JSW

The low, whitewashed building, a 17th-century coaching inn, sits on a modest street, but within this ‘seriously impressive’ restaurant-with-rooms, the modern dishes are ‘exquisitely executed – very much deserving of the Michelin star’. More

Contact details

JSW
20 Dragon Street
Petersfield
Hampshire
GU31 4JJ
England
01730 262030

Hotel information

Bedrooms

4

Open

all year except New Year, 2 weeks Jan, 2 weeks Apr, 2 weeks Sept, restaurant closed Sun evening–Wed lunch.

Facilities

restaurant, function room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), courtyard with outside seating, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed but ‘good behaviour a requirement’.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room D,B&B £195–£360. Set dinner £45–£55, tasting menus £65–£90. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

Good Hotel Guide Review

The low, whitewashed building, a 17th-century coaching inn, sits on a modest street, but within this ‘seriously impressive’ restaurant-with-rooms, the modern dishes are ‘exquisitely executed – very much deserving of the Michelin star’. In the beamed dining room (‘we liked the generous table spacing’), John Saul Watkins, the chef/patron, focuses on ‘top-quality’ seasonal produce – fish from the Solent, fruit and vegetables from Hampshire, meat from Cumbria – with a prodigious wine list for accompaniment. Characteristic among his ‘imaginative’ dishes: wild local sea bass, crab and potato risotto, sea herbs; sucking pig belly, pickled pear, dandelion. Vegetarians have their own menu, perhaps including root vegetables, cavolo nero, thyme and roasted garlic gel. ‘Really comfortable, immaculately maintained’ bedrooms are on the first floor. ‘Ours was bright, quiet and peaceful.’ (Light sleepers may want to bring earplugs – some guests have commented on street noise – or book the courtyard-facing room.) A ‘straightforward’ continental breakfast has French pastries; home-made lemon curd and home-baked bread; fresh fruit and juice. (A and BB, B and MB)

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JSW
20 Dragon Street
Petersfield
Hampshire
GU31 4JJ

Guest comments

'This restaurant-with-rooms is a former coaching inn on a main road in the town centre. The cooking is high quality and imaginative with adequate choice. Service was cheerful and eff icient. Dish descriptions are idiosyncratic, eg, ‘Sucking pig with what it eats’. Breakfasat is a straightforward continental, with quality pastries and freshly squeezed orange juice. No lounge for pre-dinner drinks. It seems to cater mainly for people staying one night only. ' - Bryan and Mary Blaxall - September, 2015
'We had a really excellent weekend stay, and I would say that the food was the best we have had in a GHG hotel. Really top cooking, exquisitely executed, and very much deserving of its Michelin credentials. The waiting staff, too, were very good - on the whole, really young, but extremely well trained and professional in their approach and awareness. The dining room felt contemporary, and everything felt to be on very good form. We were seriously impressed. The bedroom, too, was really great - very spacious and immaculately maintained; quiet; peaceful; light and really comfortable. We would highly recommend JSW to anyone visiting the area, and it was very easy to reach from London by train. ' - Anna and Bill Brewer - September, 2015

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