De Havilland Arms
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
The Key, Elvetham Heath, Fleet, GU51 1HA
manufacturer of historic aircraft – is a charming setting with traditional features such as exposed brickwork, a warming fire, and candles on each table creating a cosy atmosphere. In fine weather head outside to the large terrace, which can seat 60 sun-seeking patrons. Brunch is available until 4pm and proves popular with locals – think full English, French toast, and smashed avocado with cherry tomatoes atop toasted focaccia. We visited in the evening and perused the extensive offering. The menu features a selection of favourites and there’s a specials board listing an array of tempting dishes that make deciding what to choose a difficult task. I opted for the satisfyingly retro prawn and avocado cocktail with a delicately spiced Marie Rose sauce, while my partner plumped for the tasty lamb kofte. To follow, I sampled a delicious chargrilled chicken Caeser burger, stacked with streaky bacon and melted Monterey Jack. My husband’s main of lamb medallions with creamy Dauphinoise potatoes and seasonal greens was also a hit. For pudding we shared a hearty portion of apple and sultana crumble with lashings of custard. Smooth, aromatic coffee rounded off our evening, which was enhanced throughout by the friendly, attentive staff. A visit to this charming spot comes highly recommended.