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Hen and Chicken, Upper Froyle

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After driving past for ages, decided to try Sunday carvery here. Big Mistake. Meats: Dry/overcooked/tasteless. Veg: overcooked and insipid. Poor lack of accompaniments, cold and very much overpriced. Clientele seems to be octogenarian at the younger end, perhaps it's a last-meal-before-God kind of place? Needless to say, won't be stopping here again. As a final Pièce de Résistance, a lovely large dog egg adorned the beer garden which was also home, strangely, to an un-fenced trampoline nestled up close to a tree for all your "day trip to A&E" needs.
gin_and_tonic - 26 Aug 2012 18:10
Tried this pub today after getting a voucher form the carvery. I was pleasantly surprised. The pub is large and near the A31, but the garden is quiet and secluded. The carvery was great value (the same price as a Toby), but the quality was superior and the service was cheerful. Will definitely go back.
b860at - 3 Aug 2012 22:06
We held our daughter's baptism at the Hen & Chicken establishment on Sunday, which thirty of my family and friends attended. Apart from supplying them with the food request's they organised the rest. When I arrived I was so impressed with the room decorations balloons, daisies on the tables because my daughters middle name is daisy and even providing colouring books for the children and much more. They'd taken it upon themselves to do this, which helped to make our day special. The food was soooo tasty! We had ordered the Sunday lunch of beef or lamb and my beef was mouth watering. The carrot & coriander soup was the best soup I’d ever tasted. Everyone of my guest's thanked me and said they enjoyed the food too. The service was fantastic very friendly and nothing was too much trouble.
I would highly recommend this pub.

lozzaj37 - 31 Aug 2011 20:50
Drove past it for years without giving it a thought - eventually plucked up the courage. Found it to be one of the most homely, well presented, tasty, dog friendly, children friendly, good value pubs that we've ventured into (and there have many). A winning formula, lots of nice touches - planning to go their on Christmas day.
bunge - 5 Dec 2010 22:46
The telephone number given is incorrect, it is for a pub in Derbyshire!
davel_cats - 19 Sep 2009 13:26
Must agree with previous comments. We stopped over after a footplate experience at the nearby Watercress Line, when the first priority was a drink ( God it was hot on that engine ). GREAT garden for children, whilst the grownups had a choice of four H&W ales - Badger, Tanglefoot, Sussex ale and what I assume might be a seasonal Lemony Cricket. As I had promised beforehand, the first pint of shandy ( what a waste of Sussex ale, I know ) never even touched the sides.
philanders - 28 Jun 2009 19:53
This has always been a great country pub!
JockStrap - 7 Feb 2009 08:59
Very friendly staff and an extensive menu. Beers are all badger; Tanglefoot, First Gold and a guest. In addition there is K&B Sussex.

Nice roaring fire on a cold winters day makes this a very welcoming pub
Artonsleeve - 17 Dec 2007 23:08
Better than you might imagine for a dual carriageway roadhouse which are usually at the horrider end of the chain pub market. Nice Badger related beers and fairly standard pub grub food selection. Nowhere near worth a special trip but if you want a break from the A31 for half an hour it's fine.
nickdavies - 19 Aug 2007 19:18
Stopped in at lunchtime on a walk to Alton to find a rather fine selection of Badger ales. Tried the Tanglefoot, which went down nicely. Also a friendly ginger tom cat.
ramblingmike - 12 Jun 2007 13:49
Wonderful pub and wonderful staff, always a smile to greet you. Food excellent. Always stop there to eat on our way to London, tried others near, not nearly as good. Excellent value

Barbara Chatfield
nwcbarb - 5 Jul 2006 21:36
I remember a group of us turning up only to be told that they were closed for a private Beaujolais tasting evening.
johnkn7 - 14 Jun 2006 13:32
...I don't it's changed. I havn't been here for 12 years, but it was still good then, nice ales and good food!
JockStrap - 3 Sep 2005 16:28
Used to go here for chicken in a basket in 1974. I thought it was great then.
anonymous - 24 Aug 2004 20:44

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