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The Flowerpots Inn, Alresford

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Postal town: Alresford
SO24 0QQ
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Quinno _ left this review about The Flowerpots Inn

Hearing that the place was on the market I decided to prioritse a revisit here, lest it be my final one in the pub's 10/10 incarnation. Ultimately, there's little to add to the prevous descriptions - it's a marvellous traditional pub, with superb Flowerpots ales in sublime condition. Visit!

May 2015
A very well-received revisit here. Not much change in the three-and-a-half years (good!) though the wall of awards in the rear room has got notably more inhabited! Four of their beers on including the loopy juice IPA - all very reasonably-priced and all absolutely lovely too. As a minor quibble, it would have been nice to see darker beer on, the four available were straw-coloured. Noted the presence of real cider this time round as well. Spent most of the time outside lapping up the first rays of spring sunshine. As mentioned elsewhere food is of the simple, pub-grub variety. This place is still, in my humble opinion, one of the finest southern country boozers and I implore you all to try it. Upped mark by a point – this is a gem of a ten.

July 2011
Brewery tap of the Flowerpots brewery located just across the car park in an old outbuilding, this also ticks many boxes as a quintessential English country pub, located in an idyllic setting down a country lane in a rural part of mid-Hampshire. This is a converted farmhouse and accommodation is available as well as a camping field behind the pub. Lovely garden areas are located to the front and rear. The interior is set over two rooms, lounge and public, served by the same bar. The main bar to the left as you enter is for drinkers, whilst the diners are catered for in the room off to the right (though drinkers are welcome here too off-peak). There are no fruit machines, no jukeboxes or canned music though a dart board is available. The drinkers room is decorated with lots of nice old pictures and prints, giving the place a country cottage feel, enhanced by the presence of log fires. The beer is dispensed via gravity from the bar and the four Flowerpots beers available on my visit went down extremely well, as well as being competitively priced. Ale takeouts are available, a nice touch. The staff were very affable and clearly proud of the place. This is a cracking country pub and you really should sample it. Probably best avoided at peak eating times though. Rated 9

On 21st May 2019 - rating: 10
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Moby Duck left this review about The Flowerpots Inn

Tucked away down a country lane,the Flowerpots Inn is everything a country pub should be,it's charmingly basic,two separate rooms with various comfortable seating along with some normal tables and chairs for eating and or drinking.Four beers were available on stillage behind the bar with the choices displayed on a blackboard, they were on my visit, Flowerpots Bitter,Perridge Pale , Stottidge Stout and Goodens Gold, the Pale was in excellent form at a very reasonable £2.80 a pint. As mentioned before this pub is well worth seeking out.

On 14th May 2017 - rating: 9
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Malden man left this review about The Flowerpots Inn

This is a quintessential English country pub, located down a lane on the edge of a rural village adjacent to farmland. Outbuildings house the on-site brewery and B&B accommodation with camping also available adjoining the car park. The pub itself, a former farmhouse I understand, has the traditional two room bar and lounge format with the bar being the bigger room by some margin. If you enter from the car park the chances are you will go in via the toilet lobby into the bar, an L-shaped space with lots of regular seating, a dartboard, lots of pub awards framed on a wall and for some reason a row of hats and caps on the wall.
Through the front entrance lobby to a much smaller squareish lounge which resembles an old parlour. Boarded flooring but with large rugs, a proper log fire, wooden shutters at the windows, dried hops along the bar. Décor includes a load of agricultural implements an animal traps above the bar, a bedpan, a large brass and copper milk churn on a small table, hunting scenes framed, over the bar also hang hunting horns and pewter tankards. Seating in here is of mixed old style chairs and benches plus a pair of recycled domestic armchairs. A tatty old box of scrabble provides the only extraneous entertainment, there are no TVs or recorded music here. I believe there are often impromptu performances from folk musicians and country dancers. There is an overflow marquee in the garden but this really would be a last resort as obviously it has no character or atmosphere and the pub interior is essential as part of the experience.
The bar with its painted brick back serves both areas continually, naturally the site brewed beers are what's on offer, all on stillage, regulars Flowerpots Bitter and Goodens Gold were on plus Hopton's Pale, Edge of Darkness plus real cider and perry from Weston's and Thatchers. Food is served, home style stuff no country gastro, 8oz ribeye and chips £10.50, sausage, chips and beans £7.50, crab sandwich £5.50, homemade soup £4.50.
One point to note, they do not have facilities to take cards here, cash only but I believe that they still do take cheques. I'd ring to make sure especially if eating or staying over.
I had wanted to visit here for some time as it is vaguely off the route we take when fetching my daughter home from university as we were, I'm glad I did, a lovely old country pub, I must say though that a rather boorish middle aged group occupying a side of the bar clearly celebrating something did take something away from the experience especially as one mouthy wannabee big fella decided to make comments as we walked through. I don't tolerate that sort of stuff and replied quickly and abrasively to his "witty banter", telling him to shut up in rather more assertive terms than I can document here. I won't let that detract from my rating, not the fault of the pub, if you ever read this (if you can) grow up pal.

On 3rd April 2014 - rating: 9
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Map location corrected by Will Larter
Winchester, 7.81 miles, 2 hr 30 min walk (show)
Shawford, 8.62 miles, 2 hr 46 min walk (show)
Eastleigh, 11.15 miles, 3 hr 35 min walk (show)
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15th Sep 2019, 18:27
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27th Jul 2019, 23:21
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 18 March 2015 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 18 March 2015 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 18 March 2015 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 18 March 2015 by Quinno _
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  • Car Park : Yes last updated 18 March 2015 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 18 March 2015 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 18 March 2015 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 March 2015 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 18 March 2015 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 18 March 2015 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 18 March 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 18 March 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 18 March 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 18 March 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 18 March 2015 by Quinno _
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