About Us

Surrounded by the wonderful Hampshire countryside and Chawton’s rich literary history we have been the village pub for at least 150 years. At the heart of the village we are a family and dog friendly country pub, that offers an unrivalled range of beverages, innovative flavour packed dishes made from local ingredients and unique dining experiences. The historic Hampshire village of Chawton is just off the junction of the A32 and A31 and a 15-minute walk from the centre of Alton. We are directly opposite the former home of world famous author Jane Austen and a five-minute walk from her ‘Great House’.

The Hosts



Simon has worked in the hospitality industry since 1991. As a restaurant manager he ran the front of house at London’s first Michelin starred Indian restaurant, Benares and at Park Lane’s Grosvenor House.

Simon was general manager at Gordon Ramsey Holdings for two years and was the general manager at Stovell’s in Chobham, where he gained his passion for wild crafted gin.



Norma is from Galicia in north west Spain. A practicing veterinary surgeon, Norma brings her love of Galician food, art and design and a generous spoonful of business acumen to the partnership.

Management Team

Head Chef

Tom Hinsley

Tom has been in kitchens since his early teens on Hayling Island. He decided this was his vocation in life and went to catering college, before taking on the might that is the London restaurant scene. During his time in the big smoke, Tom worked at Michelin Starred Launceston with Tim Allen, before taking the sous chef position at Jason Atherton’s City social, and senior sous at The Betterment. Tom eventually moved closer to home and took on the head chef role at The White Horse, Chilgrove. Having joined us in October, his technique based seasonal cooking has become a hit and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.
General Manager

Eleanor Jepp

Eleanor has grabbed this opportunity with both hands and in addition to the training she already had under her belt, she has taken up stages at some of London’s top restaurants, including Kerridge’s Bar & Grill. Eleanor’s enthusiasm and warm welcome has won her many plaudits and her good humour is infectious.