One of England’s literary pubs, the 18th Century Wheatsheaf Hotel is a former posting-house and coaching stop visited by author Jane Austen as a child. Today, the Wheatsheaf Hotel pub restaurant is a delightful dining venue serving traditional pub food, fine wines and real ales.
The Wheatsheaf Hotel is located in North Waltham, an affluent, historic village with many attractive thatched cottages. A former posting-house and coaching stop, regularly visited by the young Jane Austen, the Wheatsheaf Hotel is a Grade II Listed Building with many of its 18th Century original features intact.
The pub restaurant has a delightful atmosphere and an equally delightful menu, comprising traditional pub food and hearty Sunday roasts.Read more...
The Wheatsheaf Hotel was an 18th Century coaching inn on the Salisbury to Winchester route and - like many of England’s literary pubs – it was also a posting-house.
To the left of the Wheatsheaf Hotel, Popham Lane leads to village of Steventon where renowned romantic novelist Jane Austen was born. From her diaries we know that Jane and her sister, Cassandra, would regularly walk to the Wheatsheaf to post their letters and collect the family mail.
Of course, in the 18th Century, Popham Lane would have been little more than a rutted cart track. In bad weather, the sisters would have tied their bonnets and coats tightly and strapped on Pattens – clog-like overshoes elevated above ground level to protect their feet from the mud. Thankfully, the lanes of North Waltham are, today, a little more walker friendly!
Archaeological remains from the Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age indicate continuous occupation in North Waltham from pre-historic times.
This lovely village has three sites providing evidence of the Roman occupation of Britain during the first four centuries AD, with the largest and best researched field being situated adjacent to the Wheatsheaf Hotel. Indeed, the Wheatsheaf site was an important villa that thrived and influenced the locality for four centuries.
Basingstoke to Andover, still providing a warm welcome for travellers and serving delicious pub meals and seasonal specials. Surrounded by fields in rural Hampshire, The Wheatsheaf Hotel is an ideal retreat for a relaxing Sunday lunch or a place to meet friends and savour the atmosphere of a literary landmark.