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Escape to the country at this 14th-century public house, where low Tudor-style beams, antiques, comfortable bedrooms and great food will guarantee a wonderful stay. Sit around the open fire in the cosy, lively bar and browse fascinating pictures and prints of British military and literary history dotted all over the walls.


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Kathryn Liston
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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

You're in the peaceful village of Lower Froyle, with far-reaching views over the Hampshire countryside. It's a few minutes' drive from the A31, 15 minutes by car from the attractive market town of Farnham and 30 minutes from Winchester. Nearby, you'll find writer Jane Austen's home and her brother's stately Chawton House, both in Chawton, and the South Downs National Park.

By car: around 2 hours from Bristol, 1 hour 30 minutes from London and 4 hours from Manchester. Free parking available.

By train: direct trains to Bentley station from London Waterloo take around 1 hour. The hotel is a 5-minute drive away. Book trains to Bentley.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Mind your head; this cosy country pub is filled with nooks and crannies and low Tudor-style beams. Fortunately, they're padded so you can browse the British literary and military-related memorabilia without fear of banging your head. Antique furnishings and charming bedrooms with a stacked bookshelf add to the relaxed feel.

THE FACILITIES

Nothing is too much trouble for the staff here; our bags were carried to the room. Friendly waiters are knowledgeable about the dishes at dinner and are happy to chat and recommend wine and food. Facilities focus on the cosy bar which is busy with locals and does attract shooting parties.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Pet-friendly
  • Family-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Each of the five country-style rooms is different but they all feature characterful beams, huge Asian-inspired bell jars, antique furniture, a coffee machine and a charming wicker basket of teas and homemade biscuits. Bathrooms are spacious and come with invigorating power showers and lush vegan British bath products.

Room types: Classic Room, Indulgent Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Bramley toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, radio, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The seasonal menu is inviting and the Devon crab, seabream with samphire and Orchard Farm pork with octopus are delicious. Homemade beetroot ice cream served with chocolate brownie is an acquired taste. Breakfast consists of healthy cereals and fruits and a cooked Full English with spinach and field mushrooms.

The Anchor Inn: traditional country pub, locally sourced produce. Mains include fish and chips, bavette steak and brisket burger. Open daily for food and beverages.

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