Busy New Forest pub with friendly, efficient staff, popular food and interesting décor
The good pub guide review
A delightfully atmospheric pub just outside the self-styled 'capital' of the New Forest, whose bucolic atmosphere is enhanced by cushioned milk churns serving as bar stools, cosy lanterns and general hunting, shooting and fishing bric-a-brac adorning every corner and wall. The L-shaped bar has bay windows with built-in red-cushioned seats, and two or three little pine-panelled booths with small built-in tables and bench seats. The rest of the bare-boarded bar has low beams and joists, candles in brass holders on a row of stripped old and newer blond tables set against the wall. Fullers London Pride and two weekly changing guests on handpump and 14 wines by the glass; background music. There's always quite a mix of customers here, and as it's tucked away they tend to be walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
The good pub guide food review
Quite a choice of food includes lunchtime sandwiches, celeriac and apple soup, garlic wild mushrooms with poached egg and hollandaise, sharing boards, slow-braised ox cheeks with potato purée, roasted shallots and cumin carrots, grilled polenta with roasted fennel, tomatoes, peppers and garlic, pan-roasted halibut with wild mushrooms, cavolo nero and verjus, and puddings such as baked rice pudding with fruit compote and chocolate tart with salted caramel and buffalo milk ice-cream.