Beer and Food Festival
to May 27

Beer and Food Festival

The annual Beer festival is back by popular demand, this year with a twist to ensure that there is something for everyone . During the weekend we will have a variety of food and activity to suit the whole family ranging from a large selection of beers and a special cocktail designed for us by Bombay Sapphire through to a wide variety of street food and lots of entertainment for everyone. 

Put the date in your diary now.

May 24th – 27th 2019

Below you will find an overview on the activities planned throughout the weekend

Friday 24th

We will kick off the weekend with Tony and Una.  Acoustic music at its best…Van Morrison, Simon and Garfunkel to The Beetles mixed up with some Irish Flavour and Craic. They will play from 6 - 8pm.

We will also have a selection of street food available, please see below for more details.

Saturday 25th

Street food available all day – from Beer battered fresh haddock, Thai Fish Cakes, Pull Pork Burritos, Burgers, Spice Butternut Squash and Quinoa Burgers to Crepes and Ice cream to name just a few and to whet your appetite*

Fresh Coffee and Hot drinks served by La Kordun from their mobile coffee bar

Beers and Cider station.  A wide selection of draught beer and cider from local breweries as well as a selection of bottles.

A Cocktail station featuring the special Bombay Sapphire cocktail designed for this event, along with a selection of non-alcoholic cocktails for those drivers and great for kids.

Wine and Cheese station – Choose from 9 wines and and 10 cheeses, selected to suit a wide taste range.

Crepe Station - serving both sweet and savoury crepes, including vegetarian and vegan choices

*Exact menu subject to availability and popularity               

Evening 7 – 9pm

The party will continue into the evening with live music from The Cover Brothers

Sunday 26th May - FAMILY DAY

We will be running all the above stalls but today we will have the addition of very special activities for designed for your children. New for this this year, we will be running a kids club working with two brilliant local child focused businesses, both based in Laverstoke (only ½ a mile down the road), we have asked them to join us and turn our lovely conservatory in to the kids club, it is an ideal space whatever the weather. Both activities are complementary for guests of the beer festival.

The Watership Down Nursery  provides a fun, caring and homely environment which enables children to flourish and learn through exploration and play.  They will be running a drop-in play area throughout the day and the activities will include, stone painting, sensory play and a relax zone with some musical instruments and books.    Open 12 – 5pm and ideal for ages 0 - 6*

* please note children need to be accompanied by an adult

 Cookery Doodle Doo use fantastic quality ingredients to cook fun, tasty recipes with your kids in a relaxed and friendly setting. In their cooking classes the children can have fun and get messy, learn important skills, try new flavours and chat about where ingredients come from. It’s a brilliant way for kids to explore food and enjoy the whole experience of making something tasty to eat. Katie from Cookery Doodle Doo will join us to run two 20 min pre-bookable sessions making a ‘Flowerpot Cheesecake' using pear 'rocks', chocolate-flavour 'mud', biscuit 'soil' and even a 'growing' mint sprig!

Sessions will be for up to 10 children and be starting at  

·        1.30pm

·        3.30pm

 All classes are prebookable on a first come first serve basis as we will only have 20 spaces in total.  Please email Katie to book your child/ren slots today

Ideal for children age 3 – 10

Ian Kirk - Magician. In addition to this we are pleased to announce that we will have the brilliant Ian Kirk joining us. Ian is part of the magic circle and will be amazing you with his wonderful close up magic. If you have never seen close up magic before prepare to be astonished and completely perplexed. He will be wandering among you during 12 - 2pm so be prepared.

Monday 27th May

The beer tent will be open, but we will be moving the kitchen back inside the pub and serving from our seasonal menu.  For a copy of what on offer please check the menu online, specials will be updated on the blackboard in the pub and posted on our social media pages.  If you would like to follow us, please find the links below.

Don’t forget to come and join us for the weekend and have fun with the whole family.


Beer and Cider Menu

Choose from a wide selection Beer and Cider from a selection of local breweries

Lilly’s Mango  Cider 4.0%
Red Rabbit 6%

Longdog Brewery
Bunny Chaser 3.6% - Dark copper coloured beer, plenty of malt
Stout Lamplight Porter 5.0% - In the style of a London Porter, chocolate &  coffee flavours

Bowman Ales
Elderado 3.5% - Has a subtle injection of Elderflower

Hogs Back Brewery
Tea 4.2% - Light amber well balanced bitter
Surrey Nirvana 4.0% - Golden beer with a good bitter sweet balance

Ramsbury Brewery
Ramsbury Gold 5.0% - golden colour, high hoppy aroma
Flint Knapper 4.2% - Pale ale and chocolate malt

Hop Back Brewery
Summer Lightning 5.0% - straw colour, fresh hoppy aroma with a dry finish 
Crop Circle

Red Cat Brewery
Prowler Pale 3.6% -light straw colour, gentle citrus and fruity notes
Scratch 4.0% - Golden, fruity aroma, hints of apricot

Itchen Valley Brewery
Pure Gold 4.8% - Initial bitterness with sweet malty  flavour
Watercress Bitter 4.2% Light Hoppiness gives way to a slightly peppery finish

West Berkshire Brewery
Mr Chubbs Lunchtime bitter 3.6% -fresh light floral flavour – good session beer
Good Old Boy 4.0% - Well balanced full flavour beer

Tripple fff Brewery
Moondance 4.2% - Amber coloured bitter, hint of sweetness
Goldffinger 5%-Real lager

Stonehenge Brewery
Sign of spring 4.8%-Green Beer
Danish dynamite 5%-IPA

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Tasting Menu with French Regional Wines
7:00 PM19:00

Tasting Menu with French Regional Wines

This is a fantastic event with a seasonal selection of four courses and wine supplied and presented by Stone Vine and Sun please see below for the full menu.

Book today - Tel: 01256 892254

Diamant de Loire, Cremant de Loire, Brut, France

 Amuse-Bouche: Chicken Liver Parfait Served on a Toasted Crostini with a Tomato and Chipotle Chilli Chutney


Les Chardons, Sauvignon Blanc, Vin de Pays de Loire

Walnut Crusted Goats Cheese, Thyme and Pickled Beetroot Roulade

on a Bed of Balsamic Onion


Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Pinot Gris

  Thai Crab and Prawn Fishcake

Served with Homemade Sweet Chilli Sauce and Mango Salsa


Chateau Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvee des Vieux Ceps

               Trio of Lamb: Braised Belly, Confit Shoulder and Pan Seared Rack

       Baby Leeks, Honey Glazed Carrot Tops, Minted Fondant Potato and Red Currant Jus


La Haute Borie, Monbazillac, France

Double Chocolate Mousse

                  Amaretti Biscotti and Cherry Crumble, White Chocolate Shavings

£55 Per Head (£35 without the wine selection)

All food is freshly prepared in our kitchen where nuts and other allergens are present. Our Menu does not include all ingredients. If you have a food allergy please let us know before ordering. A 10% service charge is included in the price.

There are vegetarian courses available on request, please contact us for details.  


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5:00 PM17:00

Summer BBQ complemented with summer wines from Stone, Vine & Sun

Come and join us at the Watership Down Inn for a Summer BBQ of fish and locally sourced steaks and brochettes, complimented with summer wines from Stone, Vine & Sun.

The extensive gardens overlook the Test Valley (marquee just in case!) where better to enjoy this relaxed, enjoyable event with live music from a solo guitarist.

Take a sneak preview of the menu for the evening:

BBQ Menu

Wine Menu

Please contact the Watership Down Inn direct if you want to book a table on 01256 892254 or

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to May 29

Beer Festival

Come and join us for our annual Beer Festival where you can enjoy an extensive beer list of around 25 locally produced beers, 3 ciders and of course our usual selection of wines and soft drinks will be available from the bar.

We are open from 12.00pm all day every day over the weekend with a BBQ Saturday and Sunday along with our usual menu also available lunchtime and evenings (no food served Sunday evening). 


Friday 26th - 6.30 pm - Magician - Ian Kirk anyone who has not seen him in action before - prepare to be amazed!

Saturday 27th - 4.00pm - Live music from No Way Out

                          8.00pm - Live music from The Rag and Moan Men


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7:30 PM19:30

Spring Into Summer Wine Tasting Evening

Spring Into Summer Wine Tasting Evening

Thursday 9th June 2016 7.30pm for 8.00pm start

To celebrate the arrival of summer we are offering a delicious tasting menu complemented by fine wines from South West France.

Wine Tasting Menu

The wines are being supplied by Stone, Vine and Sun in Winchester.  The quality of the wines from the Languedoc is improving annually.

All the wines are sourced from individual vineyards and will be introduced during the evening by Francois Dupont.

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to May 30

Beer Festival

Beer Festival

Friday 29th May to Monday 31st May 2016

Over 25 local beers and ciders

Live Music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings

Magician from 6.00pm – 8.00pm on Saturday evening

Delicious BBQ to be served daily from 12.00 noon

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to Dec 23

Christmas at the Watership Down Inn

We love Christmas here at the Watership Down Inn!

Our Christmas Menu will  be available between Monday 30th November 2015 to 23rd December 2015.  Bookings are being taken now so please contact us early in order to guarantee the date that your require.

Menu and pre booking form can be printed from here, please contact us to discuss your dates and and special requirements.

Christmas Menu and Pre Booking Form

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to Nov 15

Tasting Menu With French Regional Wines

Thursday 12th November, arrival from 7.30pm for 8.00pm

From Loire to Roussillon, a trip through the great wines of France, introduced by François Dupont of Stone, Vine & Sun

A celebration of French food and wine.  The evening will open with a glass of fizz, followed by a four course dinner of French cuisine accompanied by wines from the Loire, Burgundy, Languedoc, Roussillon and finishing with a sweet wine from the South West each introduced by François Dupont (SVS’s resident Frenchman). 

Please book direct with The Watership Down Inn on 01256 892 254 if you would like to attend.

£45.00 per head, to include six course tasting menu and all wines.

10% off any wines tasted on the evening.

Wine Tasting Menu

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