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County Review by George on September 4th, 2006
Visited Hants to see an old freind who now runs www.solentsafety.co.uk. Had an excellent time on the banks of the hamble. There really are some great pubs and views over the Solent to the iIsle of Wight are great.

Andover, Hampshire

Review of Andover by don on November 27th, 2008
go karting in andover is an expensive disorganised disaster, I paid nearly 400 for a party for 12 children in October 2008. The company didn't deliver at all, no karting races, although that was what I had paid for, no birthday cake, even though that was part of the package, no response from team karting into my complaints. Avoid it and go elesewhere.

Review of Andover by martin belcher on December 19th, 2007
Andover is a lovely market town of some 52,000 people located in the North West of the county. Andover has grown quite substantially since the 1960's and the town has a modern shopping Centre, leisure centre, theatre and college. A new multi screen cinema is due to open in early 2008. Andover has a fascinating history and boasts some fine buildings in the old town centre, St Marys Church and its fine church tower can be seen from most parts of the town. Andover is constantly changing and has in the past been labelled with a bad reputation most often by people who have never visited our town. I love living hear with the countryside on the doorstep and all the facilities of a modern small town; i'm proud to say I live in Andover! Come and visit and see for yourself....

Review of Andover by mrs wilson on October 30th, 2006
I was born in andover in the 1950,s and have seen it change a great deal in that time, and not all for the good. From the small market town to the large mess it is now. The schools are far from the ones we went to some of that good some bad, in the 60s you did as you were told for the best part. the old town is all but gone and with it the caricature that was Andover , the shops the people the niceity of life, all there is now is gread and expance. Talk to an old andoverine and you will see what i mean . If you can find one! BY birth place but nolonger a home to be proud of.

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Beaulieu, Hampshire

Review of Beaulieu by Mr & Mrs W Brooks on November 12th, 2008
We stayed at the hotel in October, we were very disappointed that the standards in the restaurant had deteriorated from April. We loved the area and the hotel but the food was so poor that we ate out on the last night. Repetition of the menu in four days and the quality of the meals does not give value for money, which is a shame.

Review of Beaulieu by david martin chambers on July 31st, 2008
We as a family visited Beaulieu yesterday 30/07/2008.On Monday the website displayed 15 per person. On Tuesday I checked the website and it cost 16. per person.On Wednesday when we visited it cost us 16.50 per person. Today on checking the Web site it is now 16.25. How many people have you cond by this inappropiate pricing on your web site. Please arrange appropiate refund as there were 3 Adults and 1 youth. your earliest reply would be appreciated. I will be monitoring your Web site and forward my findings to the Daily and Sunday Mirror If I dont get appropiate refund. Regards David Chambers Swindon

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Brockenhurst, Hampshire

Review of Brockenhurst by Leiah on August 15th, 2009
I have been searching for many years for a place to move to which would be right for me. My intuitions were guiding me to the South Coast of England. I have searched constantly over the last 5 years to find this ever elusive perfect place and then I discovered BROCKENHURST. My partner was the first to introduce me to the New Forest and we have spent many holidays there over the last 3 years. I cannot tell you anything about the goings on in Brockenhurst as I do not live there (yet) - but as a Vibrational Therapist I can tell you about the wonderful energy there and the feelings of peace and happiness that run through me when I am there. It is truly a place of healing and pure tranquility. There is also a fine College there which brings many people to the village so there is plenty of new energy flowing through the village too. Brockenhurst is the most beautiful place I have ever been to and in Brockenhurst I have indeed found my true home. I will be moving to Brockenhurst later this year. I have been truly Blessed.

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Cadnam, Hampshire

Review of Cadnam by Mandy Broom on October 18th, 2010
I was born in Cadnam, grew up here and have now moved back after spending several years away. my family still live here too. It is a lovely place to live and is perfectly located for lots of great attractions. Cadnam is well appointed for travel too with it being close to Airports, Docks, Main Train Lines, Motorways and close to many major towns and cities. I love it here as you have the convenience of the towns with the gentle pace of the country. I have started a business, The Log Cabin B&B in Cadnam, to encourage others to visit!

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Farnborough, Hampshire

Review of Farnborough by Burton Stanley on February 6th, 2010
We called in at the Monkey Puzzle on the 1st Feb to have an evening meal about 7.45. We chose our meal from the menu to be informed we could have any other type of potato but not chips!!! We had intended having fish and chips and when you examine the menu there is a very good selection but chips are the norm with fish.

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Fordingbridge, Hampshire

Review of Fordingbridge by kevin anderson on September 4th, 2009
whilst i havnt been to this pretty pub in a couple of years,i must say i was pleasently surprised by the progress it has made in all areas. a new head chef has been appointed and has done a very good job indeed in reflection too his menu offering,seasonal and more important local produce such as damerham and rockbourne smoked trout and locally farmed chicken and pig. the food is reasonably priced too,ok its not your 2 courses for a 10 but you can very comfortably eat 3 very good courses plus a glass of wine for just under 20. the staff have also greatly improved too still pleasant and helfull but now more professional and attentive,where as in the past you could be waiting in excess of 20 mins to place an order. overall iam so pleased for the landlady i beleive her name is linda,that all her hard work is starting too pay off ,good luck to this lovely pub i wish it all the best kevin anderson

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Review of Fordingbridge by James V Clover on April 30th, 2007
Like hundreds if not thousands of small market towns, Fordingbridge is not the place it was. In the late 50's through to the middle 60's it basically had its heart ripped out. Gone the Railway station the cinema the school and of course it's permanent police presence. In its place we have a dormitory town, blue lights in the public toilets and a general tattiness which has become symbolic of England in the 20th/21st Century. I am just pleased that I was brought up and lived in the town when I did, and not now. I still love the place though for what it was, rather than for what it is. Regards, JVC.

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Gosport, Hampshire

Review of Gosport by jane searle on December 12th, 2008
h just like to ask why fort brockhurst has not had the civil war group there , they were good to see and the fashion show that the ladys put on please can you have them back .

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Hambledon, Hampshire

Review of Hambledon by Chocolate cake lover on August 31st, 2006
We have just a fabulous night at the award winning Vine in Hambledon, and were made extremely welcome by the very accomodating landlady and landlord. the service was exceptional, and it was the finest hospitality I have experienced in a Hampshire pub. I would highly recommend this pub to anyone wishing to enjoy an excellent night out in a warm and friendly country pub, and do try the award winning chocolate cake (if available on the menu). I'll be coming back for some more of the same!

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Havant, Hampshire

Review of Havant by Stephen on June 10th, 2008
The old market town of Havant (6 miles (10km) east of Portsmouth) sits at the north end of Langstone Harbour, although the town was built about a mile from the waters edge being set astride the old Roman road that went from Chichester to Bittern (Southampton) where it is crossed by a later road from Rowlands Castle to Hayling Island. There is evidence of Roman pottery and tile making in the area and other Roman remains have been unearthed. In 935 King Athelstan gave lands at Havant to one of his thanes Witger, about 1000 it was given to the Monks of St.Peter & St.Paul at Winchester. Much of Havant was destroyed by fire in 1790 only the church and an adjacent row of cottages survived. The cottages form the `Old House at Home` pub. The church of St.Faith is a cruciform building with a vaulted chancel, the tower, transepts and nave date from the 12th century and the chancel is C13th; the church underwent heavy restorations in 1832 &1874. It is built on the site of an earlier church and an earlier Roman building. To the south west of the church, near the Homewell spring, was a large Parchment works and Tannery. It is believed that Parchment (made from prepared sheep skin) was being carried out in Havant for several hundred years, the last works closed in 1936. Just south of the crossroads is the excellent Havant Museum housed in a late Victorian house built in 1875 next door in the old Town Hall is the Arts Centre. Havant was made a District Council in 1972.

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Lymington, Hampshire

Review of Lymington by Richard Stokes on September 14th, 2010
The Kings Arms, St Thomas Street, Lymington, is my favourite pub in the town. It is the nearest I can find to a local. It has good food and very friendly staff. There is nearly always music on Friday nights and there is jazz every 3rd Sunday in the month at lunchtime. For events and gigs look at http://www.kingsarmslymington.co.uk

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Petersfield, Hampshire

Review of Petersfield by Bob Machin on January 24th, 2007
Petersfield's a great place to live - if you know where to look. Try www.mypetersfield.co.uk for a few pointers...

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Pilley, Hampshire

Review of Pilley by Jax on August 13th, 2009
Just come across the Fluer De Lys in Pilley and "popped in" only to be greeted with the warmist welcome I think I have received. I have left the premises with the full intention of going there again, based firstly on the hospitality of the landlady, followed by the food which is all homecooked and absolutely fantastic. Excellent service, great food, couldnt wish for better !

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Portsmouth, Hampshire

Review of Portsmouth by Pete on April 8th, 2006
The Historic Naval Dockyard is a very exciting part of Portsmouth, that has much on offer, including HMS Victory, The Mary Rose Museum, HMS Warrior, historic buildings from the Georgian period and, of course, the great remains of Henry the Eighth's favourite warship, the Mary Rose, skillfully lifted from the murky waters of The Solent in 1982, and now resting in her undercover dry dock, close by to where she was originally built. Henry the Eighth helplessly watched this great ship sink from his vantage point on the battlements of nearby Southsea Castle, and next to a few attempts at retrieving the ship during Elizabethan times, it was largely forgotten, until its rediscovery, in 1970. Portchester, a few miles to the west of Portsmouth, was originally the premier point, before the rise of Portsmouth. The Romans built a Saxon Shore Fort here, which still stands strong and proud in the shape of Portchester Castle, which the Normans later put to good use by building a huge Keep within the Roman walls. It is a fascinating place to visit, although you will have to look into train connections as Portchester is not a major station, hence Chichester railway station really being the best changing point to find the correct train.

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Southampton, Hampshire

Review of Southampton by sarah on February 25th, 2008
We have just come back from a short stay in Southampton, and did have a good time but don't think we need to go back, as we did everything really in one day. The Argyle lodge was a cheap stay and you get what you paid for. Tea and coffee facilities in the bedroom which was clean and tidy, the bed was very uncomfortable and the shower was temperamental. We didn't really see/talk to anyone apart from when we arrived to collect keys which was a quick hand over and directed to our room. Very good breakfast but after a bad night sleep we just wanted to get home asap. If you just need to get your head down for the night and not pay through the roof.

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Sway, Hampshire

Review of Sway by peter wright on March 14th, 2012
hello folks, lived in the village for over 45years until 1977 when we emigrated to the usa.i used to play football and cricket for the village. i was also a great supporter of sway club, ask any of the older generation.in fact i am a life member of sway club,also a life vice president of the football club. great place to grow up in and have a lot of happy memories. please give my regards to all my friends still living in the village. from a ex sway-ite now living in florida.

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Winchester, Hampshire

Review of Winchester by Cheryl citron on October 16th, 2006
We visited Winchester from north carolina, USA three days in early October 2006. The weather was mixed - a lot of rain but sun as well. About 50 to 60 degrees F. We stayed at the Wykeham Arms - you can't get a better place with nice and historic rooms, friendly staff and very good food in the very old pub and the restaurant. It was a five minutes walk to the fabulous Winchester Cathedral, where I took an excellent and informative tour. You are allowed to take as many photos as you want and even though inexperienced in its use, I had fine shots from our digital camera. I then went to "The City Museum" on the main street and took the audio tour. Unless your heart is hardened against seeing 2000 year old Roman and Anglo-Saxon artifacts, skeletons, jewelry, and dioramas of winchester at different periods in history you will love this place. They don't care if you touch the stuff on display. History of winchester from the time of the romans to modern times with the exclusion of the 16th and 17th century you can then see at the Westgate Museum. This latter is the remaining of the four gates of the old wall around Winchester and you get good views of the High street if you climb to the top. Also the man inside told me fine tales about the stufff on display, especially the gibbeting iron. Another high point for me was the wallk on the walking path from the Cathedral to the Hospital/Church of St. Cross, the origianl alsmhouse of the area built around 1000 AD. The church is beautiful and is in neo-Romanesque style, the grounds and the Bishop's Garden beautiful and I met a 90 year old current resident (there are 25 men who live there) who gave me a tour and let me see his apartment. The walk back to the Catherdral was not long but idyllic - passing cricket fields of Winchester college, near a small river or two and very peaceful. Another place I enjoyed eating at was "The Bishop on the Bridge" which I had to do by myself as my husband was tied up at nearby IBM in Hursley and I did not feel awkward dining and reading there by myself for quite a while at night. We also enjoyed the rather long walk from the path near Wykeham Arms to St. Giles Hill which gives you a great view of Winchester with the cathedral and High street clearly visible. Winchester is a wonderful historic City that has also great shopping if you are into that. I warn you with the exchange rate as it is, many thing scost about twice what they would in the US, so it is not cheap. Also winchester is in a great position to visit other places of interest in England , for example, only about an hour drive to Oxford. And not too far from Stonehenge. We have practice driving in England and my husband found that it came back to him pretty fast although it is very helpful to have someone help navigate. It is the best way to get around England if you intendn to go to several places. Just remember to go to the left when you go around a roundabout - which is easy if there is a lot of traffic. Have fun!

Review of Winchester by col BKD Badgel, 11 GR on October 12th, 2006
I visited the Museum in 2000 but do not remember seeing the medaals of GANJU LAMA, VC, MM there. Request intimate if Medals are kept in the Museum. Thanks in anticipation. Yours Sincerely, Col Badgel

Review of Winchester by Pete Butler on April 8th, 2006
Few cities can rival this great place, and a visit is always highly enjoyable. Winchester Cathedral has the longest nave in Europe, AND the largest space of Medieval floor tiles to be found anywhere. Bloody Mary and Philip of Spain were married here, and the tombs of Jane Austen and several Bishop's of Winchester are to be seen, amongst other delights. William of Whykeham, Bishop of Winchester, established the prestigious Winchester College and New College, Oxford, shortly afterward, prompting King Henry the Sixth to establish his own: Eton, and King's College. The ruins of Wolvesey Castle are very interesting, built by Henry de Blois; Bishop of Winchester and brother of King Stephen. It was Henry who stepped in and negotiated Matilda's freedom with King Stephen, when she came to stay at Arundel Castle in 1139. She then fled to Bristol. Winchester Castle is today practically non-existant, save for Henry the Third's Great Hall..a stunning building which houses the famous 13th Century Round Table.

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