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The Mayflower
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Lymington
Reviewed 14 February 2013

We came across this quite attractive pub by chance. It was getting on a bit , about 1.30pm
and we were just looking for a drink and a sandwich,or something light as we were going to have a big meal that evening. It was still fairly busy with lunchtime customers so it was several minutes
before anyone appeared. It was a freezing cold day and the fire was enticing otherwise we would have made our escape then. My husband ordered a pint which had to be returned as it was undrinkable, no problem there, the young man behind the bar pleasantly exchanged it.
I had a glass of Pinot which was ok. Unfortunately the food was not of a very hihg standard. The soup, cream in colour and served in a cream coloured pudding basin hadn't much flavour and the bread was dry, it also had globules of oil on the top (we assumed it was oil) which we were not sure if they were meant to be there or not. We also ordered chicken and bacon pananni, chips and a salad garnish. No flavour, could have been any filling and the base of the paninni was so hard I coudn't even cut it with a knife. We could have complained but we didn't want anything else, just wanted to be on our way. We shall probably visit the area again but will definately not be going to the Mayflower and neither would we recommend it.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

Recently went to the Mayflower in Lymington for lunch with friends. Nice surroundings, attentive staff, and we very much enjoyed what we ordered. Overall very good food and affordable prices. The place was pretty busy with the festive season upon us but the staff were very efficient and friendly and service was good. Sizzling steak was excellent and even the most simple of choice being Scampi and Chips with salad was very good with generous portions. Nice ambience. Would go again without hestitation and I would recommend it. Gets very busy in the summer months with the large beer garden backing onto the river but again, when we went at this time the service appeared to be fine. If I remember correctly two of us had food from the summer barbecue which was very good although a little high on the price side.

Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

We arrived quite late and staff were very helpful,showed us several rooms to choose from. Our room was spacious, and very pretty. Bathroom recently tiled and very clean. Breakfast included in 85 pounds tariff for 2. Was raining when we stayed but garden and marina views would be lovely in sunshine.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank SpikeJames
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

we have only eaten here for food as we live local,but the food and service have always been first class. the garden is fantastic for kids too.This is a great place to sit and eat on a hot summers day as the views are good too.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank paultriple
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

This is an interestingly situated pub/hotel with lovely views of the harbour and you will feel welcomed but not intruded upon. Food is available nearly all day & is of a high quality-The luxury mango sorbet is "to die for"!
The service is usually prompt,even when there are a large number of customers. The rooms vary in size & some are more comfortable than others but we keep coming back.The managers are French & very efficient-Just don't ask for a blanket if the duvet's too hot-They don't have them in France,duvet?!
An added bonus is that this is a dog-friendly pub.Also,it is very near the open-air swimming-pool.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Fiona W
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

The Mayflower could be an amazing pub if it really wanted to. To do that it would need to truly appreciate the power of great service, great food and great value, all of which are overlooked here. It is such a shame that the pub that has it all (big garden, spacious interior and rooms) more often that not leaves you underwhelmed. If you complain about the food you are met with initial surprise, excuses and if lucky, a refund. Avoid the burger at all costs - the most basic and popular of pub meals is such a poor excuse here, almost solid and rubbery (The Isle of Wight should sever all ties with it). One gets the feeling that locals tolerate it and visitors are easy pickings whose custom will be replaced by the next. Such a shame it is not as good as it could be.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Fancyacuppatea
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

We are locals and The Mayflower is just down the road from us. We have been coming here for years but I can safely say we have never had a bad meal. The salad is always fresh, food well cooked and well presented. We are talking pub here - not 5 star restaurant and The Mayflower food is pub food but good pub food at a reasonable price. They do a very good curry! The staff and management are always polite and friendly and although when the sun shines, the garden can be packed full, the staff are always efficient and the food comes quickly. The little play area is great, it may be small but children love it! We have not stayed here and therefore have not seen the rooms - however I can tell you that the location is probably the best in Lymington.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Mayflower

Address: Kings Saltern Road, New Forest, Lymington SO41 3QD, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > New Forest > Lymington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Lymington
Price Range: £84 - £157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Mayflower 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the harbour of Lymington on the South Coast, The Mayflower is a stunning coastal inn which has superb dining and stylish rooms with seaside views. Our six bedrooms are beautifully finished, each with their own unique, comforting and contemporary twist. Sleep in the finest Egyptian cotton bed linen, bathe in beautiful Victorian roll-top baths and enjoy some down-time with a Nespresso while looking out over the Solent. Recently awarded a coveted AA Rosette, we pride ourselves in supporting all things British and all things local, so expect to dine on the finest ingredients that Hampshire and the beautiful South Coast have to offer. Our talented chefs have lovingly prepared a delicious menu, including beautiful seasonal dishes such as crab and lobster macaroni with spinach, morels and tarragon or Buffalo mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, grilled pepper and basil bruschetta. With an extensive wine list, the best in class ales and a great selection of creative gin cocktails, we have something for everyone at The Mayflower. As a nation, we love to experience the outdoors with our food and drinks. Come summer time, our guests can enjoy our spacious garden, with a picture perfect coastal backdrop as far as the eye can see. The perfect location for al fresco dining. In the winter time, we have real log fires throughout the pub to keep you warm on the coldest of nights. We are conveniently located on the South Coast in Hampshire and are very near to the Isle of Wight and the New Forest - which are truly beautiful at any time of the year, and offer the best in sailing adventures, sightseeing and countryside pursuits. Whether it's a perfectly British Sunday lunch, a lazy afternoon in the garden with friends or a romantic getaway, make The Mayflower your destination of choice! ... more   less 
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