The Olive Tree restaurant in Romsey in Hampshire calls itself 'The Best Pub in Romsey' and that may well be true. It blends the very best of proper old pubs with the very best of modern gastropubs and comes up with a small, welcoming local gem of a place. The classic bits include unfussy décor, fireplaces, squashy leather sofas, excellently-kept ales and interesting beers and a good line in affordable wines. The culinary delight comes from the traditional English menu with daily specials, brunch, tea and blinding Sunday roasts. Choose from light bites and starters, sharing plates, and mains that include locally landed fish and chips, Bridge farm bangers and mash and a stack of a burger that you can't put down. The Olive Tree is everything a good pub/restaurant should be.
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