In the heart of the Hampshire countryside is an impressive country pub. With its games and conference rooms, and a menu to satisfy the hungry masses, this is a great destination for all. There’s plenty of home-cooked food to choose from on the reasonably priced and extensive restaurant and bar menu, and the setting will have you returning for more, safe in the knowledge that you’ll receive a very warm welcome. After much deliberation, we started with rich carrot and coriander soup, and a beautifully presented smoked fi sh board that boasted a spread of smoked salmon, peppered mackerel and smoked trout pâté with bread and mixed leaves on a wooden platter. This was followed by perfectly creamy and piquant mushroom and spinach risotto topped with tender, pink pan-roasted duck breast. I couldn’t have wished for a better main. The generous sweet potato and leek tart that my wife enjoyed was juicy, topped with a deliciously crisp cheese lid. For dessert, my crème brûlée was indulgent and refreshing, with cool-set custard under a crispy layer of crystalised sugar. Even that couldn’t compete with what has to be the best brownie we’ve ever tasted. Soft and moist inside, crisp on top, and light as a feather – it was perfect. For something a little different, visit on a Friday night and sample from the barbecue smoker – it’s the perfect way to spend a balmy summer evening.