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Top places to eat in Hampshire

Treat your taste buds on your visit to Hampshire with a visit to one (or all) of these establishments. Offering the produce from across the county and beyond, there's something for all tastes and budgets.

 

Experience the character and charm of Hampshire with our top three restaurants in the county. Each one places seasonal produce at the heart of its menus, making the most of the surrounding area. With several beautiful dining rooms to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice of where to experience the finest culinary talents. From simplicity across the board to an eclectic, rustic feeling, the county really has it all when it comes to fine dining. Taste the best produce and experience the most well-revered establishments whilst making the most of your holiday in Hampshire.

 

JSW, Petersfield

JSW, short for Jake Saul Watkins, overlooks the main street of Petersfield and includes a main dining room, a private dining room and secluded, smart outdoor seating in the courtyard at the rear of the restaurant. Well-spaced tables are a priority and a relaxed informal elegance permeates the dining room. The backdrop to this fine dining experience is a former coaching inn from the 17th century and has all the features expected of a building this age. Old beams, a well, a cellar and underground tunnels to other buildings in the ancient town all add to the atmosphere. The simple decor allows these features to shine through. Simplicity throughout JSW, from the walls to the plates, is what gave Jake his Michelin Star and entries in all major food guides. Jake believes in British seasonal food but prides himself on sourcing the best quality ingredients for his guests. With several menus offered to cater for all tastes and budgets, JSW is the perfect restaurant to compliment your holiday to Hampshire and makes any occasion feel special.

 

The Black Rat, Winchester

A well-known building in Winchester, The Black Rat was converted from a pub into a quaint and quirky restaurant situated on the fringe of the town centre. The atmosphere is relaxed and homely with beautiful details to add a personal touch. There is a private dining room, a comfy lounge and a well-stocked bar to explore. The wine list boasts 80 wines with a balance between Old and New world suitable to be enjoyed both with or without food. Dishes are cooked to order and, with a Michelin Star under their belt, it won’t disappoint. Menus are seasonal as ingredients are sourced from the best local suppliers, their own forager and the nearby kitchen garden. These sources help to inspire the kitchen team to create an imaginative menu using wild and forgotten ingredients. For a unique yet homely dining experience, The Black Rat is the place to make the most of Hampshire’s culinary talent.

 

Hampshire The Black Rat restaurant in Winchester

                         Image Credit: The Black Rat

The Pig, Brockenhurst

For an eclectic, uncomplicated dining experience, head to The Pig. The restaurant places strong emphasis on simple British garden food, keeping menus seasonal and taking influence from the forest and coast. The menus are small but mighty with plenty of local flavours from Hampshire and the surrounding counties and enough choice to cover all kinds of tastes and budgets. The dining rooms have a unique feel with plenty of quirky details to discover, many of them being great conversation starters (hello, mounted pig’s head). There’s such an outdoor influence with plants and nature taking a central position in the food and the dining environment. On top of dining at The Pig you can also enjoy the outdoors with their personal forager, who offers light-hearted and educational walks along the coast or through the forest finding, identifying and collecting wild edible food. An amazing way to compliment your experience and great for getting outdoors during your visit to Hampshire.

 

Stay in Hampshire to make the most of these delightful restaurants.

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