Good food and drink is always on the menu in the Hamble Valley
and local produce features prominently with a rich
heritagefrom strawberriesin Botley, to cherries in Chandlers Ford and oysters from the River Hamble.
The Water’s Edge is set on the River Hamble with attractive views to enjoy a meal and drink. With a large bar and conservatory, plus an outside terrace and large patio area, there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the view and soak up the atmosphere.
The Olde Whyte Hart on the High Street is the oldest pub in Hamble offering a traditional bar menu with daily specials including fresh fish and speciality steaks.
For modern European cuisine visit the River Rat Cellar and Kitchen who host a number of events and special menus throughout the year.
The Jolly Farmer Country Inn in Warsash offers a delicious menu every lunchtime and evening. Among the choices are succulent steaks, locally caught seafood dishes and a daily specials board.
Unwind in the relaxing atmosphere of Artisan Coffee and Wine Bar, offering authentic Turkish cuisine. La Fenice offers the finest Italian cuisine with freshly caught fish being their speciality. The Swan Centre complex offers a number of restaurants with a variety of tastes and flavours, from Italian Prezzo to New York Italian Frankie and Benny’s, the legendary Portuguese Nando’s , The Harvester and The Break Bar which offers serves mouth-watering traditional British food.
For a relaxing meal in a unique and elegant setting, discover The Point’s Cafe Bar and restaurant; whether it’s simply a glass of wine after work or a delicious fine dining experience or hearty lunch, there is a wide variety of superb seasonal dishes made from locally-sourced produce.
Housed in a beautifully renovated Victorian school house, The Concorde Club boasts a fine-dining restaurant, The Moldy Fig wine bar serves mouth-watering menus and is also home to regular supper and dinner clubs, plus a distinguished wine society.
The Hampshire Food Festival
Events include farm tours, local food-themed festival menus and celebration dinners, hands-on cookery, chocolate and jam-making workshops, butchery master classes, brewery tours, vineyard tours and wine tasting, cookery demonstrations, barbecues, an ox roast and barn dance, vegetable carving workshops, an orchard walk and juice tasting and more.
The free Hampshire Food Festival programme is available from May.
Find out more at www.hampshirefare.co.uk where you can also sign up to receive the latest Festival news, as well as competitions, offers and events all year round.
Why the Strawberry Coast?
The Hamble Valley has a long association with the harvest of the highly esteemed soft fruit. In the early part of the 20th century, the strawberry fields around the areas of Botley, Hedge End and Titchfield produced around 20,000 strawberries a day. Pickers would be up at 4am to ensure that the first consignments would catch the 8am ‘Strawberry Specials’ out of Botley train station, for early delivery to London’s premier hotels. It is recorded that one 12 year-old girl picked 30 shillings worth of strawberries in less than a week (an astonishing 900 lbs of strawberries) and 3000 lbs – 1000 baskets – in one month