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Reviewed 17 October 2023 via mobile

On a chilly morning, after an interesting walk around Bucklers Hard, thought we would stop for a warming cup of coffee. The Captains Table looked quite welcoming with comfy sofa and chairs. How disappointed we were. The coffees were tasteless and cold and the Belgian...buns stale. Yes it was Monday and they may have had a busy weekend, but. Wouldn’t recommend sadly but they probably don’t get too much returning trade being a tourist attraction.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 1 October 2023

Sailed to Bucklers Hard believing the web site that said you couldn't reserve a table in the Yachtsman's Bar only to be told that no food was available that evening . Spoke to the manager who was unhelpful and said he wasn't in control of...the web site (?) or knew what it said, and that the restaurant bookings had been transferred to the Bar. With no car or public transport, we had to walk 2.5 miles to the Montague Alms, where they were very accommodating, and 2.5 mile back in the dark. Lesson - avoid places like the Master Builders where the manger has no interest in offering a serviceMore

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Reviewed 15 September 2023 via mobile

The service was slow, and lunch wasn't very tasty. It was very disappointing. For the price I was expecting more. Such a shame.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2023 via mobile

Visited with my family for lunch and the garden is lovely, but it stops there. Service was slow and confused, bringing wrong drinks and then falling to being further drinks ordered. The food was a bit "bleh" to be honest. It took an age to...arrive, the open sandwiches were a bit skimpy - 4 prawns in one and a smattering of blue cheese in another. Definitely not worth the infated bill we received.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 23 July 2023 via mobile

Very poor service today - stopped for lunch, got passed from bar to restaurant back to bar as no one knew what was going on and what food you could order from what area. We left without eating due to the poor service. The manager...responded very poorly and lost four customers due to unhelpful attitude. Your offer on the day should match what you say you do on your website and please train your staff so they know what is going on and where. Sadly I don’t think we’ll ever return.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 14 April 2023 via mobile

It’s a number of years since we last visited and we were very impressed to see the bar has been completely refurbished with soft seats and cushions. 2 of us had the fish and chips, one the burger and myself the pie of the day...which was pork and apple. We were all impressed with the food and my pie with gravy, mashed potato and crinkle green cabbage was absolutely delicious. Andre gave us excellent service and with the Gourmet society discount the meal came to £74.25 with a glass of wine each. A very pleasant Tuesday lunch with a bottle of chilled water placed on the table too.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 9 January 2023

I like to visit Bucklers Hard with my young family and every time we drop into the Yachtsman for a drink and a snack. It's a wonderful pub with cozy interiors, large open fires at this time of year and plenty of comfortable seating for...families and dogs too! They serve a good range of local and international beers and spirits and have a reasonable wine list too. It can get busy at weekends so service can be a little slow at times but it's only a small bar. The attached restaurant and hotel look lovely but we've not used them yet.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 6 October 2022

We have visited the sailors bar several times recently. The service has always been poor, except when Matthew was on duty. Often there is no real ale on tap. When you ask for an elderflower presse the barman has to go to another remote bar...to get one, delaying other customers. This has happened at least four times. For some reason they cannot run a tab, which, combined with no real ale, meant they lost the custom of six thirsty sailors who moved on to the Turfcutters. One barman has been heard to announce proudly to a couple of sailors that the bar is not serving food this evening and no chance of a meal in the restaurant without a booking. This is such a continuing problem in a bar that should be making good profits that I thought I would mention it. Fortunately in the summer there are pop up bar and food stalls at the weekend on the marina quay which are run with customers in mind, unlike this bar.More

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Reviewed 22 September 2022

Empty pub. Really expensive main meal menu with no lunch menu options. We’ve been visiting this pub for 20 years and it was very sad to find what used to be a packed pub (no matter what time of year) almost completely empty. We went...somewhere else for sandwiches and won’t be returning unless things change dramatically. So sad to see.More

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Reviewed 3 September 2022

Lovely location, especially for outdoor seats. Had very unimpressive whitebait followed by the worst burger I have had for years. Thought the menu was lacking. Service was pretty slow, but not a problem Perhaps it was just a bad day for the kitchen.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 7 August 2022 via mobile

We've been visiting Bucklers Hard regularly since 2014 and in the first few years we really enjoyed lunches and evening meals in the bar at the Master Builders. We had some very memorable family lunches sat outside the bar overlooking Bucklers Hard village and waterfront....But over recent years we have been sad to observe a slow decline in food quality and service. We arrived today (Sunday) about 11.30 hoping for a coffee and to stay on for lunch but there was no sign of anyone in the bar till midday. Then we were told that they were only serving barbecue food in the garden. Garden - lovely. View - beautiful. Food - terrible. All they had on offer were burgers, nothing else, so burgers it was, one beef, one halloumi, £10 each. When we were called to collect them, we had to laugh or we would have cried. Presented so pathetically on a little cardboard tray - burger, tomato and lettuce in a past-its-best brioche bun. And that was it! No fries. Nothing else. We felt totally ripped off. We can't even say that the service made up for it - what service?! A cheery greeting and a smile would have helped. It's so sad, this used to be a great place. We definitely won't be back for a long time, and if we ever do consider a return visit we will definitely check TripAdvisor first (as we should have done this morning!)More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 3 July 2022

Walked in from Beaulieu, so a pint in the Yachtsman's was very welcome. Sat outside at a picnic table. No food available from the bar though.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 28 June 2022 via mobile

Used to be s friendly place, but no longer. You can’t get anything to eat any more without going to the hotel restaurant. You can’t use the huge garden without going to the restaurant and now half the bar is out of bounds (it was...empty) as it’s just for residents only. Now one of the reasons of visiting Bucklers Hard by boat or car is gone. Total misunderstanding of the needs of visitors and yachtsmen visiting the marina. In the past it was brilliant, sadly now a place to avoid if you want an informal drink and bite to eat at the bar. Prepare yourselves to a cold reception and to go hungry.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 1 June 2022

We turned up at lunchtime 26 of us we just wanted to sit outside, the garden was empty and they turned us away!! Said no food or drink. Such a shame we would have spent a fortune! The woman dark haired was terribly rude and...hostile! I felt that they were too lazy to accommodate us, as we called through later as there seperate family’s and we were booked in! Of course by this point we were not interested and took our money else where. Don’t use this place if you can help it! Shame as I have been for a few bbqs here and always been outstanding!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 24 May 2022

After a walk from Beaulieu we were hoping for a light lunch/bar snack with a draft beer and glass of wine which we had enjoyed on a previous visit. No food served in the bar - we were directed to the restaurant or walk up...to the cafe. Other walkers were disappointed to find this odd state of affairs. After a beer and wine I returned the empty glasses to the bar and despite the barman watching what I did there was no acknowledgement or “thank you”. The same barman was 17 minutes late opening the bar. Such a shame how this place has lost its focus on customers trying to support it.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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  • Food: 3
  • Service: 3
  • Value: 3