The Phoenix Inn
London Road, Hartley Wintney, RG27 8RT
This historical inn, dating back to the 17th century, is full of charm, with plenty of nooks and crannies for intimate dinners and family gatherings. Andrew and Sisi Ryder reopened this magnificent establishment in 2009, and with their passion for provenance and seasonality, they have firmly established The Phoenix as one of the best eateries in Hampshire. The menu features homemade pub classics that are sure to please. Popular staples include dishes such as devilled lamb’s kidneys and haunch of venison with braised red cabbage. There’s also a range of refined seafood courses such as the ever-popular Scottish king scallops, as well as Jersey rock oysters, when in season. Head chef Gavin Rees has embraced gluten-free dining and veganism and has introduced stunning dishes such as chargrilled aubergine with quinoa, wild mushrooms, tomato, basil sauce and toasted almonds, alongside elegant fish dishes and salads. General manager Helen Freeman and her young team have elevated service standards and modernised the drinks offer, introducing non-alcoholic gin, lager and cider. The extensive wine list includes organic and bio-dynamic wine, offering 25 wines by the glass. The peaceful garden is a haven for lazy summer afternoons, while the roaring log fire in the bar keeps everyone cosy in the winter. No matter the occasion, you’re guaranteed a wonderful time at The Phoenix Inn.