The village of Sherfield-on-Loddon on the A33 is about half way between our home and Tiff’s dad’s. So it’s become bit of a tradition for us to meet him there in early January to buy him a birthday lunch.
We always go to the same pub too – the dog-friendly White Hart – near the village’s vast green.
At first, I wasn’t sure if Sherfield-on-Loddon was in Hampshire. Luckily, it’s a few miles south of the border with Berkshire. So it qualifies in my search for Hampshire’s best burger.
About this burger
- Date visited: 10 January 2016
- Name on menu: “Hampshire Wild Boar Burger”
- Price: £11.50
How this burger scored
Patty – 5/10
A bit dense.
Also, I was expecting a richer flavour and deeper colour than regular pork. Maybe it’s my taste buds, but I couldn’t tell the difference.
Chips – 5/10
Classic French fries. Generous portion, but a bit cold on arrival.
Bun – 5/10
Brioche-style bun. Dry and flat.
Toppings – 4/10
Came with a pulled pork topping, a little mayo, barbecue sauce and lettuce.
I was interested in what the pulled pork would add to the burger. In the end, the taste and aroma of the pulled pork overcame that of the pattie.
Ambience – 8/10
The White Hart is a classic country pub. There’s a large open fireplace in the centre of the pub with firewood piled up either side and at least one more woodburner where we were sat.
Today there was the chatter of locals and greeting as people scuffed the mud off their wellies on the door matt at the entrance.
As well as dining tables in the bar area, there’s a more formal restaurant extension and lots of comfy seats to sink into near the main fireplace.
The music was a tad loud though – I must be getting old.
Drinks selection and quality – 5/10
There’s a choice of five ales, all from the Young’s brewery.
I tried a “Bitter” (3.7%) – a pale ale – plus a Christmas-themed “Wobbly Claus” (4.5%), which the pump clip described as a hoppy pale ale. I wasn’t bowled over by what I tasted.
Condiments – 5/5
Freshly spooned ketchup and English mustard were available in ramekins on request.
Presentation – 3/5
The burger came on a china plate, which is always a plus for me.
However, I think it needed something else to give the dish some balance. A ramekin for the barbecue sauce perhaps, or maybe some onion rings.
Service – 4/5
Excellent service and good communication about the waiting time for our meals.
I’d have welcomed more information about the real ales on offer.
Value for money – 3/5
As the burger didn’t meet my expectations, £11.50 was a couple of quid too much.
Penalties – 0
No gimmicks. So no point deductions.
A bit of a disappointment. Maybe I should have gone with the classic hamburger instead.
Some good points though – it’s a lovely, cosy pub and the service is excellent.