The Anchor Inn, Hampshire
With the prospect of a rare weekend to ourselves, we decided to swap the chaos of London for Hampshire's rolling green. Nestled between a quaint little village called Bentley and Lower Froyle, you will find the Anchor Inn, just a ten minute drive from Farnham. The Anchor Inn is part of the Epicurean Collection who also own a group of boutique inns and restaurants such as The Sands End in Fulham, The Crosskeys in Chelsea and The Trout at Tadpole Bridge in Oxfordshire.
We checked in for an overnight stay and dinner in their cosy restaurant and bar for ease. The place is brilliantly populated with various artefacts and trinkets from years gone by.
The rooms are very sweet with tweed covered furnishings and low beam ceilings which the taller folk amongst us may suffer from a few head grazes if they're not careful - as my poor husband found out!
We cracked open a bottle of fizz from our wedding day, Neil Joubert Christine-Marie, and toasted our three month anniversary while watching the latest highlights edit of our wedding film that had just come through - brilliant timing!
The Anchor Inn has a vast array of gins on offer which delighted us when we came to the bar for a pre-dinner tipple. The lovely team behind the bar will help you in making the right decision!
We started with a snack of their "posh pork crackling" and apple sauce while the waitress took our order.
I started with the cured salmon which could have done with a touch more crème fraîche but it was lovely all the same!
I opted for the pea and asparagus risotto for my main which was delicious. My InstaHusband had a rather disappointing steak which came out overcooked first time round and on the second attempt, the steak was rare but completely tasteless. We're not too sure why when it was advertised as a 28-day dry aged local sirloin. The triple cooked chips on the other hand.... yum!
I personally prefer my desserts in a martini glass and thank goodness the barman knew how to knock up a couple of Shoreditch House-worthy Espresso Martinis! All was not lost!
If you're interested in booking any of the Epicurean Collection, it's worth contacting them through their central reservations team who were super helpful with my last minute request for a night away! Despite the one unfortunate meal, we will definitely be trying some of their other country inns in the Cotswolds and Hampshire.
Post to follow shortly on a little gem of a restaurant that we found after a long walk in the Alice Holt Forest.
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