MANY of us will be heading out to pubs in Romsey for a well-deserved pint this weekend after they reopened on July 4.

After months of being shut to the public, the Romsey Advertiser takes a look at the best pubs around the market town and Test Valley.

We’ve pulled together a list of the top five pubs, according to TripAdvisor, and these are the results.

1) The Wheatsheaf, Braishfield Road, Braishfield

Not only is it the top pub according to TripAdvisor, but they are dog-friendly.

A few of their dishes include breaded Japanese style prawns, with a sweet chilli dip, homemade lasagne and spicy macaroni cheese.

One reviewer said: "After a wonderful morning walk with the dogs we popped in for mid-morning drinks. The staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating... dog treats were on hand.

"The open fire and grandad chairs made it hard to leave."

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2) Hatchet Inn, Salisbury Road, Sherfield English

This pub prides itself on serving the best of British food and was a Certificate of Excellence winner from 2016 to 2019, according to TripAdvisor.

They also serve vegetarian dishes and offer vegan and gluten free options.

One person said: "We have used the home delivery service regularly during lockdown; the food is excellent and is amazing value.

"On 3rd June, for my wife's birthday and with two weeks' notice, the Hatchet produced and delivered a fantastic dinner; lobster thermidor for my wife and rack of lamb for me."

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3) Three Tuns, Middlebridge Street, Romsey

The 300-year-old pub brims with "character and charm", according to watering hole's website.

Some of the food customers can tuck into at the dog-friendly pub include apple-braised pork belly, vegan ratatouille pie as well as a dark chocolate and beetroot brownies.

One reviewer said: "My partner and I were visiting Romsey and thought we’d pop in to the Three Tuns, for Sunday lunch.

"The food was hot, the meat was tender, the veggies were well cooked and it was no surprise that we both cleared our plates."

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4) The Old House at Home, Love Lane, Romsey

Located in the heart of Romsey, this 500-year-old pub is a popular pick for customers.

The watering hole offers specials, such as mussels, fish and chips.

Their fish is also sourced from ChalkStream, who sell trout in the market town.

One person said: "A charming old fashioned thatch-roof pub, with a modern twist and excellent service and food.

"The chef kindly modified a meal to make it vegan for me - which I really appreciated."

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5) The White Horse at Ampfield, Ampfield, Romsey

From its roots as a pilgrims’ inn in the 16th century, The White Horse at Ampfield offers customers dishes from locally sourced produce.

The pub is especially proud of their daily “skipper’s catch” fish board, highlighting a selection of fresh and sustainable fish from around the South Coast.

One reviewer said: "The food at the White Horse was tasty, hot, reasonably priced and served promptly; the beer was tasty and well kept.

"We'll probably go back for an evening meal in the near future, as the evening menu looks interesting."

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