This quirky, quaint 18th-century inn combines traditional British pub fare with updated classics. My starter of smoked duck – pink and tender – was served with sweet black cherry compote and creamy, nutty pistachio and chicory slaw that enhanced the richness of the meat. My main of rag pudding took me back in time; fluffy suet stuffed with steamed mince and boiled onions and laced with just enough herbs to add flavour, atop rumbledethumps – oven-baked cheesy mashed potato with cabbage, soaked in rich gravy. The New Forest Inn kitchen team has perfected British comfort food. For dessert, warm vanilla crème brûlée with a crisp caramelised top was just as it should be – sweet, indulgent, smooth and moreish. This historic pub offers easy parking access, Sunday roasts, top-notch food and open log fires in a picturesque setting – what more could you ask for?