Attractive pub with a busy bar and popular dining rooms, a good drinks list and rewarding food and seats outside
The good pub guide review
The Reverend Charles Kingsley, formerly of this parish, was scathing about Eversley (its peat bogs and ill-educated villagers), but then he may not have had access to this excellent pub. A former farmhouse, with lots of room both inside and out, the Tally Ho is the perfect start (and finish) for the Blackwater Trail walk. The main bar area, which is genuinely dog-friendly, has a few beams and standing timbers, wooden dining chairs and built-in window seats on rugs, bare boards and quarry tiles, house plants and glass bottles on windowsills and stubby candles. By the main door is a giant bellows made up as a table for newspapers and another window seat that's backed by guidebooks. One dining room leads off and two others have unusual slatted wooden walls, more large windows, a raised fireplace, similar tables and chairs on carpet or parquet flooring and a great many prints, cartoons and photographs on pale-painted walls. St Austell Brunning & Price Traditional Bitter plus guest beers from breweries such as Flack Manor, Longdog, Sambrook, Timothy Taylors and West Berkshire on handpump, 21 wines by the glass and some 55 gins; background music. There are plenty of picnic-sets under white parasols on a lawn, with a few wooden tables and chairs by the front door.
The good pub guide food review
Popular food includes sandwiches, leek and potato soup, summer risotto with broad beans, radish and asparagus, beetroot hummus with pitta bread, celeriac, wild mushroom and suet pudding with new potatoes and red wine gravy, smoked haddock and salmon fishcakes, braised shoulder of lamb with dauphinoise potatoes, carrot mash and rosemary gravy, and puddings such as apple and berry crumble, summer pudding with clotted cream and or vegan ice-creams and sorbets.