The Running Horse is a stylish, casual and friendly establishment not far from Winchester. They have a small but good selection of local beers, and the food was very good indeed. Our party had fish and chips (which was exactly as it should be), and duck breast (delicious, cooked right if a bit chewy, and beautifully accompanied by sauteed new potatoes). I thought the most interesting dish, though, was the pork belly: it was wonderfully flavourful, rich, melt-in-your-mouth tender, and with a nicely browned and slightly chewy bottom. The vegetable accompaniments (leek, mash) were lovely, and the amusing "wing" garnish (yes, apparently pigs fly in these parts) was actually a piece of very thin and crispy crackling. I thought the dish would have flown even better with two wings, so delicious was that little morsel. The desserts -- homemade ice creams and a freshly-baked blackberry tart -- were excellent as well.
We received a warm welcome, and enjoyed the friendly, capable and accommodating service. The bill was very reasonable considering the quality of food and the service we enjoyed. When we're near Winchester, we'll make a dash for the Running Horse again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming and cosy English pub, The Running Horse is nestled in the village of Littleton just outside the historic city of Winchester. Its idyllic countryside setting makes it a destination of choice for fans of country leisure pursuits and touring groups as well as businesses. The 9 stylish bedrooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, Freeview TV, tea/coffee facilities, as well as private bathrooms or shower rooms. Whatever the season or occasion, The Running Horse makes for a welcoming stop. The locally-brewed Upham ales, wine and champagne lists complement an exciting, seasonal lunch and dinner menu, which are carefully created using locally-sourced ingredients. A choice of three Sunday roasts and a selection of homemade ice creams and sorbets are firm favourites. A full breakfast menu is also available daily. Just 4 miles from the M3 motorway, and a 25 minute drive from the New Forest National Park, The Running Horse is easily accessible and also offers ample free, on-site parking. ... more less
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