Thursday, 18 November 2010

The Hunters Inn - Swanmore

Hunting for a good meal for a good deal?

So it was down to Mike for this months meeting and he decided to pick somewhere he has been going to regularly for many years, and the Grub gang members have all visited at some point. The Hunters Inn in swanmore is a cosy, decent sized pub offering a haven from the cold weather with soft furnishings and good, honest pub grub.

The menu offers all of the classic pub meals from lasagne to steak and ale pie, but for those with a discerning taste for the more adventurous dish, the specials board offers a wide range of different and interesting meals. The prices are so reasonable, we were able to easily stay within the Grubgang budget, having three courses and a drink for under £20!! This was mainly due to one of the many deals the Hunters offers, this being if you order a main from the blackboard, you can have a dessert from the blackboard for free Monday-Friday.

Gemma and Clair opted to share a starter - the combo platter for two which consisted of battered sausage, chicken bites, onion rings, garlic bread, breaded mushrooms, potato skins, salad and a garlic dip (so much, I hope I have listed it all!) Dean and Mike opted for the garlic mushrooms. The portion sizes are more than ample, meaning you can be slightly full before you even see the main course!! Dean opted for something from the main menu - the Thai curry, whilst Partridge, Ostrich steak and venison pie were picked from the blackboard for the other members. All of which proved delicious, although Clair's peas could have been more tender and not so hard! (This is a personal taste though)

So, onto the desserts - Treacle tart, apple sponge pudding, chocolate sponge and waffles and ice cream were ordered. The only complaint here is that Clair and Gemmas desserts could have been warmer (the waffles and apple sponge)

The service was friendly ( if questionably a little too quick) if anything the staff seemed a bit bored with being a midweek day - playing on remote controlled helicopters!!! But all in all we were fairly impressed. Clean facilities, plenty of room to move with disabled access in the toilets and cosy decor (if a little dated)

Marks out of 10 ........................................................... 7

The Hunters Inn

Cott Street
SO32 2PZ

01489 877214


  1. avoid this place at all cost, the food is absolutely horrendous, the service is terrible and don't bother trying to give feedback to the owner, he won't accept any critism no matter how bad the food is

  2. Agree with the above went there twice 4yrs ago and oredered lasagne on one visit and cottage pie on another, both times was very runny, watery and bland. Decided to go back today and try it again 4 yrs later, tried something diferent this time and found the same again - think of pre packed, frozen microwaved food very bland. Plus points fast service, polite and well priced. Think maybe this only applies to the regular menu as the dinners others ordered off the specials board looked very appetising. Venue seemed quite popular as was very busy.

  3. Thanks for your comments, guys. Seems to me things may have slipped since we last went. Maybe we should revisit at some point and see what is going on!!