Things to do | Food and drink

Whitchurch is situated on the edge of the Test River, flowing through the edge of the North Wessex Down. The beautiful Hampshire countryside makes this a great destination for history lovers, foodies and outdoor types alike.

Things to do in Whitchurch

Looking to make a weekend of it? Here’s what we recommend. Scroll down for pub and restaurant suggestions, too.

Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill, established in 1815, is a preserved, working silk production site and museum, showcasing traditional weaving techniques and machinery – well worth a visit. Also a great place for a cup of tea and a scone.

Bombay Sapphire

The Bombay Sapphire Distillery, near Whitchurch, is renowned for its production of premium gin. Housed in a beautifully refurbished mill, it offers visitors an immersive experience through its botanical glasshouses and interactive exhibits, detailing the history and art of gin making, set against a picturesque riverside location.

Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle, only a few minutes driver from Whitchurch, is a Victorian-era architectural marvel, famed as the filming location for Downton Abbey. Surrounded by lush gardens and parkland, the castle boasts a rich history, elegant State Rooms, and an impressive collection of art and antiques, attracting visitors globally to its grandeur and heritage.

Walkers are Welcome

Whitchurch, accredited in October 2015 as North Hampshire’s first Walkers are Welcome town, offers excellent year-round walking opportunities, thanks to community-led efforts in maintaining local footpaths. Look for the black and gold logo in local shops, cafes, pubs, and B&Bs, signaling a commitment to promoting and enhancing walking experiences. Join the local group on Sunday morning, 10:30am, on the bridge by the Silk Mill for an extended 2-hour stroll (walking boots recommended).

Food and drink

Great pubs, top-notch coffee and superb takeaways.

The Blue Ginger

The Blue Ginger in Whitchurch, Paul Sartin’s favourite local restaurant, stands out for its exquisite Indian cuisine. Renowned for its vibrant flavors and warm ambiance, this restaurant is a local culinary gem, offering a delightful dining experience with a menu that beautifully encapsulates the essence of traditional Indian dishes.


In many ways the heart and soul of Whitchurch, Kudos is nearly always packed full of kindred spirits, coffee lovers and people in need of a decent bit of cake. It was in the back room that Paul Sartin and Jon Wilks began cooking up the idea of relaunching the Whitchurch Folk Festival…

The White Hart

The White Hart, a charming pub and restaurant in the centre of town, is set to host many of the festival’s traditional tunes sessions. Renowned for its cozy atmosphere and delightful cuisine, it offers a perfect blend of local hospitality and cultural vibrancy, making it an ideal venue for music enthusiasts and food lovers alike.

The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms in Whitchurch, Hampshire, is a quintessentially English pub, offering a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Known for its traditional charm, this establishment serves a variety of local ales and classic pub fare. It’s a popular gathering spot for locals and visitors alike, embodying the heart of community life.

The Bell

Paul Sartin always considered The Bell to be his local. If you were ever trying to seek him out, this was always the first (and usually the last) place to check. Dating from the 15th century, it’s the quintessential English pub – what more can you ask for?

Hot Spice

If you’re looking for a great little takeaway, you can’t say fairer than Hot Spice, situated opposite the White Hart. Wonderful Indian cuisine, reasonable prices, a wonderful welcome always guaranteed.

Whitchurch Charcoal Grill

Looking for kebabs, burgers and pizzas? This little takeaway next door to Kudos will see you right. Tends to get a little busy late in the evening when the pubs empty.

Blue Rickshaw

Just up the road from Hot Spice you’ll find Hampshire’s best fish and chips and Chinese takeaway. Go for the Kung Po King Prawn – you won’t be disappointed.