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Old House at Home, Romsey

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user reviews of the Old House at Home, Romsey

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Been in here twice in a week thanks to the FA, usual Fullers/Gales range although on the second visit Holt's Two Hoots was on. Nice backstreet pub but slightly food orientated.
ellisref - 17 Apr 2018 12:43
A twee sanitised Fuller's Luncheon Club with a token non-Fuller's brew on offer. It looks like a pub from the outside it just doesn't feel like one and the ale wasn't too great.
Snarling_Mallard - 18 Feb 2017 22:59
Went in here about twelve months ago, the ales all had a distinctly strange 'metal' taste. I visited this pub again some months back, in October in believe and I'm glad to report the beer is much improved. The HSB was spot on and the 'Pride' tasted as it should. This really is a great pub. well worth the visit.
wolvesfan - 20 Jan 2016 11:29
Visited early April 2015, I agree with most of the comments here, ie, good beer, nice place, food ok. The one thing that did put me off slightly was that although the (presumed) Landlord and Landlady were polite, a smile would have been welcome. Other than that though, a pleasant visit.
arfajob - 29 Apr 2015 11:11
Excellent pint of HSB, our lunchtime snack was very good and was enjoyed in the rear garden. The garden was well laid out with flowers and other features. We've never been in such a clean and well swept area! The interior was as previously stated, dark with old beams in evidence just like proper pubs used to be. Service was prompt and friendly, a real gem to find - we'll be back!
Feed - 24 Jul 2013 20:31
It is two years since I last reviewed the Old House at Home. After a refreshing walk up the Test Way in the snow we looked forward to renewing our acquaintance. Not a brilliant start as we introduced ourselves. Our table had been reserved for us at 12.30pm even though I told the person taking the booking that it would be closer to 1.00pm before we would arrive. Landlady informed us she could have let our table several times over. Having said her piece she calmed down.

So a quick appraisal is in order. The beer, a good selection & well kept ales. I had an excellent pint of HSB. I also finished my meal with a decent glass of Shiraz. The food is ok, nothing too exciting but then nether are the prices. The staff were also pretty good.

I was not as impressed as on my previous visit. THerefore my rating drops to a 7.5
John.T - 20 Jan 2013 17:04
Stopped here for lunch today with my wife. The pub interior is nice and dark, with an old fashioned feel. The drinks were good as was the food. Prices not too bad either. Staff very friendly and attentive. Garden courtyard to sit in as well, with heaters for those colder evenings. All in all, we really enjoyed our visit and will call again.
sotondoton - 19 Aug 2011 17:28
Took the inlaws here on Sat lunchtime and one word describes the place - outstanding!! Such a difference from my previous reported visit and the Ale was excellent this time. Had Ossett Pale Gold which was hoppy and very drinkable along with a half of Seafarer. The food as always was first class and would recommend this friendly place that feels like a village local to anyone who asks. A triumph to Sarah and her lovely staff.
dotball - 16 Aug 2010 10:34
Had a pit of HSB at lunch time, and All Good!! Very nice indeed. The pub has 'Bass' written all over it, right down to the 'Toby jugs' in the back fitting!! Most of the interior signage is ex Bass as well!! As for the interior, it was clean and tidy, yet slightly 'clinical'. I wouldn't use it as a local. Seems totally geared for food. But it still gets a 5/10 from me.
wolvesfan - 1 Aug 2010 19:04
Ate here with my Wife and had an enjoyable meal Saturday lunchtime. I had a steak and red wine pie from the Specials Board and Andrea had the Old House fishcake in Hollandaise sauce. Both lovely meals but the Ales I had were predominantly too cold. Fullers Hock Mild was fine but Seafarer and HSB were not served at room temp. Love the place but Fullers should look at certain policies regarding their Ales.
dotball - 23 May 2010 09:18
I had originally booked our walking group into the Olive Tree, my selection was based on BITE reviews. Unfortunately when we arrived there was only one real ale on offer & though the staff were really pleasant the place did not really suit our taste. So it was off to find something with a little more olde world character & we came to the Old House at Home. This was more like it. And I can say it is not full of old foggies & there was a blend of all ages eating & drinking. So if you like good beer 'really well served' & excellent food, 'well above pub grub standard' & yes it may be slightly above other establishments in price, but then you get what you pay for.
Not a single complaint from our bunch, just a request to return in the future.
My rating an 8.5
John.T - 20 Feb 2010 19:43
Without a doubt my favourite pub in Romsey. Fullers owned, a product of the Gales purchase with the two sets of ales sitting side by side. I'm more of a Fullers fan, so I got stuck into Discovery and the London Porter, both of which were fine on draught. Tucked away on a quiet side street off the town centre, this is a good example of a country pub that, although it does do food, has not been completely consumed by gastropubby pretensions.
ChrisP87 - 1 Dec 2008 10:10
had 1 meal here (2 meals) not that impressed, food good but over priced for the quality. for a more reasonable price meal try the Abbey Hotel, the Tavern or the William, real ale was good though!
dorsetman1 - 23 Jun 2008 19:31
Old school! Good ale collection, lots of character in the place. You'll pay a fortune, just like anywhere down south but its a nice place to spend the fortune.
ChrisP87 - 25 Apr 2008 13:53
Been going here for lunchtime meals over the last few months. Menu is not very varied but quality of food has been excellent without exception. Gales beers are kept well. HSB is particularly nice.
alan0659 - 16 Aug 2007 19:15
Used to regularly visit this pub - food is of good quality, beer is well tended. Have been put off by a rather draconian policy with regards to food orders at busy times which shows a complete lack of business sense not to mention courtesy. After finding a table in the dining area I was told that they couldn't serve food as they were fully booked (?). No effort to squeeze us in was made - (despite already being sat down) would have been happy waiting for an hour for what would have been two simple meals. Instead went to a nearby busy restaurant that was happy to make room for us.
lorus - 20 Feb 2006 00:27
Keep coming back to this pub for the great beer and friendly atmosphere. Recommended.
blubber_boy - 10 Jun 2005 13:10
Beautiful food, great beer and quality service. meals were presented wondefully and very well cooked. very well kept real ales and decent lager!
tealeaves - tealeaves1984@aol.com - 9 Nov 2004 10:48
Excellent traditional pub. Good food and real ale.
Tim - 2 Mar 2004 12:20
Great old pub. Gales beers;well kept!Two ciders!Big portions of lovely food!Friendly bar staff.
Shauna - 29 Oct 2003 22:11
Good selection of Gales Ales, great food lunch-times and evenings every day. A lovely thatched pub with great character, hospitable landlady and staff. An ideal spot for a few quiet pints or a relaxing meal and chin-wag with mates.
Banksie - 29 Sep 2003 09:46

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