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Friday, 31 October 2008

The Keepers Arms, Trotton (restaurant)

Five miles east of Petersfield on the A272, more grape than grain (though two or three excellent local ales can be depended on) and certainly a finer and more consistent dining experience than it ever was. Taken over and revamped in 2007 and given a design makeover consistent with its short, sharp menu, losing some of its wilder eccentricities but retaining its intriguing spaces.  The kitchen functions brilliantly, producing modern British food of an extremely high standard - the best the Hipster has enjoyed on the Sussex side of Petersfield by some distance, and several correspondents have informally commended it too. Nicely balanced wine list and warm service. Undeniably it's more of a restaurant than a pub, but the generous lounging space in big leather sofas and armchairs by the fire (and the south-facing terrace outside) give it a great, relaxed feel. A serious destination for weekend hedonists, but if you're local, don't let that put you off. More here.   

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