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Saturday, 4 October 2008

The Thomas Lord (pub)

West Meon, 6 miles from Petersfield. Draws on its association with the eponymous founder of Lord's cricket ground and former resident of West Meon with plenty of cricketing memorabilia, but not overpoweringly so. More to the point, it's an absolutely tremendous country inn: roomy, comfortable, with a nicely weathered assortment of furniture, including big leather armchairs, many pulled up to fires which blaze through the winter. Friendly, chatty and, it would appear, a matey dog at every table, which may not be standard but was a nice touch on the cold day that we were there. Excellent range of beers, tempting short menu, drawing on local suppliers - when we dropped by for lunch, smoked haddock stovie topped with a fried egg and a dash of chilli hit the spot very nicely. Good for lunch, great for dinner, or just a fine place to idle away a few hours with beer and the papers. If it was closer, could be our new favourite pub, as it is, it certainly justifies a trip. Get there: turn south from the A272 towards Fareham on the A32. The pub is signposted to the left just inside West Meon village. 01730 829244. GMAP. See also the WikiPetersfield restaurant review here

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