Whilst visiting the gorgeous village of Selborne in Hampshire, I felt the need for sustenance …. after all, wandering around a museum, gardens and looking at village churches takes its toll on a girl.
Locals directed us to an historic inn that crossed all the “t’s” and dotted all the “i’s” – The Queens, formerly known as The Compasses. Behind the pub are spacious gardens – ideal if like me you tend to wander around with a dog – and the staff are friendly, efficient and dog savvy, conjuring up a bowl of water immediately and unasked.
When known as The Compasses, local author Gilbert White in the mid-1700’s, graphically depicted a very wild celebratory wedding party. Very popular a while back then, and still so today as the near empty garden was soon fully populated primarily by locals by the time I had bought a glass of wine at the bar! Always a good sign.
Our choices of Salade Nicoise and The King’s Cold Platter promptly delivered were delicious, hitting the spot immediately. The menu is augmented by daily specials and a wide sandwich selection.
I’d quite like to re-visit this pristine little village again very soon, perhaps this time, staying in one of the seven rather smart en-suite bedrooms they have unveiled here at The Queens. Free wifi is offered I see … but do they accept dogs, I wonder?
Address: The Queens at Selborne, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire, GU34 3JJ. Tel: +44 (0) 1420 511 454.
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