About Us


The Wheel Inn pub has been on the triangular shaped site as a building from at least 1770 when it was a Blacksmith’s shop, cottage and well, situated in the Parish of Hordle.

It remained as a blacksmith’s, then a carpenter’s and finally a wheelwright’s, until becoming The Wheel Pub in 1871 when the publican was a Frank Browning who was also a bricklayer.

From that date there has been a pub continuously on the site up until the present day known as just The Wheel or The Wheel Inn.

In the late 1800’s it was sold to the Dolphin Brewery of Poole which later became bankrupt and the pub was sold to Strong & Co of Romsey.  Strong & Co were later taken over by Whitbreads. Whitbreads owned the Pub until 1993 when it was again sold and when it is assumed that it became a Free House and remains so to the present day.

Wheel Inn at Bowling Green, Pennington, Community Benefit Society Limited opened for business on 12 March 2018 after a refurbishment by volunteers. Following a kitchen refurbishment, in May 2018 the pub began restaurant opened to serve the Community of Bowling Green and surrounding area.


1770 – Philip Stote had tenancy of a cottage, shop and well formerly used as a Blacksmith’s shop on the triangular site

1800 – Blacksmiths business owned by Hannah Stote – widow
Business Left to her daughter Hannah Ballard

1812 – Blacksmiths house and shop and 2 outhouses sold by James Guy, Lord of the Manor of Hordle, to John Philips of Mattramsley, Carpenter

1841 – Occupied by William Harris

1843 – John Street – occupied site of house and garden which was owned by Robert Lillington Rice of Lymington

1851-1861 – Occupied by John Parker- wheel wright

1871 – Census described as the Wheel Pub and publican was Frank Browning, bricklayer

1878 – Occupied by Henry Tanner as victualler at The Wheel.
Property sold to Henry Tanner of Buckland for £150, who 13 years later sold it to the Dolphin Brewery of Poole for £550

1881 – Occupied by Stephen Keeping carpenter.

1891-1895 – William Loader – from Dorset – publican and beer retailer

1901 – Innkeeper is William Coffin

1911-1920 – Licensee is Eliza Coffin  

1927-1935 – Licensee is Frederick J Adams

1936 – Dolphin Brewery went bankrupt and sold the Pub to Strong & Co of Romsey, who were later taken over by Whitbread’s who owned the Pub up until 1993.

1970’s/ 1980’s – In the 1970’s there was succession of landlords starting with Jack White, an ex-police inspector, and his wife Ada followed by the Blomfields, a local family, who ran the pub for several years. After an increase in rents by the Brewery, The Blomfields left and were followed by Sandy Laing who had previously run a pub in Ashley.

1993/1994 – Sold to Edward Toomer and John Ingram who refurbished the pub. Reopened in March 1994, with Andrew Cave and Linda Slack as managers, they left September 1994

1994 – 2017 – The pub continued to operate with series of managers in residence until 2017.

2017 – present The building was put up for sale by the Landlords but failed to sell. A fund-raising campaign started in September 2017 culminating in January 2018 when The Wheel Inn Community Benefit Society signed the 11 year lease, and started trading on 12th March 2018.



Quiz night with Roast Turkey Supper

Quiz master Bob West

7.00pm sharp for your ‘Turkey’ supper
PLEASE RESERVE A TABLE FOR YOUR SUPPERS@ £12.50 pp + £2.50 pp Entry Fee

When booking please ask about the veggie option if you prefer

PLEASE PRE- BOOK A TABLE (if not eating)For the Quiz only @ £2.50 pp
8.15pm – Quiz – Rounds 1 & 2

9.00pm – comfort break/reload glasses

9.15pm – Quiz – Rounds 3 & 4


Open mic : The Dekorators – Dec 19

Children’s Christmas Party Dec 22

We’re having a party on Sunday 22nd December from 10:30 until 12:00 noon for children aged 11 and under.

There will be food and music, fun and games, and a visit from Santa if we are good.

A contribution of £7.50 for children aged 8 and older, £5 for those aged 2-7 to cover the cost of food and presents. Under 2’s free. All children must bring a responsible grown-up with them.

Contact Ros Gear 01590 676 419 ros@rosgear.plus.com or leave your details at The Wheel before 13th December.

New Years Eve Party with Empty Frets

Acoustic Jam

Every Monday from 8 we have an acoustic jam in the snug bar.

Knit & Natter Group

The Wheel Inn has its quieter times so, we have set up a social group that meets on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2.30pm. in the cosy small bar.

Everyone is welcome. Bring your knitting or other craft projects, the crossword , latest read or just yourself!

Come for a natter, we are great company. We can share hints and tips and reminisce around Phil’s cosy fire.
The Wheel Inn at Bowling Green has been refurbished and is now run by and for the community.
There will be tea and coffee available along with cake.
Come and join us
If you want more details please contact Ros Gear by phone 01590 676419
or email ros@rosgear.plus.com