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Osborne View

Address: 67 Hill Head Road, Fareham, Hampshire, PO14 3JR [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 8610) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Fareham (3.3 miles), Swanwick (4.6 miles)

Brewery: Hall and Woodhouse

Pub facilities/features:
Cask Marque accreditation

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> Current user rating: 4.9/10 (rated by 19 users)
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Great views across the beach to the Isle of Wight and a good pub albeit more of a restaurant pub where drinkers are welcome rather than a traditional boozer. We just didn't have the same experience of previous reviewers. The First Call was in good order and was £3.50 a pint whereas the Fursty Ferret was equally good and £3.90. Service was quick and friendly and the food tasty. Busy on a Monday night suggesting they are doing something right.
paul_d102 - 25 Jul 2016 20:54
Oh dear. To begin with, once you enter the car park you cannot get out unless your buy. The exit code is printed on your receipt. One was spikes on the entrance to a car park? Not a good sign. And so it pans out.

I had popped in for a swift half while I ordered a takeaway from across the road. I walked in and found one of those desks at the front where you wait to be seated. I was under the misapprehension this was a pub and I was asked if I wanted a table for one. I replied, 'no, I would like a beer' and was told there was a table on the far side of the pub. I pointed out I was quite happy to stand at the bar and was told that was OK if that was what I wanted. So, I stood at the bar and ordered a half. £2.05 for half of an average bitter. It was clear that drinkers are not welcome so I poured it down and left.

The whole place has a vibe of 'we don't want you, we want your money'.

In one word? AVOID
FBS - 17 Jun 2013 14:10
Nothing is funnier than when a company creates its own awards for it's establishments. This is a Hall and Woodhouse "Hallmark" pub, for serving real ale. The funny fact is this was award prior to the present manager taking over with a completely different team.

Views nice
Beers Shit
Foods Shit
Service is Shit

Shit Pub, Simples
Potatohead - 11 Sep 2011 00:47
Remove the view and what have you got? Not much if anything at all.

Drinkerstinker - 6 Sep 2011 01:34
I'd been told about the spectacular vista commanded by the Osborne View and decided to take my wife there for lunch. Prior to visiting I checked on the Internet for directions and came across these reviews which amount to almost universal condemnation of the food and service.

Nevertheless I calculated that if we stuck to the snack menu we would be okay. (When we arrived the view from the bar I'm sure would have lived up to its reputation were it not for the reduced visibility caused by driving rain.)

I ordered baked potatoes for two. After all even the worst kitchen could produce a decent baked potato surely. Wrong. The barman told me that yes, they had baked potatoes, but they pre-cook their potatoes and had left them in the oven for too long and they had 'gone all hard' and so they couldn't be served.

I changed my order to two baguettes (one cheese one chicken). To drink I ordered one pint of Tanglefoot (ale) for me and a coffee for my wife.

Two mouthfuls of the Tanglefoot and I nearly vomited. It tasted of stale vinegar. When I returned with it to the bar the barman, almost gleefully, informed me that I had been served with the very last pint from the barrel (as though this somehow confirmed his excellence as a barman).

He even gave the pump a few pulls to show me that it was just pumping out froth to emphasise his point.

After he had changed the barrel the next pint was not much better, the pipes must be truly filthy. I had a couple more mouthfuls and left the rest.

The baguettes arrived after 35 minutes along with my wife's coffee. The bread was soft and 'chewy' almost as though it was that had been par baked. The generic 'yellow' cheese in mine looked as though it had been broken up with a club hammer. The accompanying chips were virtually cold and looked like they had been reheated and left to get cold.

My wife's 'roast' chicken baguette looked like it had been attacked by a cat and was covered in a sour sauce which rendered the whole soggy concoction utterly inedible.

On the scale of excellence (rather lack of it) this pub goes way beyond bad, past comedically bad; this pub is epically bad, even to the point of being offensive.
The British catering pub trade has done an incredible job of cleaning up its act over the last decade or two. It's a genuine pity that standards as low as those displayed by the Osborne View are tolerated in this day and age.

Were I of a cynical nature I would be tempted to think that the owners of this pub calculate that its location will virtually guarantee that it is well frequented, so why waste money training staff and maintaining quality standards?

Foxbat - 12 Nov 2010 18:32

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