Address: Dundridge Lane, Dundridge, Bishops Waltham, Hampshire SO32 1GD
Telephone: 01489 892940
Geographically the Hampshire Bowman in Dundridge is actually not far from Bishops Waltham. But to drive to it you’ll need a narrow car and a good map. The pub’s website even recognises this and you can call them if you get lost. The village of Dundridge itself appears to be little more than a handful of houses with a great pub (see also Tichborne, closer to Winchester).
The name of the pub has changed over the years and from the painted sign on the side you can see that it used to be called the Jubilee Tavern, and also that it used to be a Gales pub. The current name dates back to the 70s and refers to the adjacent archery club rather than the Bowman’s beers that are on sale these days.
As well as a selection of Bowman’s real ales the Hampshire Bowman also carries a couple of guests and some real cider. All the beers and ciders appear to be served directly from casks racked up behind the bar and the quality is very good. Not surprisingly the pub is in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide
The pub has two separate areas. The bar on the right is the older of the two and is usually for adults only. The bar on the left is a more modern extension and allows well behaved children until 9pm.
Food is available at lunchtimes and in the evenings and is reasonable prices and very tasty. There is a small children’s menu and they are happy also to sell cut-down versions of the grown-ups’ dishes as well.
Behind the pub there is a large garden with a children’s climbing frame and slide. An old railway freight wagon sits in a rear corner of the garden.
A superb pub – definitely worth the effort. The countryside all around is popular with walkers.
Last visited: April 2013
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