On 31st December 1999, we celebrated New Year’s Eve in style at The Bat and Ball, Hambledon, Hampshire, watching at midnight the first cricket match of the new Millennium as played by members of Hampshire County Cricket Club. Sitting outside with the Hound one Sunday last summer, a cricket match being played opposite, it certainly brought back fond memories of that night.
Everything is cricket related as you might expect, given the Bat & Ball is historically closely linked to the world of cricket. The ground opposite at Broadhalfpenny Down is often referred to as the “cradle of cricket” as it is where the ground rules were first established back around 1750.
Great views over the country – looking towards Clanfield – from the pub’s garden to the rear. The food is not cheap (our two courses with drinks came to GBP48 last year) but it was certainly smartly served and delicious to eat. Sadly I can’t check the current prices as their website is scarce on details.
There’s abundant serious cricketing memorabilia inside and a refreshingly tongue in cheek lack of deference evident too with a mini cricket bat being used as a table number. You don’t have to be a cricket fan to enjoy the Bat & Ball – it’s worth coming for the food alone – but your experience will be immeasurably increased if you are.
Bat & Ball, Hyden Farm Lane, Hambledon, Hampshire, PO8 0UB, Tel: 02392 632 692.
Well behaved dogs are welcome in the garden.
Contributor: Sue Lowry