The Hinkler, Hinkler Road, Thornhill, Southampton

The Hinkler

The Hinkler

First published in Pub Reviews Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

THEY say never judge a book by its cover, and this pub proves it.

From the outside, The Hinkler is nothing special – in fact, by the landlords’ own admission, it looks a little run down.

But step inside the Thornhill watering hole for the first time and you can’t help but be taken aback by its sheer size and modern feel.

Since taking the helm five years ago, Tracey Attwood and her partner, John Horrocks, have made wholesale changes.

And their hard work has certainly paid off.

The pub is back where it belongs – at the heart of its community.

The couple have installed Sky TV on five flat screens dotted around the building, including one in the bar lounge area, which has been kitted out by John himself.

With leather seating, stylishly tiled floors and a host of tables perfect for dining, it is almost a bar within a pub.

With sliding doors, the area can either be used as an extension of the pub, or hired out for private functions.

It has already proved popular for a host of occasions, including birthdays, anniversaries and christenings.

Back in the main bar, there are two new pool tables and a darts board, while the couple have also renovated the outside area to provide a quaint beer garden.

And their efforts have not gone unnoticed, with owners Marstons crowning the watering hole as its Community Pub of The Year, as previously reported in the Daily Echo.

But Tracey and John have no intention of stopping there.

The front of the building will soon be getting a facelift to match its contemporary interior and hope that will attract even more punters.

If that doesn’t, its very well priced food menu, which features all day breakfasts for £3.99, burgers from £2.40 and curries for £4.20, certainly will.

364 Hinkler Road,
Thornhill,
Southampton,
SO19 6DF
023 8043 5140
thehinkler.co.uk

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1:34pm Fri 23 Nov 12

murfmeister says...

sounds wonderful!
I must take the family down there this weekend!!
sounds wonderful! I must take the family down there this weekend!! murfmeister
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2:02pm Tue 4 Dec 12

arthur dalyrimple says...

how many cameras are there on the outside wall ?
how many cameras are there on the outside wall ? arthur dalyrimple
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11:55am Mon 11 Mar 13

chrisja says...

"THEY say never judge a book by its cover, and this pub proves it."

Well given it looks quite homely and inviting from outside I have to assume then it is a complete shithole.
"THEY say never judge a book by its cover, and this pub proves it." Well given it looks quite homely and inviting from outside I have to assume then it is a complete shithole. chrisja
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11:58am Mon 11 Mar 13

chrisja says...

"it is almost a bar within a pub."

How novel. A pub with a bar.

And Luke wonders why they always send him off to do pub reviews... the further away from the office the better.
"it is almost a bar within a pub." How novel. A pub with a bar. And Luke wonders why they always send him off to do pub reviews... the further away from the office the better. chrisja
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1:26am Thu 25 Jul 13

weall8leedscum says...

I stopped using it when they allowed Ginger People in there .
I stopped using it when they allowed Ginger People in there . weall8leedscum
  • Score: -1
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