Christchurch pubs

With more historic watering holes than you could shake a beer mat at, there are few better ways to spend a day in town than with a lazy sunny-day pub crawl. Here are some of the best pubs in Christchurch to help you get started.

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Our video guide to pubs in Christchurch

The Thomas Tripp

Start off your Christchurch pub crawl at The Thomas Tripp, a historic public house that dates back to the 17th century and is named after the infamous smuggler who was eventually caught in the pub. They serve up an impressive range of drinks, while their food – including the Seafood Shack and popular summer BBQs – is worth checking out on its own.

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The Ship Inn

One of the oldest pubs in Christchurch, The Ship Inn dates back to the 15th century. A stylish pub and brasserie style restaurant, its central location opposite The Regent Theatre makes it the perfect pre-show watering hole. And with regular live music spanning pop, rock, funk and jazz, and a bustling beer garden in summer, it’s one of the livelier pubs in town.

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The Rising Sun

Slightly further out of town, The Rising Sun combines award-winning Thai food with a traditional pub setting, with impressive results. When the weather is good, grab a drink and one of their Massaman Curries and sit out in the smart outdoor terrace which is heated year round.

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Ye Olde Starre Inne

Just off Bridge Street, Ye Olde Starre Inne is a quality English pub that covers most bases. They screen all the big sporting action, have regular guest bands and a decent pub-grub menu including a range of tasty burgers. Plus, they have a wide range of drinks on offer including cask ales, ciders, gins and spirits.

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The Ship Inn

The Ship Inn

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The Three Tuns

The Three Tuns

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The Amberwood Inn

The Amberwood Inn

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The Stourvale Inn

A family-friendly pub located to the north of Christchurch, and just a short walk from our Christchurch West hotel, The Stourvale Inn has a huge food menu that takes in everything from vegan and vegetarian options as well as listing all the calories on each dish (look away if you’re ordering the XL All-Dayer breakfast burger) plus a great kids’ menu. And with a dog-friendly beer garden, pool table and all the sports on big-screen TVs, there’s plenty of in-pub entertainment.

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The Three Tuns

One of the leading country pubs in the region, The Three Tuns is a three-mile drive from the centre of Christchurch on the edge of the New Forest Country Park. A charming 17th-century pub renowned for its food, take a seat on their terrace and start with one of their five cask ales or 10 wines by the glass, and then dig into their food menu spanning everything from simple sandwiches to oysters, smoked duck with onion ice cream and port jelly to their homemade ice creams and sorbets. And if you’re in town at the end of September, make sure to head to their three-day beer and cider festival.

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The Amberwood Inn

Another popular pub on the edge of the New Forest near the village of Walkford, The Amberwood Inn is a lively country public house that hosts a weekly quiz night, live music every Friday and a twice-monthly jazz session. The closest pub to our Highcliffe hotel, food is served daily during lunch and dinner and is excellent, with daily specials and two-course early bird dinner deals good value for money.

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