The Milburys, Cheriton - pub details
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|Great traditional old pub with three or so real ales and the Wadworth one I tried was in good order. Comfortable and cosy pub in old fashioned way with roaring fire. Would definitely return when passing through and pub open (as I understand it has limited opening hours - not unreasonable given location).|
mikey64 - 22 Dec 2014 20:27
|The Milbury's is included on the National Trail Guide website map as a place to stop whilst walking the South Downs Way, and on the pubs own website it says "The Milbury's is at an intersection of ancient trackways and it would have been a convenient resting place for all travellers. The South Downs Way runs right past the front of the pub. Other local routes include the Itchen Way and the Wayfarers Way." |
You may therefore expect a friendly welcome to be given to walkers. Au contraire. We (2 girls) arrived at The Milbury's at 13.50 after walking for some hours on the South Downs Way on a rainy day, so we were tired and wet. We arrived at 13.50, and when we entered the pub instead of a friendly welcome we were greeted by a gruff - "the kitchen closes at 2pm so if you want anything to eat you need to order now." I asked if we could put some wet things by the fire to dry a little but this request was ignored. (there were only 2 other guests and they were also walkers). The food arrived quickly and was very tasty, but the barman told us that the pub closed at 2.30 so we didn't have long to eat it before we had to leave. The toilets were dark (no light switch that either of us could find) and only had cold water in the basin. The pub was quite dusty and the floor particularly grubby. Overall a very disappointing visit. If this pub uses the National Trail website for advertising then you would think they could make more effort to be pleasant and friendly to walkers.
julins - 27 Apr 2012 22:08
|Proper Pub, substantial and tasty steak and kidney pudding and local pork rice dish shared by two hungry as gnats cyclists. Skinner's ale and another i dont recall on barrel - tasty and well kept, super chatty barman supported by mumbling older barman - overall charming place and couldnt have felt better that there are still actual pubs around that serve good and tasty fare with decent beer without needing to go all shiny and become restaurants. Great South downs stopping off point. Shuts sharp at 2pm mind...|
parmantom - 31 Aug 2011 10:07
|Excellent beer and interesting surroundings. Slightly out of the way from, well, anything - this pub could be a good base for walkers enjoying the Hampshire countryside. I seemed to get lucky with food, the steak pie was generous and one of the best I've ever had. However, others in the party weren't so satisfied with their offerings. if you're undecided, go simply because it has a 300ft well in the middle of the pub.|
SweeneyRegan - 7 Oct 2010 16:59
|Thought I'd try this pub, as I had heard so much about it. It figures in 'The Strangest Pubs In Britain' guide, so I wanted to check it out. There were a few people in the pub when we walked in, but I was surprised to see a fire roaring away on what wasn't the coldest of days, and the smoke from the fire made me think that someone had lifted the smoking ban. The barman seemed amiable enough, and I was impressed with the ale on offer, so I plumped for a pint of 'Otter', which came straight from the barrel and tasted lovely. As most of the seats were taken in the front bar, we went upstairs to the 'Minstrels' gallery which overlooked an old waterwheel, which in turn stood in front of a deep covered well which is supposedly 300 ft deep! There was a model of a guide dog by the well, and if you put some money in, the staff gave you an ice cube to drop down the well. The place looked old with cobwebs in every window nook, and dust adorning most of the window sills, but it sort of added to the 'uniqueness' of the place. Although there were a few people there, there was not much of a friendly atmosphere. It was too quiet for my liking, and when we tried to make small talk with one of the staff he just ignored us! The food looked alright, and the prices reasonable, so that was a plus. On the way out one of my friends put some money in the dog and waited for one of the staff to give her an ice cube to drop in the well, but after waiting for 5 minutes and none of the staff showing any interest, we gave up and left.|
All in all a bit of a 'hit and miss' sort of place. But I will give it another try in the heighth of Summer to see if it is any different. I give it a 5 on this occassion.
hampshirehog - 25 Apr 2010 19:03
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