We recently stopped off for lunch at The Flying Bull Inn in the tiny village of Rake, near Liss, Hampshire. It is only 5 miles from the town of Petersfield, on the London Road. An interesting factor, is that the Inn is situated in 2 counties! The borders of Hampshire and Sussex run right through the centre of the pub.
You can pull straight off the B2070, into a spacious parking area. It was rather a cold day, so we were pleased to see a warm open fire burning as we entered. We were quickly welcomed inside and shown a table.
This is a traditional pub and restaurant, serving hot, home made meals for lunch and supper. Real ales are available. There are Cask Marque ales, as well as premium lagers, and a good wine list. Dishes are sourced from the best local ingredients, including handmade sausages, dry aged steaks, home made casseroles and pies as well as vegetarian options. The inn own their own chickens whose eggs are used in the kitchen.
We spotted a turkey, cranberry and stuffing home made pie on the ‘special board’ so opted for that. Glad we did…it was delicious; very meaty and a good sized portion. We didn’t have a long wait to be served and the staff member was friendly and helpful.
Quite a few of the dishes for children are taken off the main menu – just smaller portions. There are games and colouring sets available to keep the children amused while they wait.
Although there weren’t many people when we first went in, the place soon became busy. I can quite see why. Excellent, quality food, value for money and conveniently situated off the main road. There is an outside seating area in addition to the bar if the weather is good enough.
Certainly a place to recommend – and re-visit.