A guide to Odiham

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  • 1.
    King John starting building Odiham Castle in 1207 which was a stepping stone to the sealing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede.
  • 2.
    Odiham was Hampshire’s first entry in the Domesday Book.
  • 3.
    Dating back to the 13th century, Odiham’s name comes from the Anglo-Saxon ‘’Wudiham’’ meaning settlement of the edge of wooded land. It’s striking 13th century church All Saints sits on the site of an early Saxon church.

Odiham Area

Odiham’s well renowned “Extravaganza” held every November is when the magnificent High Street becomes a throng of locals and visitors alike who enjoy the early Christmas atmosphere and numerous market stalls.

Surrounding Villages

  • South Warnborough
    A small village, its name derived from “Weargebuman” the Saxon name for Whitewater and meaning “felon stream”, houses a combined friendly village shop and post office and pub.
  • Upton Grey
    A picturesque village including duck pond and The Hoddington Arms a wonderful rural local pub serving delicious food and ales.
  • Greywell
    An unspoilt village in the undulating countryside, well positioned for country walks along the river and beyond. Good transport links to London and the coast.
  • Long Sutton
    A small village circa 3 miles from Odiham, nestled amongst the countryside and served by a church, primary school, independent school Lord Wandsworth College, village hall and a public house. The neighbouring village of Well is home to the acclaimed Chequers Inn public house.
  • Bentley
    A thriving village community in East Hampshire, near the Surrey border, an attractive 12th Century church, country pub, small village shop and nearby Alice Holt Park. Bentley albeit small has its own train station with trains into London Waterloo. It is famous as the home of Lord Baden Powell at Pax Hill and Harold Sanderson the owner of the White Star Line who learnt of the sinking of the Titanic whilst at his home Jenkyn Place which is now well known for its vineyard and award-winning wines.


  • Shopping

    Odiham has an excellent range of local independent shops on a classic Georgian High Street

    Alongside a number of cafes and pubs. About a mile away is the locally renowned Newlyns Farm Shop & Café which sells its own home-produced mead and vegetables alongside home produced frozen. Newlyns also houses an independent fish and wine retailer and a clothing boutique. More extensive facilities will be found in the neighbouring local towns of Farnham, Alton and Basingstoke.

  • Eating

    The Chequers

    Privately owned restaurant and pub in lovely rural hamlet surrounded by stunning countryside renowned for its award-winning food welcoming period atmosphere.

    El Castello

    Set in the heart of Odiham, El Castello is a vibrant, unique and friendly Italian Mediterranean restaurant.

    Bel & Dragon

    In the heart of Odiham, the restaurant features classic British cuisine with focus on local sustainable ingredients.

    Hook Tandoori

    Bright, modern restaurant for Indian specialities, Bangladeshi fish dishes and Asian fusion cuisine.

  • Drinking

    The Crooked Billet

    Waterside pub with a large garden and children's play area, serving a menu of global comfort food.

    The Hogget

    Sprawling pub with a terrace and car park serving a British menu specialising in gourmet burgers.

    The Waterwitch

    Traditional pub with excellent range of individual cask ales and classic pub food.

    The Hoddington Arms

    Owned and renovated by 4 local residents a renowned village pub with great food and range of local beers plus regular meal/cinema nights.


  • Trains

    Trains reach London Waterloo from Basingstoke in 43 minutes, Hook in 55 minutes and Winchfield in 50 minutes.

  • Other Transport

    Excellent links with the M3 are just 2 minutes from Odiham which provides access to the M25 and London, plus also to Southampton and the south coast.