The Thomas Lord Pub with rooms in West Meon, Hampshire

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£77 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Rustic, atmospheric gem
  • Innovative seasonal menus
  • Cool garden cabin rooms
  • Fabulous summer garden; pizza oven
  • Close to South Downs Way

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Overview

The Thomas Lord West Meon, Hampshire, GU32 1LN

The personal touch

As its named after one Thomas Lord (1755 – 1832, who’s buried in the village churchyard and was the founder of London’s Lord’s Cricket Ground), it’s no surprise that this unpretentious, rustic, atmospheric gem has been bowling over the locals and comes brimming with cricketing paraphernalia. The dark ceilinged, beamed, half-panelled main bar’s walls are decorated with old cricket bats, caps, pads and associated prints, while well-used sofas and the odd armchair come drawn up to a roaring log fire in winter. There’s an endearing medley of characterful, weathered, wooden furniture, big candles to tables and a herringbone-patterned wood floor too, while the small back room makes an ideal private dining room. Upham Pubs have done great job in sprucing up the place, adding a clutch of quirky (and fabulous) cabin rooms in the garden, and maintaining a friendly, local’s atmosphere, while the kitchen delivers some great pub food that draws solely from quality local suppliers. An array of tip-top Upham Ales on handpump, brewed on a farm a few miles down the road, laudably follows the ‘local’ theme at the bar.

Sticky fingers

Children are welcome throughout the pub and small portions are available, although kids love the freshly made pizzas in the wood-fired oven in the garden (summer weekends). They can stay overnight – a cot or z-bed can be set up in the rooms. 

Muddy paws

This is prime walking country so dogs can expect a big welcome in the bar (water bowls & biscuits) and overnight – £20 for one night; £10 per night for two nights or more. 

Alfresco

On fine summer days the pub’s glorious garden is the place to be, so arrive early bag a table on the flower-bordered lawn and watch your pizza being cooked in the wood-fired oven or why book the thatched dining hut for an intimate lunch or supper. Beyond, box-edged gravel paths lead to rose-covered arbors, flower borders and raised vegetable beds (and the new cabin rooms) and dotted around are secluded tables and chairs that are perfect for enjoying a peaceful summer evening drink.

What’s the Damage
5 doubles/twin: £77-£112

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

Gongs

Waitrose Good Food Guide

Sleep

The Thomas Lord West Meon, Hampshire, GU32 1LN

Do not disturb

Bespoke and very cool rooms were added in late 2017 and have proved the icing on the cake, especially as the village setting is fabulous and the pub’s location close to wonderful South Downs walking and cycling, and both Winchester and the south coast have made it a popular base for exploring east Hampshire. Expect the unexpected, five luxury wooden cabins neatly tucked away in the fabulous garden. Smart, contemporary and very cosy, all feature the best beds topped with quality linen, down and woollen throws, big lamps, two leather chairs, a desk, mini-bar, a Smart TV, fresh coffee and biscuits, and super bathrooms with walk-in showers, thick towels and pampering Ren toiletries. Order a bottle of wine and enjoy the peaceful garden location on your private alfresco porch.

 

What’s the Damage
5 doubles/twin: £77-£112

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

Gongs

Waitrose Good Food Guide

Eat & Drink

The Thomas Lord West Meon, Hampshire, GU32 1LN

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £7-£10.50; Main Courses: £14-£32; Desserts £7; set lunch: 2 courses £18; 3 courses £23)

Having spent seven inspirational years exploring what London kitchens (Galvin Bistro, Hixter, Hotel Chocolate and Verden) have to offer and learning a wide variety of cooking skills, chef Joel Massey moved back to his roots and family in Hampshire to head up the kitchen at the Thomas Lord. Lucky locals, Joel loves to design and produce innovative seasonal dishes using the wonderful variety of locally produced fish, meat and cheese alongside freshly picked seasonal fruits and vegetables. Nibble on a Scotch egg with tarragon mayonnaise or lamb scrumpet at the bar with a pint of Punter, or tuck into a lunchtime roast beef and horseradish sandwich. Staying over, then settle in for three delicious courses, perhaps mussels cooked in cider and cream followed by lemon sole, Jersey royals, shrimp and caper beurre blanc, or calves liver, bubble and squeak, pak choi and onion gravy, and rhubarb and custard pavlova. Expect the full complement of locally brewed Upham Ales on tap and a good selection of well-chosen wines.

Time to eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 9.30am (8am – 10am Saturday & Sunday)
Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm (3pm Saturday; 4pm Sunday)
Dinner: 6pm – 9pm (10pm Friday & Saturday; 9pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

7.30am – 11pm (from 8am Saturday & Sunday)

What’s the Damage
5 doubles/twin: £77-£112

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

Gongs

Waitrose Good Food Guide

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.

1 Inn Location - The Thomas Lord

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Tinwood Winery, Tinwood Lane, ChichesterPO18 0NE

On the edge of the South Downs National Park, Tinwood's has a swanky tasting room where you can sip on sparkling wine while gazing over the vines (after a tour of the vineyard of course).

4

Cowdray Farm Shop and Cafe, Easebourne GU29 0AJ

The Cowdray Farm Shop and Cafe, is the hub of the 16,500 acre Cowdray Estate set in the South Downs. The shop is famous for its holistically reared lamb, beef and vension and sale of local produce. The cafe's outstanding food - from lunch to afternoon tea - is all homemade using traditional artisan techniques. The Farm Shop and cafe are open every day, 9am - 5pm (please check website)

6

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.

8

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.

9

Caracoli, Winchester S023 9AH

A coffee shop with an award winning barista, Caracoli serves a variety of home-baked cakes and biscuits, as well as lunches of hearty soups, filled focaccia rolls and home-made sausage rolls and salads. There's a food store, too, which stocks the cafe's own 'Caracoli Kitchen' range, giving you a chance to take home what you've enjoyed in the cafe.

10

Lurgashall Vineyard Shop & Tea Room, Lurgashall GU28 9HA

Nestled beneath Blackdown Hill, this quirky little shop stocks a full range of Lurgashall Vineyard's traditional English country wines, meads, liqueurs and other goodies too. In the winery's 17th century barn local products are for sale and visitors can sample wines with the help of knowledgeable staff. The barn's cafe serves coffees, teas and cakes including delicious cream teas, which can be enjoyed inside or outside on benches in the courtyard.

13

Goodwood Home Farm Shop & Café, Home Farm House, Goodwood, Chichester PO18 0QF

Set at the heart of the 12,000 acre Sussex estate, Goodwood Home Farm is the largest lowland organic farm in the UK. The Farm achieved full organic status in 2004 and boasts the first dairy herd in the UK to be totally organically fed. The farm shop sells estate game, organic beef, lamb, pork and dairy including Goodwood cheese, ales and lager.

14

West Dean Chilli Fiesta, West Dean, Chichester PO18 0QZ

The Chilli Fiesta is an annual event in which West Dean gardens dedicates itself to three days of chilli madness. Chilli enthusiasts can watch food demos, sample chilli-based grub, and purchase plants to take home. The glasshouses in the walled gardens are filled with over 250 varieties.

15

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.

16

Zest for Taste, 36 East Street, Chichester PO19 1HS

This unique little shop is passionate about good food, colourful ceramics, kitchenware and olive oils! For sale, is a wide variety of olives, spices, marinades, sauces and dips which visitors can try. Their ‘Tap’ system allows customers to fill their own containers with favourite premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars.

17

Montezuma Chocolate, 29 East Street, Chichester PO19 1HS

Local couple Helen and Simon founded Montezuma's, hand making their luxury chocolate bars, truffles and gifts with one little machine. Now Montezuma's is Britain's leading and most innovative luxury chocolate maker. Here, at their first shop in Chichester, the family love affair with chocolate continues…. to be shared!

18

The Duke of Cumberland, Henley, Haslemere GU27 3HQ

Simon Goodman’s idyllic, wisteria-clad old pub stands hidden away in woodland and is worth seeking out for sublime pub food, local ales, and wonderful Weald views from the rambling and tiered garden, Superb local walks.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Thomas Lord

Activities

2

Chichester Festival Theatre PO19 6AP

One of Britain’s most prestigious provincial theatres, and an instantly recognisable landmark in Chichester, the hexagonal-shaped, 1,300-seat theatre is one of the largest in southern England. Recently restored and attracting famous acting talent, it’s the perfect place to see top quality productions before they head to the West End. Set in large grounds, theatre lovers can bring picnics in summer or visit the new bars and restaurant.

3

West Wittering Beach PO20 8AJ

The highest water quality and excellent facilities have made West Wittering, south-west of Chichester, one of the premier Blue Flag beaches in the country. This stretch of coast is popular with wind and kite surfers and is an obvious venue for lots of exhilarating recreational activity.

4

Cowdray Park Polo, Midhurst GU29 0AQ

Cowdray Park is recognised worldwide as the Home of British Polo. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within Viscount Cowdray's 16,500 acre estate, the game of polo has been played at Cowdray for nearly a century. On summer afternoons it's a relaxed way to an enjoy an exciting game in a wonderful setting.

5

Chichester Harbour Water Tours PO20 7AW

There are boat trips four times a day during the high season. Taking to the water on this stretch of the coast is a great way to discover one of Britain's great natural harbours and learn all about its wildlife.

6

Goodwood Racecourse PO18 0PS

The famous racecourse rises and falls around a natural amphitheatre. Racing is a regular fixture here and for one week during the summer this spectacular site becomes 'Glorious Goodwood' when countless race-goers converge on the course for one of the sporting calendar's most prestigious events.

7

Mid-Hants Railway (Watercress Line), Alresford SO24 9JG

Saved from extinction in 1973, this preserved steam railway takes its name from the locally grown cress once transported from Hampshire to London by train. Services run for ten miles between Alton and Alresford and a trip on the line is a great way to recapture the atmosphere of a journey by steam train in the pre-Beeching age.

Shopping

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Kims Bookshop, 28 South Street, Chichester PO19 1E

Kim's has been trading for over 40 years, with branches in both Arundel and Chichester. In both shops you'll find new, second-hand and antiquarian books on a vast range of subjects. Cards and wrapping paper are also available.

20

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.

21

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.

22

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.

24

Emsworth PO10 7EG

Heading west on the A27 from Chichester brings you to the small coastal town of Emsworth. Stroll its streets and you'll discover an assortment of antique shops and independent retailers. There's also a monthly market.

25

Artichoke, Rumbolds Hill, Midhurst GU29 9DA

Artichoke is an independent rustic gift and hand-painted furniture shop based in Midhurst, on the South Downs. Expect an eclectic range of home accessories among many other items.

27

Selborne Pottery,Selborne GU34 3JQ

Established in 1985 by Robert Goldsmith, all the work is hand thrown and turned stoneware. No machines or moulds are used and the traditional techniques have taken many years to perfect. Combined with high temperature stoneware glazes, fine brushwork, wax resist and glaze trailing, the finished pots with rich copper red and cobalt blue glazes are both functional and decorative with a contemporary look.

Places to visit

9

Fishbourne Roman Palace PO19 3QR

Located near Chichester, Fishbourne Roman Palace was built in the 1st century AD, about 30 years of the Roman conquest of Britain. Visitors get the chance to see the largest collection of mosaics in situ in the country, notably the perfectly preserved dolphin mosaic in the north wing.

10

Uppark House, South HartingGU31 5QR

Looking at Uppark House today, it's hard to believe that this imposing Georgian building was badly damaged by fire in the 1980s. The restored National Trust house, near Petersfield, was the childhood home of HG Wells - his mother was in service here.

11

West Dean Gardens, West Dean, Chichester PO18 0QZ

These award-winning gardens feature a Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden, Sunken Garden, Orchards and circular walk set in beautiful parkland. Delicious homemade goodies can be eaten in the Garden's restaurant. Look out for courses and festivals including the summer Chilli Fiesta in August, celebrating over 250 chilli varieties!

12

Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton PO18 0EU

North of Chichester, the museum, occupies a picturesque 40-acre site in rolling downland with 50 historic buildings which have been dismantled from around the country and rebuilt for preservation.Here you can learn all about building conservation and rural life in Britain down the centuries. Among many demonstrations there is cooking in the Tudor kitchen and flour milling in the working watermill. The buildings' gardens have been specially designed with plants, layouts and animal breeds from each period.

13

Petworth House GU28 0AE

Petworth's magnificent late 17th-century country house, set in a 700-acre deer park, is home to The National Trust's finest collection of pictures with numerous works by Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake. The servants' quarters contain fascinating kitchens and outside, the grounds, which can be enjoyed by walkers, were landscaped by 'Capability' Brown and immortalised in Turner's paintings.

14

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.

15

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.

16

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.

17

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.

18

Marwell Wildlife, Colden Common SO21 1JY

Marwell, near Winchester, offers the chance to get up close to the breathtaking wonders of the natural world. Home to more than 1,200 animals of 235 different species and set in 140 acres, Marwell is an important wildlife centre with a strong emphasis on conservation and breeding.

Events

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Petworth Festival GU28 0AB

The Petworth Festival is a summer festival of music and the arts, set in the historic market town of Petworth. Over two-weeks in July the town comes alive with a high quality programme of classical concerts and recitals, chamber music, song, jazz, cabaret, theatre, comedy, visual arts, talks and walks in and around Petworth.

Walking

www.walkinginsussex.co.uk
www.bosham-walk.co.uk
www.nationaltrail.co.uk/south-downs-way

Experience some of our finest countryside between Winchester, first capital of England, and the white chalk cliffs of Eastbourne. If you are interested in great views, attractive wildlife, visible prehistory, fine pubs and pretty villages, or if you just fancy a challenge, the South Downs Way awaits you. Further south you can taste the salty tang of the sea on spectacular walks at Itchenor, Bosham, Climping and West Wittering.

Cycling

www.cycle-route.com
Whether it’s sleepy coastal inlets and meandering tracks around Chichester Harbour or spectacular, breezy trails across the South Downs, in terms of cycling this delightful corner on the Hampshire/West Sussex has something to suit all tastes.

Events

www.festivalofchichester.co.uk
www.goodwood.co.uk
Chichester is the place for colourful festivals and events, including the city’s Real Ale and Jazz Summer Music Festival. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a celebration of motorsport and classic vehicles, spread over three days at the famous circuit, and at Ardingly, near Haywards Heath, there is the popular South of England Show with the accent on equestrianism and a range of countryside activities.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Pub is located just off A32 in West Meon village between Alton and Fareham, 1 mile south of the junction with A272 Winchester to Petersfield road

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Petersfield (11 miles west)

Address:

High Street, West Meon, Hampshire, GU32 1LN

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