No New Forest camping trip is complete without a visit to a local pub or brewery to sample amazing ales and savour incredible local cuisine. The region’s inns are extremely historic, with some dating back more than 500 hundred years! Here’s a selection of the New Forest’s finest to wet your whistle and whet your appetite.
Try tasty tipples and hearty dishes while admiring the quirky features, beautiful beer gardens and spectacular countryside locations of the New Forest’s finest taverns. In the summer, sip a refreshing cold beer or cider in exquisite surroundings, and in the winter months, huddle around roaring log fires at one of these fine establishments...
1. The White Buck Inn, Burley
Hidden away in the heart of the New Forest, a friendly atmosphere and high-class hospitality characterise the White Buck Inn. Try Fuller’s award-winning ales and savour fine wines and varied English cuisine, cooked using local produce. Set in two acres of tranquil gardens, this Victorian country house boasts a children’s play area.
2. The Three Tuns, Bransgore
An award-winning, traditional 17th Century inn, The Three Tuns is a charming establishment characterised by a colossal thatched roof. Serving food created using the finest fresh local produce, delightful wines and cask ales, head to the tavern’s large terrace beer garden, complete with water feature, for total refreshment.
45 minute walk to Holmsley Campsite
3. The Huntsman of Brockenhurst
Craft beers, incredible food and a welcoming atmosphere are the hallmark of The Huntsman of Brockenhurst. Serving traditional pub grub, a selection of fine wines and amazing ales, The Huntsman offers a food and drink experience you won’t forget in a hurry.
15 minute walk to Hollands Wood Campsite
4. Rhinefield House Hotel, Brockenhurst
An establishment full of grandeur, the Rhinefield House Hotel exudes finery, creating an unforgettable atmosphere. Enjoy a fine dining experience to remember, characterised by exquisite food and an extensive wine list.
35 minute walk to Aldridge Hill Campsite
5. The Drift Inn
Welcome to the heart of the New Forest! The Drift Inn serves a selection of home-cooked food accompanied by a selection of awesome ales and fine wines. The establishment boasts original character features, including an amazing open fireplace. Dogs welcome!
30 minute walk from Matley Wood and 25 minutes from Denny Wood campsites.
6. The New Forest Inn
An unspoilt, 18th Century country-style pub bursting with charm. Serving homemade food from a traditional menu, The New Forest Inn provides a homely atmosphere, also welcoming dogs.
7. The Mayflower, Lymington
Dog friendly pub overlooking the resplendent river of Lymington, dine in style as you devour the finest food made from the freshest ingredients. A true culinary delight, The Mayflower serves some of the best food that Hampshire has to offer. Enjoy fine wines, including South Coast classics, plus excellent regional ales.
8. The Alice Lisle, Ringwood
Sitting pretty on the banks of the Rockford Lakes, the Alice Lisle is a haven for walkers, cyclists, families and dogs! An establishment steeped in history, this terrific tavern boasts extensive gardens, stunning views, two bars and a dining room, serving food made using local produce.
9. The Pilgrim Inn, Marchwood
A chocolate box vista characterised by a stunning thatched roof, the Pilgrim Inn is full of charm and boasts a splendid beer garden. With a menu featuring food made using local produce, fine wines and Fuller’s award-winning ales, get set for a true taste of New Forest food and drink.
10. The Bell Inn, Bramshaw
Dating back to 1782, The Bell Inn combines period features with contemporary style. Expect locally sourced, fresh food and a selection of beers and wines. Dogs welcome!
Other Pubs to Visit
Check out these terrific taverns, too:
New Forest Cider, Burley - www.newforestcider.co.uk
Ringwood Brewery, Ringwood - www.ringwoodbrewery.co.uk
For a friendly, welcoming dose of New Forest hospitality, the region’s taverns are the place to be. A family meal out would cap off any New Forest National Park camping adventure. Enjoy!
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