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New Forest pub guide - an introduction
Welcome to the New Forest Pub Guide.
New Forest pubs invariably offer warm, friendly hospitality; comfortable surroundings; fast, friendly service; a wide choice of drinks and delicious food to satisfy even the keenest appetite. Indeed, a good New Forest pub can’t be beaten for a great night out, a quiet drink or a pleasant meal.
And there’s a great selection of pubs available. Choose from village centre pubs or walk, cycle or drive into the midst of the Forest and enjoy some of the more outlying establishments.
Or why not stray a little further and take in some of the pubs just beyond the ’old’ New Forest boundary, for example along the nearby coast at Lymington, Pennington or Keyhaven; or in the numerous delightful villages set amidst rolling Hampshire countryside at places such as Damerham, Rockbourne and Whitsbury; or along the valley of the mighty River Avon at Fordingbridge, Breamore or Sopley.
Most of the local pubs serve food. Some start as early as 7.00 am with full English breakfasts that cater best for campers tired of early morning cooking. Lunchtime and evening menus are varied, whilst cream teas have developed into something of a local speciality. Quality and service are often impressively high, and customers usually leave well-satisfied with their culinary experience.
Many pubs also cater well for children, offering gardens, play areas, special menus and smaller portion main meals. Some also offer accommodation for those who enjoy staying in a pub environment, or maybe do not want too far to walk after an evening of eating and drinking. Some of the pubs also make particularly good bases from which to explore the surrounding Forest, and make great refreshment stops during walks or cycle rides.
As well as the expected wines, spirits, lagers and keg beers, many of these pubs offer at least one real ale, and often a regular changing, varied selection, including top quality guest beers.
Find out more about some great New Forest pubs
New Forest ponies
New Forest ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but in 2015, 55 were killed on the roads.
Always take care when driving
New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
Saturday, 3rd - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Hampshire Mineral and Fossil Show, 10.00am - 4.30pm.
Friday, 9th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Moviola presents "The Man Who Knew Infinity" (12A), 7.00pm - 10.00pm.
Wednesday, 14th - New Forest Centre, Romsey Remount, 7.00pm - 9.00pm. Booking required - 8028 3444.
Saturday, 24th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, NCT Nearly New Sale, 10.00am - 11.30am.
Saturday, 8th - Exbury Gardens, RHS Breakfast Walk - Trees, Advance booking essential - 023 8089 1203.
Friday, 14th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film Night - 'Florence Foster Jenkins' (PG), 7.00pm - 10.00pm.
Sunday, 16th - Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, All Day.
Sunday, 23rd - Eyeworth Pond car park, Autumn Amble, 9.30am - 2.00pm. Forestry Commission event. Advanced booking essential - 03000 680 400.
View the full 'What's on' programme.
New Forest seasonal highlights
Dragonflies and damselflies remain on the wing and so do butterflies, but in ever decreasing numbers.
Hen harriers and other autumn and winter visiting birds begin to arrive in the Forest.
Mysterious New Forest fungi - mushrooms and toadstools increasingly appear in the woods.
Red deer start to noisily rut as stags roar songs of love across favoured heaths.
Ancient, unenclosed woodlands and broad-leaved inclosures increasingly take on colourful autumnal hues.
Grey squirrels frantically seek out and store acorns for use during the cold days of winter.
Fallow deer boisterously rut for two or three weeks around the middle of the month before the bucks leave the does and eventually re-form their own male-only 'buck herds'.