Review on The French Horn
Just a short walk from Chawton and Jane Austen's house - and within sight and sound of the Watercress Line - the white-painted French Horn is a fascinating old pub with a riveting history. Built in 1640, it first became a watering hole in 1802 and has long-standing connections with beer and brewing in Alton. Guests can enjoy a drink in the traditional bar with its open fire or in one of their three gardens, and if you are lucky you might see the occasional steam train pass by.
The kitchen sources fresh local ingredients for its menu of pub classics which includes dishes such as a classic prawn cocktail or baked Camembert with warm ciabatta amongst the starters. When it comes to main courses there's twice baked pork belly served with apple mash and cider sauce or whole tail breaded scampi and chips. There's an excellent selection of wines available by the glass or bottle, draft beer and six real ales on tap.
The French Horn overlooks the famous medieval Butts, where games of Victorian cricket are played each year to the accompaniment of great merriment. For those wanting to make a night of it, there's pleasant accommodation in buildings adjacent to the pub.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Tue-Sat (12.00 - 3.30pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.00pm Mon-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card