20 best Hampshire and Isle of Wight lockdown takeaways
Step away from the stove and support local for brilliant brunches, fish & chips, wood-fired pizza, sublime Sunday roasts and more.
Bored of cooking already? Us too. Fortunately, there are plenty of great local pubs, cafés and restaurants all around the county on standby to do it instead. Phones at the ready, here’s our pick of the best indie offerings near you.
The Purefoy Arms, Preston Candover, near Basingstoke
What’s cooking: Award-winning chef Gordon Stott’s pub classics, kids menu, puds (including doggy ice cream!), Fish & Chip Friday and fabulous Sunday Roasts (above). When to get it: Thursday – Saturday 5pm – 8pm; Sunday 12pm – 3pm.
The Wellington Arms, Baughurst
What’s cooking: Welli’ Deli pop-in-the-oven soufflés and hot tarts for two, lasagne and cottage potpies for the whole family and old-school treacle and autumnal tarts. When to get it: Tuesday – Saturday, 8:30am to 2pm.
Crab and Anchor, Farnborough
What’s cooking: A really varied choice that includes everything from beef stroganoff to Katsu curry, a kids menu and Sunday roasts with all the trimmings. When to get it: The Crab & Anchor ‘on Wheels’ delivers Tuesday – Friday, 5pm -9pm; Saturday 4pm – 9pm and Sunday, 12pm – 7.30pm.
The Crown Inn, Upton, near Andover
What’s cooking: Plenty of choice from Michelin Bib Gourmand head chef patron Dave Watts like fish of the day en papillote, mushroom risotto, prawn noodles, a Friday night fish and chips special, open sandwiches, kids menu, Sunday roasts and sticky toffee pudding. Yum. When to get it: Monday and Tuesday by order 24 hours in advance, Wednesday and Thursday 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 8pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 9pm, Sunday 12pm – 4pm.
Pulpo Negro, Alresford
What’s cooking: One for the Epicurious, this authentic, Michelin Bib-Gourmand Spanish tapas restaurant is poised to launch intriguing ‘dirty boxes’ for Lockdown 2.0. Get in early – last time take outs were wildly popular. When to get it: Friday – Saturday, from 5pm.
Kings Head, Hursley, Winchester
What’s cooking: Well-executed classics from this popular village inn – burgers on Wednesdays, curry or fish and chips on Fridays and Great British roasts on Sundays. When to get it: Wednesday, Friday and Sundays, starting Friday 13 November.
The Roebuck Inn, near Winchester
What’s cooking: Loads of pub favourites – chicken wings, pie and mash, burgers, kids menu, pizza-at-home kits, Sunday roasts with all the trimmings, wines by the bottle. When to get it: Monday – Friday, 5 – 9pm; Saturday 12pm – 2pm and 5pm – 9pm; Sunday 12pm – 4pm.
The Shoe Inn, Plaitford, near Romsey
What’s cooking: More pub classics including fish and chips, sausage and mash and a good choice of vegan dishes like squash, sweet potato and vegetable masala. When to get it: Tuesday – Saturday 6pm- 8pm, collection and delivery to the surrounding villages.
The Crown at Arford, Headley
What’s cooking: Cypriot dishes including mezze, chicken souvlaki or mushroom and truffle mac and cheese, Friday night fish and chips, Sunday roasts, crumble and an English cheeseboard. When to get it: Wednesday – Sunday, pre-ordered 24 – 48 hours in advance.
The Hen and Chicken, Upper Froyle, near Alton
What’s cooking: Stop off at this former old coaching house between Alton and Farnham for fish and chips, scampi and chips, beef burgers, barbeque pork ribs, pizzas, roast dinner of the day with all the trimmings and puds like chocolate brownie, gooseberry and apple crumble. When to get it: Friday & Saturday, 5pm – 9pm and Sundays (roasts only) 12pm – 4pm.
Josies, Bishops Waltham, Winchester, Petersfield, Romsey
What’s cooking: Josie’s awesome signature pancakes (above), loaded tater tots and avocado on sourdough, veggie and Korean-fried chicken burgers, breakfast buns, coffee, smoothies and milkshakes. When to get it: Monday – Friday, 7.30 – 5pm; Saturday 8am – 4pm; Sunday 8am – 4pm.
The Queen’s Head, Sheet
What’s cooking: Posh pizza. This village pub has a strong local following for them. Think Parma ham and rocket, goat’s cheese, Italian sausage, margherita for the kids and a weekly-changing guest pizza. When to get it: Tuesday – Saturday, 5pm – 8.30pm.
Piecaramba, Southampton and Winchester
What’s cooking: All the comically-titled pies on the menu, including the Notorious P.I.G and the Fun Guy (mushroom, lol) with plenty of kids, veggie and vegan options and a choice of mash. When to get it: Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm and 5pm – 3pm; Sunday 12pm – 3pm.
The King Street Tavern, Portsmouth
What’s cooking: American-style ‘low n slow’ smokehouse classics like sliced brisket, ribs and vegan-friendly pulled-jack fruit. When to get it: Full menu available for takeout from 11 November.
The Tenth Hole, Portsmouth
What’s cooking: Breakfast wraps for brunch, pie, chilli and curry lunches and of course, the Tenth Hole’s legendary cakes (above). When to get it: Monday – Sunday, 9am – 3pm.
The Canteen, Portsmouth
What’s cooking: Breakfast bowls and brunch classics like maple bacon waffles; sandwich and buddha-bowl lunches, kids menu, wine and craft beer. When to get it: Monday – Sunday, 9am – 3pm.
The Cliff House, Barton on Sea
What’s cooking: Gourmet Hampshire beef and vegan burgers and fish, chips and mushy peas, with a kids’ version of both. When to get it: Friday evening from 4.30pm – 8pm.
Ray’s Italian Kitchen, Milford on Sea
What’s cooking: Classic and contemporary pizza (above), generous pasta dishes like own-recipe Arrabbiata, Penne di Mare with smoked salmon and vodka and ‘tasty bits’ like olives, arancini and garlic bread. Gluten-free pizza and pasta on request. When to get it: Wednesdays 6pm-8.30pm and Friday and Saturday 6pm – 9pm, from 11 November.
The Piano Hotel, Freshwater, Isle of Wight
What’s cooking: A three-course set menu of beetroot salad followed by cod and prawn cakes or veggie cakes with rock samphire and sweet potato wedges, with Turkish sweet doughballs for pud. When to get it: Friday and Saturday night set menu, starts 13 November.
Wood’s Kitchen, Godshill, Isle of Wight
What’s cooking: Buy heat-and-serve Sunday roasts in advance or get them hot along with homemade pies, gourmet burgers (above) and lots more. When to get it: Order via Wood’s Kitchen’s brand new app Thursday – Saturday, 5pm – 8.30pm.