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The Running Horse
Ranked #16 of 54 Winchester B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ottawa, Canada
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37 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“A good bet.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013 via mobile

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.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2013

Stayed for 2 nights b&b whilest visiting Winchester and New Forest. The room was very clean and had everything we needed, the twin beds were very comfortable with good quality bedding and towels.Plenty of hot water.
We ate both evenings in the restuarant and had very good meals, also enjoyed breakfasts.
My only disappointment was that our room was not attended after the first night, ie the beds were not made or the dirty cups removed and cleaned when we returned the second day, I would have expected for the price we paid that this would have been normal procedure.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013 via mobile

What a find....came across this pub accidentally on the internet while looking for a B&B.....what a find!

From the moment we arrived the staff were really helpful and the accommodation lovely, really decent sized rooms with very comfortable beds.

And as for the pub the only word that sums it up is superb! Absolutely beautiful inside with really fantastic food (please try the pork....wow!) and very moorish ale, and the staff could not be more helpful. Will definitely find an excuse to return!

Thanks for a great experience

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013 via mobile

We stayed for one night before a trip to Peppa Pig world.

We eat at the pub. The term GastroPub has been over used since the first days of the Eagle in the London but the food on offer here is of the highest standard. Coupled with great service a clean spacious room and a killer breakfast this place is a real gem. We will return.

Stayed October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

We spent the weekend here and had a lovely time. We didn't eat there, but the breakfast was very good. We had drinks in the bar and the service was friendly and attentive. The room was good and very comfortable. I wish we had been there longer, but we'll definitely go back.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 9 at the end so didn't have anyone walking past our room on the wooden path.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Gloucester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

I stayed recently with my husband and really cannot fault the Running Horse. Everything went like clockwork and I really enjoyed the hot English Breakfast made to order. The evening meal was superb and presented very well. A good choice of dinner along with a lighter meal if you so wish.
The ambience is relaxed and the decor very tasteful, I felt relaxed throughout my stay without feeling "fussed over" but you could feel the staff were there to see to your every wish.
A very efficient service was provided in all respects and this must be down to the manager who
is an attentive charming man who pays attention to detail.
I cannot wait to go back........

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

We stayed just one night but will definitely go back. We needed somewhere to stay whilst visitng family in Hampshire and were encouraged by the positive reviews here.
The room was just as described and spotlessly clean. Breakfast was excellent and served with a smile. Really cannot fault anything about The Running Horse and 100% recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Running Horse

Property: The Running Horse
Address: 88 Main Road | Littleton, Winchester SO22 6QS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Winchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 54 B&Bs / Inns in Winchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Running Horse 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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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