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“Warm cozy pub on a cold blustery May day!”
Review of The Snakecatcher

The Snakecatcher
Ranked #19 of 61 Restaurants in Brockenhurst
Cuisines: Pub
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 17 June 2012

“Lunch on a cold, blustery day in May!”


We found this pub quickly - it was about the first open place that we found from the train station and we were ready to get out of the weather.
We found a nice table for the 4 of us, but took the waiter a while to say hello and finally bring a menu after we asked for one. There was a menu, but at the bar there was a blackboard. However, we couldn't see it from our table and so we didn't know what the daily specials were.

We saw a nice platter of fish being served, so 1 couple ordered a large fish platter and soup, and the other ordered the fisherman's basket for two - which was plenty of food. (and soup) We all had stout, cider and ale.

The fish was hot and tasty and we enjoyed our food. We decided it was a local's place and not too welcoming to drop-ins. We thought it was expensive for what we got, but then, fresh fish is always pricey.

It was a good place to pop into to escape the nasty weather, but next time, we may try another place to check out the competition in Brockenhurst. Oh, and we didn't see a single pony! I guess they were keeping out of the weather as well.

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Thank Brahmama
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

Nice pub, pool table and outside seating. We visited on a week day afternoon and found it to be relaxed and friendly.

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Thank NickiHowlett
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

I'd say this pub was good but the rating goes from average to very good so I couldn't really rate it as I'd have liked

Thank Linda W
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Reviewed 6 June 2012

Very efficient and well stocked pub, plenty of outside space, food very pleasant

Thank Jayne28
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Reviewed 6 June 2012

My husband and I had read about this pub before we stayed in Brockenhurst and the B&B staff recommended it too so we had high hopes!
We went to eat here on our first night but they closed the kitchen at 8pm when we got there so we had to go elsewhere. It was a Sunday so perhaps the New Forest shuts early on a Sunday?
We returned the following night and decided to have the hot rock dishes that they proudly boast. We also had a starter - both of which were very nice - a chorizo and feta salad - lovely and figs, blue cheese and palma ham salad - also lovely.
We both had steak hot rock with steamed veg, mine with new potato sauted and hubby with chips.
Both were very nice - the steak was nice and tender so aside from our pro cooking of course!! I guess the quality must have been good too. The veg was nice and not overcooked as is often the case, my potatoes were nice - a little greasy - more like potatoes in an oil dressing than crispy saute - but they were still tasty as opposed to greasy. Hubby's chips were amazing however!!!
We asked the chef - who cleared the table - about the chips adn he told us the potato type and that they par boil then deep fry so clearly he wasn't just taking out the freezer and stiking in a deep fat fryer!
We ate here again another night and both went for the burger as we had again heard rave reviews over the burgers - in all honesty - they were ok. They were well cooked, not greasy or fatty and no gristle or anything nasty like that in the,. And they were tasty enough but I wouldn't rush back for them.
We probably should have tried some of the other meals - non steak or burger oriented but we sort of felt that perhaps they would be a let down.
The one thing that lets this place down in a big way is the staff - it may have been us - and it may have been more apparent as it was very quite - but we really didn't find them very friendly at all. The odd smile and the waiting staff were plesant but the bar staff didn't greet you with a "good evening" or any such thing.
We are used to the West country were every time you go to a pub they are very welcoming so perhaps we have been spoilt!!
Overall an ok pub with decent enough food just lacking in atmosphere and smiles!

Thank sarah_gray
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