All information here is
presented in good faith. It is my personal view
represented. There is no commercial connection
and any establishment listed here except that I spend money in them.
& Eating Places
These are the ones that I have visited and so I can claim to
some comment about them.
Pubs Clubs &
- Marina Bars/Restaurants
- Take Aways
- Eating places
- Post Offices
Pubs in a linear crawl
- The White
Hart, Hamble Lane
- This pub is in an old building, originally houses. It has
relatively recently altered to provide more space. Dark wood ambiance,
excellent for dining as well as drinking.
- They have now got a beer garden, first known as "Mustn't
now the "Cheeky Monkey" garden with childrens swings and a summertime
ice cream 'bar'.
- There is a good choice of food and drink (Gales beer here).
Waiter service for food.
Victory, High Street Hamble
- This building has an upper dining area, that I havent yet
- Photographed along with wannabe prime minister in
2001. It made a good picture, regardless of the eventual outcome of the
- Downstairs, the bar is again in a dark wood style. I havent
here that often, but I have enjoyed every visit. The blackboard special
food is good.
- The King
and Queen, High Street Hamble
- This pub is unique in Hamble in that it also has coin-op
facilities for sailors who are using Hamble Quay. They are to be found
on the Rope Walk side of the pub.
- Organises sailing events, and often has a marquee outside
summer to provide more under-cover space associated with sailing
- Mount Gay Rum features here.
- Bar attached to the Driftwood Restaurant .
- There is a small bar to the side of the Driftwood
- The Bugle,
High Street Hamble
- Has re-opened and is a very popular pub again with good
restaurant-style food with contemporary restaurant style menu. The
redevelopment has used features from the old pub and is more 'open'
inside but still feels old. I have been in a few times since
re-opening, tried the food and the enlarged patio on the north side of
the pub. This has river views. A pleasant re-addition to the Hamble pub
- The pub was found to be older than expected and its
been restored by the builders. What was the restaurant and car park is
now occupied by houses, so we have a pub without a car park next door
to people who paid a lot for their property. Interesting .....
Harrier, High Street Hamble
opposite Coronation Parade
- I have not been in here.
Each of the Marina Developments Limited marinas along the
(Hamble Point, Port Hamble and Mercury) on the Hamble side have a bar
which serves food. I believe that these are in fact clubs attached to
- The Ketch
Rigger, Hamble Point Marina
- Small bar, with views over marina.
Exellent home-made soup.
Nobody minds if you have a blue face from antifouling paint.
Square Rigger, Port Hamble
- Gone replaced by luxury flats and yacht brokers, Miss the sticky floor and the sailing memorabilia. Replaced by
- The Waterside Restaurant (ex The Gaff
Rigger), Mercury Yacht Harbour
- Upstairs above the chandlery. I have been in here twice
the Day Skipper course run by the Hamble School of Yachting back in
Not a very large bar, but it has a roof top patio adjacent.
This has nice views over the river and makes a nice change.
The restaurant has been improved since my last visit, so I cant
comment any more..
Rumour has it that it has changed from effectively a caravan site
bar (just along the access road to the marina), and has now become more
up market and attractive as a place to eat out rather than just eat.
Apart from the food offered by every pub in Hamble there are
other eating places in the village.
There are five establishments that I can think of which can
drinks with meals. The Dolce Vita is often
The pubs as expected fill up in summer and are fairly empty in winter.
Take a look at http://www.ladieswholunch-in-hampshire.co.uk
for some other reviews :-)
- Thaiger (Previously Driftwood, in the building
formerly known as the Key Restaurant), Rope Walk
- In a Queen Anne house. Some tables with
views. We went there with friends and were treated to excellent
food but the service was relaxed (allow lots of time), in a relaxing
environment. When we began to order the starters we got as far as
saying 'prawn crackers and .... ' when the waitress vanished, returning
later with the crackers. We ordered a
lot of food and eat it all but we managed to hit £175 for 5
people. The langoustine prawn dish is delicious. (April 2008). Rebranded as Thaiger 2011. Similar food but havent been there since the change.
Dolce Vita, Hamble Square :
2004 Reopened, having taken over the estate agents/yacht
office next door.
(formerly the Last Viceroy),
So there is more room ! .Door catch doesnt work so table 19 has to keep
tripping the catch so door shuts.
Italian Restaurant. Good (now reduced but favourites still there)
choice of Italian food on the menu.
Reasonably priced. I enjoy eating here, but the claustrophobic may find
the tables quite closely packed. In Feb 1998, they had the 'bar' part
and the interior re-done. More room now.
Still close packed tables despite expansion.
Indian restaurant with a
area. Wide choice on the
menu. Does take-away with a discount. I quite often buy take-away from
here when the spirit of cooking leaves our house, especially when
the scent of curry wafts over ... Menu adds interesting items to the
standard Indian repertoire: fish dishes and oriental fusion now feature
alongside the kormas. Used to have a website but has gone now.
Was previously Wellies Restaurant, and
before that a night club
D'Jangos. Good food, good service and very child friendly with a good
selection of italian and international themed food. Visited April 2008
Compass Point, Hamble
Now a house..
Wharf, Port Hamble
The River Rat
Open for food from 1000 to 2230.
This restaurant occupies the space where the marina toilets used to be,
and a bit of the marina car park. Outside it is not particularly
spectacular in the daytime when seen from the land, styled in keeping
with the white box of the marina office above, but it is clearly
visible from the river and the marina., and at night it is very well
lit up. Outside is a large raised decking area, above the highest flood
tides but I noticed inside all the furnishings are movable.
We were cheerfully greeted at the entrance and shown to a table that
suited our demands, for five people including two children. The food
choice was quite wide, and we were attentively served by cheerful
staff. Splitting portions for the children was OK. Pizzas, Pastas and
Oriental - style food were all available along with steaks and burgers.
The king prawn and scallop was excellent, the chicken breast with
vegetables came with a tasty mushroom and bacon gravy or sauce.
The desserts were all created using fresh fruit and good quality ice
creams No cream froth from a can, the cream was poured thinly
over the ice cream dishes, the crepes were large.
This was not particularly cheap £120 for 5 people including a
bottle of wine and other drinks, but immediately after having
paid €33 a head for starters, a plate of paella and wine in a
Valencia, Spain seafront restaurant two days earlier, the value for
money was much better than the Spanish experience and the service
This was previously the Hamble Tea
Rooms , then Marco's. Have not visited yet (October 2009).
Other Eating Places
In this category, there is one place that you can sit down to
Blue Star Cafe , formerly The Kiosk on the
This still has a hatch in the upstream wall, where you can buy teas and
ice creams on busy days. Or you can go inside and buy food (cakes,
sweets , meals e.g all day breakfast or bacon rolls and specials)
and drink , and sit inside or outside on the river bank or up on the
roof. No toilets , you have to use the public toilets over by the
lifeboat house. Visited April 2011
There is now one post office at
ATMs and Banks
There are two ATMs near the river, one
at the Coop shop in the square next to the Dolce Vita, and one at the
Barclays Bank branch near the Cinnamon Bay restaurant.
There is a third pay-as-you-go ATM in the Coop shop in Coronation
Last Update May 2-11