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Places To Eat & Drink in Hampshire

Hampshire is a county well known for its great selection of local produce, fine dining restaurants, friendly tearooms and cosy pubs.

We’re proud of our fine food, from the exquisite dishes in our gourmet restaurants to the top quality produce in our farmers markets including fresh trout and watercress.

You’ll find gastronomic delights in Hampshire all year round, at exciting food events and on foodie days out with the family.

Foodie Days Out

If you love your food and want to give your taste buds a treat, explore the exciting flavours of Hampshire’s food and drink.

Take a tour around one of the county’s award winning vineyards and learn about the wine making process as well as tasting some of the regions finest wines.

Explore the world famous Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery which opened its doors to the public for the first time in October 2014.

Go behind the scenes, learn how to make gin cocktails or book a regular themed event. 

Discover Hampshire’s fine beer and ale on one of the county’s brewery tours.

For a more unusual experience go on board the real ale train on the Watercress Line which serves ale from a restored bar carriage pulled by a steam locomotive.

There’s also the Winchester City Mill which is a working water mill that produces stone-ground wholemeal flour and hosts regular baking demonstrations.

Bombay Sapphire Gin DistilleryHambledon VineyardWinchester City Mill

Eating Out

Whether you are looking for somewhere to eat for a special occasion, a Saturday night treat or a quick pit stop, our county has something to suit all tastes.

From traditional British cuisine to international dishes such as Italian, Indian, Japanese, Thai, and Chinese, there is no shortage of choice.

If you’re looking for award winning restaurants, treat yourself to one of Hampshire’s Michelin star or celebrity chef restaurants.

Expect to find celebrity chefs such as Rick Stein, James Durrant, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Angela Hartnett.

Enjoy dining in one of Hampshire’s many fantastic locations, from restaurants with sea views and city centre atmosphere to traditional country inns in the beautiful rural countryside.

The medieval, eclectic city of Winchester is well known for its local produce and fine dining.

There are a growing number of celebrity chef restaurants and it is fast becoming the foodie capital of the south of England.

The pretty coastal town of Emsworth is another foodie hub with a long association with seafood and oysters.

Here you’ll find a traditional high street, monthly markets and some of the area’s finest restaurants, some with views across the Solent.

Test Valley is renowned for the trout that swim in its clear chalk streams and there are many country pubs and tea rooms to tempt you on your way.

Find out more about Hampshire restaurants and pubs.

James Durrant at the PloughThe Plough Food Rick Stein restaurant in Winchester

Food Events

In Hampshire, food is something to celebrate.

Celebrate the best of Hampshire’s food and drink at the Hampshire Food Festival in July.

The month-long festival offers the chance to learn more about food production in Hampshire and to taste some of the county’s fine local produce.

You can visit breweries, vineyards, orchards and lavender fields, take part in celebratory lunches and dinners, or take part in jam, chocolate or cheese-making classes.

Don’t miss the Watercress Festival in May which pays tribute to the famous crop grown nearby.

The one-day festival features not only watercress but other delicious local foods and is accompanied by cookery demonstrations, market stalls, street theatre, music and dance.

Another popular month-long celebration is the Southsea Food Festival in Portsmouth.

The festival takes place in June and July, featuring cookery demonstrations, markets, celebrity events and food tastings all over town.

Other popular food events include the beer festivals in Alton, Southampton, Portsmouth, Basingstoke, Winchester and the Trout ‘n’ About festival in Stockbridge.

There’s also the annual Romsey and New Forest agricultural show.

Visit our what’s on page to search for food and drink events.

Hampshire Farmers' MarketNew Forest ShowJam Making at Hampshire Food Festival

Local Produce

Sample local seafood, wild mushrooms and fresh Hampshire produce at one of our many great restaurants.

The ‘Dining Room’ in Hotel Terravina even has plates made from hollowed local bark created from New Forest Hawthorn branches.

You’ll also find top quality produce in our farmers’ markets all year round, produced and reared in the county.

Choose from national award-winning cheeses, fresh trout, tempting chocolate, fresh watercress, beers and wine, quality meat, chutney, jam and more!

Regular Hampshire Farmers Markets take place in Winchester, Alton, Emsworth, Petersfield, Ringwood, Southsea and Romsey. The Winchester market features over 80 local producers and is the biggest in the country!

Hampshire Fare

Hampshire Fare is the county’s local food group which champions top quality food and drink in Hampshire.

Keep up-to-date with news about local produce and find information on local food and drink specialities as well as food events such as the annual summer month-long Hampshire Food Festival.

Find out more about Hampshire’s fantastic local produce on the Hampshire Fare website.