Other counties might make claims about having it all but few deliver on that promise better than Hampshire. From exciting and cosmopolitan cities like Southampton and Portsmouth, to England's ancient capital of Winchester and countless lovely villages, you can find excellent Hampshire restaurants in almost any setting. If you enjoy the great outdoors there's also plenty to do, such as exploring the New Forest and South Downs, or enjoying some watersports or sailing on the Solent. It's a great way to build up an appetite before you visit one of Hampshire's great restaurants.
You'll be spoiled for choice if you find yourself looking for somewhere to eat in Southampton or Portsmouth. These port cities bring you delicious cuisines from around the world, including Portuguese, Spanish tapas, Indian, Asian, African and US-style diners. If you're in Southampton, you could try the excellent Italian Polpettine meatballs at Enoteca or the delicious Portuguese picanha steak at Diego's. In Portsmouth, meanwhile, there's some excellent seafood, like the line-caught cod at Brasserie Fish & Grill or mixed seafood platter with smoked salmon, shell-on king prawns and fried whitebait at The Marmion.
The country pub is a classic of the British dining scene and there are plenty of excellent pub-style restaurants in Hampshire to discover. The Bird in Hand in Waterlooville is a great example, serving pub classics such as beer battered haddock, pan-fried calf's liver and sausage and mash. The King Alfred in Winchester brings that classic pub vibe into town and serves some great British dishes including a fabulous hand-pressed Hampshire beef burger with all the trimmings.
If your tastes run to the more exotic, Hampshire's restaurants have plenty to offer. Diya in Winchester, for example, does an unusual but delicious water buffalo bhuna with slow-cooked, lean Indian buffalo, black cardamom and a medium-strength thick sauce. Tiger Lilly in Southampton, meanwhile, specialises in Asian fusion dishes and does an excellent 'dancing dragon' dish of king prawn, chicken and vegetables cooked with garlic, soy sauce and Cantonese spices. In terms of restaurants, Hampshire really does have it all, so check out our selection and discover your very own favourites here on Quandoo.