Rural New Forest spot with traditional rooms, log fires, seven real ales and simple lunchtime food
Good Pub Guide Recommended
What a little gem' and a great favourite of ours' are just two comments from readers on this unspoilt and charming country pub. It's in a lovely spot right in the middle of the New Forest and part of a working farm, so there are ponies and pigs out on the green and plenty of livestock nearby. Three neatly kept black-beamed rooms are straightforward but full of proper traditional character, with prints and pictures involving local characters on the white walls, restored panelling, antique wheelback, spindleback and other old chairs and stools with colourful seats around solid tables on the oak floors, and two roaring log fires. The back bar has several books; darts and board games. Up to seven real ales are tapped from the cask including one named for the pub (from Bowman), Bowman Swift One, Flack Manor Double Drop, Hop Back Summer Lightning, Ringwood Best, Stonehenge Sign of Spring and a guest ale. Also, ten wines by the glass (mulled wine in winter), 14 country wines, local cider and a September beer festival; service remains friendly and efficient even when packed (which it often is). Summer barbecues may be held in the neatly kept big garden, which has a marquee for poor weather and a pétanque pitch. They now have three shepherd's huts to rent for overnight stays.
Good Pub Guide Food
Good value, limited food - lunchtime only - consists of wholesome soup, a particularly good pork pie, quiche and sausages.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Anywhere