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A taste of Basingstoke

Whether you are a local or want to discover the taste of Basingstoke there are many ways you can get your hands on some of the tastiest food and local produce in Hampshire.

Get a slice of Basingstoke delivered to your front door

If coffee is the only thing that can wake you up of a morning why not try adding Moonroast Coffee or Anvil Coffee to your morning routine? Both retailers sell their products online so you can get the finest freshly roasted coffee  beans delivered straight to your door. For coffee on the go, check out our guide for coffee lovers.

If like us, you have something of a sweet tooth you can get sweet treats and bakes both in-store and by collection after pre-ordering online from Honesty Bakers and Makers.  They have a number of stores  across Basingstoke and the surrounding areas such as Kingsclere, Overton, Dummer Down, and North Waltham. A local favourite of ours is The Homemade Brownie Company. Order brownies for delivery to your door or someone else’s making them perfect as an alternative gift.

The Homemade Brownie Company

If you’re more of a savoury person then take a look at Hampshire Cheese.

With the Love Basingstoke Marketplace, The Borough Basket, you can find even more local traders who deliver a taste of Basingstoke to your front door.

Farmers markets and organic produce

Hampshire farmers markets are a great place to browse and pick up a variety of local produce. Taking place on a monthly basis across the county, you’ll be able to discover Basingstoke businesses selling everything from cakes and brownies to jams and chutneys. A Basing Bakes are regular attendees at the farmers markets from Alton all the way down to Waterlooville.

Basingstoke’s position within the countryside means access to organic and fresh produce couldn’t be easier. Harroway Organic offers vegetable boxes for collection or delivery to Newbury, Andover and Whitchurch. Worthy Earth is a collection of Regenerative, No-Dig Market Gardens in Hampshire and Oxfordshire including one at Dummer Down Farm. You can purchase weekly vegetable boxes from them. Manydown Farm Shop offers a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables. They also have a skilled team of master butchers on site selling high quality beef sourced from local farms across Hampshire and Berkshire. Laverstoke Park Farm is spread over 2.500 acres of countryside near Overton.   You can get your hands on Laverstoke Park Farm products a number of different ways: Ocado, Waitrose, Southern Co-Op and even Fortnum and Mason! Just across the border into Hart you will find Wellington Farm Shop.

To combine eating with something to do head to Bourne Valley PYO, situated near the idyllic village of St Mary Bourne, for super fresh fruit. Take a look at their crop update to see what’s available.

For other local producers take a look at the Hampshire Fare website.

Dining out

Whether you’re looking for a cosy country pub or more of a fine dining experience we have some wonderful suggestions. The Duck & Tipple in Wote Street at the Top of the Town offers designer cocktails and rustic food in a contemporary and relaxed setting. Here the staff develop a new cocktail each week. 

The Hoddington Arms, is a popular family pub in the pretty village of Upton Grey and The Purefoy Arms is the home of ‘Pub Chef of the Year’ & 2 AA Rosette chef, Gordon Stott. The Watership Down Inn in Freefolk serves lunch and dinner throughout the week except on Sunday evenings and work with a number of local producers.

The Lime Leaf and The Olive House both offer great food in Basingstoke town centre and are perfect for a date night meal out. Across the surrounding areas there are even more restaurants to explore including The Glasshouse Restaurant at Oakley Hall Hotel which offers modern British cuisine in a beautiful setting or The Palm Brasserie.

The Palm Brasserie

If you are looking to experience vegan food then Vemillion located at Chineham Shopping Centre is Basingstoke’s 100% vegan café.

Cafés and tearooms

There are plenty of independent coffee shops and tea parlours offering delicious cakes and a warm cuppa. In the town centre try Willows Coffee House on Cross Street and the Tea Bar which is conveniently situated at the Top of the Town. If you are heading out of Basingstoke town centre, The Street Bakeshop in Old Basing and The Parlour Tearoom at Viables are popular.

The Street Bakehouse

You can also find some wonderful places to grab a light lunch or coffee and cake outside of Basingstoke, in Whitchurch and Overton. Whitchurch Silk Mill’s Riverside Café is situated on the banks of the River Test and offers a seasonal menu of delicious sweet treats, snacks and light lunches. They use a number of local suppliers including The Hampshire Deli, Chalk Stream trout and Blundell Bakes.

Trust us, if you are catching up with friends and family or satisfying a sweet tooth, you will be spoilt for choice.

Locally brewed

If you fancy seeing how the gin in your cocktail is made then take a tour around the Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Laverstoke or Gorilla Spirits and enjoy a drink afterwards. If beer is more your tipple then Longdog Brewery and Andwell are both located in Basingstoke and Deane. 

Please note the inclusion of any business within this listing should not be seen as an endorsement of their services. While the information is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of the information.  

July 2022 

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