Food, glorious food! Our guide on places to eat in Andover covers the best cafés, coffee shops, takeaways and restaurants in town.
Places to eat in Andover
It’s easy to eat your way around the world without leaving Andover’s town centre. For a taste of Thailand, head to Siam Orchid on George Yard. Housed inside an old, thatched-roof building, this place is a traditional Thai restaurant, offering over 60 authentic dishes and a range of set menus. If you need some help deciding, the knowledgeable staff will be happy to make a recommendation, or you can choose one of their set menu choices.
At the top of George Yard you’ll find Curry Leaf, the leading Indian restaurant in the region which has been serving up mind-blasting curries for more than 30 years. It’s unpretentious but gets the basics absolutely right with a clean environment and super-friendly service.
Just around the corner at the Guildhall is Zintino, a bright and modern Italian restaurant. Their wood-fired sourdough pizzas are excellent, as are their range of small plates, platters and craft beer and wine lists. If you’re after an informal but very tasty dinner, this could be the place.
At the other end of Andover near Bridge Street is Captains, the leading Turkish restaurant in town. A lively, colourful restaurant open daily for lunch and dinner, mezze and fish dishes are the stars of the show alongside their range of kebabs, flatbreads and the kunefe dessert with ice cream.
Boswells in the Chantry Centre is the perfect place to rest and rehydrate after some retail therapy. Part of a south-English chain, the light and airy cafe has plenty of seating, or you can grab your coffee and cake to go as you hit the rest of the shops.
Heading out towards Thruxton is Rosebourne, a popular garden centre with a large leafy cafe. Bright, modern and spacious, the cafe offers plenty of seasonal specials and is handily located on the other side of the A303 from the Hawk Conservancy.
Rounding out our café and coffee shop selection is The Tea Cosy in Hurstbourne Tarrant. The independent tea room is open Wednesday to Sunday for breakfast and lunch and serves up a wide range of loose-leaf tea, coffee, cakes and ice creams. We recommend popping in on a Friday for their official ‘Cake Day’ when freshly-baked show-stoppers that would make Mary Berry proud are on offer.