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At weekends especially, this charming brick and cob thatched pub is packed out with locals, walkers, cyclists, families and dogs. It's 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 flooring and two roaring log fires; both the chatty locals and the hard-working staff are genuinely friendly. The back bar has quite a few books; darts and board games. Up to seven real ales are tapped from the cask including one named for the pub (from Bowman), Flack Manor Double Drop, Keystone Large One, Ringwood Fortyniner, Sunny Republic Beach Blonde and Titanic Plum Porter. Also, ten wines by the glass (mulled wine in winter), 14 country wines, local apple juice and a September beer festival. Summer barbecues may be put on in the neatly kept big garden which has a marquee for poor weather and a pétanque pitch.