Dear mummy, on the first day of a New Year we left our comfy sofa in search for adventure. One of our resolutions for 2017 was to get a bit more exercise and not let rain ruin play. It’s a miserable grey day but it hasn’t stopped us from donning our waterproofs and heading outside into the fresh January air.
We have a quest today….to find the Water Witch. She’s a witch that lives in Odiham by Basingstoke Canal in Hampshire. My folks promised to find her…little did I know they were referring to a pub!! Well, you need to stock up on some provisions first!! A nice lunch was the perfect magic potion to cure NYE hangovers and welcome in the first day of the year. We needed the food to heat up our tummies before our soggy walk!
The Waterwitch in Odiham is a lovely British country pub and retains many of its 17th century features such as exposed beams and open fires. They still had Christmas decorations up in the pub and it looked lovely and homely.
Situated on the banks of the Basingstoke Canal with extensive gardens stretching right to the water’s edge, it’s the ideal stop off point if you’re out enjoying walk, bike ride or boat trip around Odiham. Even in winter this place is charming and was fully booked when we arrived. The staff were accommodating and our large table was next to a beautiful window with period features and iron fixtures. It had such a lovely atmosphere and catered for families really well. Being a Chef & Brewer we wouldn’t expect any less.
We were a large party of 10 and all ages enjoyed the food. They had a wide range of cask ales and a tasty selection of traditional pub food, seasonal dishes and blackboard specials. The servings were ample and the food and plates hot. They had a great 2-course kids menu and I loved my fish & chips and chocolate flowerpot mousse. Some of the adults ate off the festive menu and the rest enjoyed large roasts and fish dishes. The food was fantastic and great value for money!
We sat at the table for a couple of hours and had plenty of space in a little snug area with a sofa to sit on too. Even though the pub was fully booked it didn’t seem packed and the staff were attentive and speedy. My daddy indulged in the Chocolate Fudge Cake which looked and tasted delicious and my daddy is a bit of a dessert connoisseur.
Afterwards and feeling full we ventured out into the drizzly rain to take a brisk walk along the canal. My mummy told me of a real Witch that lived on a barge called Hazel Witch. We discovered her finger on the footpath covered in moss and an old shoe hanging on the rails to lead us to her hiding place. We picked up stick wands ready to cast our spells on her.
By this time the rain was beating down hard and bouncing off the canal water so we decided we couldn’t brave the winter weather any longer. Well at least we started to keep our 2017 resolution! However we did spot a barge named Hazel…maybe after my Hazel the Witch.
So did we find the real Witch of Odiham? Well kinda…we found the Waterwitch, her local pub.
Love Bella x
Waterwitch, Colt Hill, Odiham, Hook, Hampshire, RG29 1AL
49 thoughts on “Finding the Waterwitch at Odiham”
Looking at that food made my mouth water! We went out in the rain this week to. It has to be done, can’t just stop living for a bit of rain 🙂
Odiham is a lovely place isn’t it! I used to work in Basingstoke and I’d go there quite often. But, I don’t think the waterwitch was there then – which is a real shame
Looks like a good day out. The food in the pub looks great x
I love your style of writing! Looks like you had a fab day, that chocolate cake looks yummy! xo
Bella, it seems as though you had a wonderful day finding the Waterwitch and enjoying a wonderful meal. The food looks absolutely terrific and the pub is very beautiful! Do you think Hazel the witch was hiding on her barge?
We may have to go back and find out! 😉
Looks like you had a great day out – one of my resolutions is to get out more as well x
I love it when you find a really nice pub to go to after a long walk. The food looks great too!
We spent our NYD at a Chef & Brewer following a long walk too! I love the idea of riding the Waterwitch that turned out to be a pub!
Days out like this are the best, I really need to do more of these!
That pub looks like the BEST place to spend New Year’s Day! I spent mine on the couch, suffering from the mother of all hangovers. Oops!
Thankfully my folks didn’t have massive hangovers 🙂 they can’t function on them never mind look after a crazy toddler!
That roast looks yummy. One of my NY’s resolutions is to get outside more too x
It really did look like a fabulous day out, and the pub just looked like you could stay there all day X
We spend a good couple of hours there! It was really homely and we didn’t feel rushed by staff 🙂
How yummy does that food look and what a fabulously healthy serving too. I’m glad you completed your quest, looks like you ad a fun day.
I did not expect the waterwitch to be a pub but how delicious was the food?! I do love a good yorkshire pudding!
I now need yorkshire puddings the size of my face! I just love it! I wish we lived closer and we would visit. x
Looks like such a lovely pub, love having days like this in the countryside even if the weather is not so good!
Jb // xx
Looks like such a cute pub and the perfect way to spend a new years day getting out and about x
Ohhhh that food looks amazing – what a fab day this sounds like x
Oh my gosh that pub looks lovely! I love ducking into a pub on a cold day after a long winter walk! x
that food looks fab – well the cake especially!
Sounds like such a good day out! I spent New Year’s Day at home lazing around!
o wow looks like a brilliant day out. The cakes looks just lovely
Days out were my favourite as a kid. It’s a great lesson to teach children early on that weather shouldn’t affect what you’re doing. I also love the look of that food! x
I love the way you made a rainy walk into a big adventure hunting out the witch 🙂 The food looks amazing too – how big is that Yorkshire pudding ?! #countrykids
What a fab day out, it’s great that you decided to try and brave the weather for a New Year walk. The resolution to get outside and enjoy some fresh air despite the weather is a fab choice, I look forward to more of your adventures throughout the year (fingers crossed the weather does brighten up for you a little). That pub grub looks delicious and the perfect way to start off New Year before a walk in the rain.
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The pub looks lovely and cosy – definitely my sort of place for a miserable damp day! #countrykids
Great post and delicious looking food though I’m a little gutted the Water Witch is a pub – sounds like a great name for a children’s story to me! And a very literate baby you have there! #CountryKids
Your lunch just made my mouth water! Best way to Recover from NYE fun 🙂 #countrykids
I’m now wishing I had a lovely waterwitch pub to eat in before going on a walk! The food looks yummy!
Do you think the witch was hiding in the barge?
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….we think so! We’ll find out when we visit next! 😉
I think the Water Witch pub is a good one to find. After all witches can be a little bit scary 😉 #countrykids.
Haha I love this it was a really enjoyable read!! What a unique trip out and well done for braving the weather for so long I wouldn’t have!! I love the sound of the pub where you got food, the food itself looks amazing and I love the sound of the exposed beams and fireplaces, so cosy!!
What a fabulous looking pub! I am always looking for nice places to eat in that sort of area as my little girl is at Winchester University! I will have to try this one out soon, and see if I can find the Waterwitch too 😀 xx
There’s some lovely places in Winchester too! Our fave is The Black Boy pub and the Wykeham Arms…oh and The Eclipse. Can you tell we’re seasoned ramblers 😉
the interior is stunning! so classy. that yorkshire pudding looks bigger than normal and i could do with a roast right now
That roast looks amazing! I think I need to visit Odiham! #CountryKids
Love all the witchiness around this outing. Looks like a lovely day out x
This looks like a lovely pub! I love the idea of getting out whatever the weather, we try hard to do that but I often fail miserably! #countrykids
Ahaha what a trick to play, finding the water witch as the pub! Brilliant attitude to start the new year! Let’s get out whatever the weather. I’m ok in rain as long as it’s not windy! #countrykids
That looks like such a wonderful and relaxing way to spend a day. The pub is so nice!
I always like a good pub lunch. Shame the weather wasn’t better #countrykids
That dinner looked amazing and what a quaint little pub!
I absolutely love little country pubs like this, the food is always the best, no matter how bad the weather might be 😀
So nice to get out for a walk in spite of the rain and stopping off for food at a nice cosy country pub is always lovely too! Love how the water witch and hazel witch helped add a little magic to it too 🙂 #countrykids
What a lovely lunch. That dessert looks amazing. We normally go on a New Years Walk but work commitments meant we couldn’t #CountryKids