It’s all change at The Thomas Lord, titled after the man who gave his name to Lord’s Cricket Ground. This much-loved pub and restaurant in the picture-postcard village of West Meon is now offering comfortable, contemporary accommodation in five luxury cabins. Along with The Station House in Haslemere, this is one of The Upham Group’s traditional but reinvigorated country inns at the heart of their Southern English communities. You feel the warmth the moment you cross the threshold into the delightful bar, with its wooden and leather furniture, half-panelled walls, cosy log fire and range of excellent ales. In the dining room, done out in similarly rustic style, food is a highlight. In summer, fresh pizzas are cooked in an outdoor oven and you can eat in the lovely, large garden whenever it’s warm enough. Locals tend to the kitchen garden, which adds to the friendly village-pub atmosphere. Doubles from £120.
Name to Know: General manager, Tabitha Money, the face of the business. Ask her about the history of the pub and the local scenic walking routes.
See: Discover ancient oaks and walk in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers at Hinton Ampner.
Eat: Choose from the wonderful array of food and drink on offer throughout the bar and restaurant.
Buy: Some of the local brewed beer gift packs.
Want to find out more? Visit the hotel's website.
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