Food & Drink

We are spoilt for choice for fantastic places to eat and drink in and around the Test Valley.

I have put a few links on here for some of the places we enjoy, but there are many more:


Local to The Old Barns:


The John O'Gaunt Inn, Horsebridge - just a short stroll along the Test Way you will find the John O'Gaunt Inn.  A friendly local pub ideal for a drink or something to eat, roaring log fire in the winter and tables outside for the summer. Dogs welcome.

The Boot Inn, Houghton - In the beautiful village of Houghton, less than 4 miles and can be reached by car or a stunning walk along the Test Way and across the River Test.  Friendly pub with a bar area, separate restaurant and a lovely garden running down to the River Test with outside bar and grill in the summer.  Good Food.  Dogs welcome in the garden and bar area. 

The Crown Inn, Kings Somborne - In the pretty local village of Kings Somborne, less than 1.5 miles by car or a lovely country walk along the Test Way.  Friendly local pub with bar area, separate restaurant and pretty garden.  Home cocked food.  Dogs welcome in the garden and bar area.

The Greyhound Inn, Stockbridge - In the lovely local town of Stockbridge, 5 miles by car of a lovely walk or cycle ride along the Test Way.  Friendly award winning pub with bar area, separate restaurant and beautiful garden on the river Test.  Award winning food.  Dogs welcome in the garden and bar area.

The Three Cups Inn, Stockbridge - Opposite The Greyhound Inn is The Three Cups.  Cosy pub with bar, separate restaurant and pretty garden on the river Test.  Award winning food.  Dogs welcome in the garden and bar area.

The Mayfly Inn, Fullerton - Located on the River Test, just outside Stockbridge.  Lovely place to sit with a drink and watch the trout.  Food served 7 days a week. Dogs welcome in bar and garden.

Thyme and Tides, Stockbridge - Fantastic local deli, café and fishmonger.  This café serves fantastic coffee, hot chocolate and delicious snacks.  The deli is fantastic with a good cheese stall and fishmonger.  A few tables in a courtyard garden.  Dogs welcome in the garden.

The Royal Oak, Fritham - A stunning drive into the New Forest to the village of Fritham, beautiful walks and chocolate box pub.  Cosy pub and large garden.  Great beers and delicious cold food offered.  The food is simple, but local and tasty.  Cash taken only.  Dogs very welcome. 

Natraj Indian Restaurant, Romsey - Good Indian restaurant and take away in the local market town of Romsey. 

Purbani Indian Restaurant, Stockbridge - Good Indian restaurant and take away in local town of Stockbridge.  Interesting menu including local water buffalo.

Koh Noi Thai Tapas Bar, Winchester - Friendly, cosy tapas bar in the local Cathedral City of Winchester.  Thai Tapas and cocktails.

Pulpo Negro Tapas, Alresford -  Spanish tapas bar in the pretty village of Alresford. 

Leckford Estate Farm shop and Café, Longstock - This is owned by Waitrose/John Lewis and is just outside the beautiful village of Longstock.  Beautiful oak barn selling and serving local produce.  Lovely place to sit and relax.  There is also a large plant nursery here and Longstock Water Gardens. 

Greyhound Inn, Broughton - In the local village of Broughton is the Greyhound Inn, serving Thai food 7 days a week.  Courtyard garden. 

The Tally Ho Inn, Broughton - In the local village of Broughton, this friendly pub serving local produce.  Garden.

The Square and Compass, Worth Matravers - If you fancy a trip from The Old Barns to the Isle of Purbeck, you will find this quirky pub.  Great been and cider and pasties.  Fantastic coastal walks.  This is favourite day trip of ours. (1 hour drive).

The Beach House, Mudeford - If you fancy a trip to the coast, this is a great day out to the Spit at Mudeford.  Beautiful beach and dog friendly.  Great food, beautiful location.  Dogs welcome in the outside area. (45 mins drive).

Six Penny Brewery, Cranborne - Well worth the beautiful drive across the New Forest, to visit this lovely brewery hidden away on a farm.  Great beer, cosy bar and the local bakery offers fresh cooked pizza on certain occasions.  Brewery tours offered by prior booking.

The Master Builder's, Bucklers Hard - Take a trip out to Beaulieu and Bucklers Hard in the New Forest.  Within the grounds of Bucklers Hard maritime museum is the lovely cosy Master Builders pub.  Great place for a drink and some lunch on a sunny day, followed by a river trip.

Caught Fish & Chips, Romsey - Good fish and chip take away.  Open most lunchtimes and evenings.  Closed Sundays.