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New Forest pub guide - an introduction

Welcome to the New Forest Pub Guide.

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.

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** New Forest ponies and other animals**
New Forest ponies in the road
Commoners' ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during 2019 agisters attended 159 road traffic accidents involving these animals, a disappointing increase on the 154 accidents attended in 2018.

Outrageously, 58 animals were killed - 35 ponies, 13 cattle, 8 donkeys and 2 sheep, whilst a further 32 were injured - 3 pigs, 9 donkeys, 11 cows and 9 ponies.
** Always take care when driving **
New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
January 2020
Friday, 10th to Sunday, 12th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Brockenhurst Players present - Cinderella and the Velvet Slipper.
Saturday, 11th to Sunday, 8th March - New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst, New Forest Camera Club Exhibition, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Saturday, 18th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Book Fair, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Friday, 24th - Friends of St Barbe, Lymington; Reverends, Royalty and Robberies - a talk by Sarah Newman, 7.30pm - 8.30pm.

February 2020
Saturday and Sunday, 1st and 2nd; Saturday and Sunday, 8th and 9th - Vernon Theatre, Sandy Lane, Lyndhurst - Lyndhurst Drama and Musical Society present Aladdin.
Friday, 28th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Singer / Songwriter, John Adams, 8.00pm - 11.30pm.

For further details, view the full New Forest What's on programme.
New Forest seasonal highlights
January
Honeysuckle, an early harbinger of spring, shows signs of new growth.
Bird sounds - great tit calls and mistle thrush song, for example, are increasingly heard as the days lengthen and spring rapidly approaches.
Foxes breed during the early months of the year. Their presence is betrayed by barks after darkness falls.


February
Great grey shrikes hunt over heathland from tree-top vantage points and other perches.
Grey squirrels are often best seen in winter when deciduous trees are devoid of leaves.
Red Admirals and other butterflies that over-winter as adults may be on the wing on warm, bright days.
Roe deer
antlers continue to develop - they are cast and re-grown annually.
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley