A hidden gem of a country public house
(Editor’s note: sadly this pub is now closed and is awaiting new tenants – owners. I am leaving the aricle here because of the amazing artwork that the pub displayed. I hope that whoever takes it over manages to keep som of the art. October 2020)
My friend Andy and I on Friday night decided that we should have an afternoon out away from the confines of Milford-on-Sea and Lymington where we normally hang out. I suggested Eling near Totton on the outskirts of Southampton. I had been there once before on a rainy spring day day to visit the tide mill there. That had been an interesting morning. I had never been to a pub there though. This Saturday was to be a pub visiting day. Andy had been to a couple of pubs there and we ended up at one of them, the King Rufus. We had already driven past it and for some reason decided to go back and try it. From the outside it looked like a small probably Victorian built country pub, no great architecture or particularly noticeable features, pleasantly unassuming, possibly dull. Anyway we tried it. I had no great hopes, just another ale house I was thinking, nevertheless worth a visit because if you don’t try you don’t know.
Phillipa told us that she had been a an art teacher at a school and hasn’t stopped painting.
The pub is only open 4 days a week, Thursday through to Sunday. It has regular music events, Husband Ray is a musician. They also have Friday night as a Pizza night using the
We shall certainly be visiting again. Most probably on a Friday night as we both fans of a well made pizza.