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The Running Horse Inn, Littleton, Hampshire
A welcoming country pub in the village of Littleton, just ten minutes outside the cathedral city of Winchester. Out back are 15 immaculate rooms with a rustic decor that includes painted wooden planks for headboards and shabby chic furniture. The pub is run by the local Upham Pub Company who have decided to stop brewing and focus on running their pubs, many of which have rooms. The house ale is the Runner, brewed by Penton park and there is also some Red Cat brewery offerings on tap and others from the Crafty Brewing Company. Locals love the food and won't let the twice baked cheese soufflé be removed from the menu. You can take long walks into the countryside directly from the pub car park.
It's close enough to Winchester to see all the sites, while enjoying a rural location.
The pub is in the traditional village of Littleton, 25 minutes' drive from the New Forest.
By car: The Running Horse is 1 hour 30 mins from London and Bristol, and 2 hours from Birmingham. There is free parking on-site.
By train: London Waterloo to Winchester takes just under an hour. A taxi to the pub takes 10 minutes. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The Running Horse is perfect for dog owners looking to visit Winchester while giving their pooches plenty of country walks. The table in the bay window with its own window seat is a lovely place to while away a wet afternoon.
Service & Facilities
The cabana is a cosy place for an intimate chat.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Dogs are allowed in the bar but not the restaurant and if staying in one of the dog-friendly rooms are charged £15 a night. For this they get a dog bowl and bed and treats can be purchased from the bar.
Our favourite is Room 12, which is the last room in the row of superiors, and is quiet and surrounded by trees with access to the courtyard garden. We love the vase of fresh flowers on the windowsill, which fills the room with natural fragrance.
Comfy Double, Comfy Twin, Comfy Family, Elegant Double
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with shower, luxury toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, magazines, free Wi-Fi, TV, desk, tea and coffee facilities
Food & Drink
The restaurant's pan-fried calves liver with mashed potato and french beans is delicious. All the breakfasts are cooked to order, and include avocado and poached eggs on sourdough and pancakes with maple syrup and berries.
The Running Horse Inn: modern gastro-pub dishes, European and British inspired, local produce. Food served Mon-Fri, 12-2.30pm and 5-8.30pm, Sat 12-8.30pm, Sun 12-6pm. Mains from £14.