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The Bat and Ball Inn, Breamore - pub details

Bat and Ball Inn
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Address: Salisbury Road, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 2EA [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2909) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras


Pub facilities/features:
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> Current user rating: 7.0/10 (rated by 15 users)
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other pubs nearby:

Horse and Groom, Woodgreen (0.8 miles), Cartwheel, Whitsbury (1.9 miles)

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It seems that the Bat & Ball have lost their chef to the Horse & Groom at Woodgreen. I guess that may explain the drop in standard of the food.
John.T - 23 Dec 2013 14:31
After a visit to Salisbury we stopped off for lunch on the way back to Bournemouth as the Pub looked very nice from the road as we passed going to Salisbury. Initial impressions were good as we were given a friendly welcome. We picked up a menu & were no that impressed with the offer as it read like a Brake Brothers frozen food suppliers list of thier best sellers! very dissapointing for such a nice looking pub. We then noticed tat they did roasts & thought this might be a better option, we asked for the lamb but they did not have any so went for the roast pork instead. When it arrived it was not the traditional leg of pork but three thin slices of loin of pork in a tasteless 'bisto' gravy with dried out & burnt 'crackling' on top which tasted like they had opened a packet of pork scratching & grilled them! & no apple sauce? The vegetables consisted of three dried out roast potatoes & a separate dish of a small piece of broccoli & cauliflower and a few battons of carrot which were nicely cooked but more of a childs portion. All together a dissapointing meal in such a lovely pub with nice friendly staff, which I would re-visit but only for a drink.
Steve53B - 13 Aug 2013 12:48
Called in for lunch, as Dad remembers staying here to fish the Avon some 60 years ago.
Was fairly busy, but both barmaids/waitress were friendly and polite. Food was very good, s&k pie was lovely and BBQ ribs delicious. Prices were reasonable. There is a senior citizens menu at a reduced price every weekday lunchtime. Would go back if in the area.
b860at - 19 Jul 2012 17:27
I have been back a few times since my previous review (14 Feb 2012); the food has been consistently very good (if slightly idiosyncratic) and the service excellent. This has been sufficient to convince me that the "issues" I had a few months ago were a "blip".
Tetenterre - 21 Jun 2012 00:01
Been hearing good things, so we booked a table and tried it out for lunch. The welcome was warm; the pub was moderately full. While waiting to be seated, I noticed that they have a reasonable selection of malts, including one of my favourites: Laphroaig Quarter-Cask. However, it being lunch-time I settled for a pint of Forty-Niner (well kept) and my companion had a spritzer. We felt that the pub could have benefited from some heating; it was chilly around the kidneys, and we noticed people at other tables putting their coats back on.

I ordered salmon& dill fish-cakes (�9.95) and my companion had chicken fajitas �8.95). They took over half an hour to arrive -- for stuff that has (presumably) already been prepped and which only takes a max of 15 minutes to cook, this is too long. If the pub had been particularly busy, I could have understood this, but the problem seemed to be one of under-staffing -- we saw only 3 members of staff, who were consistently busy. Maybe this is just the reality of the pub-grub trade nowadays. The food was pleasant enough, but nothing to write home about -- just honest pub fare, that was reasonably priced, served by pleasant, friendly people. The taste of dill was just about noticeable in the fish cakes, and at least the chilli dipping sauce had more than a nodding acquaintance with capsicum -- just a pity there wasn't more of it. Sauces, guacamole, etc, are served in very small ramekins, making the portions a bit stingy.

Would I go back? Well, if I was in a situation where I had to eat there, I wouldn't object, but I'd not make a special trip there either.
Tetenterre - 14 Feb 2012 14:45

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