Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
With miles of countryside offering a beautifully remote setting, The Oak in the village of Smannell has all that you could ask of a traditional English pub. With a fortnightly quiz night, bar billiards and a dartboard, the inviting atmosphere experienced by visitors leaves no uncertainty that the customer comes first here.
Once seated in the rustic dining room – a cosy space featuring exposed brick walls and handsome oak beams and flooring – browse a menu of carefully chosen,locally sourced pub fare. Start with coconut-crusted prawn skewers served with sweet chilli sauce, before tucking into Cajun sea bass with crushed potatoes and spicy salsa – perfect for enjoying outdoors on the patio if the weather allows, or in the bright, airy conservatory. Hearty classics such as steak and mushroom pie, seasonal vegetables and sautéed potatoes, intensely rich game casserole and a hearty Sunday roast – served with all the usual trimmings – complete a fantastic menu. Round off a meal at The Oak with one of many tempting sweets. The desserts change regularly; the spiced apple and sultana crêpe cake is immensely popular, as are the pub’s numerous New Forest ice cream flavours.
Thirst can be quenched by Wadworth real ales and a substantial list of world wines. Exclusive hire of the pub’s conservatory can be organised by prior arrangement, as can special events such as afternoon teas. Whether you pop in for a Sunday roast, a spot of relaxed evening dining, or for drinks with friends, a warm welcome from the team can be expected.