The Hawk Inn Pub with rooms in Amport, Hampshire

Prices from:
£104 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Picture-book valley setting
  • Spruced up interior; candles galore
  • French chef; great pub food
  • Contemporary smart rooms
  • Sun trap terrace & riverside garden
  • Just minutes from the A303

Muddy PawsGood for WalkingOutdoor PursuitsCandlelitClose to Water90 Minutes from London15 Minutes from the MotorwayPrivate Dining

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Overview

The Hawk Inn Amport, Hampshire, SP11 8AE

The personal touch

Close to yet a world away from the A303 in the sleepy thatched village of Amport in the peaceful Pin Hill Brook valley, the Hawk Inn was bought by Upham Pubs in 2016 and given a new lease of life. Spruced up with style and panache, the rambling bar and dining areas radiate around the central bar servery, with sofas and old leather chairs by the fire for relaxing with the papers, and cosy corners for intimate dining. Expect a spacious, light and airy feel throughout with wood floors, plank or exposed brick walls, wall banquettes, a mix of old dining tables, shelves lined with books, jugs of fresh flowers, and candles galore in the evening. Migrate outside in summer to make the most of the riverside lawn and lookout for the August events in the unique cabin-style marquee – you can also hire the space for a wedding or summer family barbecue. Add nine contemporary rooms, modern, well-presented pub food, cracking Upham beers and much to see and do in the area, then The Hawk is a great weekend destination from London (2 hours). It’s also the perfect pit stop en route west, so shun the Services and make time to escape the A303 for lunch by the Pin Hill Brook.

Sticky fingers

Kids are very welcome throughout the pub; they have their own menu, including mini Sunday roasts, and there are two larger family rooms with sofa beds (£10 per child per night). Guests with babies are asked to bring their own cots.

Muddy paws

The Hawk is in prime walking country so your canine chum will be made very welcome in the bar and one room will accommodate a small dog (£20 per night).

Alfresco

Teak tables and posh brollies on the smart front terrace look out across the valley and fields. Across the lane, a vast field dotted with picnic benches drops down to the idly flowing Pin Hill Brook – a peaceful spot to enjoy a pint in the sun.

 

What’s the Damage?

9 doubles/twin: £104-£140

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (seats 16)
  • Disabled access to bar/dining area
  • Parking

Gongs

AA 4 Star Inn

Sleep

The Hawk Inn Amport, Hampshire, SP11 8AE

Do not disturb

The nine upstairs rooms were given a makeover in early 2018 and all have a fresh, contemporary feel with super comfortable beds topped with quality linen and down and warming throws, with the striking upholstered headboards and bright cushions adding a welcome splash of colour to the room. Cord carpet, attractive wall coverings and fabrics, soothing colours, modern furnishings, Roberts radios, fresh Mozzo coffee and neat tiled bathrooms with fluffy towels and posh Ren toiletries complete the picture. Two rooms have bath only, the rest have good walk-in showers, and the two family rooms have a separate lounge area with sofa bed. Standard rooms are quite compact, so for more space book one of the Superior or Family rooms.  Enjoy an early morning stroll through the picture-book village or beside the river, returning for a hearty breakfast that will set you up for a day’s exploring – both Salisbury and Winchester are close.

 

What’s the Damage?

9 doubles/twin: £104-£140

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (seats 16)
  • Disabled access to bar/dining area
  • Parking

Gongs

AA 4 Star Inn

Eat & Drink

The Hawk Inn Amport, Hampshire, SP11 8AE

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £7.50-£9.50; Main Courses: £12.50-£24.50; Desserts £6.50)

French-born chef Romuald Richomme has put The Hawk on Hampshire’s culinary map, delivering good quality pub food that has been freshly prepared from local and quality ingredients, with the seasonal menu successfully combining pub classics with more adventurous main courses. Walkers and cyclists rest and refuel at lunchtime on sausage and red onion baps, a delicious bar snack of feta stuffed peppers, or Upham ale battered cod with hand-cut chips and tartare sauce, best enjoyed down by the river with a pint of Tipster ale. Share a plate of British charcuterie, served with chutney, pickles and sourdough, or start with scallops, corn fritter and Nham Jim, or sautéed wild mushrooms on grilled polenta with truffle oil salsa, before tucking into lamb rump, garlic mash, wilted spinach and red wine jus, or halibut, braised lentils, asparagus, roasted tomatoes and herb cream. If you like burgers, try the Hawk’s hearty version, which comes with smoked bacon, Monterey Jack, coleslaw and chips. To finish, try the platter of English cheeses or the praline cheesecake. To quaff, there’s the full complement of tip-top Upham Ales on tap, a raft of boutique gins, and a decent list of wines from Berry, Bros. & Rudd.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 10.30am (from 8.30am Saturday & Sunday)
Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm (3pm Sunday)
Dinner: 6pm – 9pm (9.30pm Friday & Saturday)

Time at the bar

7.30am – 11pm (8.30am – 11pm Saturday; 8.30am – 10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?

9 doubles/twin: £104-£140

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (seats 16)
  • Disabled access to bar/dining area
  • Parking

Gongs

AA 4 Star Inn

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

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Broughton Water Buffalo, Broughton SO20 8AN

Broughton's free-range water buffalo are reared on the rolling pastures of the chalk downs and you can buy steaks, burgers and buffalo mince at the farm shop, open Thurs-Fri and Saturday mornings. Their meat is also supplied to local farmers' markets and pubs and restaurants in the area.

4

Laverstoke Park Farm Shop, Overton RG25 3DR

Certified as organic and biodynamic, this multi award-winning farm is owned by former Formula 1 champion Jody Schecktar. With its own on-site butchers, the farm shop provides an outlet for its products, including organic meats, seasonal fruit and veg grown in the walled garden, prize-winning mozzarella, ice cream buffalo milk and beers.

6

River Test Smokery, Chilbolton, Stockbridge SO20 6AZ

A smokery using traditional methods where fish, meat and game is sourced locally where possible and smoked over English oak chippings. Salmon and rainbow trout are also on sale here, while duck, pheasant and other game are on offer during the shooting season. Products can be collected from the site via pre-arrangement and there's also a mail-order service.

7

Leckford Farm Shop, Stockbridge SO20 6EH

Five minutes' drive from The Greyhound on the Test, this Waitrose-owned farm shop stocks over a 1000 different products. Although they use 60 local suppliers, many of the items are produced on the estate itself, including the wheat used in its own-label flour, milk, apples, pears, free-range eggs and chickens. There's a cafe, too, offering a breakfast and lunch menu.

8

Wine Utopia, Stockbridge SO20 6EX

This well-stocked wine merchants, which supplies The Greyhound on The Test, has hundreds of top quality and great value wines from across the world, many from small producers and estates.

10

Thyme & Tides, Stockbridge, SO20 6HE

Owned by Iain and Sally Hemming, this little gem is a deli, fishmonger and cafe all rolled into one. Amongst its wide-ranging produce, it stocks artisan breads from the Hoxton Bakehouse and also offers Friday night ‘fish and chips’, which you can wash down with a glass of wine or ale.

Out & About

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Activities

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Fly Fishing, Burley BH24 4HS

A bespoke service is offered with a range of over 70 beats on more than 20 rivers. Expect grayling, sea trout and Atlantic salmon. There are few places in the UK where you can access some of the best and most sought-after private estate fly fishing in the world, but this is one of them.

4

Leckford Golf Course, Leckford SO20 6JF

At Leckford you'll find two 9-hole courses; the longest is the Old Course, 6276 yards and par 72. Set in about 100 acres bisected by the River Test, the Old Course was designed by Harry S. Colt (who also designed Wentworth, Muirfield and Sunningdale).

22

Thruxton racing circuit, Thruxton, Andover SP11 8PW

Thruxton Motorsport Centre, near Andover, is the perfect playground for Top Gear petrol heads. This is where you get to drive your dream car on Britain’s fastest race circuit. In addition to circuit driving experiences, there’s 4x4 off-road driving and plenty more opportunity for thrills and adventure.

Shopping

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The Wykeham Gallery, High Street, Stockbridge SO20 6HE

A contemporary art gallery exhibiting paintings, sculpture and ceramics from many well-established artists, as well as work from some very exciting younger artists. Solo, group and themed shows throughout the year.

14

Stockbridge SO20 6EY

Take a stroll along Stockbridge's handsome High Street and you'll immediately spot a wide variety of individual, independent retailers - from art galleries and boutiques to specialist food shops as well as a butcher, greengrocer and fishmonger.

16

The Winchester Bookshop, St George's Street SO23 8BG

For lovers of antiquarian and second-hand bookshops, this established shop in Winchester’s St George’s Street offers an excellent selection on a variety of subjects. 01962 855630.

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Salisbury SP1 1EJ

The historic city of Salisbury never fails to offer a rewarding and enjoyable shopping experience. Among its quaint old streets, you’ll find an impressive array of quality retailers and independent shops – especially in the vicinity of Winchester Street, Catherine Street, Fisherton Street and High Street.

Places to visit

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Stonehenge SP4 7DE

This World Heritage Site is at least 5,000 years old and is the most famous prehistoric monument in Britain, perhaps. No one knows its exact purpose or how the smaller bluestones were brought here from Pembrokeshire. From every angle Stonehenge looks stunning but especially from a distance when the ancient stones blend into the timeless downland setting.

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Salisbury Cathedral SP1 2EJ

Its spire is the tallest in the country, immortalised in John Constable's famous painting Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, painted in 1831. The cathedral was begun in 1220, finished about 1280, and includes a medieval frieze and an original copy of the Magna Carta.

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Mottisfont Abbey, Mottisfont SO51 0LP

This 12th-century former Augustinian priory became a private house after the Dissolution. Now managed by the National Trust, Mottisfont includes a drawing room decorated by Rex Whistler and a superb walled garden containing one of the finest collections of roses in the country. A tributary of the Test flows prettily through the grounds.

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Whitchurch Silk Mill RG28 7AL

Dating from 1800 and restored by the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust, Whitchurch is the oldest silk mill in the country. Weavers work here using 19th-century machinery.

10

Longstock Water Park Gardens, Stockbridge SO20 6JF

Open to visitors on the third Sunday of the month during spring, summer and autumn, Longstock Water Gardens, just a couple of miles from Stockbridge, comprise three hectares of woodland with lakes and interconnecting islands and was voted the finest water gardens in the world by the International Water Lily Society.

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Broadlands, Romsey SO51 9ZD

Renowned for its fine Palladian-style architecture and open to visitors during the summer months, Broadlands was the home of the British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston. It was here that the Prince and Princess of Wales spent the first three days of their honeymoon in 1981.

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Wilton Windmill, Wilton SN8 3SW

The oldest working windmill in Wessex and originally built in 1821, Wilton Windmill, near the village of Wilton, was restored in the 1960s. The five-storey brick tower mill stands on a hilltop overlooking the Kennet and Avon Canal and is open to visitors at certain times.

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Crofton Pumping Station, Crofton, Marlborough SN8 3DW

Designed by Boulton and Watt, the two beam engines, one dating from 1812, operate a huge cast-iron beam and were originally used to pump water up the canal. Restored in recent years and powered by steam, they can occasionally be seen working - an impressive spectacle. Crofton stands by the Kennet and Avon Canal, near Great Bedwyn.

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Highclere Castle, Highclere Park, Highclere RG20 9RN

Remodelled and virtually rebuilt by Sir Charles Barry in the mid-19th century, Highclere Castle is now one of Britain’s best-known houses, thanks to the international success of the award-winning ITV television series Downton Abbey, whose producers chose much of the interior for filming. A tour of the house and park is a must.

21

Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere, Newbury RG20 9JT

Built in 1926-27, Sandham is an unusual war memorial. Inside are hugely impressive and ambitious murals by Stanley Spencer, which took six years to complete and are reputed to be the most important series of decorative paintings produced in England in the 20th century. The images represent scenes from the Great War in which Spencer served as an orderly in a military hospital. The chapel is managed by the National Trust.

Walking

www.visit-hampshire.co.uk
For keen walkers, Hampshire is surprisingly varied and rewarding: there are still many tracts of unspoiled countryside and downland, especially in the vicinity of Amport. The jewel in the county’s crown is undoubtedly the New Forest, now a National Park, but Hampshire can also claim several picturesque river valleys, including the Test (aka the queen of the chalk streams) where the walking (the Test Way) is particularly enjoyable. The county also boasts 13 long-distance trails, one of which, the 24-mile Clarendon Way between Winchester and Salisbury.

Cycling

www.hants.gov.uk
www.thenewforest.co.uk
Over 750 miles of off-road cycle routes and urban paths make Hampshire a great place for cyclists. In addition, the New Forest has more than 100 miles of off-road routes.

Events

www.visit-hampshire.co.uk
In September there’s the Romsey Agricultural and Horse Show at Broadlands near Romsey, one of the oldest in the country, having been staged here annually since 1842. Another popular annual event is the New Forest and Hampshire Agricultural Show, which runs for three days and takes place at Brockenhurst. Or try the Winchester Hat Fair, a long-running street festival that offers four days of events and art installations. For opera lovers, there’s Grange Park Opera, near Alresford, where performances are staged over eight weeks in a theatre in the grounds of a ruined house.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: The easiest access to The Hawk Inn is from the A303 heading west. Take Sarson Lane (Hawk Conservancy) exit, drive down past The Hawk Conservancy for about a mile until you reach the village of Amport, turn left and you will see The Hawk Inn. From the A343 south of Andover, take the Abbotts Ann exit and follow the signs to Monxton and then Amport.

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Andover (direct line from Waterloo) 4 miles away or a 10-minute taxi ride.

Address:

Sarson Lane, Amport, Hampshire, SP11 8AE

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