I'm not sure if they think of themselves as a gastro-pub but The Gamekeepers serves food well outside the range of normal pub fare.
We went as a family group, six adults and three baby granddaughters, and the menu had more than enough options to keep everybody happy. Everything was very well cooked and we were all very happy with what we had. I had "Wild garlic soup" to start with and it was I think the best I have ever had. For the main course a had the "Pave of beef" cooked blue and it was top notch meat very well cooked. The chunky chips were brilliant! The cheese board I had for dessert (I was hungry) had 3 lovely local cheeses. The wine we had, a Chablis and a Beaujolais, were very good.
I was very impressed with the host who knew his menu to the last detail and was enthusiastic about the food. The waitresses were friendly, helpful and efficient. The room is a typical old English pub, low beams and horse brasses and it's all tucked away up a narrow lane in a typical Hampshire village. So all in all a great venue.
What would I improve? I think the only thing that could be better for an establishment of this type is the wine list which is a bit limited. A good independent wine merchant could help.
I see that others have said that it is expensive. I think that depends on what you are comparing it with! It is certainly more expensive than regular pub food but it is very much better than that. For what you get, the quality of the ingredients and of the cooking, I think it is reasonable value.
So all in all a very clear and strong recommendation for anyone in the area.
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