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The Running Horse

4.2
4.2
517 Reviews
£25 and under
English
A charming and cosy English pub, The Running Horse is nestled in the village of Littleton just outside the historic city of Winchester.
Its idyllic countryside setting makes it a destination of choice for fans of country leisure pursuits and touring groups as well as businesses. The 9 stylish bedrooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, Freeview TV, tea/coffee facilities, and private bath or shower rooms.
Whatever the season or occasion, The Running Horse makes for a welcoming stop. The locally-brewed Upham ales, wine and champagne lists complement an exciting, seasonal lunch and dinner menu, which are carefully created using locally-sourced ingredients. A choice of three Sunday roasts and a selection of homemade ice creams and sorbets are firm favourites. A full breakfast menu is also available daily.
Just 4 miles from the M3 motorway, and a 25 minute drive from the New Forest National Park, The Running Horse is easily accessible and also offers ample free, on-site parking.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    English

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 08:00–10:00 Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30 Sun 12:00–20:00 Dinner Mon–Thu 18:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 18:00–21:30

  • Phone number

    01962 880218

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Winchester

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 517 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. DM

    DavidM

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The Covid precautions were good and the dining area was well arranged to ensure social distancing. Food was good - particularly the beef was of a very high quality. Service was attentive and prompt and we appreciated the absence of excessive noise.
  2. RM

    RogerM

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The mushroom croquetes were gorgious and the steak suculent with delicious double cooked chips
  3. DP

    DesmondP

    Oxford

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food, good service. Sat in the new large teepee, which is great. Not sure about the hot blown air system though, fine for us as we were sat next to the outlet, but blowing air around is probably not a wise idea at this time. Might be worth thinking of infrared heaters instead.....
  4. SB

    StanB

    Hampshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and great service as normal.
  5. JC

    JulieC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely food. A bit claustrophobic due to the screens which gave us little space to move but understandable. Staff were lovely and service good
  6. SB

    StanB

    Hampshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Last chance for lunch before lockdown happened to fall on our Anniversary nice experience prior to 4 weeks of isolation.
  7. LK

    LettieandKenneth

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good meal, as always. The calves liver was outstanding and chef was happy to amend the mussels sauce for us. We will miss our restaurant during lockdown -good luck to Jonny and all the staff.
  8. JF

    JosephF

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 November 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am visiting this place and it is very good standard me and my friends as well
  9. VS

    VanessaS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 November 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a lovely meal just before lockdown. It was well organised and the service and food were very good. We would definitely return.
  10. P

    Paul

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 November 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Menu is excellent as is quality. Staff cannot be more friendly or helpful. A delightful experience
  11. A

    Anonymous

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 November 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It was our first visit and sadly it wasn’t great. We had the roast beef and the roast chicken. Quality of the beef wasnt great and the chicken was quite a small portion but cooked well. Both meals came without cauliflower cheese (although menu described this would be included), its was too late to raise the point when we realised as we were half way through the meal already. The roast potatoes were undercooked and not very crispy on the outside. Wasn’t the best roast dinner we’ve had and we left feeling dissapointed as we had heard such great reviews about this place. The service from the staff was great though, attentive and pleasant. The dessert - banoffe cake and banana ice cream was delicious. 10/10 and would highly recommend!! Overall, when recommending to friends and family, we probably wouldn’t suggest sunday lunch here.
  12. g

    gilles

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 November 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent quality food, great service, would certainly recommend.
  13. T

    Tony

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Menu choices were slightly limited and in our case the calf's liver was from a fairly old calf. Lambs liver would have been a better choice in my view and they the meat would have been as good as the rest of the meal. Service was good and made up for the food issue above but it did put one of our number off her whe meal which was a shame.
  14. JW

    JanetW

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 October 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Covid protocol good. Menu is interesting. Portions (especially fish and chips) are a reasonable size. Though no specific dietary options specified on the menu, were able to adapt one for a vegan. Though there were no dessert options for her.
  15. RM

    RogerM

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous fish and chips and great pate starter plus a free glass of proseco
  16. PB

    PaulB

    Hampshire

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    During our visit we never felt uncomfortable about the COVID precautions and the food and drink was excellent - although one side dish was a bit cold. We have been here many times and not had a poor meal and the staff make every effort to ensure everyone enjoys their meal.
  17. JG

    JoannaG

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful food and felt COVID safe. What was not to like😊
  18. g

    gwenf

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal, great service from Jonny and his team.
  19. JS

    JaneS

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Lovely food and staff friendly. We felt very safe with all the COVID security.
  20. LG

    LoraineG

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent as always and accommodated our young dog too, thanks we will be back!
  21. RK

    RuthK

    Worcestershire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely pub, great friendly staff and fab food, couldn't find fault at all.
  22. MB

    MhairiB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Sunday lunch and love the bar nibbles as well!
  23. NB

    NicolaB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 October 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was great and the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly.
  24. PC

    PaulC

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 October 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic food friendly staff. A few minor service issues(e.g missed drinks orders, delayed dessert ordering, missing item from dessert order (but delicious anyway))
  25. BM

    BigMike

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An excellent menu full of variety and tempting dishes, with friendly attentive service. The food was top notch, everyone enjoyed their dishes and it was a comfy pub to while away a couple of hours!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 October 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very well looked after from start to finish - fish pie was excellent, fish and chips good rather than great. Prosecco on the house, for our little occasion, was a lovely touch.
  27. CM

    ColinM

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very happy with how you have managed both the quality of the food and your service in spte of the difficult circumstances
  28. s

    sidmouth

    London

    61 reviews

    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on 20 October 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Waited a long time for main course and it was not nearly as nice as last week.

    The Running HorseResponded on 22 October 2020Hello, We do apologize this experience wasn't as great as previous ones, but hope you don't let that tarnish any future visits! We hope to have you back again soon and deliver a better time for you :) Kind regards, Emily, Trainee AM

  29. AB

    AmberB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We booked this restaurant as a last minuet as when we got to the premier inn on our travels we were told that the restaurant wasn’t operating for dinner and it was only ready meals. I checked online and had the choice of here or an Indian restaurant as everywhere else was fully booked. When we arrived at the restaurant (5 minutes early) we were told our booking hadn’t come through in time and that the kitchen had thrown the food out and they have stopped serving food. After disappearing off to the kitchen we were told we could eat but not everything was available. great we had 3 hungry kids to feed we were so grateful we didn’t get turned away. The food was delicious, empty plates all round, What I will say though is it’s quite pricey. Over all it’s A lovely restaurant with a country feel But a little too “posh” for me and my tribe we felt abit out of place.

    The Running HorseResponded on 22 October 2020Hi Amber, So happy we could accommodate you & deliver lovely food! Our menu is all priced based on the great quality of the ingredients, whilst factoring in the hardworking team behind the food & service :) Don't be silly, everyone is always welcome at The Running Horse! We hope you see you back again in the future. Kind Regards, Emily, Trainee AM

  30. j

    johna

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are in the mood for Sunday lunch out in the greater Winchester area, this is the only place to go! Outstanding food, attentive staff and a really nice, cosy setting

    The Running HorseResponded on 22 October 2020Thank you very much for this fab review! We can't wait to welcome you back again soon for another great Sunday roast :) Kind regards, Emily, Trainee AM

  31. SO

    SharonO

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Its was an ok meal but we had a cold starter that should have been hot. Food was OK, warm not pipping hot just average which was disappointing. Ordered a white coffee and got a small amount of milk, asked for more milk they didn't have any. We are in difficult times but the running horse was not as good as it has been.

    The Running HorseResponded on 22 October 2020Hi Sharon, Sorry to hear you were disappointed with your recent visit to us! We have just launched a new menu but a hot starter defiantly should've been hot so I apologize for this. As for the lack of milk, as I'm sure you can imagine we have so much wastage of items like milk/sauces etc so we do portion it pp, however normally have more on hand when asked. On this occasion we had been struggling with our deliveries so unfortunately didn't! We hope you do visit again soon!! Emily, Trainee AM

  32. s

    sidmouth

    London

    61 reviews

    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on 15 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great new menu. Really good vegetarian choices.

    The Running HorseResponded on 22 October 2020Hi, Glad you like the new menu! I agree the veggie options are great, even for people who aren't vegetarians to enjoy :) See you again soon! Emily, Trainee AM

  33. CO

    ChrisO

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had breakfast which was well cooked, hot & presented lovely. Throughly enjoyed our meal. Staff very polite & pleasant. Like the fact that you can speak to the chefs.

    The Running HorseResponded on 22 October 2020Hi Chris, Glad your breakfast was great! Yes, we love the open kitchen as it is fabulous for our guests to see the chefs and have the ability to thank them or make suggestions. Hope to see you back again soon Kind regards Emily, Trainee AM

  34. DB

    DarrinB

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 October 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Even though we provided our contact details, they still insisted we had to use the NHS track and trace app. According to the Government, this is not mandatory, so we left - extremely poor. If that’s the shape of things to come in this country, get me out as soon as possible.

    The Running HorseResponded on 18 October 2020Thank you for your feedback. We suggest you visit the GOV website and read what is mandatory for ALL pubs/restaurants in the UK. Unfortunately, we all have to adapt to change. Safety here at the Running Horse is our number one priority. WE strongly advise all other guests to download the NHS TRACK & TRACE APP prior to arrival. Kind regards, Jonny General Manager

  35. CH

    ClareH

    Hampshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 13 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always even in these difficult times it did not disappoint would thoroughly recommend a visit as food, service & value for money are excellent.

    The Running HorseResponded on 22 October 2020Hello Clare, Thank you for such a lovely review! Can't wait to welcome you back again soon. Kind regards, Emily, Trainee AM

  36. CO

    ChrisO

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 October 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A lovely meal which was hot, tasty & well presented.

    The Running HorseResponded on 22 October 2020Thank you Chris!

  37. ED

    EmmaD

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 October 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good quality of food and excellent presentation. The fish pie was outstanding! The atmosphere was very good despite the Covid19 precautions and we felt safe throughout our visit. We would highly recommend this restaurant to friends and family.

    The Running HorseResponded on 15 October 2020Hi Emma, Thank you so much for your kind review. We are very happy to hear you felt safe while visiting us & everything was good with your food. Can't wait to see you again soon, Kind regards Emily, Trainee AM

  38. A

    Amanda

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 October 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The Running Horse is our local. Very nice pub, good service, very covid aware, you feel you are cared for. Good for Summer evenings or cosy autumnal days.

    The Running HorseResponded on 22 October 2020Thanks Amanda, we are so happy you enjoy your visits with us & are pleased with the covid measures we have in place to keep everyone safe! Kind regards, Emily, Trainee AM

  39. EW

    EmmaW

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very pleasant atmosphere and we enjoyed our meal very much when we came here for lunch on a Thursday.

    The Running HorseResponded on 15 October 2020Hi Emma, Thank you! Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit, hopefully welcome you back again soon! Kind regards, Emily, Trainee AM

  40. GG

    GeraldineG

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Tables fairly well spaced out . Given intro with guidelines on arrival . Service prompt and enjoyable food . A good visit !

    The Running HorseResponded on 15 October 2020Thanks for your lovely comments & glad you had an enjoyable time with us! Kind regards, Emily, Trainee AM

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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The Running Horse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01962 880218.

The Running Horse is rated 4.2 stars by 517 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Area

    Winchester

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 08:00–10:00 Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30 Sun 12:00–20:00 Dinner Mon–Thu 18:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 18:00–21:30

  • Cuisines

    English

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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