There is nothing like a good catch up with an old friend over a lazy lunch. With this is mind my companion and I popped in to The Weyhill Fair for a bite to eat. The pub is situated on the original site of the Weyhill Fairground and home of the infamous Weyhill Beer Festival. The outside seating and large green are the perfect spot for an alfresco drink or two, whilst the traditional bar and dining area are a must for a relaxed lunch or supper, or maybe just a pint or two.
It was Monday lunchtime and so the pub was unsurprisingly quiet. We were greeted by Landlord Mark Lazenby, a friendly barman/waiter and a very sweet waitress called Emily. We had our pick of tables in the warm and inviting dining area located just off the main bar, so we chose a nice little spot in a corner by the window. The Weyhill Fair is an easy place to settle in to, the cosy, comfortable and laid back surroundings have a warm, homely and familiar feel.
No sooner had our bottoms met with our chairs we were handed menus and our drinks orders taken. Our drinks arrived promptly as we pondered over the dishes available. The Weyhill Fair offers freshly cooked food made from locally sourced ingredients; meat from The Weyhill Farm Shop across the road and fish from Coopers Foods of Andover. There was a wide variety to choose from including pub classics, main meals, light bites.
I have a great deal of sympathy for the lovely Emily who made about three attempts to take our order before we finally stopped gossiping, got our heads down and settled on Whitebait served with homemade Tartare sauce to start for £4.30. I have nothing but nice things to say about the service; all the staff were cheerful and charming and Emily especially was polite and patient when dealing with two women that refused to stop nattering!
For mains both my friend and I were drawn to the pub classics….when in Rome and all! I decided upon the 6oz Hampshire Beef Burger topped with Mature Cheddar Cheese and served with hand-cut Chips for £10.50. My friend chose to stick with the fishy theme and singled out the £11.00 Catch of the Day in a London Pride Beer Batter served with hand-cut Chips, Garden Peas and homemade Tartare sauce.
After no time at all a mound of crunchy, salty whitebait, deliciously tangy tartare sauce and bread and butter arrived…..and in no time at all….was completely demolished. It was tasty and moreish and a nice sharing plate to start off lunch.
Our mains arrived after the perfect amount of time, enough to let the starter go down, but not too much of a wait. They looked delicious and did not disappoint. My toasty bun, filled with succulent burger that oozed with melty cheddar was just what I had hoped for. The sides of chips and coleslaw were just as flavourful and fabulous to boot. My companion was equally impressed with her fish dish. The perfectly cooked haddock was generously covered in a light and crispy batter and accompanied by crunchy and fluffy chunky chips, sweet garden peas and more of that delightful tartare sauce. My friend was very impressed indeed. We were stuffed to the gills after two plates loaded with proper pub grub.
The staff were on hand throughout to make sure we had everything we needed. After we devoured our mains the ever attentive Emily provided the dessert menu and the offer of more drinks. Although we were feeling mighty full it is always nice to finish a meal with a little something sweet. Not wanting anything too heavy we ordered the Lemon Cheesecake at £4.50 with the accompaniment of two spoons! The sharp lemon and the creamy topping were a lovely mix and sat rather nicely on the crumbly buttery base.
We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at The Weyhill Fair. The food was really tasty and the surroundings were relaxed and comfortable. Our meal was incredibly good value for money costing a total of £25.65. Having put the world to rights we left promising ourselves we would visit again very soon.