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Greyfriar, Chawton

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Nice country pub in quiet village. It has a good bar with two guest ales and serves food. I visited with some “out of towners” and we tried a selection of drinks, including both of the ales. We had food in the garden; both food and service was very good. I would recommend anyone to visit.
georgey48 - 17 Jul 2013 13:30
Sorry to say I was very disappointed in our visit yesterday for Sunday lunch. Again, it was meeting family half-way between Southampton and London. I had the roast beef which I thought was priced at £13 on the menu but when the bill came, was £14. The beef was undercooked, rather fatty, and the gravy was a strange orange colour. For fourteen pounds, I expected much better. I had a double espresso after, and that was £3.55. The staff were friendly and attentive, but the prices were horrendous! The total bill for five people (4 starters, 3 roast dinners and two "child" portions, 2 puddings, one drink each, one coffee, one tea, and my espresso) was £112.90 ! Outrageous! In August, eight of us paid £106 for a similar meal in central London.
davel_cats - 19 Nov 2012 13:37
Great pub in a great village. Atmosphere counts as if a place looks dodgy on the outside, it is usually dodgy on the inside. We went there for Father's Day. They were very accommodating when we had to change our booking less than 24 hours before.
The food was excellent: a good choice without being so extensive that you know it just comes out of the freezer and into the microwave.
The pub is dog friendly, there were several present when we were there.
Great place to meet friends / family from London (we live near Southampton) as it is about half-way. Will be back again!
davel_cats - 5 Jul 2012 14:57
Fullers (ex-Gales) pub - Seafarers, HSB and London Pride (not exactly enterprising). Good, if expensive food.

However, service can be erratic and there does appear to be randomness and occasional very slow delivery of meals without explanation or apology. Large parties can hog the bar.

Location good, especially for watching all the Jane Austen adherents from.
meurglys_iv - 10 Jun 2012 17:43
Great pub. Coped with a party of 20 walkers on a weekday lunchtime flawlessly. The ale, the grub, the service all excellent. Good value too, considering what other pubs round here charge.
priestleysj - 17 Feb 2012 16:06
Wonderful village location, directly opposite Jane Austen's house, looks great from the outside. Most of the seating & tables , however, looks like it should be in a posh tea house. No complaints about the Fullers beer though. Suntrap garden at the back.
Wilson_MacDonald - 25 Jun 2011 21:33
There are new tenants at The Greyfriar.
Peter and Fran who ran the pub so successfully for the last 8 or 9 years left in November 2010 to open The Fur & Feathers (up the Basingstoke road at Herriard) as a free house.
edwardthesecond - 1 Feb 2011 19:27
NIce pub & decent ale.

Landlord thanked us as we left which is always a nice touch.

EdBeery - 4 Jan 2011 11:31
This is my favorite pub in Hampshire, lovely food and great Landlord, always feel welcome by the staff at has a lovely atmosphere. love the selection of ales 10/10 :)
Uttercarlage - 6 Aug 2010 15:31
One of our favourites. Always friendly staff, good food, good beer.
Food is excellent, as said below it's not the cheapest, but its not supposed to be, you get what you pay for. They have now started doing a communal 'Tuesday Club' dinner which looks like great fun and is really reasonable (I think its about 6 or 7 a head)
Well worth a visit.
HealeyDriver - 30 Jun 2008 14:55
I love this Pub!
anonymous - 28 Sep 2007 15:06
Beer was good, food was good, company was good. Jane Austen's house? Good reason to stay away :-)
Londo - 25 Sep 2007 21:54
Fab, excellent, Value for money, Moff has it right, if ham egg and chips is your favourite meal go somewhere else! top quality food & Beer, HSB, London Pride ESB when I went in last. excellent 10/10.
lordy - 25 Sep 2007 19:52
Fabulous beer, particularly London Pride, which is notoriously difficult to keep (judging by my experiences of this ale in most other pubs; i.e. awful!) and the Guinness is the best Ive had in the south of England. Food is excellent and, although slightly more expensive than some would like to pay, you get what you pay for and this is, most definitely, NOT your average pub food; restaurant food, at pub prices. What more can you ask for? Definitely worth a visit!
moff - 25 Sep 2007 00:19
There are some unfavourable reviews for this pub. In my view it is excellent. The food is great - perhaps a little pricy. Friendly staff and easy parking.
bobchase - 9 Sep 2007 09:28
I've visited this Pub on several occasions and never found the service anything less than superb, the only thing better than the service was the food which was absolutely delicious.
Connor123 - 19 Aug 2007 18:42
This gets my vote for worst-run pub I have ever set foot in. After receiving a lecture on the correct sequence for ordering beers (the barwoman disappeared half way through order anyway), we ordered a meal and, in a group of six were served no less than 45 minutes apart. When the people sitting next to us complained about the length of time they were waiting for a mea, they were told that "we only have one oven." Add to that a very watery Guiness, 16-year old girls with colds serving, and you have a recipe for misery. Only reason it does any business at all is because it's opposite Jane Austen's house.
fyrg - 16 Jul 2007 14:40
overpriced and overated
littlecon - 25 Jun 2007 12:21
Good food and usually fairly popular. Would thoroughly recommend.
TimmyC - 10 Apr 2007 23:00
A great pub. Fantastic real ales. Didn't eat there but overheard 2 conversations about how good the food is. Definitely on my list to go back soon.
Mystery_Shopper - 5 Mar 2007 17:31
Fantastic food, real ale and homely pub. good beer garden with new furniture and brollies. Just how village pubs should be.
anonymous - 26 Sep 2006 21:27

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