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King Rufus

Eling Hill
SO40 9HE

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Opening Times


Friday4.00 pm - 9.00 pm or later
SundayNoon - 6.00 pm

About the Pub

The owners who took over in 2016 ran the pub until the Covid lockdown March 2020 then decided to retire and put the pub on the market. The pub reopened 3rd December 2021, initially with bottled beers and only open on Fridays from 4pm, but with plans to reintroduce draught ales and food, and to extend hours as soon as they can - lots of work still to do on the pub.

Much of the detail on this page refers to the pre-2020 incarnation, including the following description:

New owners in 2016 - Philippa & Raymond Goold, she a painter, he a musician; Philippa's paintings now adorn the walls in place of the previous Victorian memorabilia. The pub is furnished with light wooden furniture. What was the rear dining area is now a light, airy and welcoming tea room where you can enjoy a slice of cake and a freshly made tea or coffee. In place of a piano is Raymond's double bass, used for impromptu jazz evenings when other jazz friends have dropped in for a 'chat'. The rear garden has a nice outside patio where you can sit and enjoy a beer.

Note that the pub may close earlier than the stated times.

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  • Cider Real Cider Available


  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • Garden Garden
  • Parking Parking
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FunctionRoom Function Room
  • LiveMusic Live Music
  • RealFire Real Fire
  • Restaurant Restaurant Area
  • Smoking Smoking Area

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King Rufus

Eling Hill
SO40 9HE

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50.9074, -1.4783

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  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes

Nearby Bus Routes (240m)

Bluestar: 8 (Totton/Southampton direction only)

Reverse direction stop is 900m away in the other half of Jacob's Gutter Lane across Marchwood By-Pass..


½ mile E of Marchwood Bypass (Jacob's Gutter Lane).

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King Rufus, Eling. Photo: Philippa Goold 16th June 2016

King Rufus

Eling Hill
SO40 9HE

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Real Cider Available
  • Quiet Pub
  • Disabled Access
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Dog Friendly
  • Function Room
  • Live Music
  • Real Fire
  • Restaurant Area
  • Smoking Area
  • Close to Bus Routes

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