About Us

Here is just a little info to let you get to know us better...

History

Here is a little potted history of our pub and the local area... if you have a spare minute or two and maybe a cup of tea (or is that a G&T), we think it's well worth a read.

When the Domesday Book was compiled, about 1085, the land of Eversley belonged to the Abbey of Westminster. The Domesday Book tells of two mills in Eversley, worth one hundred and five pence, and a wood worth thirty shillings, a contrast to that at Farnborough, which was worth two pence. As the value of the wood at Eversley is such a large proportion of the whole sum, the greater part of the land must have been woodland. In fact, it gave its name to a Forest under the Norman Kings, for "William de Braybœuf made a park at Hackwood in the Forest of Eversleigh in 1280".

Wild Boar

Eversley's ancient origins are suggested by its name, which is derived from the Anglo Saxon for 'eofors leah', the field or clearing of the wild boar. "It is my decided opinion," said Mr. Isaac Taylor, author of Words and Places "that the name Eversley is one of the few remaining records of the former existence of the wild boar in England. Eofor - wild boar, Anglo-Saxon, would take the English form Ever. The second syllable is the Anglo-Saxon leah- a boskey place, a sort of open pasturage, more or less wooded, like the under-closed glades of the New Forest." Eversley was spelt "Eversleigh" in Parish Records until 1748.

There were 4 manors in Eversley, but the exact sites of these is unknown. It is believed that in 1702 the manors of Everlsey and Bramshill were bought by Sir John Cope and a mass transformation of the village occurred, including the construction of Warbook house in 1724.

The Church of St Mary, Eversley

It appears from the Charter granted to the Abbey of St. Peter's, Westminster, by which it became possessor of Eversleigh Manor, that a Church was included. This Charter is dated 1050.

An early tradition tells us that a small church, on the site of the present one, was a Sanctuary for Deer-slayers. Another tradition places a Hermit's Cell there. The latter may have grown from the fact that "A Hermitage was endowed at Strathfieldsaye in order that the Hermit might direct travellers through the forest of Eversley. It was "common practice to place Hermits at parts of forests, to direct and help wayfarers. In return for which the Hermits received the alms of the Rich and the thanks of the Poor."(Col. H. Stilwell).

Charles Kingsley

Reverend Charles Kingsley (1844-1875), author of 'The Water Babies', is one of Eversley's most famous residents, and it was while living in Eversley that he produced some of his most famous works and became an established writer. Mr. Kingsley had been Curate of Eversley, when he lived in a thatched cottage at the corner of the Cross green. He then described the Parish as "peculiar for nothing but want of houses, and abundance of peat bogs. My parishioners are remarkable for aversion to education and a predeliction for fat bacon." But the next year, when he believed he was leaving Eversley for ever, he wrote of it as "this beloved place," and he returned with joy in 1844 to be its Rector for the rest of his life.

David Welch, a resident of Eversley, has passed on an account of a Mrs Welsh's acquaintance with the Rev. Kingsley. By all accounts she always enjoyed talking of him, and her fine old face was full of animation and pride when she said that he would carry her home from school when she was a tiny child. She remembered seeing him bearing big cans of soup from the Rectory when an epidemic raged, and leaving some at each cottage. He was welcomed everywhere as a great friend, as well as the Parson, and the children ran after him calling "Daddy, daddy."

In those days Mrs. Welch (then Elizabeth Chandler) and other children were terrified of going near a certain house where a ghost was said to appear at dusk. One summer evening they met Mr. Kingsley and told him of their fear. She remembered he said, "There are always more Spirits in the air than there are gnats now," and he pointed to a cloud of gnats in the twilight. "But God does not let you see them, because you would be frightened by them, and He never frightens children.'

In 1860, to everyone's surprise - including his own - Kingsley was appointed Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge. His inaugural lecture "The Limits of Exact Science as applied to History" was followed by a series concerned with the rise and fall of the Goths, subsequently published as 'The Roman and the Teuton'.

Charles Kingsley is also responsible for the impressive Wellingtonia trees lining Wellingtonia Avenue. His daughter Miss Rose Kingsley wrote "The largest tree in the Churchyard is a fine Wellingtonia, a seedling from a cone my father picked up in the Mariposa Grove in May, 1874. After his death in 1875, the cone split open and I potted two of the seeds. They grew so well that, two years later, I sent them to our old Schoolmaster and Clerk, Frederick Marshall. One he planted in the Churchyard and the other on the slope of the Mount, and my amazement was great when I returned to Eversley to find the tiny seedlings had turned in the space of twenty years into Forest trees." The trees now stand at well over 100 feet tall.

Eversley Village School

The village school is Charles Kingsley's Church of England aided Primary School. When Charles Kingsley came to Eversley as Curate in 1843, few people in the village could read or write. The village cobbler, Snuffy Clapham, taught some children in his cottage in Fox Lane, as did Sarah Winter at hers in Bramshill. Kingsley began evening classes in the summer house on The Mount, overlooking the church, assisted by Frederick Marshall, whom he later sent to Winchester Training College.

Largely due to Kingsley's efforts, the Parish School was built in 1853, on common land entrusted by Sir William Cope, the Lord of the Manor. Frederick Marshall became the first schoolmaster in Eversley, at a salary of £35.00 a year. The school was soon acknowledged as one of the best in the area and children from neighbouring parishes were allowed to attend on payment of 2d a week.

Over the years the school has been enlarged and has recently added a sixth permanent classroom and a seventh temporary one. In 1999 the school won a prestigious 'Named School Award' in the Minister for Education's Annual Report, and has also been awarded Beacon status. In 2002 it was ranked 2nd highest achiever in Hampshire and was number 37 in the top 100 schools in the country, beating more than 18,000 others.

The 1919 Pageant

In 1919 the village held a great pageant to celebrate the centenary of Charles Kingsley's birth, and its patrons, led by Queen Alexandra, read like a roll call of the great and the good of the day.

One disturbing tale from many year ago concerns a local villager who was walking from the road outside St. Neot's, taking a shortcut to Bramshill Road over desolate and boggy ground. This person noticed a hat lying on the ground, and on picking it found beneath it the head of a man who had sunk into the bog when crossing that lonely track, and died before he could attract attention to his danger.

The Tally Ho

The name Tally Ho! is an old English hunting phrase, that was used to excite the hounds used in the hunt when out deer hunting.

Interestingly, there is another pub of the same name in Trumpington, Cambridgeshire, with a picture of a Spitfire on its signage. 'Tally Ho' was the call to arms of the WWII Spitfire pilots from the nearby airfield.

(With thanks to C. Elizabeth Cottingham, who wrote A Little History of Eversley in 1930)

If you'd like to put a name to a face, allow us to introduce you to the crew...


Front of house

Robert Axam

Manager

Rob has come to us from working in a 5 star hotel, he used to run pubs, so has plenty of experience in our field. Rob's the one who cracks the jokes on the busy shifts - which keeps us all smiling. Rob is a proper family man and loves to take his kids out on his days off. He loves a drink and good food, which suits us perfectly!

Sarah Thomas

Deputy Manager

Sarah, has been with us for a few years now and has become a loving member of the Tally Ho family. No matter rain or shine, Sarah will be there to make you laugh and smile. Listen out for a cheerful 'Hiya' from her.

Andrew Nobbs

Deputy Manager

Andy is a great addition to the management team here at the Tally Ho and it's fair to say we're delighted to have him (don't tell him that too often). Bringing great experience to the table, Andy has managed many pubs round the local area and it's no exaggeration to say not a day goes by when he doesn't serve someone he knows.

Fin Baker

Assistant Manager

Fin is our Assistant Manager having first come to us a teenager while studying for his Biochemistry and Genetics degree. He knows this pub like the back of his hand and is a firm favourite with the regulars.

Roberto De Sousa

Supervisor

Roberto is our Grand Papa of Eversley. He's a real family man and when he's not at work you'll probably find him watching his mighty Chelsea playing football. If you are ever unsure of something at the Tally Ho, ask Roberto!

Rachel Carter

Supervisor

Rachel is a lover of the finer things in life, red wine and steak being the top of the list. With a wealth of experience, if you're thinking of joining our crew, Rachel will show you the ropes!

Wendy Beale

Bar/Waiting Staff

Wendy has been a staple of our weekday team for many years now and brings the same level of warmth and laughter no matter what day it is. In her spare time, she loves spending time with those most important to her, her family!

Chloe Day

Bar/Waiting Staff

Chloe has come to us from working in stables, she's a real animal lover and our resident dog walk guide. A jack of all trades, Chloe can be found helping out all over the pub!

Emily Ross

Bar/Waiting Staff

If it has got an engine, Em will always enjoy a chat. When not in the pub she can be found wizzing around on her motorbike. While her name may be Emily she's known as Little Em to us!


Kitchen

Neil Thompson

Head Chef

Neil has been at the Tally Ho for more than 5 years, having previously trained here in his youth, and now heads up our kitchen team. When he's not creating superb dishes, Neil is usually found cracking jokes to the rest of the team.

Przemyslaw Staniszewski

Senior Sous Chef

Przemak is the clown of the kitchen, when he isn't plating up amazing food. He can be found making everyone laugh and lifting their spirits.

Yam Gurung

Sous Chef

One thing you need to know about Yam is thats he's always smiling. Whether he's prepping, cooking or washing up, Yam is an all round nice guy with a grin on his face.

Lukasz Guzinski

Sous Chef

Lukasz is an experienced chef, having worked at a number of top restaurants before seeing the light and joining the Tally Ho crew. He oozes flair and puts real passion into our dishes.

Chris West

Chef de Partie

Chris is a passionate chef with a keen eye for detail. He loves travelling around the world in his spare time. He also has a keen ear for music, which he shows as he is the resident kitchen DJ, with the right songs for any occasion.

Andrew Thomas

Chef de Partie

Being Australian, Andy is a dab hand at the barbie so when the sun is shining look out for him in our garden kitchen cooking up a feast.

Hiramaya Ghale

Kitchen Porter

Hira is a long serving member of our kitchen team and plays a key role in keeping us moving. If ever your lucky enough to be working when she brings in her home baking for everyone to try, you know your in for a treat!

Lawrence Thexton

Kitchen Porter

Lawrence has been with us for over 2 years now and always works with a cool head. The engine room of our kitchen, Lawrence keeps the place ticking over nicely.


Maintenance

Linda Shaw

Cleaner

Our resident domestic goddess, Lynn makes the place sparkle. Always up bright and early with a smile to match, she is a key part of our morning team and the place wouldn't be the same without her.

Dennis Jacobs

Gardener/Maintenance Person

If it needs fixing around the place, Dennis is the man for the job. Whether it be lights, doors, shelves or even things a bit bigger, Dennis always has the right tools to get the place looking tip top!

Paul Humphrey

Gardener/Maintenance Person

Our green thumbed employee, Paul keeps the outside of the pub looking its best. He's often found outside in the mornings with his favourite bit of kit, his trusty leaf blower!