We last visited the Hawkley many years ago, when it was under different ownership, but the present owner has managed to provide accommodation and an enhanced dining experience without compromising its character. We received a warm welcome on our arrival for a two night stay, and were delighted to see the moose head still presiding over the fireplace and a fine array of real ales and ciders on offer in the bar.
We were shown to our room which was tastefully furnished and decorated (very Farrow & Ball), with a luxuriously comfortable bed. The bathroom had quality fixtures and fittings including one of the largest baths I've seen for a long time, while plenty of toiletries and large fluffy towels completed the bathing experience. Unusually for a pub bed & breakfast, the hospitality tray included a coffee filter machine with fresh ground coffee, and to my husband's delight, a decanter containing a snifter of whiskey.
We ate twice at the pub, on both occasions with friends and we all agreed that the food was imaginative without being pretentious, hearty and flavourful, what I would call 'real food'. I only wish I had been able to sample more from the menu. Breakfast was very good too, served with good humour by the chefs themselves.
The pub has bags of character (don't mention the carpet!), a knowledgeable and genial host, and staff who clearly enjoy working there, which makes for a good atmosphere. Cardvarnish will undoubtedly return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hawkley Inn is a traditional country pub in the heart of delightful tranquil village, close to the Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex border.Downstairs you will find an unspoilt, little changed traditional pub serving a huge range of locally brewed real ales and locally crafted ciders as well as really good, home made country pub food. Outside there is a spacious, well maintained beer garden and upstairs there are four superb bedrooms, all recently created and boasting the highest standards of comfort with luxurious large double beds, powerful showers, free wi-fi and everything else you would expect in a luxury hotel room.Hawkley is very well situated for those wishing to explore the outstanding countryside on our doorstep and for those who need to be near Petersfield, Alton, Basingstoke, Portsmouth or Guildford. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hawkley Hotel Liss
- Hawkley Inn Liss, Hampshire