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Nestled in the picturesque Hampshire village of West Meon, the Thomas Lord is the perfect place to visit for a delicious lunch or dinner while you are exploring everything that the area has to offer.

Just a 10-minute drive from us is Hinton Ampner, an elegant stately home near Alresford in Hampshire. Visitors can explore the beautiful house, which had to be renovated extensively after being badly damaged by fire in 1960. The home’s garden, a masterpiece of 20th-century garden design, is well worth exploring, as is the surrounding parkland on a number of estate walks.

Many other stunning walking routes, of varying distances, are available across Meon Valley. There is the lovely 10-mile Meon Valley Railway Line Walk, which follows the bed of the former Meon Valley Railway, and offers pretty views over the nearby towns, villages and countryside.

Or there is the 6.5-mile Pilgrimage Walk in the steps of Saint Wilfrid, an English bishop who was venerated as a saint after his death in 709 or 710. There are 10 churches in total on this trail including St Peter’s Church, the first church founded by Wilfrid in the Meon Valley.

A slightly longer pilgrimage style walk is the Churches Walk, which combines the chance to explore the stunning scenery of Meon Valley with discovering some of the county’s historically most important churches. The trail, approximately 24 miles in length, visits 11 churches, starting at All Saints’ Church, one of the finest Norman churches in Hampshire.

Classical music fans should plan their trip to West Meon to coincide with the West Meon Music Festival, which runs for one weekend in September and features a series of world-class chamber music concerts. The festival also combines music-making with support for a chosen charity of the year.

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We hosted a birthday family meal here. Fantastic food all round! We all left very happy and feeling elevated! Thank you chef for going out of your way for us. It was very well executed! Waitress was also very knowledgeable about the product and attentive. Beautiful surroundings with some lovely details. Everyone in my party, all fussy I will add, were extremely impressed! Good work!

minuscelcius, Portsmouth

Very cosy, good beer, nice garden. The cooking is at a high level. The fireplace gives a nice atmosphere. It is decorated with old cricket memorabilia, as Thomas Lord was buried in the cemetery near the pub.

CHM1967, Ronda, Spain

I needed to find a place to eat middle distance between family members. So I stuck a pin in a map. The Thomas Lord is a traditional village pub, wooden floors, open fires good beers. The food, though simple sounding, was cooked to perfection and presented beautifully. The steaks were cooked as requested and the ox cheek dish was sublime. The service was attentive but not over bearing. I hope to return in the very near future. Lovely pub, lovely food.

Paul Wilkins, Nailsworth

This is a wonderful pub, plenty of oak and leather, with its fair share of class. We came for the food and it didn't disappoint. Mainly sourced locally, superbly presented, and equally up to measure on the taste front. Fantastic!

Jason Delaney, Alton

Having had a couple of lunches at the pub earlier in the year, we booked an evening meal for a large group of 16 of us. The lovely pub had wonderful food, and the staff really looked after us. It is ideal for small or large groups, as they have various options for rooms, tables and groups sizes. Third recent visit and the experience just gets better!

Herbie-Green, Guildford