Searching for Hampshire’s best burger at: The Boat House Cafe, Swanwick [review]

Boat House Cafe Burger

I’m guilty of not venturing too far from home in my search for Hampshire’s best burger.

It was no different on Sunday night because I can’t get much closer to home than the Boat House Cafe in Swanwick Marina.

The Boat House Cafe is close enough for us to walk to as we can cut across Manor Farm Country Park.… Read more

A taste of Hampshire and beyond at some of Southampton’s newest craft beer bars

Find out how I got on when I did a mini pub crawl of some of Southampton’s newest craft beer bars and pubs – Olaf’s Tun, Caskaway, The Dancing Man, Belgium and Blues and Chalk Valley.

Southampton is fast becoming the south coast’s premier destination for craft beer and real ale.

Not only do you have many excellent pubs dotted throughout the city, but there are also several new bars and micropubs focusing on great beer, much of it from Hampshire’s 35+ breweries.… Read more

Searching for Hampshire’s best burger at: The Buck’s Head, Meonstoke [review]

What could be better on Christmas Eve than an impromptu burger in a cosy country pub?

We headed to the Buck’s Head in Meonstoke following a walk to Droxford and back along the Meon Valley Trail.

I’d passed this pub loads of times before. But this was my first visit. It’s just off the A32 and not far from Bishop’s Waltham and Fareham.… Read more

Sunday roast dinner at the Black Boy pub, Winchester [review]

The Black Boy is a quirky and cosy pub in Winchester. Here’s my review of the pub’s simple and delicious roast dinner.

The Black Boy in Winchester might just be the perfect pub.

There’s a great ever-changing selection of well-kept beer, open fires and low ceilings, a sheltered beer-garden, lots of cosy spots to hole up on a rainy winter afternoon, board games, table football, a retro arcade machine, books, newspapers, humorous graffiti in the toilets…

And if that’s not enough to keep you occupied as you sip on your ale, the walls, shelves, windowsills, ceilings and corners are stuffed (literally in the case of some of the dead animals) with bric-a-brac of all descriptions – a collection of fire buckets, a moose’s head, a job lot of blow torches, empty medicine bottles and much more.… Read more

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

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

Conflux pale ale - Unity

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