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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
New Forest ponies in the road
New Forest ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene and an important element of the local economy. But in 2012, for example, 65 were killed and 18 injured on the roads.
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New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
November 2015
Sunday, 1st - Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, all day.
Tuesday, 10th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film Night - X+Y (12A), 7.30pm - 10.15pm.
Wednesday, 18th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, New Forest Art Society, 7.00pm - 9.00pm. Illustrated talk by Tim Craven, Curator of Art at Southampton City Art Gallery.
Saturday, 28th - New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Make your own Christmas Wreath. Booking required - 023 8028 3444.

December 2015
Saturday, 5th and Sunday, 6th - Lyndhurst, Christmas Fun Day this year is a Fun Weekend.
Sunday, 6th - Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, all day.
Saturday, 12th - New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, Maps for Local History, 10.00am - 12.30pm. Booking required - 023 8028 3444.
View the full 'What's on' programme.
New Forest seasonal highlights
Sika deer continue to engage in rutting behaviour, and will do so until December.
Beech leaves are transformed into a magnificent mosaic of glorious reds and golds. Other deciduous trees, too, take on an autumnal cloak before their leaves fall.
Dragonflies can occasionally be seen on the wing on bright days early in the month.

Foxglove leaves survive the winter at ground level, and offer the prospect of colourful summer blooms to come.
Redwings and fieldfares, autumn and winter visitors, gorge on haws and holly berries.
Great grey shrikes and hen harriers hunt over the heaths and other open spaces.
Honeysuckle by the end of the month often shows welcome signs of new growth.
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley