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The Oak Inn

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££ - £££
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
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Pinkney Lane | Bank, Lyndhurst, New Forest SO43 7FD, England
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
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Sun 18:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 18:00 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00
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Chatham, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice old pub in a nice spot, but all about the food. We were pointed at a table within seconds of arriving, though after a two-hour drive wanted to stand at the bar. Even then, menus were thrust upon us so we felt obliged to move. Sat down to have two doorstop sandwiches, one crab which included no white... More 

2 Thank Dragonlair
Gaborone, South-East, Botswana
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this cozy, atmospheric pub with my elderly parents on New Years Eve. We had an excellent meal, highlights being beef cheeks, cooked to perfection, tasty chicken schnitzel and the pear and Roquefort salad. The dish of the day was the arancini starter - wonderful! Only disappointment was the rather boring potatoes accompanying the schnitzel. Staff friendly and welcoming -... More 

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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We walked here (quite the hike!) from Lime Wood Hotel. Despite being 90 mins late for our booking the staff were still incredibly welcoming and found a spot for us for lunch. The food was fantastic... my husband had an epic steak and ale pie and my beef cheek in red wine jus was also delicious. Great atmosphere and charming... More 

1 Thank Joanna A
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited The Oak Inn after a nice walk in the Forest, it looked like a charming country pub a perfect place to get some food and reflect on our walk. I found the staff to be friendly and helpful to start with. I ordered a the most expensive thing on the menu, a pumpkin stuffed gnocchi, a vegetarian option... More 

1 Thank Charles B
Helsinki, Finland
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Good food. Good service. Lovely place. Go there. You will not be disappointed :) In the fabulous New Forest area where you can meet horses, ponies, donkies and cow wandering freely.

1 Thank Nalle K
Leicester, United Kingdom
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460 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

We travelled from Hamble to this pub as we needed a dog friendly place. Lovely festive atmosphere and nice staff, however the menu was restricted for vegetarians and when the food arrived it lacked flavor. Particularly the beetroot orzotto it tasted of water! I mentioned this to the waiter and I thought that he would have at least deducted it... More 

Thank Elmo1989_03
cps_dias, Manager at The Oak Inn, responded to this review

Dear Elmo1989_03 Thank you for taking the time to write this review, at the Oak we pride ourselves on the quality of our food and service while surrounded by the beautiful forest. This time we fell short of delivering you a great experience. we normally have few vegetarian options either from our lunch, evening or set menu. In this instance... More 

Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

I recently visited this pub with my wife whilst out for a walk, we ordered 2 drinks and 2 sandwiches, although nice, we both feel they were of an extortionate price compared to other places we have visited, and we do travel around extensively and eat out regularly. Walkers beware.

1 Thank Graham L
cps_dias, Manager at The Oak Inn, responded to this review

Dear Graham L, Thank you for taking the time to leave us some feedback from your experience. I'm very sorry that you feel that we didn't meet your expectations due to our pricing, although I am very pleased that you enjoyed the quality, we use premium, locally sourced, cooked to order food; therefore sometimes this does reflect in our price.... More 

Christchurch, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Booked and visited the oak Sunday evening for a set 3 course Xmas menu from arriving to leaving could not fault anything the staff are excellent can not do enough for you the food was fantastic everything was homemade not bought in excellent portions all lovely and hot and the whole atmosphere was festive and relaxing so nice to visit... More 

1 Thank Sarah M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We visited here for lunch had not booked table. Offered upright bench type seating in passageway beside outside door .Chose to wait until something more suitable became avaible This NEVER happened, for all there were several unoccupied tables. When we asked if we could sit at one of them told NO as these tables were to accommodate 3-4 people .... More 

1 Thank sandie m
cps_dias, General Manager at The Oak Inn, responded to this review

Dear Sandie m, Thank you for taking the time to write a review, I can only apologise that you were disappointed with your table at The Oak Inn, As my supervisor explained that the other tables were reserved for 3-4 people and we couldn't move you at that point as a table for more than 2 would not have fitted... More 

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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

The Oak is a pub you can visit all year round and not be dissapointed. The staff make you welcome and clearly enjoy doing so. The menu is in the main made up of local produce and wonderfully fresh. My wife loves fish and seafood- she's spanish- so is torn between dishes when we visit. The prices are very reasonable,... More 

1 Thank David S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$16 - US$41
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
Drinks, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 17:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Pinkney Lane | Bank, Lyndhurst, New Forest SO43 7FD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  New Forest  >  Lyndhurst
  • Phone Number: 442380282350
The Oak Inn is a quintessential award-winning country pub, famous for its fresh, locally-sourced food. In the heart of the beautiful New Forest, it has a wide range of wines and a selection of ever-changing real ales. As well as a glorious al fresco garden, cosy open fires are found indoors.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?