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Haunch of Venison

$$ - $$$, British,
1 Minster Street, Salisbury SP1 1TB, England
+44 1722 411313
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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“venison” (135 reviews)
“mash” (16 reviews)
“fish and chips” (21 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 Minster Street, Salisbury SP1 1TB, England
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1 - 10 of 698 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A wonderful relict full of history. Great fun to see all the yesteryear bar taps and fittings. Beer choice interesting and friendly welcome. Recommend the horse box at the front.

Thank JP070766
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Two of us had the Trio of Hampshire Venison and the other had the Venison Casserole and we were all very happy with our choices. Plenty of tasty meat and interesting vegetables - we left feeling very full. The wine (an Australian red) was good...More

2  Thank Hairy_Animal_5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful little pub, serving nice food and reasonably priced drinks. Staff looked after us well, they know lots about history of the place. Highly recommended!

2  Thank fedya2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst acknowledging that this is a tourist spot, I only wanted to pay for a pint, not buy the pub! Better beer and much better pint at 'spoons up the road

Thank wheresmycase
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a somewhat drab day happened to purely by chance stumble across this place of great history and real old world charm and couldn't have been happier that I did. Real rustic feel to the place and could not fault either service or food, our...More

3  Thank ALowlytraveller
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The pub it self is a fantastic throw back of times gone past for which I would definitely give a score of 5/5. I recommend you drink and soak up the atmosphere and eat elsewhere.

Thank 59divebuddy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a Saturday lunchtime in March. This was our second visit to the pub, on the first visit the food had been good and the service just about ok. This visit both were below par. Firstly after we had read the menu and the...More

Thank NigelBowen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here for lunch on a busy Saturday so expected to wait a while for food to arrive. Opted for fish and chips - what a mistake. The batter was light and crispy but the fish was a strange shade of puce and tasted awful....More

Thank Wendy P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a work trip with colleagues we stumbled upon the Haunch on a Monday evening. It was fairly busy and we had some drinks in the downstairs bar, the very friendly bar staff were telling us tales of the history of the bar and pointing...More

3  Thank Marc A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my partner had the most amazing meal here. The food was amazing the pub is very lovely. I have wild venison, it was perfect! My partner had belly pork, this was lovely too but there seemed to be something in the skin...? It...More

2  Thank Nikki L
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mike l
19 September 2017|
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Response from whitemoonstone | Reviewed this property |
approx. 5-10 minute walk
Anthony P
17 December 2015|
Response from mike l |
very busy lunch crowd l would try for reservation with that amount of people
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Minster Street, Salisbury SP1 1TB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Wiltshire  >  Salisbury
  • Phone Number: +44 1722 411313
  • E-mail
One of the city's most historic pub, and listed on CAMRA's National Inventory as one of the most historic interiors in the UK, The Haunch is packed with history, reputedly haunted by the ghost of the cheating card player, whose mummified hand is displayed in the upper 'House of Lords' Bar, with the snug 'Horsebox' allegedly the meeting place of Churchill and Eisenhower whilst planning the D-Day landings! With a spacious first floor restaurant, and a recent ownership change, The Merchant's House dining room on the first floor (entrance through pub) features a contemporary British menu specializing in local ingredients which include our famous venison casserole, superb selection of local meats and fish. Complemented with a specialist whiskey list, fine wine list and local hand - pulled real ales, as well as very friendly service, The Haunch is a definite 'must see' on your visit to Salisbury!
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