The Watership Down Inn, Freefolk
This destination pub with rooms is the ideal place to get away from it all, in the quiet and calm of the Test Valley.
The Watership Down Inn has stood in Freefolk since 1840 but changed its name to honour Richard Adams’ famous rabbit-based book Watership Down in more recent years.
Although a couple of miles down the road, the heart and soul of the novel is very much still part of the pub, with rabbit pictures and nick-nacks dotted around the building. As well as a well-stocked bar and snuggly sheepskins tucked over the chairs of the pub, visitors to the inn can also check into the three rooms within the pub itself, complete with breathtaking views and their own sitting room to sit down and unwind in.
A new block of external en-suite rooms (including a family room) were added in 2019 in their new purpose-built lodgings on the grounds. With panoramic views of the nearby Test Valley and a lovely self-contained vibe, they are the ideal lodgings to get away from it all in this rural spot. It’s no surprise it was our Muddy Award winner in both 2018 and 2019 for Destination Pub.
You can also stop in for lunch or dinner from a well-thought-out menu, including plenty of local produce, vegetarian options and slick gastropub presentation.
Just down the road from the pub, you can pop into the nearby Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Laverstoke, who also provide the pub with a range of tipples for visiting guests.
Freefolk Priors, Freefolk, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7NJ
01256 892 254
Opening hoursMonday: 12.00pm – 3.00pm/6.00pm - 11.00pm
Tuesday: 12.00pm – 3.00pm/6.00pm - 11.00pm
Wednesday: 12.00pm – 3.00pm/6.00pm - 11.00pm
Thursday: 12.00pm – 3.00pm/6.00pm - 11.00pm
Friday: 12.00pm – 11.30pm
Saturday: 12.00pm – 11.30pm
Sunday: 12.00pm – 9.30pm