Farnham is an incredibly beautiful and historic market town; with a fascinating history and a lively arts scene, it also boasts a number of great places to eat. With a bunch of really good restaurants and pubs in the town itself there are also some amazing gastro pubs scattered around the idyllic countryside surrounding the town. With one of our most popular kitchen showrooms located in Farnham, we asked our local employees their favourite places to head to for a few drinks and a bite to eat, so that on those days when you can’t bear to face your kitchen worktops, you know where to go and relax.
Nestled between Farnham and the Devil’s Punch Bowl, this cosy pub is an easy 10-minute drive from Farnham town, and is extremely popular with locals as well as the resident’ of the accompanying hotel.
Bel & the Dragon is exactly what you look for in a pub – intimate and atmospheric, while still providing plenty of space and a good buzz. The menu is packed with classic comfort pub grub, but done with flair. So while you’ll see Shepard’s Pie on the menu, that will be a pie filled with duck, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic confit. The group’s head chef Ronnie Kimbugwe has created a menu using local, sustainable and quality ingredients that play on classic British dishes, and they are all well worth a try.
Found in Lower Froyle, Alton (a 10-minte drive from Farnham) The Anchor Inn is surrounded by beautiful Hampshire countryside. This unique Inn, packed with English quirks and charm, also boasts a fantastic pub. While it has a huge selection of local ales, beers, artisan spirits and an incredible wine selection, it is the food that is the main attraction.
Showcasing the best of British food, it uses only fresh, local and seasonal produce sourced from surrounding neighbours and suppliers, with vegetables coming from Secretts Farm and meat from Hampshire’s Froyle Estate. As all of their dishes are made using fresh seasonal produce, and so the menus change frequently. However, it’s a fair bet to expect British classics such as lamb and rosemary pie, a range of gourmet burgers and incredible local sirloin.
Their desserts are especially delicious, with their latest sample menu including the following options:
- Passion fruit cheesecake, white chocolate Chantilly, almond
- Carrot and cinnamon sponge, coffee ice cream
- Banana & peanut bread and butter pudding, praline ice cream
- Chocolate orange mousse cake, crème fraiche ice cream
- Rhubarb panna cotta, ginger biscuit, lemon
Be sure to check this great country pub out.
In the pine woods of Tilford, a 15-minute drive from Farnham, you’ll find the Duke of Cambridge, an extremely popular country gastro pub packed with character and charm.
It is the perfect cost spot for both winter, with warm fires and a rustic barn for alfresco winter dining, and summer, with a large patio and garden with it’s own bar, grill and a kids’ playground.
Using local ingredients sourced from nearby farms such as Meadow End farm in Tilford, food includes the expected pub staples: sirloin, trout, cottage pie, braised pork belly, ale battered haddock, slow roasted duck leg, beef burgers and more. These delicious options are found alongside a range of deli boards. Choose either the whole baked Camembert, dotted with garlic and a dash of white wine, drizzled with ‘The Cold Pressed Oil Company’s truffle oil and served alongside toasted sourdough and sticky onion jam; or the ‘Best of British Winter Sharer’, a board of chicken liver parfait, grilled Castellano’s English chorizo,
John Ross smoked salmon, devilled whitebait, balsamic baked fig and Sussex Charmer, toasted sourdough, sticky onion jam, horseradish and chive crème fraiche and marinated olives.
Also offering a lovely array of desserts, with a local rep for their incredible sticky toffee pudding served with a salted caramel sauce and Jersey ice cream, The Duke is the perfect spot for a relaxed outing.
Any residents or visitors to the area, make sure you pop into our Farnham kitchen showroom. It’s our most recent showroom and our friendly staff are always on hand to advise and help.