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The Purefoy Arms

Preston Candover, Hampshire

Experience creative cooking and a warm welcome

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The kitchen at the Purefoy is presided over by Gordon Stott, who won Pub Chef of the Year at the Great British Pub Awards 2021, to join numerous other accolades that he’s earned for his creative dishes using local, seasonal ingredients.

Set in a pretty village in the Hampshire countryside south of Basingstoke, the pub itself has a modern yet rustic feel, simply decorated with exposed brickwork. The extensive beer garden features the Purefoy Pod, a transparent geodesic dome offering a unique dining experience. And it’s dog-friendly, making its own canine ices and biscuits.

Tasting menus, including a vegan version, are available alongside dishes such as scotch egg with onion and ale chutney, or mackerel, fennel and wild mushrooms to start, and pork tenderloin, beetroot and walnut tart and apricot jam or wild sea bass with maple glazed bacon for mains.

Desserts range from dark chocolate delice with pistachio and walnut sorbet to a selection of ice-creams and British cheeses.

Drinks are strong on local sourcing, too, whether its gins, wines or craft beer. And you can take a little of the Purefoy away with you, in the shape of homemade truffles, shortbread, chutney, flavoured vinegars and oils.

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