Bon appetite, Alton!
We don’t know about you, but this time of year always increases our appetites for good, hearty food. There’s something about the coldness in the evening air that gets our taste buds watering – so it’s a good job we’re so spoiled with great food and drink available in the local area!
Here’s our pick of where to get your fill of comfort food this month in the Alton area:
The Yew Tree
Universally popular and for good reason, the Yew Tree is a tranquil, rustic country pub that serves a fantastic range of local ales and mouthwatering food that has a Mediterranean influence. Produce is sourced primarily from Hampshire and neighbouring counties, and the delicious menu includes game, fowl and fish a plenty.
Lower Wield, Alresford SO24 9RX. Call 01256 389224 or visit www.the-yewtree.org.uk
Bottega Dei Sapori
A little corner of Italy in the heart of Alton. This little gem of a coffee shop offers freshly prepared Italian dishes and delectable cakes, in one of the friendliest environments around. Often described as ‘the best coffee shop in town’, as well as your caffeine fix, you can also browse an enviable range of Italian produce and seasonal gifts (such as their spectacular panettone) that you won’t want to leave without.
8 High Street, Alton GU34 1BN. Call 01420 88988 or visit www. bottegadeisapori.co.uk
And now for a touch of class. Monty’s has something for everyone, and it’s all done well. Afternoon tea? Served every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sunday lunch? But of course, done excellently every week. Something more exotic? Tapas Nights are Sunday and Monday evenings. Not forgetting Steak and Burger Night on Tuesdays…
7 Normandy Street, Alton GU34 1DD. Call 01420 88950 or visit www.montys.co
You can’t beat a good curry, and a good curry is exactly what you’ll get at Balti Tandoori in the centre of town. Authentic Indian cuisine that’s an absolute crowd pleaser, this small but perfectly formed restaurant is hugely popular for good reason. If you’re really in a hibernating mood, rejoice, as Balti Tandoori also offer a free delivery service for a feast in your own home, should you so wish.
9-11 Market Street, Alton GU34 1HA. Call 01420 549086 or visit www. baltitandoori.co.uk