A little background - together with a group of close friends we enjoy a (fairly) bracing monthly Sunday morning walk in our SW Surrey/North Hampshire area, followed by pub lunch. Over the years we have been subjected to a wide variety of meals purporting to be top quality lunch...many have been good to very good, some have been OK to dire. Yesterday (November 11, 2012), the couple responsible for organising the walk and booking the lunch, chose The Phoenix. Coming from Hartley Witney they knew the pub well, so we were optimistic. Despite a slightly longer than usual wait for the reserved table, and an equivalent wait for the main course (maybe not helped by me being the only one to have a starter, unable to resit the oysters) The roasts, and my local hog meat sausage and mash, were nothing short of superb. Tender, well-cooked meat from a Hook butcher, fresh and beautifully cooked vegetables, different gravies for the pork, lamb and chicken ( not that I've never known before), charming and attentive staff, all at a very reasonable cost. The plum crumble, bread and butter pudding and local ice cream were also 5*. And no, this glowing review was not influenced by my wife winning a large joint of gammon in the meat raffle. Major recommendation for The Phoenix and the owners, who do it all.
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