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The Old Drum


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The Old Drum is a contemporary country pub in the centre of Petersfield. Built in the 18th Century, it is the oldest in the area and has been lovingly and painstakingly restored to keep its character and charm. Enjoy real ales and fantastic, locally sourced food in a relaxed, eclectic environment. With three open fires, comfy leather sofas and happy, smiling staff, what's not to like? We strive to be as green as possible in supporting local businesses by sourcing our high quality ingredients from local suppliers.
US$ 7 - US$ 50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
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All reviews fish finger sandwich beef staff were polite off the menu for sunday lunch relaxed atmosphere pub garden rooms roast ales shower gravy eater
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A friendly bar in Petersfield, good wine selection and great food, highly recommend for couples or groups, variety of seating areas to suit all types of gathering. Definately worth a visit

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank dawnyP65
Reviewed 1 week ago

Arranged to meet friends here for Sunday lunch. Found it a bit strange that we had to confirm with them the day before, whether we wanted roasts or not. Booked a table but it was actually quite quiet in the restaurant. The decor is lovely...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank loveroffood4
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We’ve been going here regularly for a while and really appreciate the great selection of beers they do (especially pale ales) - a great place for beer lovers. During the summer the garden is wonderful to sit and drink in and the winter, there is...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Gemmamorris666
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We booked 3 nights at The Old Drum and I expressly said that as my husband was on crutches we would need to eat in each evening. On going down to dinner on the first evening, a Thursday, we were told the kitchen did not...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Maria S, Owner at The Old Drum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Good afternoon , my name is Maria Solovieva, I am the owner of the business. I am sure my assistant manager will respond as well and will explain the whole situation. What shokes me is that it is absolutely not correct what you wrote. Our...More

Reviewed 19 January 2019 via mobile

Visited on the back of an ad hoc recommendation. We got the sense that there was a new team running the establishment, i. e. there was obvious confusion as to how the food ordering terminal worked, which resulted in the kitchen not receiving the food...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank FabioTheGnome
Reviewed 17 January 2019 via mobile

We went to the Drum on New Years Eve for a nice quiet relaxing meal before the bells and we were not dissapointed. The food was excellent, the atmosphere was great, it was warm and the staff very friendly, they could not do enough to...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jgrahamm56
Reviewed 16 December 2018

Service and manners of staff generally good, although I did pay for a bottle of wine with cash and stood for some time waiting for my change only to eventually realise the barman had disappeared off to do something else and forgotten me totally! Food...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Aunty2008
Maria S, Owner at The Old Drum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2018

Good afternoon, I am really sorry to hear about your experience at the old drum. Our food is very high quality and standards-everything made fresh , on a day , at our kitchen and , rarely, we have complains regarding quality of food. Chips-it is...More

Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Lovely Sunday lunch with friends, good quality food, albeit a limited menu (Christmas menu, without Turkey a welcome change). Good wines and attentive staff without being intrusive

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Weimiemommy
Reviewed 5 December 2018

We went with our friends last Saturday for our xmas meal and it was a delight. From start to finish just excellent. The food was incredible and you wouldn't expect this in a town pub in Petersfield. Friendly and efficient staff, no waiting time and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Paul8888xx
Reviewed 21 November 2018

We stayed over night in the Old Drum before a family event and had a very pleasant stay. Our room was quite small but very well decorated and furnished, and the quality of the bed and fittings was excellent. Super large tv and great selection...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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24 October 2018|
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Response from Maria S | Property representative |
Food afternoon , we have disable access to the restaurant and disable WC. unfortunately, we do not have guest parking .
15 January 2016|
Response from Chris d |
On the website it said pets welcome, we added in the notes bringing 2 dogs. They contacted back and said they only have one pet friendly room and it was not available and so could not accommodate. I requested refund but was... More
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