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A country pub in a rural location just five minutes' drive from the city of Winchester. Go for good food, a friendly atmosphere and retire to characterful rooms.

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Here you are enveloped by fields, perfect for countryside strolls. Marwell Zoo is a convenient 20-minute drive in one direction for family outings, while the Bombay Sapphire Distillery is a 20-minute drive in the other direction for those seeking a more grown-up experience.

This pub with rooms is situated in Littleton, a pretty little village with thatched cottages just four miles from central Winchester.

By car: The Running Horse is 1 hour 30 mins from London and Bristol, and 2 hours from Birmingham. There is free parking on-site.

By train: London Waterloo to Winchester takes just under an hour. A taxi to the pub takes 10 minutes. Book trains to Winchester.

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Interiors exude a warm and inviting atmosphere, with a polished flagstone floor, cosy wood-burning stove and wooden bar adorned with red leather bar stools. Mismatched tables and chairs contribute to the relaxed atmosphere, while the restaurant showcases shelves filled with books and memorabilia.


Local, friendly staff are available to offer recommendations on places to visit and activities to enjoy. Live entertainment features pub quizzes and occasional live bands. Explore the book collection in the bar or engage in a game of chess in the garden.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


Rooms are charming and unique and are reasonably priced. With distressed wooden headboards featuring a touch of turquoise, vibrant pillows, throws and invigorating showers, they offer a distinctive atmosphere. The six superior rooms are situated around a private garden.

Room types: Comfy Double, Comfy Twin, Comfy Family, Elegant Double

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with shower, luxury toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, magazines, TV, desk, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi


The menu exceeds typical pub offerings, featuring dishes such as truffle oil-infused soup of the day, a tomato and mozzarella salad with Bloody Mary vinaigrette and burgers served on brioche buns. Main dishes showcase options such as pheasant breast accompanied by confit pheasant hash. The pan-fried calves liver with mashed potato and french beans was delicious.

The Running Horse Inn: modern gastro-pub dishes, European and British inspired, local produce. Food served Mon-Fri, 12-2.30pm and 5-8.30pm, Sat 12-8.30pm, Sun 12-6pm. Mains from £14.

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