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Watch this space for general news about things occurring in our area...or just outside.

  • QUEEN'S HOTEL, SELBORNE: South Downs Planning Committee reject latest application. Friday 10 September 2021

    After convincing EHDC Planning Committee members to almost unanimously throw out the first application to convert the Queen's Hotel, Selborne to housing and making a strong case that enabled the Inspector to uphold that decision on appeal, 'Save the Queen's' had to contest a new application tweaking the original to provide a fig leaf of community benefit which came before the South Downs National Park Planning Committee in Midhurst on 9th September.
    As in the previous EHDC hearing, officers had prepared a damning-looking report but a majority of members saw through the arguments and in a hotly debated session enabled a majority to once again defeat the proposals. The proposed "aparthotel" holiday lets, a tap room with limited opening hours and replacement Field Study Centre were seen to be of very limited value to the local community and by no means an "equivalent or superior" set of amenities to the fine pub with serviced rooms and function facilities they replaced. Significantly members made the important point that the fact that the premises were in a dilapidated state should not be a consideration. Nor was the fact that Asset of Community Value status had been turned down.
    So a good result, but another hard slog probably lies ahead either fighting a further appeal or thrashing out a solution acceptable to all. There is in fact a local consortium ready to buy the Queen's Hotel at a fair price and run it as a pub. With the would-be developer's dependence upon the hope value of an inflated development price again given no credence will reason prevail?

  • POST 19 JULY EHA PUBS ROUND-UP Thursday 5 August 2021

    East Hants branch area pubs seem to weathering the Covid crisis reasonably well although in many the choice of ales is currently reduced on what was available 18 months ago. Notable news from a survey of our outlets is as follows.

    East Worldham, the Three Horseshoes: currently closed for a refubishment and looking to reopen Autumn 2021.

    Hollywater, The Royal Oak: reopened for just four days in April but now boarded up. Have been told it is going to be refurbished.

    Holt Pound: the Greene King Forest Inn reopened in July after an extensive refurbishment as the Chef & Brewer branded (still GK owned) Ball & Wicket. Unfortunately they had to close almost immediately having had a staff member pinged for Covid-19 but were up and running again from 31 July. We wish new manager Dean Oxborough and his team all the best. A full pub clip should follow before too long.

    Lasham, the Royal Oak: new owners took over on 4 May and the pub is closed until 17 August for structural repairs. Again a fuller report will follow in due course and we wish the new management well.


    Pubs in the East Hants CAMRA branch area in Alton and the surrounding villages have generally coped very well under Covid-19 restrictions, but they will not have been able to offer customers what many of them go to the pub for, and their takings have suffered as a result. The much-anticipated return of the traditional pub experience from Monday 19 July will help licencees and breweries make ends meet after a devastating 16 months.
    The lifting of most Covid-19 restrictions is a huge step on the road to recovery with the opportunity for our pubs to be able to trade at full capacity, with table-service replaced by people ordering and chatting at the bar. However many licensees - including the whole of the Fuller's chain - will be continuing to offer table service as an option, and please be aware all establishments will have carried out risk asessments and local restrictions may be in place. Please also be mindful of others and most importantly do not go to the pub if you are displaying any Covid-19 symptoms.
    Over the coming weeks East Hants CAMRA will be surveying what is going on in your locals. Individual pub websites and Facebook pages detailing opening hours etc will be availible through https://whatpub.com/ as usual.
    Please use the feedback form for individual pubs to let us know of any changes.


    Received from the Four Marks Beer Festival organisers...
    The Four Marks Beer Festival which was to be held on September 25th has been cancelled .
    The Covid restrictions are still so uncertain for an indoor event that it makes it impossible for us to continue .
    Next year will hopefully go ahead as we would wish, put the date of September 24th 2022 in your diary.

  • THE GEORGE, ALTON Sunday 18 April 2021

    Readers will be pleased to hear that the George in Butts Road, Alton re-opened on 12 April with a new Punch tenant Tim Lees, and currently has three cask ales on offer - St. Albans Tribute, Timothy Taylor Landlord and Wychwood Hobgoblin Gold.
    At the moment obviously only the outside space is open but there is a full food service from the gluten-free kitchen. Booking is currently necessary to secure space.
    Check out more details at https://whatpub.com/pubs/EHA/10/george-alton.


    East Hants CAMRA is very pleased that the planning application to refurbish and expand the Cedars at Binsted, which closed in July 2018, was granted on the 8th February. Over an extended footprint there will be a bar, a snug, a dining area and five letting rooms which will be a considerable asset for this South Downs National Park village.
    Details may be seen at...


    We are pleased to announce that the following pubs in our area are included in the 2021 GBG...(in no particular order!)
    Alton: Eight Bells; Railway Arms
    Holybourne: Queen's Head
    Four Marks: Offf the Rails
    Bentworth: Sun
    Lower Farringdon: Golden Pheasant
    Selborne: Selborne Arms
    Hammer Vale: Prince of Wales
    Congratulations to all of them from the CAMRA East Hampshire committee.
    [Others came close, but unfortunately we are only allowed 8 pubs for our area.]