The Star Inn
East Tytherley Road, Lockerley, SO51 0LW
You can find this characterful 17th-century inn ideally positioned on the edge of Lockerley’s cricket green. This charming pub is steeped in history and surrounded by the famous New Forest woodlands, National Trust’s Mottisfont Abbey and chalk stream fishing spots. Locals have been raving about the service and food on offer at The Star Inn for years – as soon as guests arrive at the inn, they’re greeted with a warm welcome from the staff and a roaring log fire. Expect traditional British pub food, friendly service and a bar full of local ale and lager. Hailed as a standout traditional pub in Hampshire and having been awarded two AA rosettes, this quintessentially English pub should be at the top of every pub-goer’s list. After working alongside celebrity chef John Torode, head chef Lee returned to Hampshire, bringing his talent and creativity with him. Traditional British fare is emphasised, with an assortment of classic pub dishes to choose from. The light bites on offer range from the freshly made soup of the day served with freshly baked ciabatta to deep-fried whitebait. The main menu offers plenty of choice, whether its beer-battered cod and chips or hand-cut ham with two fried eggs, chips, creamy coleslaw and a fresh leafy salad you’re craving. The seasonally changing specials board is dedicated to offering fresh, local produce. However, regulars will tell you that you can’t visit The Star Inn without sampling one of the chef’s burgers. Choose from a beefburger, Cajun chicken burger or a spiced bean burger, all of which are topped with cheese, beetroot, bacon, salsa or onion chutney. The Star Inn also offers both Continental and full English breakfasts for those who stay overnight. Add the three beautifully decorated bespoke bedrooms filled with all the amenities that you could possibly need, along with the delicious food and local ales, and The Star Inn ticks every box. The beer garden and bar area are dog friendly, so why not bring your four-legged friend along?