Named after the cavalry regiment of the British Army, The Horse Guards stands proud in the picturesque village of Brokenborough. This 18th-century free house truly epitomises everything one looks for in a modern country pub, boasting a warm and welcoming atmosphere, delectable fare and real ale from local breweries. The imaginative menu is created with as many local ingredients as possible and is complemented by an international wine list.
Anticipate traditional favourites, including the pub’s speciality homemade pies, as well as modern, more inventive options. I kicked my meal off with exquisite pigeon breast with black cherry and Port glaze, followed by the popular slow-roasted pork belly and crackling, which was very flavoursome. Unable to resist the temptation of dessert, I plumped for the Baked Alaska, which proved a real showstopper. With two guest rooms available, there’s every excuse to extend your stay and discover why The Horse Guards is such a firm favourite with the locals.