Block.… Read more

Lunch at the Chesil Rectory, Winchester [review]

Find out what I thought about our Saturday lunchtime visit to the historic Chesil Rectory restaurant in Winchester to sample to lunchtime set menu.

Many couples have a few debts to pay off when they get married. Few end up paying back their wedding bills with a home.

This happened to Henry VIII’s daughter Mary after she married King Philip of Spain in 1554.… Read more

The ultimate guide to Southampton’s craft beer bars and real ale pubs – including best pub crawls with maps and directions

This in-depth guide to Southampton’s best craft beer and real ale pubs, micropubs and bars includes recommended pub crawls with maps and directions, plus information on local breweries, getting around, where to stay and more. Comments, improvements, suggestions, corrections? Leave a comment below or contact me.

A few months back, I popped up to Leeds to check out the city’s oft-hyped craft beer scene.… Read more

Five unusual places to drink craft beer and real ale in Hampshire

Read on to discover five weird and wonderful places to drink real ale and craft beer in Hampshire. Then add your own suggestions in the comments at the bottom of the post.

A few weeks ago on a sunny Saturday afternoon, I popped along to the Bursledon Brickworks Museum near Southampton.

It was no normal day at the museum – today was its first beer festival, and it wasn’t long until I was browsing the museum’s collection of vintage arcade games with a real ale in hand.… Read more

The Rockstone, Southampton – burger review

Mention burgers in Southampton and most people think of 7Bone Burger Co or the Rockstone.

I finally got round to rating 7Bone’s offering earlier this year. Now it was the Rockstone’s turn in my search for Hampshire’s best burger.

I regularly visit the Rockstone for a beer or three. But it’s been a while since I’ve eaten there. That changed last week when Tiff and I popped in for an impromptu midweek burger.… Read more