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Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Groups, Bar Scene
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The Boot Inn is situated in the heart of the idyllic Test Valley village of Houghton in Hampshire. Warm atmosphere, supplemented by active wood-burners, exists in both the Restaurant and Bar. The property has recently benefited from a massive refurbishment and the garden, which fronts the River Test (England's most famous chalk stream), has been enhanced further by the addition of it's own kitchen and bar servery. The latter is open most afternoons and evenings, weather permitting.
PRICE RANGE
US$14 - US$34
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Dog Friendly
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What fantastic food, service and location. We had the most wonderful meals and they cater for Vegans also with a fabulous burger and fries. The chilli prawn linguine in crab butter was, I was told, sublime. My other friend had the Cheeseburger which she thoroughly...enjoyed (after a very disappointing one at the Mayfly) 🙄 Our waiter was thoroughly charming and the Manager kept things flowing and was on point, keeping the staff and kitchen happy and motivated! We can't wait to go back!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first visit to the Boot Inn as a couple to enjoy a Sunday roast. I was impressed with this on so many levels. Craig, the owner, was out front of house himself, with his young team of staff, keeping everything well organised,...to me this really demonstrates an individual that is serious about running an establishment well, about his customer service and the quality in which it is delivered. The team were happy for us to order a child sized portion roast instead, I ordered beef and my partner pork. We both agreed that the chef is exceptional at what they do, and it was likely to be the best roast dinner we had, having eaten out. This is no exaggeration. The potatoes were crispy, and full of flavour, the meat melted in my mouth, the vegetables were cooked to perfection...I could go on. Dessert was just as good. The setting to the Boot is one of the loveliest, with a garden backing onto the river Test. I really look forward to coming back here for an evening meal, to sample more of the menu. Sunday was fairly quiet, so I would be interested to experience how the team perform on a busier weekend evening. I am confident that they would still deliver an exceptional service, and cannot wait to return with friends, and family!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The soup and sourdough bread was absolutely fabulous. The best bread I think I have ever tasted. The main meal of Sea Bass was equally as tasty and delicious. We will definitely eat here again before we go home.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Out in the country to enjoy the last few days of summer and had a fabulous meal in this beautiful pub. Sat in the friendly bar and greeted by Craig, the landlord. Nothing was too much trouble for him and the bar staff. I had...the grilled sea bass and my husband had a burger, both were delicious. But for me, the best bit was the dessert, as I can honestly say the pistachio cake was the nicest thing I have tasted in an age. All reasonably priced and we went away very happy and will return.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely poor service. Ages before menus given, wrong order taken after it being written down by what appeared a drunk member of staff ! I will not be revisiting or recommending. This used to be our super village pub…. What a joke ! Ruined. Get...some better staff and teach them how to give good customer service 😡More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 22 August 2021 via mobile

First time we have visited The Boot and we will definitely be returning, the food was excellent as was the service. Could not fault a thing.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 15 August 2021

This was somewhere that we used to visit a lot prior to covid as we loved the setting, food and service. Since our last visit the owners have changed. However, don’t let this put you off!! We visited for a anniversary meal yesterday and the...food and service was fabulous. Cannot fault a thing. We will definitely be returning, had a lovely evening and really enjoyed the food! They could not have been more accommodating, definitely 5* from usMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 9 August 2021

Visited for just a drink and a snack at lunchtime. There is a very large garden at the back on the banks of the river which is idyllic. We enjoyed our brief stay. They have a grill in the garden which is used in normal...times, and I can imagine this being really good. We didn't try the food on this occasion.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 24 July 2021

The two of us had lunch on the terrace. Excellent, knowledgable, service from a courteous, masked, ( thank you for that) young man and woman. A varied, shortish ( that is good in our book, ) menu that included a whole plaice with roast artichokes,...samphire and capers, mussels marinere and truffle frites, which were brilliant ( we ordered them without the advertised cheese). All the food was faultless, as was the wine, a dry rose. We arrived on the off-chance, not having been for years, and couldn't have been happier with our experience. We will be back.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 3 July 2021

We swung by this pub while we were out for a cycle ride on Thursday evening. We propped our bikes up and took a seat outside the front, and were immediately welcomed by Craig (the landlord). What a fantastic guy. While we were getting sorted,...he appeared with some dog biscuits and pointed out where our little friend could grab a drink, which of course went down well :-) He took the time to have a chat with us, and after letting us know what was on tap, brought us out two great pints of Summer Lightning, which was fab! Craig spoke to us about some of the challenges, but he's got some great plans. There is a huge garden out the back and away from the road. It would be great for families, or for cyclists like us where you could keep an eye on your bikes. Overall, a really positive impression! We'll make this a regular drinks stop, and come back and try the new picnic hampers when they are launched! Cheers to Craig and his team.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Yes, we ate indoors
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If you go to their website the menus are online
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The Boot Inn is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5