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.

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Gastro 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

Online Booking Availability for The French Horn

Facilities at The French Horn

  • Childrens menu
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Family Friendly


Accomodation is available


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


The French Horn
The Butts
GU34 1RT

Customer Ratings on The French Horn

3.7  / 5

Based on 3 reviews

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  • avatar
    Peter Desmond-Thomas
    May 2018

    7 people found this review helpful
    Very disappoibting

    Half a la carte menu no longer available. Extremely long wait for food (despite few customers). Recently re-launched as a gastropub but fell at every hurdle: poor ambience; poor choice; poor food; poor value. Website a la carte bore little resemblance to that actually on offer on the day.

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  • avatar
    August 2015

    16 people found this review helpful
    Wow Great Country Pub

    Dropped in on our way past for a quick bite to eat, just catching the kitchen before it closed, My word the food was out of this world, the Chef Mark really know what he's doing . Everything is made fresh and they take the time to make sure your every needed is meet .
    The land Lady Tracy is just amazing she makes you laugh and welcomes you form the moment you step in the door it feels like a home away from home with all you old friends there.

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  • avatar
    July 2014

    19 people found this review helpful
    A great pub!!!!!

    Danny the new landlord is lovely - he really cares and always has a smile! A great pub!!!!!

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