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Good Pub Guide Recommended
A favourite with so many of our readers, this brick and cob thatched pub remains as charming, unspoilt and welcoming as ever. Even when it's packed out with chatty locals, walkers, cyclists and families with dogs and children, the staff remain efficient and genuinely friendly. 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 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), Cottage Dragon Slayer, Flack Manor Double Drop, Milk Street Funky Monkey, Ringwood Best, Sunny Republic Beach Blonde and Weltons Topper Mild. 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 held in the neatly kept big garden, which has a marquee for poor weather and a pétanque pitch. They are planning to have three shepherd's huts for overnight stays. This is 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.