We read about this place in BEER magazine - CAMRA's great little read. It sounded quirky and quality - and so it was! Owned and refurbed by John Illsley of Dire Straits, occasional guitar riffs drip through the speakers, and rock heroes of the past loom down at you from the walls in the restaurant below the bedrooms of this typical New Forest local's pub.
We stayed on the Sunday night over the jubilee bank hol weekend. We were warned on booking that the restaurant would be closed - so no dinner there - which was a shame given the fab food reviews below. However, they recommended the Red Lion at Boldre nearby and we had a great meal there, and saw a bit more of the Forest, so it was fine.
I'm reviewing because the room was so lovely and because I want to correct the dire breakfast reviews below. The breakfast here was better than the supposedly best breakfast in the New Forest we had at The Montagu Arms in Beaulieu the day before. The cereals are now in special containers, and the fresh juices are jugged in the foyer by the restaurant. The cooked brekky was made to order, with a good range to choose from, or you could simply have the works and just choose which eggs you want. I must make a special mention of the chef-made marmalade - gorgeous, tart and juicy.
We had Room 2, the same room photographed in the 2nd review below. From the L'Occitane toiletries, to the large wall-mounted flat-screen TV, the fresh milk for in-room tea and coffee, to the bouncy carpet, the huge bed, perfect mattress and Egyptian cotton linen, to the motion-sensor lights, everything is beautifully and thoughtfully done.
£120 B&B for a large, tastefully-styled comfortable room for 2, in a quiet little spot near a (rare) beach access road in the New Forest national park. Bargain!
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