The Old Forge

The Old Forge

Pubs and Bars with Restaurants

0.5 miles
Main Road, Otterbourne, Nr. Winchester, SO21 2EE

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Located in the village of Otterbourne, handy for both Southampton and Winchester, this lovely country inn has a lot to offer. The chic interior is simple but elegant and there's a real sense of space thanks to several interconnecting rooms. Some, with lofty ceilings and exposed rafters, are perfect for large parties, while others provide more intimate dining areas.

The menu caters to a wide range of tastes, with an extensive choice of seasonal dishes supplemented by daily specials and pub classics. We sipped on pre-dinner drinks at the bar as we made our choices, with the soft glow of candles and the open log fire providing an inviting atmosphere. Tempting starters include sharing dishes such as the duo of cheese - a petit Camembert and goat's cheese brulée topped with caramelised onions and served with breads - but I instead opted for the pan-fried fishcake served with citrus creme fraiche and mixed leaves. My main course of pan-fried Barbary duck breast marinated in honey and black pepper, served with Dauphinoise potatoes, curly kale and a plum and roasted beetroot sauce, showed real finesse and style. We then completed our meal with two sumptuous desserts. My companion's tiramisu sundae with raspberries, chocolate mousse, coffee cream and mascarpone and my apple, raisin and nut strudel with cinnamon cream were both indulgent and utterly moreish. The Old Forge is deservedly popular and it certainly met my high expectations - but don't just take my word for it, discover this lovely country pub for yourself
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Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-9.30pm