Pubs in the New Forest
The Oak Inn
This 17th century building was once a cider house before eventually evolving into an award-winning pub. Proudly serving locally produced ales from behind a small, wooden bar, the Oak Inn has won awards for its culinary delights. It serves venison from a local game keeper and local pork from a free range farm shop, free range eggs from a farm close by, as well as local cheeses. It also majors in seafood, with plenty of crab and lobster on the summer menu, plus locally sourced shellfish.
The Royal Oak
Hugely popular with local country walkers, this rural gem welcomes humans and dogs alike. Perched at the edge of the New Forest village green, the Royal Oak is delightfully rustic – thatched roof, old wooden beams and roaring log fires. Traditional dishes are locally sourced, depending on seasonal availability, while the eggs and bacon come courtesy of animals raised on site. The free-range, home smoked chicken breasts and fresh, dressed crabs are particular favorites, as is the range of cask ales served behind the bar.
The Pilgrim Inn
The Pilgrim Inn consists of two beautiful, newly thatched buildings – one being home to the pub/restaurant while the other houses a selection of comfortable rooms. The pub prides itself on using local, seasonal and fresh produce, having recently won the Hampshire Dish of the Year award for its 28 day aged fillet steak served with a smoked bacon and cream sauce. The two buildings are just a step apart, and both are surrounded by lush gardens where you can relax whether you’re staying for a week or an afternoon.
The Rose and Crown
The Rose and Crown Hotel in the New Forest is a superb example of a traditional forest inn, located in a pretty cottage garden and dating back to the 13th century. Cask ales are served at the bar, to be enjoyed in the natural surrounding of the beer garden. New Forest Marque produce spans the entire menu - the New Forest burger is made with beef sourced from the local Oakwood butcher, while the New forest treacle tart makes for a uniquely local dessert. Why not go the whole hog and visit on a Sunday to sample the delicious carvery.
Station House Tearooms
The specials board is never the same two days running at the Station House. From the baked pork belly to the steamed fillet of sea bass, the tea room endeavors to offer only the freshest local produce that you can enjoy either outside in the garden, or under the shade of the station canopy. For dessert there’s the famous gluten-free fruit scones with a dollop of local cream. Sitting alongside the old railway line, the setting is perfect for walkers, cyclists and even horse riders.
The White Buck Inn
A former country house with seven stylish refurbished bedrooms, The White Buck is set in two and a half acres in the heart of the New Forest, a wonderful location for a relaxing stay. Well known for fine food and cask ales, the inn combines rustic charm with a traditional atmosphere and attractive period-style bars. Owners Claire and Dave deliver an excellent range of pub classics, many including fresh New Forest ingredients, such as Keeper's and Hunter's salads, spinach and wild mushroom lasagne and Jilly's daily changing short crust pie.