One of the things I was worried I would miss the most about the States was the food. British food doesn’t have the best reputation so I was initially concerned that I might be asking the mothership (my mum) to FedEx some In-N-Out Burgers over when times got tough. Let me set the record straight – the food in the UK is amazing. What was once cheap and often grim pub grub (think hearty meat stews, bangers and mash or steak and kidney pie, which didn’t always leave your stomach feeling too great after) has transformed into Michelin-rated pub food. I’ve had so many amazing meals since moving here I’ve decided to start featuring a pub of the month! To kick pub of the month off to a delicious start, April’s pub of the month is The Thomas Lord in West Meon, Hampshire.
Being somewhat of a weekend regular as my father’s house is nearby, I’ve been to the Thomas Lord several times. The locally produced food and country cozy ambiance never disappoints. I was immediately intrigued by the anthropomorphic diorama featuring rodents, squirrels, weasels and ferrets playing a cricket match which is displayed over the bar. Can’t say I’ve been to too many places with the same decor!
Animal activists don’t worry, this bar isn’t only filled with preserved animals. It is decorated with all types of cricket memorabilia as The Thomas Lord is named after the founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground in London who lived (and is now buried) in West Meon. Although I think the cricket match made up of furry friends is the pub’s show stopper, the award winning food is tough to beat. Worn leather chairs by the fireplace and a room filled with books you can help yourself to is one of the many reasons why this country meets chic pub is such a haven. Bring your dog, your friends, a warm oversized sweater and your hunter boots (b/c it does get seriously muddy out in the country) and you just might find yourself hanging out here over good laughs and food all afternoon on a wet day!