The Mayfly in Chilbotlon, near Stockbridge, Hampshire is a nice country upmarket pub with a traditional menu and plenty of drinks to choose from which can be enjoyed in their riverside garden. The traditional decor and the rural location are ideal for an escape from from the city, especially if you're enjoying a long hike around Stockbridge or Chilbolton. Liam and I had our first date at The Mayfly on a nice summers evening and we had the best time enjoying a couple of wines in the sunshine (and the starlight as we stayed there until it closed!) so we finally decided to go and try the food to see if it's as good as we thought.
For a starter, Liam and I both had the squid with squid ink pasta from the specials menu - just had to as we both absolutely love seafood! It was served with peas, sun dried tomatoes, samphire and lemon and the portion was just right for a starter. I enjoyed the squid, it was nice and not rubbery - plus I enjoyed that they put all of the squid in including the little tentacles as they're often my favourite part! The sourness of the lemon and sun dried tomatoes gave the dish exactly what it needed which was a touch of sharpness.
I think we would come back to The Mayfly for a meal and drinks again, however I have a slight issue with pricing because I feel their prices reflect food which is of great quality, all freshly cooked but I didn't get that feeling from my meal. I'd like to think I can taste the difference between freshly sourced products and something which came out of a freezer. That's not to say the food wasn't good, it was, but I think they should lower their prices to reflect what you're getting. Or, I guess one could argue the prices also reflect the location which is faultless! Whatever the cause is, I'm definitely going to make a trip back to taste the food again and see what my final verdict is.