Public House of the Month

Coach & Horses

Basingstoke, Hampshire

The Coach and Horses is an authentic village tavern situated in the stunning Hampshire countryside. It boasts a lovely South-facing garden to the rear of the pub, overlooking tranquil farmland. It is a place where people come together to celebrate. 

The Street, Rotherwick, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG27 9BG

Tel: 01256 768976

  • Garden
  • Car Park

Coach & Horses

Posted on August 2016

Congratulations to Ian at The Coach and Horses, Rotherwick, who has won Pub of the Month for August. We caught up with Ian to see what he had to say:

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How and where did you start in the hospitality industry?

This is our first pub, having spent a career in the Arts and Entertainment industry. I have been entertaining people from behind the scenes since 1979.

What do you like best about managing your public house?

Watching people leave feeling better than when they arrived. 

How do your team sum up the Hall and Woodhouse values? 

We are a family firm that takes enormous pride in serving up great ales.

What’s your favourite pub event of the year?

On St George’s Day each year a stagecoach pulled by four beautiful horses, carrying 10 well refreshed Squires, appears as part of a smart pub crawl. We feed them beef and Badger ale pies, washed down by bucket loads of claret then send them on their way (post horn blaring)- a magnificent sight.

How is your pub part of the local community? And what kind of people do you have visiting your pub?

We have reinvigorated events at the village hall, raised money for a defibrillator and sponsor a local music and beer festival. Our very regular customers are a magic mix of those who work, rest or play in the countryside - rogues and toffs coming through the door in droves.

What sort of food is offered at The Coach and Horses and what is your signature, most popular dish?

As a pub of Old England, it would be against the law not to sell a steak and ale pie, and we sell them by the score. The rest of the menu consists of classic pub dishes, in hearty portions and at pub prices. 

What’s good to see and experience in your area after a visit to the pub?

Tylney Hall gardens, West Green House and lots of way-marked walks in beautiful countryside.

And lastly, if you were to recommend a perfect combination of Badger Ale and a meal for your guests, what would you recommend?

Sticky pear and ginger upside down pud, with a bottle of Blandford Flyer.