Welcome to The Shoe at Exton

A friendly welcome on the South Down’s Way, in the heart of the Meon Valley. We provide comforting home-cooked food, good wine, real ales and excellent coffee made using our own Hampshire Pantry coffee beans.
The Shoe is located in the heart of the Meon Valley, along the picturesque South Down’s Way. Our riverside garden has stunning views of Old Winchester Hill and we are frequently visited by many types of birds. We pride ourselves on the pub’s relaxing atmosphere and excellent food that we source from local suppliers, all served in front of open log fires during Autumn & Winter.

We are open 7 days a week
We are a dog friendly pub

Mon – Fri  11 – 3 & 6 – 11
Saturday  11 – 11
Sunday  11 – 10.30

Mon – Fri  12 – 2.30 & 6 – 9
Saturday  12 – 3 & 6 – 9
Sunday  12 – 3 & 6 – 8.30

Sundays & Bank Holidays have two sittings – 12.00 & 2.30

Exton Village

Exton is a small village which lies within the South Downs National Park, on the West bank of the river Meon. The quaint village, originally called East Seaxena Tun in 940AD, is nestled between Old Winchester Hill to the East and Beacon Hill to the West, offering walkers stunning views wherever they look. Following a loop-lane around the village, lined with beech and sycamore trees, you will pass picturesque cottages, a Grade II listed Church of St Peters & St Paul. There is much to do a little further afield, including a trip to the ancient town of Winchester, Alresford and Bishops Waltham.

Incredible quality

Ever since my friends introduced me to the Shoe, I’ve loved your food. Incredible quality in a beautiful setting.

Fabulous meal

Fabulous meal for Solent Advanced Motorcyclists’ Committee members and their guests last night.
Thank you! Thank you!

Best fish and chips

We had fish and chips take away tonight, it was lovely!

Sea Bass

Superb meal last night! Wild sea bass with Parmentier potatoes. Delicious!!

Beautiful Meal

Thank you for a beautiful meal last night, the cheesecake was just divine!

Our Award Winning Food

Using only the best fresh produce (local when available), we create our own unique blend of traditional and innovative dishes, which changes through the seasons. All our food is prepared freshly each day with great emphasis on the combination of flavours, textures and presentation. Fish features prominently on our menus as does Game when in season. We also have vegetarian and vegan dishes and coeliacs are well catered for. We also provide a take away fish and chips service. We were the proud winners of Wadworth Food Pub of the Year 2014. Out of 217 Wadworth tenanted pubs we were chosen as having the best quality food offering. In the summer we have our own ice cream shack in the garden which we open on warmer weekends. It is a huge hit with children, walkers and locals. All the ice creams are homemade.

Thank you

Our Awards & Achievements

The Beautiful South
Award for Excellence 2019 – 2020

The Beautiful South
Award for Excellence 2019 – 2020

Hampshire life Food & Drink Award

Recommended on
Restaurant Guru

Food Standards Agency
Food Hygiene Rating

Travellers’ Choice

Our handmade country products are bursting with flavour, thanks to using the freshest local ingredients. All Hampshire Pantry products have been born from our in house kitchen and special much-loved recipes. Some have even been bestowed awards!

  • Peppercorn Sauce
  • Tomato Chutney
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Courgette Jam
  • Home-baked Breads
  • Coffee Beans – various varieties


 Enjoy an unforgettable visit to The Shoe

The South Downs WaySDNP Website >

The South Downs Way runs along the length of the chalk downs of Hampshire and Sussex from the historic little city of Winchester to the dazzling white cliffs of Beachy Head overlooking the seaside town of Eastbourne. For much of its length this delightful National Trail meanders along the crest of the Downs, with far-reaching views northwards over the patchwork fields, woods and villages of the Weald and southwards to the sea, but the route also dips into the beautiful river valleys cutting through the Downs and visits some very pretty villages with their friendly old pubs, thatched cottages and gardens bursting with flowers.

History is an ever-present companion to the South Downs Way. The route follows ancient tracks established some 5000 years ago when Stone Age man began to cultivate the Downs and mine for the flint from which he made tools. Later settlers all left their marks on the land in the shape of Bronze Age barrows; Iron Age hill forts; Roman tracks; Saxon churches; Norman churches, cathedrals and castles; deserted medieval villages; and the dew ponds created as watering holes for the great flocks of sheep that grazed on the Downs in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Highlights of the trail include the beautiful cathedral city of Winchester, the Capital of Saxon England; the downland viewpoints of Beacon Hill, Butser Hill, Bignor Hill, Ditchling Beacon and Firle Beacon; the ‘Jack and Jill’ windmills; the Devil’s Dyke, a vast dry valley said to have been carved by Satan to let the sea flood the Weald and destroy all the churches; the picturesque villages of Exton, East Meon, Buriton, South Harting, Amberley and Alfriston; the exhilarating sense of space on top of the Downs; Alfriston’s parish church, the ‘Cathedral of the Downs’; the ‘smallest church in England’ at Lullington; the marvellous variety of wildflowers and butterflies found on the sheep-grazed pastures of the Downs; the huge Bronze Age barrows known as the Devil’s Jumps; and the spectacular clifftop walk over the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.

Important !

Please be aware we have a very small car park which is not suitable for large parties of walkers to leave their cars for long periods of time. We are dog friendly.


If you require any special arrangements with your reservation or are looking to book a party larger than 10 people then it is advised to call the pub on 01489 877 526 or email: bookings@theshoeexton.co.uk


01489 877526

Shoe Lane
SO32 3NT

We’re a dog friendly pub


We are open 7 days a week

Mon – Fri  11-3.30  &  6-11
Saturday  11-11.30
Sunday  11-10.30


Mon – Fri  12-2.15  &  6-9
Saturday  12-3  &  6-9
Sunday  12-3  &  6-8.30

Sundays & Bank Holidays have two sittings
12.00 & 2.30