The New Forest Inn
Emery Down, Lyndhurst, SO43 7DY
The New Forest Inn may be off the beaten track, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more charming and quintessentially English country inn. Situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park, this family-run pub was founded in the 18th century and frequently sees the area’s resident ponies amble past. If you’re looking for great food and a true taste of the Hampshire countryside, The New Forest Inn is the place for you. Inside, visitors are greeted by a beautiful sight: a traditional and welcoming dining room complete with wood panelling, as well as an impressively stocked bar. During spring and summer, the garden and sheltered outdoor seating area is bustling with visitors soaking up the sun and making the most of warm weather. Beautiful flowers and luscious greenery provide a beautiful backdrop to rival the most quaint of English country gardens. The food at The New Forest Inn is inspired by classic British cuisine and guests will be delighted to find a varied and tempting menu brimming with locally sourced ingredients. To kick things off, opt for tempura-battered tiger prawns or a selection of warm artisan breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. For spice-lovers the chicken or paneer tikka skewers are a popular starter. The list of mains includes a selection of grilled dishes and burgers, as well as imaginative vegetarian options such as caulifl ower macaroni cheese and vegan seasonal vegetable tagine. In true British style, there’s also a range of homemade pies on offer – including fish pie and venison and redcurrant pie – and dishes such as bangers and mash and succulent duck breast are regular favourites. Guests will also find a specials board and the team strives to accommodate visitors with dietary requirements. In addition to all this, The New Forest Inn is home to four simple and comfortable guest bedrooms. With all the necessary amenities and a pet-friendly policy, this accommodation is perfect for a weekend away or a short rambling holiday.