Located in the highlands of Hampshire, the historic Jack Russell Inn is a dog-friendly pub offering unpretentious luxury in a tranquil countryside setting.
Step through their front door and you’ll be welcomed into a warm, dog-friendly, wood-panelled bar with snugs that offer cosy nooks where you can unwind with a drink and a bar snack. If you fancy something more substantial, take a seat in the casual dining area, again featuring snugs, all attractively decorated in a calming palette of aquamarine and gleaming wood, or the private restaurant, which seats 60 and offers an elegant, but relaxed setting for more formal dining.
Their menu follows a field-to-fork ethos with much of the game, lamb and vegetables used in the dishes grown on the Faccombe Farm & Estate. Expect lots of farm-fresh fare on offer, and don’t miss the wine list, local beers and wide range of spirits, including small-batch artisan gins and whiskies, to accompany it.
They boast 11 elegant bedrooms, 3 in the pub and 8 in a separate lodge known as “The Dog House”, all named after dog breeds in keeping with the Jack Russell theme. Ask for example for the coveted deluxe Great Dane or Bulldog rooms, which have French doors opening on to their own private balcony or terrace, the perfect place to watch the sun setting over the Hampshire downlands.
All of their rooms are beautifully decorated using natural materials, stone, timber and wool, in calming colours of grey, silver and cream, with colour accents provided by armchairs, fake-fur throws and cushions. All rooms have comfy king beds, generously sized walk-in rain showers (some also have the addition of a roll-top bath), a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, an espresso machine and luxurious Bramley toiletries.
Set on an escarpment at the northern most border of the Hampshire Downs, they are well placed for a walking break. You will find several circular walks that begin and end at the front door, or you can explore the region's historic churches, castles and perfectly preserved villages. Downton Abbey buffs may like to visit Highclere Castle, which is just a short drive away.