The Watership Down Inn

Cosy bar and open-plan dining rooms, five real ales, good food and pretty garden; bedrooms


Accommodation available
Outdoor play area
Speciality beers
Cask ales
Separate restaurant
Disabled access
Disabled loos
  • Separate restaurant
  • Sandwiches sold

Dogs allowed in the restaurant

Bar food times: 8-9.30am, 12-2.30, 6.30-9 Mon-Fri; 8-9.30am, 12-3, 6.30-9 Sat; 8-9.30, 12-4 Sun

Typical main dish: battered cod with curried peas, triple-cooked chips and lemongrass and saffron aioli

Typical main dish price: £14.50

Average two course evening meal price: £23.00

  • Speciality beers
  • Cask ales (5)

Price of cheapest bitter: ££4

Name of cheapest bitter: Red Cat Scratch

  • Dogs allowed in bedrooms

Number of bedrooms: 7

Price of a bedrooms starts at £0.00

  • Children allowed in the bar
  • Children allowed in the restaurant
  • Dogs allowed in the bar
  • Dogs allowed in the restaurant
  • Dogs allowed in bedrooms

Pub pets: Dogs allowed in certain bedrooms Dogs must be on lead and controlled

The good pub guide review

An attractively refurbished old country inn, this free house stands at the foot of the North Wessex Downs. The wood-floored bar has stools by a pale oak counter, high stools next to an elbow shelf and five real ales on handpump sourced from within a 30-mile radius. They change regularly but may include Bowman Swift One, Flowerpots Bitter, Itchen Valley Hampshire Rose, Stonehenge Sign of Spring and West Berkshire Good Old Boy, plus Purbeck cider and 16 good wines by the glass. Leading off here are two connected dining rooms with mate's chairs (some draped with animal skins) around chunky tables on more bare boards or old brickwork, and a woodburning stove in a raised fireplace; throughout, plants line the windowsills, and modern art and photos hang on pale paintwork above a grey-green dado. A conservatory with high-backed, cushioned wicker chairs around solid tables on floor tiles leads to a two-tiered terrace with seats and tables under big parasols. The large lawn has plenty of picnic-sets and views over the River Test Valley. Seven pretty bedrooms (named after characters from the novel Watership Down) offer inspiring views across the rolling downs; dogs are allowed in the four garden rooms.

The good pub guide food review

Interesting food mixing British and international flavours includes goats cheese and thyme filo tart, cheesy nachos with pulled pork or smoked bean chilli, dry-aged beef brisket in sourdough bap with rosemary and garlic fries, slow-cooked Mexican-spiced pork burrito, katsu quorn and vegetable stir-fry with udon noodles, Spanish surf 'n' turf tacos with chorizo and tiger prawns and patatas bravas, and puddings such as salted caramel pain au raisin bread pudding with baked apple compote and coffee and hazelnut tiramisu.

2021 Awards

Licensee Introduction

The Watership Down Inn sits at the foot of the North Wessex Downs, in the Test Valley, with the Watership Down to the north of the Inn. We are just a stone's throw away from the Home of Bombay Sapphire gin where you can go behind the doors of the famous distillery. We also provide 7 stunning bedrooms, both in the original Inn and in an annexe in the garden. Twice winner of the best destination pub in Hampshire voted by our patrons and guests, come and join us.

Our Food

All our food is prepared and cooked from the freshest produce, there may be some changes to the menu on the daily basis due to the availability of ingredients. A full menu can be found on our website.

Name of Licensee

Philip Denu00e9e

Contact Details

The Watership Down Inn, Freefolk Priors, Freefolk, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7NJ

(01256) 892254

Ideally situated in Freefolk Priors just outside Whitchurch it is within easy reach of Basingstoke, Andover, Newbury and Winchester. The M3, A34 and A303 are easily accessed making it the perfect location to meet friends and family.

Nearest motorway: M3

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 12-3, 6 -10.00

Saturday: 12-10.00

Sunday: 12-5.30