Places to eat
The Globe on the Lake, The Soke, Alresford.
A welcoming 15th-century pub with a garden and terrace on the banks of a small lake, plus modern British menu. 01962 733118 www.theglobealresford.com
The Horse & Groom, Broad Street, Alresford
A cosy 17th-century oak-beamed inn, with exposed bricks and rustic wood bar, plus gastropub fare and patio. 01962 734809 www.horse-and-groom-alresford.co.uk
The Bell Hotel, West Street, Alresford
A small family run Free House in a lovingly restored Grade two listed former coaching inn, serving excellent food and offering six en-suite rooms. 01962 732429 www.bellalresford.com
The Swan Hotel, West Street, Alresford
A charming 3 star former coaching Inn offering excellent accommodation and food. 01962 732302 www.swanhotelalresford.com
Shapla Indian Cuisine, West Street, Alresford
Superb Indian cuisine, first class service in historic building. Special Sunday lunch time buffet. 01962 732134 www.theshapla.com
Pizza Express, Broad Street, Alresford
A busy, versatile and friendly branch, which boasts its exclusive award winning Pinglestone Pizza. Al Fresco dining in a beautiful garden. Children very welcome. Coffee from 10.30am, Food noon until late. 01962 738758
Tea Rooms and Cafes
Caracoli, 15 Broad Street, Alresford
A high quality coffee house and food store serving delicious food and drink. Monday – Saturday 8.30am – 5pm – Sunday 10am -5pm. Light lunches are also served – menu information 01962 738730 www.caracoli.co.uk
Tiffin Tea Rooms, West Street, Alresford
Traditional friendly tea room serving speciality teas and coffees. Homemade cakes, cream teas and light lunchtime specials including vegetarian. Licensed. Outside seating in a pleasant, quiet courtyard setting to the rear. 01962 734394
The Watercress Line:
Alresford is home to one of the four stops on the Watercress Line. Running between Alresford, Ropley, Meadsted & Four Marks and Alton. May – September is high season at The Watercress Line, where several trains run as standard throughout the week. There are also numerous special events and fixtures for children and adults including ‘The Santa Express’, ‘Wizard Weekend’ and ‘A Day Out with Thomas’ as well as ‘The Real Ale Train’ and ‘Countryman Dining’. See http://www.watercressline.co.uk/calendar.php for more details.
Alresford is the perfect place for strolling and there is plenty to please the eye – The Fulling Mill and Eel House along the riverside walk, St. John’s Parish Church, the Millennium Trail and Old Alresford Pond, are all brilliant areas to take in some fresh air. Close by is Hinton Ampner House & Gardens too.
Have a look at www.alresford.org; www.forumpublications.co.uk for some more local information.