Way Out In Wonston

It was a Tuesday evening, and taking up Tony’s kind offer to drive, a car load of us made the 23 mile or so trip south west to descend upon The Wonston Arms.

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We were five in number, and no we didn’t arrive in the Smart Car,

It say’s its the best little pub in Hampshire and does pretty much what it says on the can. A few years ago it was a run down pub in the middle of nowhere and threatened with closure. Now it has been totally revitalized by enthusiastic and very engaging landlord Matthew Todd (sadly absent on holiday on this visit), to the extent it is now a thriving community pub and last year was CAMRA Wessex region pub of the year which meant it was rated in the top 16 country-wide, no mean feat.

It’s not what you would call a traditional pub inside, unmistakably a pub but with a modern and somewhat quirky feel about it.

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Some Quirkiness

And some more.

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Entrance to the loo’s

The pub doesn’t do food itself, but has a Fish and Chip van Tuesdays and on Fridays its curry night, ordered in from a local restaurant, the pub provides plates, cutlery and condiments.

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We were down on a Tuesday, the fish and chips were good.

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Big Steve looking well chuffed with his fish and chips

The beer was good as well, usually four different beers most of fairly local origin but some from further afield.Poor Tony had to make do with Lime and soda.

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Flowerpots Goodens Gold

Its all a good mix here and attracts a decent crowd of locals as well as beer tourists such as ourselves.


Its well worth a trip here but be aware of the restricted opening hours,                                  closed Mondays, 5:00-10:00 Tues – Fri, 12:00 – 10:00 Sat, 12:00 – 8:00 Sun.


8 thoughts on “Way Out In Wonston

  1. Lovely post.

    Brilliant pub, isn’t it. Hard to describe, but easy to know you’re in a special pub. I tipped up last August Bank Holiday and the landlord (Matthew I presume) was just a gem.Beer range doesn’t try too hard.

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  2. Totally agree Citra – great pub…

    … I visited and posted on this too when the CAMRA crew presented the regional pub award.

    Don’t remember seeing the toilet door design and am wondering how I managed not to go to the toilet in a full afternoon session – strange things become mysteries as you get older…!

    One to re-visit for sure though…

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  3. Yes , a great pub, a little out in the sticks but worth the effort. The toilet door is pretty new, wasn’t like that two or three months ago.


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